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gScreen Spacebook 17-inch notebook
Both screens offer full 1080p resolution

One of the things that keep a lot of people from working happily on a notebook is that many of them lack the screen space people get used to with a home or office on a desktop.

However, there are a few ways to get a larger screen on your notebook. You can use an external DisplayPort or HDMI monitor and there are some portable USB monitors as well. Another option has surfaced from a company called gScreen known as the SpaceBook. The notebook is the world's first dual display 17-inch notebook.

Each of the 17-inch screens has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and they sit side by side on the notebook. The machine allows you to 50% more work done than on a typical 17-inch notebook. The screens can be had with a glossy or a matte finish. The notebook weighs in at about ten pounds making it about three pounds more than the typical 17-inch notebook computer.

Inside, the machine features Windows 7, a Intel Core i7 processor with quad cores, 8GB of memory, and a 500GB HDD. A discrete NVIDIA GPU is included and the machine has a webcam, HDMI output, and a Super DVD drive.

The customer can also get the Trade-Back program free on the notebook. This program allows the user to trade their current SpaceBook in for a 50% discount on a new SpaceBook when the next version launches.

Microsoft's, Ben Rudolph reviewed the SpaceBook, stating, "...when I run across something that’s truly groundbreaking, something totally unique and never seen before, I get excited. Like really, really excited. And that’s exactly how I felt when I first got to use the gScreen... SpaceBook. The SpaceBook is unlike any laptop before it. Rather than have a single display, it has two that slide out from the center to create and amazing panorama display. Both panels are 17” full HD (1920 x 1080) glass, available in either a glossy or matte finish. It’s a really amazing design that’s really functional; the panels slide open and closed very easily."

The 17” SpaceBook will start shipping to buyers in November with prices starting at $1,899.

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By nocturne_81 on 8/30/2011 3:22:42 AM , Rating: 2
I just adore all these strange little devices that are doomed to flop.. I thought a notebook was supposed to be portable, but this thing is a monster. They're also targeting the wrong market with an over specialized device -- any laptop this large is a desktop-replacement, not a mobile workstation (you're not going to be toting this around to pull out at the local Starbucks..). Hell, for $1900 you (or your employer) could afford to buy a pc with two monitors for both your office and at home...

And 50% more productivity..? That's only a side effect of being able to keep your actual work on one screen and your slacking off on another (which only saves as much time as it takes to switch windows). I still chuckle when I walk into an office complex with a slew of brand new double monitor workstations, and half of them have one monitor pushed to the side and turned off.

RE: xD
By bigdawg1988 on 8/31/2011 4:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
That's only a side effect of being able to keep your actual work on one screen and your slacking off on another

I frequently use dual screens and hate using a single screen system. If you use an ERP system like Microsoft GP2010 or one of the others you'll learn to love dual monitors; especially when you need to do work on one screen using data from a spreadsheet on the other. Beats the hell outta flipping back and forth. The IT and accounting people here love their dual screens.

Can't see too many people spending this much, but some people who do a lot of traveling would like it. Makes a good portable desktop. There's always a niche for this type of thing. Wonder why they only have a 500GB hard drive? I'm sure that's just base specs, but still, I would expect a much bigger drive for $1900. It will be nice to see more manufacturers offering this in the future, for a lot less money (and weight).

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