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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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maths
By Argon18 on 8/29/2011 1:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
"The machine gives 50% more screen space than a typical 17-inch notebook is able to offer."

LOL, what? It has double the screen space. Double = 100% more. How did they arrive at this 50% number?




RE: maths
By ElementZero on 8/29/2011 1:16:14 PM , Rating: 3
maybe because the image is smaller on the second monitor? Take a look at the pic - the same page is displayed but the bing picture is much smaller...

LOL j/k


RE: maths
By Cypherdude1 on 8/30/2011 9:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
They don't mention the battery life. If it has a standard laptop battery, the runtime must be an hour. I highly doubt it, but if it has a larger battery, then runtime could be 2 hours. They probably don't talk about battery runtime because they use a standard battery with an hour.

Weight is also an issue. At 10 pounds, you're not going to feel that mobile.


RE: maths
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/29/2011 1:23:40 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the quick eye. It should be "50% more work done" according to Microsoft's calculations on increased productivity using dual monitors.


RE: maths
By theapparition on 8/29/2011 1:28:01 PM , Rating: 3
Damn,

I should get all my employees more monitors if thier productivity instantly increases with screen real-estate.


RE: maths
By phantom505 on 8/29/2011 1:31:34 PM , Rating: 3
It'll just appear that they are slacking off 50% more. Since now they can have G+ on one screen and FB on the other.


RE: maths
By Flunk on 8/29/2011 2:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
That's marketing baloney.


RE: maths
By Smilin on 8/29/2011 3:20:56 PM , Rating: 5
The 50% might be baloney but the increased productivity is not. Particularly for design engineering, IT admin, and any other "swivel chair" task.

You can really tell the increase the moment you try to go back.


RE: maths
By kyleb2112 on 8/30/2011 8:09:13 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I didn't blink an eye when they thew out 50%. For content creators, it's tools on the left, graphics on the right. Vastly more productive than juggling on one screen.


RE: maths
By NellyFromMA on 8/30/2011 8:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on who's using it, but yes I am at least 50% more productive when I have two monitors.


RE: maths
By MrBlastman on 8/29/11, Rating: -1
RE: maths
By TacticalTrading on 8/29/2011 4:53:20 PM , Rating: 1
It's a marketing issue.

quote:
LOL, what? It has double the screen space. Double = 100% more. How did they arrive at this 50% number?


This one offers 100% more than the competition
The competition has 50% less than what we have.

Some items sell better being 100% more, while others sell more when the competition is only half as good. Mathematically, its the same,
but when it comes to marketing... Don't use green, unless you are selling camouflage.


If...you're....AWESOME!
By ElementZero on 8/29/2011 1:11:57 PM , Rating: 3
Now there is no way I'll be spending $1,900 on a laptop - but that is just awesome. Good job on the design! Maybe in 5 years these will be the standard and cheap enough for a guy making a normal salary to afford :)




RE: If...you're....AWESOME!
By DanNeely on 8/29/2011 1:29:42 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah. The tradeback program is nice in theory since it would effectively mean only uppaying once for the extra screen; but there's no guarantee that there will be a next model or a model after that...

Stuff like this makes me long for standardized laptop guts that would allow swapping out mobos while keeping the chassis between generations.


RE: If...you're....AWESOME!
By MrBlastman on 8/29/2011 2:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
The tidbit pointing to it weighing 10 lbs is enough to dissuade me. Imagine lugging that thing around all day. Reminds me of those IBM PC Convertibles (if you're old enough to remember such a thing).

Dual screen are neat. Having to carry it is not.


RE: If...you're....AWESOME!
By PrinceGaz on 8/29/2011 6:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah 10lb, that's 4.5Kg, which is two large bottles of pop, or two 4pt bottles of milk.

That's rather more than I'd want to carry with me all day for a wider screen laptop experience.


RE: If...you're....AWESOME!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2011 7:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
You carry around laptops all day?

Anyway this is the first one, let's remember that. As a proof of concept, if it's well received, I'm sure later versions will weight less.

I'm just not sure the "too heavy" argument is valid. This is a dual monitor laptop, not a purse sized netbook. I'm sure whoever would be interested in this isn't exactly putting "light weight" at the top of his/her list.


RE: If...you're....AWESOME!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2011 5:06:49 PM , Rating: 3
Uhh the 17 inch Mac Book pro starts at $2,499!!! And look what you get? Average to mediocre specs, barely any ports/expansions, and no upgrade path; it's a dead end.

Apparently there are LOTS of people who spend even more than this on a laptop, and get way less.


RE: If...you're....AWESOME!
By fcx56 on 8/30/2011 3:54:09 PM , Rating: 1
Way less weight


By inperfectdarkness on 8/31/2011 7:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
2k on a laptop isn't unreasonable. i spent that on my sager, and another $1500 on an MSI. i don't have a gaming desktop, so 2k for a gaming laptop is perfect for someone who is on the go as much as i am.

p.s.
i LOVE the idea of 2 screens in a laptop. i still wish they would offer wuxga > 1080p.

i'd like to see this offered in 15" size. i'd also like to see if there is some articulation built in to these screens. i'd like to be able to FPS on one and pull up a browser on the other.


YESSSSS!
By FaceMaster on 8/29/2011 1:43:11 PM , Rating: 1
Now I can play games with a gap down the middle of the screen!

Roll on, tri-monitor laptops. (Or glasses with the LCD's inside them. WHY HAVEN'T THESE CAUGHT ON YET?!)




RE: YESSSSS!
By DanNeely on 8/29/2011 1:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
VR glasses were a late 90s idea that faceplanted when gaming surged from 320x240 to 1280x1024 over a few years. Engineering for the LCDs just couldn't keep up. A bit of googling turns up a $500 pair that has dual 842x480 displays. They're built on what appears to be a standard pair of sunglasses so give or take bezel space the screens can only be around an inch high, which corresponds to ~450-600DPI; at the high end this is nearly double the best pixel density currently available in smartphones.


RE: YESSSSS!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2011 4:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
Or do like everyone else with dual monitors and play a game on one screen and use the other for the browser, ventrillo, etc etc??


RE: YESSSSS!
By FaceMaster on 9/9/2011 2:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yes! Double my viewable space for double the price, so that I can have a bright screen shining chat messages to me when I'm immersed in the dank dark world of Deus Ex.


Overkill
By bubbastrangelove on 8/29/2011 1:25:17 PM , Rating: 3
I'd have two big wandering eyeballs as my screensaver.




RE: Overkill
By Etern205 on 8/29/2011 2:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
And the monitor bezel can be the eye frame.


The rest of the hardware specs aren't that great
By DanNeely on 8/29/2011 1:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
Engineering delays really show on the specs for this. GTS 250 GPU, and last generation i5-560 (2.66ghz dual) i7-620 (2.66-3.33ghz dual) or i7-740 (1.73ghz quad) processors.

Also the $1899-2099 prices are intros with $500 first adopter discounts; these combine to make the platform much less exciting.




By Fritzr on 8/29/2011 10:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
Here are the specs for Apple's price matched Macbook 17"

Mac specs (courtesy of Apple Store)
2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
4GB 1333MHz
750GB 5400-rpm1
Intel HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5

The Macbook has slightly better hardware specs & can run Windows7, but I don't see any mention of the second monitor.

You may sneer, but there is a market for this machine. Not in my budget right now, but I will be eyeballing the V2.0 dual monitor laptop machines when they come out :D

This is a portable production machine, not an email client :)


xD
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).


Wow
By Bozzified on 8/30/2011 11:34:46 AM , Rating: 1
What an atrocity and amazingly stupid. The idea itself is not bad but it could work like 5 years from now when the technology allows more portable form factor. Like MBA or at least MBP thickness and battery life.

Right now, its' completely useless. If I"m gonna lug that 10 pound bitch around to my desktop, I will most likely have a big screen there.

Such a disaster implementation now. This is DOA.




RE: Wow
By WLee40 on 8/30/2011 2:25:54 PM , Rating: 1
Agreed. Who would want such a monstrosity?!


RE: Wow
By bigdawg1988 on 8/31/2011 4:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
someone who travels a lot, but still has a lot of data to input.


Neat idea...
By Schrag4 on 8/29/2011 1:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
..but wow that's a huge hunk of hardware. I can't wait to see the slimmed-down version of this in 5 or 10 years.




Looks pretty good
By ShammGod126 on 9/2/2011 11:03:44 AM , Rating: 2
Can you tilt those screens?




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