Saturday, January 17, 2009
3- Dual screens in 2-weeks
Looks like 3 new "dual-screen laptops" have been announced within about a 2-week period as of recent, including our own dual screen laptop, the G400. In late December Lenovo released a few details of their new "dual-screen" or what I would call a "screen and a third", that they showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The ThinkPad W700ds has a main 17-inch LCD screen, along with a 10.6-inch screen that slides out to the right from behind. The second screen can be angled in by about 30 degrees. This laptop weights in at a little over 11 pounds and is priced around $3600. I visited Lenovo website a few days ago and looks like they are not shipping product for "at least 4-weeks" they are stating that their product is the first "dual screen laptop", I suppose we need a new definition of "dual-screen laptop".
The other "dual screen laptop" is being offered is the HP branded Voodoo Firefly prototype, dubbed the “HP Firefly with Voodoo DNA,” a laptop that features a uniquely positioned multi-touch touchpad, dual displays. Just below the large 17.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display is a second 4.3-inch LCD with 800 x 480 resolution, similar to the Fujitsu N7010’s which is found above the keyboard. The secondary screen looks about the size of a business card.
Last but not least, we here at gScreen Computer released our news about the new 15.4-inch dual screen laptop, the G400, coming to market in 2009. Our first model has identical 15.4-inch, backlit displays and weighs about 7.7 lbs. When you slide the screens out, your looking at over 28-inches of screen width from edge-to-edge for all of your viewing pleasure.
So, this is the latest 3 "new" dual screen laptops to be announced as coming to maket, a few others in the past are:
1. Pennsylvania-based Estari developed a patented dual-screen computer originally for the U.S. military and is now selling its wares to the public. 2- touchscreens, no keyboard.
2. Asustek Computer has a laptop with a small second screen on the cover:
3. Intel's latest portable PC concept: the "metro notebook"
So what is a "dual screen laptop"?