Dual-screen notebook available for pre-order

Remember the dual-screen gScreen SpaceBook that was teased back in 2009? The system was supposed to be available by the end of that year, but there were apparently delays—and upgrades. Worry not, because the SpaceBook is now up for pre-order if you're ready to plunk down half of the $2400-2800 asking price.

The big upgrade, it seems, has been a move from 15.4" screens to 17-inchers. Each of the two LED-backlit panels has a 1920x1080 display resolution, yielding more than four megapixels of total desktop area. The screens look like TN models to me, and I see a hint of reflectivity in the one image of the system that's been posted. Additional details on the screens are scarce, which seems odd for a notebook that's very much designed around its displays.

As one might expect from a notebook with dual 17" screens, the SpaceBook is a bit of a beast. The thing measures 16.5" x 12.6" x 1.9" and tips the scales at a hefty 10 lbs. You won't find cutting-edge hardware under the hood, either. The SpaceBook's Core i5-560M and i7-740QM hail from the previous Arrandale generation, so they're one step behind Sandy Bridge. The discrete GeForce GTS 250M isn't all that exciting, either.

I'm a little surprised at the lack of more detailed specifications and pictures of the SpaceBook, especially since gScreen is taking orders. There's no indication of when systems will start rolling out to customers, just the promise of free shipping for a limited time. The pickings are pretty slim in the world of dual-screen notebooks, though. Beggars can't be choosers. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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