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 1920×1080 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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    • matic
    • 8 years ago

    I bet I can last in bed more that this thing can last in battery…

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    Can anyone else see a laptop that instead of being 16.5 inches and folding out to 2X17 can see one that is only 4-5 inches and folds out to 10?

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 8 years ago

    Boy they must have had extra LCD materials laying around and didnt want to pay some one to design a new body frame to fit those screens. COME ON they could have extended the body to at least have a mouse pad area, can you imagine using the track sensor for two monitors?

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 8 years ago

    With all that bulk and price, you think they would at least go high-end on the hardware? A GTS 250M just spells doom for the amount of pixel pushing it would be doing. Whatever.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      a 250 is fine, as long as you’re not gaming. I don’t really think of this as a gaming rig, so….

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 8 years ago

        True that.

    • Hattig
    • 8 years ago

    Looks like an effective murder weapon.

    • Peldor
    • 8 years ago

    All they can come up with to market this beast is 2 screens worth of Bing search box? Really?

      • xeridea
      • 8 years ago

      And its on Internet Explorer at that.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        IE9 is a fine browser. leave the old M$ bs behind you.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    Pointless product.

      • PeterD
      • 8 years ago

      I agree.

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    I know some people might have a use for this, but just the look of the thing makes me want to vomit.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      me too.

      • PeterD
      • 8 years ago

      How did they call those robots in Battlestar Galactica?

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]pickings are pretty slim in the world of dual-screen notebooks[/quote<] No kidding.. Anyone know of some others? We actually have an application for this type of device, and believe it or not, dual 17" 1080 screens are almost perfect.

      • cynan
      • 8 years ago

      Well, there was this [url=http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-w700ds.aspx<] Lenovo[/url<] with the secondary slide-out screen from a couple of years ago. Other than that...? Edit: Oh, and of course the new [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215062<]Acer Iconia[/url<] with dual touch screens instead of a keyboard. Only 2(1366x768) tough..

        • xeridea
        • 8 years ago

        1366×768 is the worst resolution you could possibly use for a screen, its sad that 95% of laptops made nowadays are this horrid resolution, with virtually no other screen options available without going to a giant 17″.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          hardly. it’s better than many resolutions, it’s simply low.

          • cynan
          • 8 years ago

          It’s not so bad for 13.3″ screens and smaller. But yeah, 1366×768 for 15.6″ screens is pretty horrendous.

          • Farting Bob
          • 8 years ago

          a 1×768 would be worse resolution. Hell any resolution less than 1366×768 would be worse. Its the bare minimum it would seem, and thats good enough for most.

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 8 years ago

          Its all about pixel density, that res is fine for a net book, or even a 13 inch laptop.

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