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gScreen SpaceBook dual-screen laptop is up for pre-order

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July 18, 2011

The gScreen SpaceBook is ready for pre-order (Photo: gScreen)

The gScreen SpaceBook is ready for pre-order (Photo: gScreen)

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It's been nearly two years since the first photos of the dual-screen gScreen SpaceBook laptop were unveiled. It looks like the waiting for its release is nearing an end, however, with the 17-inch SpaceBook now available for pre-order on gScreen's website. The SpaceBook is a large laptop equipped with a pair of slide out 17-inch full HD displays, offering a huge panoramic workspace.

Unlike the Lenovo W700ds workstation, the SpaceBook's second display is not just a smaller-sized extension of the main screen. Its displays are equal in size and work simultaneously, just like the pair of 10.1-inch screens in Kohjinsha's DZ laptop.

The gScreen SpaceBook 17-inch laptop comes in two versions in terms of hardware. One version features a dual-core Intel Core i5-560M 2.66GHz CPU and 4GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 1333MHZ, whereas the second one is powered via a quad-core Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz CPU along with 8GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 1333MHz. The rest of specs are the same for both versions, and include two LED-backlit screens working at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M 1GB discrete GPU and 500GB HDD, as well as a magnesium alloy lid-frame. There's no Blu-ray or SSD option at the moment. Of course, such a huge screen makes the device significantly less portable, with the weight as high as 10 pounds (4.5 kg).

The Core i5 version is priced at US$2,395 while the Core i7 version costs US$2,795. Both are available to U.S. and Canada-based customers only. The gScreen website says that pre-orders require a 50 percent deposit for the order to be secured, with the rest payable once the SpaceBook is shipped.

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8 Comments

arnt they suppose to be making laptops lighter. this is 4.5kg lol. And look how ugly and thick it is.

not my kinda laptop

Waiel Jibrail
18th July, 2011 @ 10:08 pm PDT

haters gonna hate, this is an epic idea, hope it gets adopted!

Vikram Vishwanath
19th July, 2011 @ 07:22 am PDT

Even if we were in 1999 I would say "who'd validated this project?".

You can't see movies with a black line in the middle so for which app is this made for?

Excel?

Wow!

Definitely wow!

salvatore.forte
19th July, 2011 @ 07:26 am PDT

What a concept (don't worry Waiel, if there's interest, future version will come in lighter).

This is another reason to have dual e-ink color displays (e-ink being readable in broad light environments, and very power stingy). That might help make it lighter too...

Yarko
19th July, 2011 @ 08:05 am PDT

Did they remember to embed two separate audio ports with support for different sources?

I imagine two people occasionally would like to use a screen each ( like simultaneously watching two different videos, etc ), without having to listen to the other's audio.

Krister Knutars
19th July, 2011 @ 09:15 am PDT

A great idea for a portable workstation, but sadly lacking in horsepower. Should have given it a six-core Xeon and 16 GB RAM minimum . . .

Facebook User
19th July, 2011 @ 11:24 am PDT

Excellent !!

I looked a the Lenovo about 1.5 years ago but it was to pricey.

$2700 seems to be much more in line.

Hopefully it has a built in serial port as well.

Also I wonder if it has a Video Out so that I could run 3 displays while in the office...

Captain Danger
19th July, 2011 @ 03:56 pm PDT

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has been able to purchase a gScreen SpaceBook?

I ordered one (paid extra for rush delivery) almost a year ago and never received the product. I did get several responses with excuses and the last one from the CEO (Gordon Stewart) stating it would be a "few more weeks" and I'd get a full refund. That was months ago and now he ignores my emails.

I really was impressed with the idea about being able to work off of two screens on a laptop but now I'm thinking I've been scammed. Does anyone here know anything else or how I should procede in getting my money back or the actual product?

If anyone bought and using this product, please let me know. I haven't been able to find any recent reviews about it and paid $3,000.

Thanks!

geekgirl
22nd January, 2013 @ 10:26 am PST
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