At 12 pounds, I think we're in the realm of "luggable" rather than "laptop". But still, this certainly delivers a far more satisfying, workstation-like experience in a (more-or-less) portable package. The first model is expected out at the end of the year, and should cost about $3K. Here is the detail of the sliding screen configuration:
The Alaska based company, started by Gordon Stewart (yep, that is where the G in gScreen comes from), is aiming its dual screen laptops at professional designers, filmmakers, photographers and really anyone who can't live without a dual screen for everyday productivity. They have also been in talks with the military. The chassis (which we expect is at least 12 pounds) is built around the 15.4 inch screen (though the first units that come to market will have 16-inch or 17-inch screens) and its twin, identically sized screen slides out from behind the first using a uniquely designed sliding mechanism.
"We designed this knowing that many may not need the extra screen at all times," Gordon told me. But when you do use both screens you'll get about 30-inches of screen space. GScreen plans to release dual 13-inch models at some point.
For those with lower budgets and weaker backs, the Lenovo W700ds (dual screen, duh...) might fill the bill:
- 2 LED backlit display screens
- Windows VISTA/ WIN XP PRO (optional)
- Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26-GHz
- 4 GB of RAM (2GB DDR2 SO-DIMM x 2)
- 320GB 7200-rpm HD
- NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GT with 512MB dedicated memory (or) - NVIDIA® Quadro FX 1700M Graphics with 512MB dedicated memory
- 9-cell battery
Here it is in use:
The 10" secondary screen would be perfect for a worklist display (or an SR screen for those unlucky enough to be forced to use such. Personally, I would have liked the option to have the extra screen on the left instead of the right, but I guess you can't have everything. Still, with the main screen a huge 17", and a sale price of $2,300, this is a pretty good deal, with much if not most of the functionality of the Spacebook. And, Lenovo has a much longer history in the business.
I guess a three-screen and a four-screen laptop can't be too far behind.