Do you ever wish for two screens on your laptop? If you are a power user, flipping back and forth between screens, you probably use a dual screen setup on your desktop computer. Once you are used to being able to multi-task with the dual screens, using your single screened laptop is cumbersome. gScreen has a viable solution for you. In November, gScreen is debuting its new dual-screen laptop. Topping the scale at just over 10 pounds, you have to be a dedicated power user to want to lug this thing around, but the benefits of having the dual screens may “out-weigh” the disadvantage of sore shoulders.
gScreen’s SpaceBook looks like some sort of alien create staring back at you. According to an article by Gloria Sin, ZDNet, the specifications for the SpaceBook are fairly impressive. Gloria writes, “The SpaceBook features two 17.3-inch HD LED-backlit screens (1920 x 1080) that slide out from the center and are available in matte or glossy finish, with a quad-core i7 740QM at 1.73GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M GPU, 500 GB hard drive (7200rpm), a 6-in-1 and an internal super multi-DVD drive. I’m surprised it doesn’t offer a hybrid or dual solid state/traditional hard drive like some gaming machines, but the specs are in-line with high-end laptops. Weighing in at a beefy 10-pounds, with a magnesium alloy chassis, this is designed for processor-intensive work but can also play most modern games according to NotebookCheck (just don’t tell the boss).”
gScreen Corp is based in Anchorage, Alaska. The SpaceBook is the design of gScreenCorp CEO Gordon Alan Stewart. According to Gloria Sin, Stewart is reported to have designed it on the back of a McDonald’s napkin, back in 2003. Stewart was on location in Hawaii for six months working on a tourism video and hated not having his dual monitors for editing.
Would you be willing to lug around such a heavy laptop? I use a dual screen setup for work and really hate working at home on my laptop with the single screen. Since I don’t travel as much as I used to, having the heavier laptop wouldn’t mean I would be spending all my days at the chiropractor’s office, just after a trip. I could replace my little 14 inch laptop with the SpaceBook without a problem. It is definitely something to look into. I think I will wait to see how the SpaceBook fairs in the market, with the thought that the price may drop in about 6 months. Meanwhile, I am wondering if the SpaceBook’s 6 cell lithium ion battery is powerful enough to power the dual screens for very long. Of course the solution to that dilemma is to buy a spare laptop battery. What’s another pound or two in your laptop case when the darn thing is already tearing at your shoulder. Personally I would be using a wheeled laptop cart instead of hurting my shoulder.
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