Over the years, laptop computers have improved considerably in terms of battery life and overall processing power to the point where they can now compete seriously with desktop machines.
One area that has seen little change, however, has been the fact that working with a laptop typically means accepting that you're going to have to live with a limited screen size.
Or at least it did, until now.
While working on a film project when he was in Hawaii, gScreen CEO Gordon Stewart realized that the only way he was going to be able to ensure he had the processing power and screen real estate he needed to carry out his work would be to lug his full desktop setup with him all the way from Alaska.
Somehow, that didn't seem like the ideal solution, but this realization led Stewart to begin work on designing and building the dual-screen SpaceBook, which is now available for pre-order in the US and Canada via the company website.
Side-by-Side Panoramic View
The SpaceBook is a laptop computer that features a dual 17-inch display that offers an impressive HD 1920 x 1080 resolution for each screen. Users can also slide open the two screens to display them side-by-side in a panoramic view that is sure to turn more than a few heads.
Clearly, this innovative device could prove attractive to people who are used to the productivity benefits of a dual-screen setup. However, what is being referred to as "the world's largest laptop screen space" comes at a price.
It isn't cheap - the entry-level version costs $2,295, and the more advanced version costs $2,595 - and its hardware specifications are, to be frank, slightly less impressive than its screens. It comes with an Intel Core i5-560M 2.66GHz processor with 4GB of RAM for the entry-level version and an Intel Core i7-740qm quad-core 1.74Ghz processor with 8GB of RAM for the top-of-the-range model.
As you might expect, the SpaceBook is no lightweight either. Weighing in at ten pounds and measuring nearly two inches thick, this is a device that gives a whole new meaning to the term "portable computer".
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