Spacebook 17 nears launch, now cheaper and includes "Trade-Back" option
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Pre-order prices are generally cheaper than actual launch prices, but that doesn’t appear to apply to the Spacebook 17. After beginning pre-orders back in mid-July, Alaskan start-up gScreen is now offering a price cut on their lone notebook, along with officially announcing a November 2011 ship date.
Aptly named, the Spacebook 17 is truly "spacey" thanks to a pair of 17.3” (1920x1080) displays that slide out and sit side-by-side. Available in two configurations, the first Spacebook model comes with a Core i5-560M CPU, 4GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTS 250M while the other features a Core i7-740QM, 8GB of RAM, and the same NVIDIA GPU.
When gScreen first put the Spacebook up for pre-order, the i5 model went for $2,395 and the i7 model for $2,795; however, a $400 discount was available. Now it seems that sales have been less than optimal, and as a result the two models can now be had for $1,899 and $2,099 respectively. In addition, gScreen is providing further incentives by introducing a “Trade-Back” program, where a 1st generation Spacebook can be traded in for a future generation model in exchange for 50% credit towards the new Spacebook.
While gScreen may have cut back prices on the Spacebook 17, the specs remain unremarkable and the laptop still weighs about 3lbs more than the average 17” laptop. Consequently, further price cuts may be needed by gScreen, or consumers could gravitate towards more conventional desktop replacements.