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gScreen notebook with dual-screens now up for pre-order

SpaceBook notebook from gScreen comes with two slide-out 17.3” Full HD displays

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, but you’re likely not going to run into anything more peculiar than gScreen’s new SpaceBook 17 notebook. Lenovo first experimented with adding an extra screen back in 2009 with their W700ds, and now gScreen is taking a slightly different approach to the matter.

The SpaceBook’s biggest feature is obviously its more than ample screen real estate, which comes courtesy of a pair of screens that slide out horizontally. Aimed at users who require wide areas for graphics design and similar projects, the SpaceBook supposedly offers “the world’s largest laptop screen space”. The notebook’s two LED displays are each 17.3” wide and come with a 1920x1080 pixel resolution. Interestingly, gScreen opted to move the laptop’s battery to the front, in order to better accommodate the increased display weight.

Although the SpaceBook may be unique in its screens, its other specs are unfortunately quite unremarkable. The laptop comes in two models, both with 1st generation Intel Core CPUs. The first model comes with a Core i5-560M CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M GPU, 500GB of storage, and a magnesium alloy frame. On the other hand, the second model comes with more or less the same specs, but opts for a Core i7-740QM processor and 8GB of RAM.

While the new SpaceBook is definitely an eye-grabber, its price will likely only endear it to professionals sorely in need of the extra space. With a $2395 price for the Core i5 model, and a $2795 tag for the Core i7 model, you’re probably better off purchasing a portable USB powered screen to go along with a more powerful laptop.

On the other hand, gScreen is currently offering a $400 discount off the MSRP for those who order now, although a 50% reservation down payment is required.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-07-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)