Toshiba creates first dual screen, touch sensitive laptop

Posted on Jun 22 2010 - 10:56am by simon

The Toshiba Libretto W100 is a unique arrival on the laptop market because it is the first device to feature two screens that are both fully touch sensitive.

The popularity of tablet computers, as manifest in Apple’s iPad, has doubtless fuelled the production of the W100, whilst Toshiba has retained several key laptop features, such as a clamshell design, thus making it something of a hybrid.

The W100 has Windows 7 preinstalled and it takes advantage of the native touchscreen support offered by Microsoft’s latest operating system in order to make menu navigation and general inputs feel intuitive and relatively natural compared to laptops with physical keypads.

The identical touchscreens measure seven inches across the diagonaland the whole thing is just three centimetres thick when you close it. Despite its small size you still get 2GB of RAM and a 62GB hard drive that is quiet, cool and energy efficient because it uses solid state technology.

The W100 has a one megapixel camera built into the frame and it can even shoot video clips in high definition. The battery life of 3.5 hours is adequate if a little underwhelming, although powering two independent displays is going to require quite a bit of juice.

As you might expect, the Libretto W100 has Wi-Fi connectivity built in, but it is also available with 3G network connectivity for mobile broadband access. This might be a good choice for those who do not want to sacrifice its single USB port to a mobile broadband USB modem.

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