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HUGE Ereader Packs Two 14.1-inch LCDs

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Microsoft's dual screen tablet, the Courier, attracted a lot of attention. Sleek and innovative, it was touted as an ereader, tablet and netbook all in one and it was unlike anything we'd seen before.

Unfortunately, the device was axed and it looks like it may never see the light of day. However, that doesn't mean we won't see other products that mimic the design. Though it's not quite as slick as the Courier, Kno debuted its digital textbook at D8 yesterday and we're kind of impressed in an, "Oh my God, it's MASSIVE!" kind of way.

With two 14.1-inch displays, this is a big and cumbersome device. However, if you can see past the fact that it would be pretty difficult to use without a stand, it's kind of neat and the specs aren't that bad either. It packs Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, 16GB of storage and a battery that lasts between six and eight hours. Unfortunately, the price is where this falls down. Kno is asking for "under $1000," and right now, we just can't see people spending that much money on a 'digital textbook.' Sure, textbooks are crazy expensive and they weigh a lot more than 5.5 pounds but there are other, cheaper solutions already on the market. And imagine having to replace it if it broke? Yikes.

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    jaysbob , June 3, 2010 11:00 PM
    2x the screens, 1/2 the convenience!
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    idisarmu , June 3, 2010 10:55 PM
    It's a bit too big. 2x10" might be a bit better.
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    jaysbob , June 3, 2010 11:00 PM
    2x the screens, 1/2 the convenience!
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    Parsian , June 3, 2010 11:03 PM
    yeah it is kind of inconvenience
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    polly the parrot , June 3, 2010 11:11 PM
    Looks easy to break.
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    thrust2night , June 3, 2010 11:12 PM
    So now e-readers are the size of laptops?
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    nforce4max , June 3, 2010 11:12 PM
    Hopefully it will run Flash and hold up to video streaming online.
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    eddieroolz , June 3, 2010 11:27 PM
    I don't think we need 2X14.1", but ~10" screens would be nice.
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    Kelavarus , June 4, 2010 12:13 AM
    Am the only one who's surprised at two 14.1" screens yet supposedly 6 to 8 hours of battery life? Regardless of everything else, that's pretty nice.
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    thepinkpanther , June 4, 2010 12:40 AM
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    climber , June 4, 2010 1:24 AM
    well a 14" screen and a 14" touch screen keyboard when required would be good, I hate small keyboard touch screens (see iPod Touch). I think it would be nice to have screen real estate that has two 1080P screens, but I'm just a dreamer.
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    falchard , June 4, 2010 1:44 AM
    Is the last picture someone who did not pay their rent so her and her roomate are stuck outside the apartment building?
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    vancouverboy , June 4, 2010 1:45 AM

    for a "single" touch screen tablet/pad, 14" is pretty good, but when combining TWO screens of 14", I would say that's too big (even at home).

    11"~12" screens would be the maximum confortable size to handle and to carry around, if talking about a X2 setup.

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    Dirtman73 , June 4, 2010 1:45 AM
    It's pretty stupid to call this an e-reader when it's obviously not.
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    kingssman , June 4, 2010 2:03 AM
    hmm. concept looks nice. I'd only go for it if they have a full OS and can be used in a "laptop" mode where you'll have your main screen and the bottom screen becomes a virtual keyboard and trackpad.
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    walt526 , June 4, 2010 2:13 AM
    Check out the Entourage eDGe: 10.1" LCD (running Android) plus a 9.7" eInk. I just got one last week as a graduation/birthday gift from my wife and it's awesome. The UI takes a little getting used to, but it's got the functionality as an iPad and a Kindle.
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    alfaalex101 , June 4, 2010 2:14 AM
    So many haters! I WANT ONE!
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    proxy711 , June 4, 2010 2:55 AM
    So lets see under 1000 dollars so it costs 999 dollars, 14inch screen is cool and all but with that big of screen the battery life is going to suffer.

    A smaller screen size will not only lower cost(by a lot i would imagine) but will improve battery life.

    almost 1000 dollars for a reader that only lasts 2 hours isn't a very good buy.
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    proxy711 , June 4, 2010 2:56 AM
    Opps forgot my last sentence.

    No wonder it was axed.
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    walt526 , June 4, 2010 3:07 AM
    The Microsoft Courier was axed. The Kno was just announced yesterday.
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    septentriones , June 4, 2010 3:11 AM
    The note taking on the video seemed convenient and intuitive. I hope they offer a slightly smaller one but even at this size it beats all the textbooks I'm lugging around now.
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