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The Core i7 Laptop With Dual 17'' 1080P LCDs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

The more the merrier.

Nearly two years ago, we learned about a laptop concept that had two full-sized screens. At the time, it was spec'ed with two 15.4-inch screens, but now gScreen is nearly ready for rollout and has cranked it up to two full 1080P 17-inch screens.

gScreen calls it the SpaceBook, and it features Core i7 and i5 processors – up from the original's Core 2 Duo model two years ago. The dual-screened laptop is meant for professionals with special requirements, so it's great that the screens come in both a matte and glossy option.

The Windows Team Blog has a post on this machine, and in it is a quote from Gordon Stewart, GScreenCorp’s CEO and the father of the SpaceBook, on how such a laptop came to be: “A few years ago I was working on a film project in Hawai’i and realized that I was going to have to move my entire desktop setup down there from my home in Anchorage to get the computing power and screen real-estate I needed.   That hassle made me realize that I couldn’t be the only one who needed a powerful laptop with massive screen size, so I set out to build one.”

The Core i5 model starts at $2395 and the Core i7 model is $2795. Check it all out here.

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    JasonAkkerman , July 19, 2011 1:06 PM
    Nice. By the time you get it booted up the battery would be half dead.
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    warmon6 , July 19, 2011 12:42 PM
    if it wasn't for the fact that there a GTS 250M gpu inside of it instead of something a little more modern, i would take it.
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    reggieray , July 19, 2011 12:42 PM
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    JasonAkkerman , July 19, 2011 1:06 PM
    Nice. By the time you get it booted up the battery would be half dead.
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    burnley14 , July 19, 2011 1:09 PM
    Definitely a niche machine. Most people will see no true benefit to having this extra screen space on the go, especially for the high price.
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    techseven , July 19, 2011 1:17 PM
    This is great for programming/debugging and also working in graphic design on the go...
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    jefforange89 , July 19, 2011 1:41 PM
    I cared, until I saw the CPU and GPU options.
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    3ddraft , July 19, 2011 1:46 PM
    As a CAD tech / project manager, this would be great for client presentations or onsite work. I agree that no really massive work could be done but site sketches, or the nuts and bolts presentations would be easier.
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    mauller07 , July 19, 2011 2:01 PM
    This would be really handy for those times when you need to remote into a server (or 2) while doing work on the laptop locally.
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    Anonymous , July 19, 2011 2:07 PM
    This is not a laptop, this a mobile workstation: arguing about battery duration is pointless.

    But true enough, while the included GPU is enough for most uses, it would have been nice to have the opportunity to get a bigger one, for video rendering & so on.

    Same goes for HDD: no SSD for such an high end machine? Really? A combo SSD + HDD would have been sweet.
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    warezme , July 19, 2011 2:13 PM
    a high end option using a low end approach = fail
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    seller417 , July 19, 2011 2:27 PM
    there are a lot of negative people out there...i think its pretty cool and like anything else some people will say this is exactly what they have been looking for.
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    cookoy , July 19, 2011 2:32 PM
    not for me. if i need 2 screens, i'd bring along 2 laptops. a bit heavier but how many times do you need 2 full 17" screens on the road?
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    christop , July 19, 2011 2:38 PM
    Bet the battery last 30 minutes.
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    eddieroolz , July 19, 2011 3:19 PM
    Its a $2400 that's quite acceptable to even me. Having enough screen real estate has no price.
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    verbalizer , July 19, 2011 3:24 PM
    it needs to have a stronger gfx component, a GTS 250M doesn't really cut it anymore.
    that's very disappointing as well as the price being slightly high.
    and the battery life is what again..?
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    chumly , July 19, 2011 3:35 PM
    2 Screens.
    2 Year old hardware.
    2 Thousand dollars.
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    Anonymous , July 19, 2011 4:05 PM
    no sandy bridge? 250m GTS? wut? lol ,try 2630QM and 460m-560m at least...
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    ubercake , July 19, 2011 4:41 PM
    Seems like a good idea to build on?
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    K-zon , July 19, 2011 4:47 PM
    Well, on the idea of performance for value, the hardware is probably fairly placed for the money, cause probably woud cost more for more, or to do more. In terms of gaming, its hard to find one with the idea of two screens anyways unless you find the interest of course, but probably hard founf against just a company release. Like im sure a GTS 250M is still twice as fast as my computer alone almost. Maybe more towards Graphics side of course, but it. Would be able to run some intersting games twice over.

    Battery life yes probably the one issue of it all, of course, but still. Laptobs i dont think are the same, hence the GTS 250(m) rather that mtters or not, who knows. Could just be there for something different.
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    applegetsmelaid , July 19, 2011 5:05 PM
    chumly 07/19/2011 5:35 PM Hide Insert quote.
    -2+ .2 Screens.
    2 Year old hardware.
    2 Thousand dollars.

    Sounds like a Mac. But at least they give you two screens.
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