Monday, June 21, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 laptop with dual LED Touchscreens

To celebrate its 25 years in laptop business, Toshiba unveiled some new devices. One of them is the Toshiba Libretto W100, a dual-screen laptop. The Toshiba Libretto was launched back in 1996. At that time, it was quite an expensive device with a price tag of $2,000.

The new Toshiba Libretto W100 has two 7-inch LED-backlit touchscreens. One screen serves as the primary screen while the other screen is multipurpose. You can use it to extend the primary screen or virtual keyboard. Both screens have 1024x600 pixels in resolution.

The device has three physical buttons- one for Power, a Home key, and one button cycles through six different virtual keyboards.

The Libretto W100 has a clamshell design with black metal exterior. The device weighs 1.9 pounds. The user can easily carry the device in his jacket pocket.

In vertical mode, the W100 serves as an e-book reader while in the horizontal mode it can work like a laptop with virtual keyboard. You can also watch movies, listen to music, or watch photos.

While using as a laptop one button would activate virtual keyboard while the other button launches various Toshiba applications for launching documents, widgets and clippings of information.

Stood on its end, device looks like an e-book with two screens. If you use Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader then you would be able to use only one screen. Toshiba is planning to have its own online book store and e-book read application.

The Toshiba Libretto W100 runs on Windows 7 Home Premium. It is powered by Intel Pentium U5400 processor 1.2 GHz clockspeed and 2GB RAM. It comes in either a spinning 320GB HDD or a 62GB SSD.

Unlike the Apple iPad the Toshiba Libretto W100 has one USB port and a headphone jack.

The Libretto W100 comes with an 8-cell battery which gives a backup for more than five hours.

According to its official website, the Toshiba Libretto W100 will be launched in limited quantity in August and it would be priced at $1099.

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