Here’s a small slice of cool computing tech due for release soon – the Toshiba libretto W100.
The libretto W100 is a dual 7 inch touchscreen device, that can be used just like a laptop, or used to view content in dual-screen mode, so that it resembles a book. Inside is an accelerometer, so the pages display in either portrait or landscape mode, depending upon how you are holding the device. You can see the way the content on the screen re-aligns in the pictures that accompany this article.
Used as a laptop, you use the W100’s haptic on-screen keyboard to type – and if you’re not familiar with the term haptic, what it means is that the on-screen keyboard button give off a small vibration as you touch each key, giving you a touch confirmation that you have in fact pressed the keys. The screens can work as one, or separately, so you can be emailing on one, and watching a web video on the other.
The W100 is powered by Windows 7, and with the standard battery weighs less than 700 grams. You’ll get up to hours out of the standard battery, while with the optional bigger battery you’ll get up to 4 hours. This doesn’t sound much, indeed, it isn’t much, but that the price you pay for such a small device.
A video demonstration of the Toshiba libretto W100
Toshiba Bulletin Board
Shipping with the W100 is Toshiba’s Toshiba Bulletin Board. This program lets you combine various elements – text, pictures, calendar entries, etc – on the one screen, creating something like a project or scrapbook screen.
Price and availability
The Toshiba libretto W100 is down for an August release in Japan, the USA and UK. I’ve asked Toshiba Australia for details regarding Australian availability, but have not received a reply yet.
The price? Around US$1,100 to $1,300.
CPU: Intel Pentium processor U5400 (CULV) Operating Frequency 1.20GHz
Screen: Double touch-sensitive 7.0-inch Wide WSVGA (1,024 x 600) LED LCDs (with power-saving LED backlighting)
Hard drive: 62GB SSD
RAM: 2GB memory
Weight: 699 grams, battery life approx. 2 hours (with standard battery pack attached); Weight 819 grams, battery life approx. 4 hours (with high-capacity battery pack attached)
WiMAX wireless communication module
1.02 Megapixel webcam
Launch date: Japan, end of August, 2010
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