Dual Screen Libretto W100 Blowing My Mind

Posted by Zealot on Jun 21, 2010

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librettow100pressshots06 Sometimes, as many leaks as occur in the blogosphere, a new device can still come out of left field. Consider the Libretto W100 a case in point. In honor of 25 years making laptops, Toshiba dusted off a legendary brand, their Libretto series of ultra-light notebooks. They did a similar stunt to celebrate the 20th anniversary when they released the Libretto U100, however that 80s throwback didn’t hold a candle to the glory that is the W100.

Dual 7 inch multitouch screens, 6 styles of virtual keyboard, Windows 7, 64GB SSD…this may be the device that so many concept machines over the last year have dreamt of being. The best part is that Toshiba isn’t just trotting these around to the trade shows, showing them off safely under glass….they are going to be actually SELLING these in limited quantities.

There is one small problem however….the price. IF you can find one to buy (no word yet on how “limited” those limited quantities will be), it will set you back a cool thousand dollars.

I admit it, if I had the chance to buy one…I would be sorely tempted. Now if HP would just make an anniversary Jornada.

Check out more pictures and specs after the jump.

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- Dual 7.0-inch diagonal multi-touch displays7 (1024 x 600)
- 6-mode virtual keyboard with haptic response
- Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system
- Intel® Pentium® U5400 processor1 (1.2GHz)
- 2GB DDR3 memory2
- 62GB Solid State Drive3
- 1.0 megapixel HD Webcam with Toshiba Face Recognition
- 802.11 b/g/n wireless4
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR5
- MicroSD card slot
- One USB 2.0 port
- TOSHIBA Bulletin Board, ReelTime™ and PC Health Monitor software
- 8-cell battery
- 7.95" (W) x 4.84"(D) x 1.2"(H)
- 1.8 lbs.6

(Source: Engadget)

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By day a department manager and writer for a major network device vendor...by night Zealot stalks the mean magnetic streets, striking fear into the hearts of bandwidth abusers and theme park mascots. Zealot has been involved with mobile devices for more than a decade now, starting off with dumb phones, moving to PDAs and then to smartphones, notebooks and netbooks with the odd PMP thrown in. Most of his mobile time currently is spent on a Treo Pro, Zune HD, Thinkpad T61, HP Mini 311, iPod Touch 3G, iPad 16G or a Hackintoshed Compaq Mini 704. He proudly groks the Geek community and considers himself a Neo Maxi Zune Dweebie (thanks Wil Wheaton!).

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  • badersk

    I only see two things wrong with it. 1 The price, but for a limited productiond device I get it. 2. the screen resolution. 1024×600 doesn't display things like pdf and such correctly. That is what steered me to the iPad. Wide screens are great for watching movies but this looks more like a reading and planning device and should have had a 800×600 or 1024x 768 or what ever would be the scale up.

  • http://bardhaven.wordpress.com Zealot

    Good point, the screen dimensions are indeed a bit odd…looking at it, it reminds me of two Sony Ps stapled together. That isn't a bad thing, but it will certainly lead to some strange resolutions.

  • badersk

    I only see two things wrong with it. 1 The price, but for a limited productiond device I get it. 2. the screen resolution. 1024×600 doesn't display things like pdf and such correctly. That is what steered me to the iPad. Wide screens are great for watching movies but this looks more like a reading and planning device and should have had a 800×600 or 1024x 768 or what ever would be the scale up.

  • http://bardhaven.wordpress.com Zealot

    Good point, the screen dimensions are indeed a bit odd…looking at it, it reminds me of two Sony Ps stapled together. That isn't a bad thing, but it will certainly lead to some strange resolutions.

  • badersk

    I was originally going to buy a Net tablet and tried reading some PDFs on it and it was too small. Then I was going to wait on a Windows 7 tablet but they are all going to this 1024 by 600 resolution. Not everthing needs to be a wide screen. I first thought the iPad resolution was wrong as an entertainment device but you end up using it as so much more and then it makes sense.

  • http://twitter.com/fj/status/16705572415 FJ!! van Wingerde

    Nobody noticed the Toshiba Libretto W100 is Microsoft Courier hardware? Hobbyists, fire up LINUX and make you own! http://bit.ly/drjHib

  • http://www.svpocketpc.com Pony99CA

    There's one other thing wrong if you're going to use this as a small laptop — you can't touch type on a virtual keyboard. You can type like you're touch typing if you look at the screen (and if the keyboard is large enough), but touch typing requires feel.

    Until we get some sort of haptics, virtual keyboards won't be as useful as real keyboards.

    Steve

  • badersk

    Yeah, your right about that. I can't touch type on the iPad, which is fine for what I use it for.

  • http://www.svpocketpc.com Pony99CA

    There's one other thing wrong if you're going to use this as a small laptop — you can't touch type on a virtual keyboard. You can type like you're touch typing if you look at the screen (and if the keyboard is large enough), but touch typing requires feel.

    Until we get some sort of haptics, virtual keyboards won't be as useful as real keyboards.

    Steve

  • badersk

    Yeah, your right about that. I can't touch type on the iPad, which is fine for what I use it for.

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