Toshiba's new Libretto dual-screen laptop is an intriguing beast. It stands alone in its category but still manages to pack an impressive amount of hardware into a small package. A 1.2 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 64 GB SSD, webcam and WiFi n all come together to make one enticing gadget.
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With a 3.5 hour battery life.
Visions of the Courier dance in your head with one glance at Toshiba's new laptop, but they are very different products. The Courier was supposed to be similar to an iPad; a media-viewing / note-taking and organizational device that would be useful on the fly. With its smaller size ( a 7” screen is still a 7” screen) and relatively low-performance processor, the Libretto can't compete for sheer power with a high-end laptop.
But that is where it is priced. This babty won't leave stores for under $1000, meaning you can grab a MacBook or a seriously basass Windows laptop for the same price. For half as much you can get an iPad or a solid ultraportable with a 6+ hour battery-life. The Libretto won't be able to go very far without plugging in.
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Don't get me wrong; I'm ready to be wowed by the Libretto. It looks cool and a dual-screen notebook sounds very fun. But it's going to need to be a little more than “fun” and “highly impractical” if it hopes to move at this price point.