Long before the OLPC, Asus Eee PC, or anything else that you could call a netbook, there was the Toshiba Libretto, a ridiculously small (for the time) line of laptops from Toshiba. To celebrate its 25th anniversary in the laptop space, Toshiba is bringing back the Libretto name, but this time with something a little unusual: A laptop/tablet style device with dual 7 inch displays.
It’s hard not to compare the Toshiba Libretto W100 to the ill-fated Microsoft Courier or the equally ill-fated original concept designs for the next-generation OLPC XO Laptop. But the Libretto W100 is something different. The computer runs Windows 7, has an Intel ULV processor, and has a starting price of nearly $1100.
But most importantly, this product is actually real and a number of web sites have posted hands-on photos and videos. You can check out a few after the break.
Here’s a rundown of the specs:
- Displays: Twin 7 inch, 1024 x 600 multitouch screens
- Keyboard: 6-mode virtual keyboard with haptic touch
- CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 ULV
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- Storage: 62GB solid state disk
- Memory: 2GB DDR3 RAM
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1
- I/O: 1 USB 2.0 port, MicroSD card slot
- Camera: 1MP
- Battery: 4 or 8 cell options for 2 to 4 hours of run time
- Dimensions: 7.95″ x 4.84″ x 1.2″
- Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Price: $1099 to $1300
You can find some hands-on impressions at Laptop Magazine, Engadget, SlashGear, and Netbooked.The general verdict seems to be that the display and virtual keyboard are pretty good, but that the computer feels pretty sluggish.
The Toshiba Libretto W100 is expected to go on sale sometime in the next few months, although Toshiba admits that it’s a niche product and doesn’t really expect the $1100 high-concept device to compete with the likes of the iPad.
You can find more photos and hands-on videos below.