The Toshiba Libretto W100 is one of the first commercially available laptop-style devices with twin touchscreen displays and no physical keyboard, allowing you to use one of the displays as a virtual keyboard. But it looks like the Libretto W100 might not be the last. Acer is reportedly working on a much larger, more powerful dual touchscreen machine.
While the Toshiba Libretto W100 had two 7 inch displays and a 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor, the Acer prototype currently has twin 15 inch displays and a 2.67GHz Intel Core i5 CPU.
On the one hand, that means the machine is likely going to consume a lot of power and need a spectacularly high capacity battery to last for more than a few hours on a charge. On the other hand, the large screen should make typing on a virtual keyboard much easier, while the powerful CPU should help make the Windows 7 experience a bit better on two touchscreen displays.
According to TechReviewSource, the laptop is still in development and may never see the light of day. But if it does become a real
boy product, Acer is reportedly shooting for a fall, 2011 launch date. With 15 inch displays and a Core i5 processor, I wouldn’t expect this guy to be cheap, light weight, or many of the other things I value in a laptop. On the other hand… ooh, pretty.