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Lenovo and Asus both have dual-screen notebooks coming out this year, with a second screen positioned where you’d normally find a keyboard. But they’re not exactly cheap, with the upcoming Asus Zenbook Duo expected to sell for $1500 and up, while the new Lenovo Yoga Book 9i will start at $2,000.

Chinese PC makers are starting to unveil significantly cheaper options. Last month we spotted the SZBOX DS135D, which currently sells for $599 and up. And now I’ve found what might just the cheapest dual-screen laptop to date. The Topton L15 is a compact laptop with two 10.5 inch FHD+ displays and it’s available from AliExpress for $370 and up at time of publication.

Unsurprisingly, this little dual-screen notebook lacks many of the features you’ll find on pricier models. It has a slower processor, doesn’t come with a Bluetooth keyboard, and the starting price is for a model with just 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

But it doesn’t cost a lot to increase those specs: as of January 22, 2024 you can order a model with 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for just $452.

Just don’t expect blazing fast performance from this little dual-screen computer even if you quadruple the memory and storage. It’s powered by an Intel Processor N95 chip, which is a 15-watt processor based on Intel’s Alder Lake-N architecture. It has four single-threaded Efficiency CPU cores, but lacks any Performance cores. And it has Intel UHD integrated graphics rather than higher-performance Iris Xe or Arc graphics.

Even with that relatively low-power processor, I also wouldn’t expect stellar battery life from a notebook with two screens and a 24.64 Wh battery (7.7V/3200 mAh).

It’s also worth keeping in mind that one of the ways Chinese PC makers that sell their goods through AliExpress keep costs down is to use off-brand RAM and storage that doesn’t always offer the same performance or durability you’d expect from better known brands.

That said, I can forgive a lot of things for a price this low. And the rest of the hardware doesn’t look bad for a little laptop in this price range.

The Topton L15 has a magnesium alloy body with a 360-degree hinge that lets you position the screens for use in laptop, tablet, tent, stand, or book modes. The computer measures 10mm (0.4 inches) thick and weighs 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds).

Topton says both screens are 10.5 inch, 1920 x 1280 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen displays with support for 10-point multitouch input and up to 330 nits brightness. While the screens don’t support pressure-sensitive pen input, Topton does offer an optional capacitive stylus for writing or drawing on the screen.

Ports include:

  • 2 x USB Type-C
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 1 x mini HDMI
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x microSD card reader
  • 1 x DC power input

Other features include a 2MP webcam, stereo speakers, and a cooling system with dual copper heat pipes and a fan. The laptop supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2.

I’m still skeptical that you can get a good laptop experience from a touchscreen-only notebook like this, which is why I’m glad to see companies like Asus and Lenovo including Bluetooth keyboards designed to sit atop the lower display. But if you think of the Topton L15 as a dual-screen tablet that you can also use like a notebook in a pinch, it’s an intriguing little computer.

I also suspect that we’ll see similar (or identical) dual-screen notebooks from other companies soon. You know that SZBOX DS135D I mentioned above? Topton sells the same laptop for the same price as the Topton L13.

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  1. Better to bring with you a 60% mechanical keyboard than use the one on the touch screen.
    If so the hinge has to be on the side of the screen, so you have 2x 16:9 displays side by side.

  2. Time-to-market for Chinese companies is just amazing now, I have to say. Handheld PCs, experimental designs and less popular hardware options (RISC-V) gets to stores in weeks after hype starts in some area.

    1. I’m not sure if that ought to be attributed more to efficient planning or more to the low advertising budgets that limit the advertising period to the date of availability or a few weeks before availability.
      And it’s certainly not universal, just look at how long it’s taken for ayaneo to ship some of its products.

    2. Risc-V will be the future, no patents and closed hardware.
      No problem with US and UK and their sanctions against China and Russia. No retaliation, no political use of the patents.

      1. RISC-V or ARM makes no difference in reality, since unless you are building a calculator performance level device, you will need a lot of modules in your CPU that gets licensed (IPs): DSP, crypto utilities, video encoders/decoders, memory controllers and so on. These are main patents and licensing cost. Without these you’ll be playing solitaire on that device. Not a problem for China, they do have their own designs, but none of them open or free.

  3. 24.64 Wh is a very small battery, even for a laptop with a single screen. Most entry level laptops have batteries above 40 Wh.

    With 2 displays, this thing is going to get like 2-3 hours of battery life.

  4. If only they had 1. USB-C for charging and 2. Hdmi-in to use the screens as alt for another laptop, it would’ve been a possible purchase option for me.

  5. So what this suggests to me is that the display panel shortage is over and now it is possible to get a panel, albeit possibly recycled, for not a whole lot more than a new keyboard.
    On a long enough timeline, someone will inevitably put this on a surface with the lid facing down and the base facing up. Most often, after trying to go back from double sided tablet to laptop. So it probably will die of falling off your lap onto the floor or just being in an insufficiently padded backpack before that happens once.

    1. What’s wrong with recycled? If the materials are repurposed at the factory, you’d never know the difference anyway.

      But agreed on your note about falling, unless they use gorilla glass or something.

      My crappy college laptop finally took a fall, it busted one of the battery cells internally, and the screen is now slightly curved. It’s still perfectly usable as long as the screen doesn’t show black, but still, shows the cheap plastics they used in this VAIO.

      But yeah, I’d be concerned about so much glass too.

      @Robert; totally agreed too. It’s far easier to type on a keyboard that gives you feedback, which you don’t get from a virtual keyboard on a screen. Totally worthless in my opinion.