Mashable on new Toshiba Libretto W100


I’ve had a couple of the old Librettos and they were fun, but this looks really impressive. A dual screen notebook with touch screen running windows 7.

Will it make an impact? Whenever people describe things as an ‘iPad Killer‘ that’s when I start to think that they’re not going to be as impressive as you might have thought.

More at Mashable.

1 comment

  1. You'd have to be a madman to use the term “iPad killer”, but, BUT, imagine Live on the top screen and an array of OSC-style controllers, but without the wireless connectivity, on the bottom one. Or a virtual Monome. Or a lovely stacked Reason rack in portrait mode.

    The main issue with all that, I think, is that those apps will always have to have strong mouse/keyboard focus, so adding touch functionality will involve compromise, and the nature of the Windows laptop market will mean no standard configuration to rely on. iPad apps shouldn't suffer from either of those limitations, though of course the power of a real laptop (and access to VSTs and a regular filesystem) would be very welcome… Still, there's something to be said about the sandboxed iPad environment – it feels like a middle ground between the flexibility of software and the focus of hardware.

    At any rate, that's a stupid promotional photo, as you'll appreciate if you try holding your iPad away from you at a 45 degree angle.

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