Not too long ago I posted a story here about Japanese company Kohjinsha’s prototype dual-screen swivel netbook. Well in response to the innovative new technology, the designers over at Onkyo have developed their own dual screened laptop and while Kohjinsha did come out with one first, Onkyo, it seems, has significantly raised the bar.
As promised at CEATEC, Onkyo’s laptop offers dual 10.1-inch 1,366×768 pixel LCD displays as opposed to the 10.1-inch 1,024×600 pixel LCD displays seen on Kohjinsha’s laptop. But what is impressive about Onkyo’s screens is that they make them better than Kohjinsha’s without increasing the overall size of the device.
Onkyo’s laptop contains a 1.6 GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU similar to the AMD Athlon MV-40 in Kohjinsha’s laptop. Onkyo’s has an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 3 USB jacks. Starting off you will get 2GB of memory which is expandable to 4GB. Onkyo’s device also comes with a 320GB 5,400rpm disk, Gigabit Ethernet and the 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
What makes Onkyo’s dual-screen laptop even more desirable than Kohjinsha’s is the price. Onkyo’s laptop comes under a price tag of 84,000 Yen which translates to roughly $966 US. Kohjinsha’s device comes in at 79,000 Yen which transfers to about $909 US. while this price is less than Onkyo’s, you will only get it if you but it directly from Kohjinsha’s retail site. If you don’t, then you will be hit with a price of 100,800 Yen or about $1,148 US. Overall the DX from Onkyo looks to be a much better deal than Kohjinsha’s device. Look for this one to hit the market by late February 2010.
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