Two years after it was first announced, the dual-screen behemoth known as the gScreen SpaceBook laptop is finally available for pre-order.
Forget super slim, super fast, or super affordable. The gScreen SpaceBooks weigh a portly 10 pounds. The cheaper model retails at $2,695 for one with a first-generation Intel core i5 processor and $3,195 for a similarly-dated core i7 processor (Sandy Bridge who?) But if you pre-order now, you can knock off $300 from the i5 and $400 from the i7.
Perhaps the most standout, though not groundbreaking, feature about the SpaceBook is its dual 17.3-inch HD LED-backlit displays, with one screen sliding out from behind the other (like in the Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds) to transform into a split-screen laptop.
The i5 4G (that's 4GB of RAM mind you, not 4G wireless support) and i7 8G are rather big-boned, measuring 16.5 by 12.63 by 1.88 inches.
And strangely, despite offering Nvidia GeForce GPUs that support high-resolution, 1080p video playback, neither model comes with Blu-Ray support.
Stranger still, Microsoft employee Ben Rudolph reviewed a prototype and sang its praises, though it might explain why Bing shows up on all of the SpaceBook's product shots. "It's a really amazing design that's really functional," he wrote on the Windows Team Blog.