Toshiba Libretto W105; a netbook with two screens, no keyboard

Netbooks are great to carry around if you travel a lot, but one thing they lack is screen real estate. Toshiba set out to fix that with their Lebretto W105 model netbook. The netbook sports two 7-inch screens. The second screen also functions as a keyboard.

Last month LaptopMag did an interview with Phil Osako, Toshiba's director of product marketing and he said, "We want to kick off the next 25 years with a really cool, innovative concept product. The libretto W105 is an ultramobile companion PC that’s designed to push mobility forward. It’s a content product that opens people’s minds to a different way of thinking when it comes to laptop computing in a futuristic way. t’s great for content consumption, and really good for multitasking. It’s got the performance of an ultrathin laptop, but the mobility is much closer to something like a smart phone because of its size and weight."

Wired reviewed the $1,100 netbook in the video below. The W105 runs Windows 7 and has a 1.2GHz ultra low voltage Intel processor. You will also be able to use the device as an e-reader, when you tilt it side ways it will read like a book with one page on each side. If you aren't ready for a dual screen netbook, Toshiba is still selling a model with a plain old keyboard as well.

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Make both screens mulitouch and met me drag stuff from one to another. Oh and j also need a stylist pen to write on it. Hi resolution wouldn't hurt either.


Without all that this product is just a good idea and a failed execution

capr said,
Make both screens mulitouch and met me drag stuff from one to another. Oh and j also need a stylist pen to write on it. Hi resolution wouldn't hurt either.


Without all that this product is just a good idea and a failed execution

I agree. All features that the Courier concept had too... Why that didn't just get made I'll never understand. Toshiba should have just worked out an arrangement with Microsoft to make that...

Python96 said,
Look pretty cool, but this will fail for an every day user

Yeah, and it doesn't bring anything to it that would make it useful to a particular market either...

Jdawg683 said,
is it just my system or is the video above a jerky slideshow?

It's acting similarly on my computer, and, to note, I have 12 gigabytes of RAM, so I'm thinking it's the "video" itself.

Lagged like crap for me too. Anywho, not a bad concept in my opinion. I prefer E-ink for ebooks over LCD but I can see where this is useful. It would need at least 10 hours battery if it wish to compete with anything.

Jdawg683 said,
is it just my system or is the video above a jerky slideshow?

All of the Wired videos seem to be like that for me. I really have their viewer...

I don't get it. Why would anyone want to spend $1.1K on a Netbook? I thought the allure of them was in their size, but mostly their price.

Frazell Thomas said,
I don't get it. Why would anyone want to spend $1.1K on a Netbook? I thought the allure of them was in their size, but mostly their price.

I agree. Way overpriced.

So instead of carrying around a phone with no keyboard, you can now also have the inconvenience of a larger device that won't fit in your pockets. At roughly 4x the price of a netbook. And it's not a phone, so you still need to carry one with you anyway.

Sounds like a real winner.

In all seriousness, what problem, exactly, are they trying to solve?