Now here’s our Toshiba Libretto W100 Netbook Dual Touchscreen Review: The new Toshiba Libretto W100 Netbook has a dual touchscreen and is super-duper cool! Ask Miss Taylor Swift or the guys from the band Boys like Girls, two is better than one! Japanese tech giant Toshiba heartily agrees with this adage. Please refer to the picture below and you will understand why I’m already in love with the New Libretto W100 Netbook. Taiwanese firms Asus, MSI, and others are now lording it over the netbook market but Toshiba’s latest Libretto creation is so distinctive with its dual-display design, I am sure customers who value individuality will find the Toshiba Libretto W100 an impulse buy. It’s one of a kind and will sure turn heads when you have flash it out in your office or at Starbucks.
Toshiba designed the Libretto W100 netbook uniquely by assembling two capacitive multi-touch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) 7-inch displays which features LED-backlighting so you save battery power. In normal activities, the two screens can be used to display as single continuous monitor but you can actually run it too in dual-display mode. Meaning you can run different programs on the first display while simultaneously running other apps on the second monitor. You can also drag and drop icons, programs, and files between the two screens. You can not find any other netbook or laptop that has this ability. What’s more, the Libretto W100 could be the eReader device like the low-priced Barnes and Noble Nook eBook Reader yet because it functions like a real book when you read your favorite novels or magazines. Flip it in vertical position and you will have a two-page lay-out for your ebook, the two monitors will automatically rotate accordingly! Yes, Toshiba put a G-sensor accelerometer in it.
There is no physical keyboard like you would expect from conventional netbooks such as the Dell Alienware M11X Netbook or the cheap Toshiba Mini NB305-410 but instead you will use a multi-function 108-key virtual keyboard from any of the two screens. I know, you also hate typing on LCD screen keys but Toshiba is providing its virtual keyboard with vibration feedback so you at least feel like you are typing on a netbook’s thin keys. The form factor is netbook but the W100 is actually more like a foldable tablet computer. The multi-touch displays are fast and intuitive to use for navigating without the need for a mouse or keyboard. This device will run on Windows 7 Home Premium but Toshiba will add some custom apps for it.
Toshiba Libretto W100 technical specifications are also very impressive indeed. Under the hood, the Toshiba Libretto W100 2010 edition’s main heart will rely on a 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor. This compact ultra-low voltage (CULV) adds to the power-efficiency of the W100 which is already burdened by another monitor. Multi-tasking on this notebook will be a breeze since it will ship with 2GB or DDR3 RAM. Storage will not be a problem since it will have a default 60GB hard drive and will also have microSD and USB 2.0 ports. Browsing the web will be painless with WiFi and 3G support. Toshiba even added a 1.2 megapixel front-facing webcam so you can really use this for video chatting.
Toshiba plants to first launch the Toshiba Libretto W100 in Japan this coming August. No price level was disclosed until now but industry-watchers are saying it might go as high as $1000. If it hits that mark, I don’t think Toshiba will find many buyers. I hope they sell this one in a price range closer to $600 or $700. They could even sell it cheaper if they junk Windows 7 and just slapped on Linux or Android OS on it.