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gScreen's actually producing its crazy dual 17-inchSpacebook, launches pre-order

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Well, color us shocked! It's been almost two years since gScreen, a small Alaskan company, set out to bring its mega-dual-screen Spacebook to market, and well, it seems to have finally done it — or at least, build enough of them to start putting them up for pre-order. To refresh your memory, the Spacebook is unlike any dual-screen laptop ever built before. It doesn't have two 10-inch displays like the Kohjinsha's DZ or a secondary 10.6-inch display like the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds. Oh no, it's much more daring than the dual-screen notebooks of yesteryear — it houses two 1920 x 1080-resolution 17.3-inch displays, which slide out horizontally like wings.

Of course, the whole set up creates for one monster of a laptop. The rig weighs in at a hefty ten pounds and looks as if it measures at least two inches thick (we're trying to confirm the actual measurements as we type). According to the order page, it packs a DVD drive, three USB ports, a six-in-one card reader, as well as mic, headphone, Ethernet, FireWire, and eSATA jacks. Oh, and there's also an HDMI port for what we're assuming everyone wants on the go — triple screen computing! (Though, come to think of it, we're not entirely sure the GPU would support that.)

The whole package has always had us scratching our heads a bit — why wouldn't you just buy one of those USB-powered external monitors? — but the outdated specs are the bigger question. The entry level model starts at $2,395 (although, there seems to be some sort of 50 percent off pre-sale) and packs a last-generation Core i5-560M processor, 4GB of RAM, as well as an outdated GeForce GTS 250M GPU with 1GB of VRAM. Going up to the $2,795 version buys you quad-core muscle with Core i7-740M CPU (also last gen) and 8GB of memory, but keeps the rest of the specs intact. We'd rather spend our hard earned cash on a laptop that packs the latest components and is easy on the eyes, like that glorious VAIO Z we just reviewed, but we'll hold our final judgment until we have the chance to pull out those screens and look out on 34 inches of HD display. Hit the break for a few more images.

Sources: GScreen, Windows Team Blog