Toshiba Unleashes the Product That Will Make You Forget About iPad!
The New Libretto W100 from Toshiba answers a question that Netbooks answered two years ago: How do we get the unwashed masses to buy Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs), the computers that marry processing speed considered blazing in 2003 with an LCD screen the size of a check engine light?
Toshiba believes it has the answer in the Libretto, their new Hybrid mini-notebook / e-reader. And it does have some interesting numbers behind it.
2 - Dual touchscreens: When held vertically, users will be able to page through both displays, like holding a really expensive, glass-paged copy of The Armageddon Script by Peter LeMesurier. When held horizontally, the lower screen serves as a keyboard and the upper screen as the display monitor. Neat!
7 - All Librettos, including the ready-to-be-used-and-then-forsaken Gary Coleman Signature Model, run a full copy of Windows 7 (formerly Windows ME v.2010)
5 - Has built-in Bluetooth 5, which is 4 more gooder than Bluetooth 1.
802.11n - Stealing neighbors' bandwidth so your cable company doesn't shut off your DSL for downloading DVD rips of seasons 1-21 of The Simpsons has never been easier, with the built in 802.11n antenna.
4,724 - How many of these $1100 glorified Nintendo DSs will be available, used, on eBay in 6 months.
Toshiba's Director of Post-Release Apologies, Nicole Smith, was giddy about their little invention: "The Netbook and UMPC market is very exciting now. And, frankly, we feel that the only competition that is out there is from Apple, as well as Acer, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp Corporation, Philips, Hitachi, Pioneer, ST Microelectronics, Sony, JVC, Thomson SA, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Electronic, Daikin, IBM / Lenovo, LG-Philips, Dell, GE, Siemens, Fabrik, Compaq, Xerox and Apex.
"Remember when we said that the Gigabeat will make you forget about the iPod? Or when we said that HD DVD will make you forget about Blu-Ray? Well, um. . . Stare at this watch . . . you are getting sleepy. . . sleepier . . . You've never heard of the iPad . . . Sleepier. . . "
"So, buy a Libretto; it's not what you want, but at least it's more expensive."