Let’s face it, we’re living in exciting times, especially with the way technology is advancing. While people may be clamoring over the new MacBook Pro Retina, there are plenty of other futuristic laptops on the horizon to get excited over. Continue reading to see five prime examples.
5. GScreen Spacebook
The GScreen Spacebook, a 17-inch dual-screen laptop, is finally shipping. Inside, you’ll find an Intel “Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB of storage, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTS 250 (1GB) and DVD burner.” You can grab the entry level model for $1899, but the higher-end, two-headed beast will cost you $2099.
4. Razer Blade
At $2800, the Razer Blade boasts “a 17.3-inch display (1920×1080 resolution), 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2640M processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 555M and Intel integrated graphics, 2GB of video RAM, HD webcam, 256GB SSD, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, ethernet, backlit keyboard, audio jack and of course an LCD screen/trackpad with 10 programmable adaptive buttons.” All those buttons are programmable for in-game commands, so you’ll have one-button hotkeys a finger press away. And you wont have to remember which command is mapped to which button because an image can be assigned to the button’s screen.
3. Intel Nikiski
More than just eye candy, Intel’s Nikiski laptop has a fully-functional transparent touchpad. It’s basically “a clear piece of glass that does double duty as a touchpad for the Windows 7 laptop, but also transformers into a exterior touchscreen when the laptop is closed.” When you close the laptop, a strip of tiles pops up on the actual laptop’s display; the glass simply functions as a touchscreen overlay. The software looks very, very reminiscent of Windows 8, but it is not Windows 8.
2. Acer Iconia
Not just a non-functional concept, the Acer Iconia just might be the world’s first working dual-touchscreen laptop. Aside from the two 14-inch displays, it boasts “Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and is equipped with an Intel Core i5-480M / 560M / 580M CPU, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory.” There’s also a 320/500/640/750GB hard drive, Acer’s CrystalEye webcam (1280×1024 resolution), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, integrated 3G WWAN, gigabit Ethernet, a four-cell battery and a total weight of 6.18 pounds.
1. Intel Tangent Bay
Why stick with just one screen, when you can have four? That’s exactly how many functional displays that the Intel Tangent Bay laptop has. Simply put, “the prototype’s three mini-screens let you organize and play files without taking up room on the main display; you can also use multi-touch gestures, and drag files between screens.”
Bonus – World’s Thinnest Xbox 360 Laptop
Measuring less than 2-inches thick, this Xbox 360 laptop by James Terry is touted as the world’s thinnest. Inside, “a pair of fans force air out of the sealed case, controlling air flowing over the heat sink.”