Toshiba shows off detachable notebook display

Barb Dybwad
B. Dybwad|03.14.05

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Barb Dybwad
March 14, 2005 1:19 PM
Toshiba shows off detachable notebook display image
Toshiba shows off detachable notebook display image
Toshiba detachable display

It almost looks a little bit disturbing, seeing the headless notebook with detached screen, as if you've just perpetrated your own worst nightmare and dropped your laptop to the floor, severing its hinge. Once we get past our separation anxiety, Toshiba's detachable display starts looking like a pretty sweet idea, enabling you to get the benefits of a Tablet PC with all the computing power of a traditional notebook. The prototype they pitched at CeBIT was a 12.1-inch TFT LCD screen, XGA resolution (1024 x 768 pixels), communicating with the mothership via 802.11b. However, there's some bad news (as usual) — the detachable displays won't be ready for market for at least another two to three years, and nobody's gonna get attached to the battery life on these units: currently an hour, with hopes to extend to two to three hours by the time they go into production.

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