Toshiba celebrates 25th anniversary of first laptop with touchscreen gizmos
25 years ago, Toshiba unleashed their first laptop on the world. If you used it now, you would invariably swear yourself hoarse as you banged your fist on its Lego brick keys and wept uncontrollably as it slowly chugged through each painful process.
To celebrate this, Toshiba has unveiled three new mobile computer designs, and they look fun and faddy as fuck.
The company has announced the Libretto W100 which features dual 7in touchscreens, the Portégé R700 is Europe’s slimmest and lightest “full-function” laptop and the AC100 which is a mobile internet device.
So in July, you'll be able to buy the Libretto W100 which looks to cash in on the excitement surrounding Apple's iPad. The Libretto runs Windows 7 and has two 7in touchscreens. This means you can use it like a normal laptop or flip it on its side for dual screen action with the same auto-correcting technology that you have in smartphones.
All three mobile devices were launched to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Toshiba laptops, and the company’s UK marketing director, Matt McDowell, made it clear this was no coincidence. “Hopefully we’ve demonstrated we’re redefining mobile computing again by launching a new era of innovative, smaller form factors.”
So what do you reckon? Gimmicky fluff or ace new toy to play with?