08. 10. 2009
Always Innovating Creates Two-Piece Netbook
As netbooks continue to flood the market, it's getting increasingly difficult to tell one comp from another. You know what that means: time for some gimmicks! While some are more useful than others, when a tech market becomes overly saturated, product-makers start pulling out the flashy bells and whistles to capture consumer attention.
Such is the case with Always Innovating's latest netbook, the Touchbook. This new entry into the netbook market essential combines a netbook and a tablet. Using a detachable keyboard and a 3D touchscreen, the Touchbook is as versatile as a three-piece suit. According to Touchbook creator and Always Innovating founder, Grégoire Gentil, "You can use it as a netbook computer, a hand-held game machine, or a video player. You can even reverse the keyboard to prop it up on a table in an inverted 'V'. Finally, because it is magnetic, you can remove the keyboard and put the tablet on the fridge to serve as a kitchen computer or digital frame."
Besides all the moving parts, the Touchbook has some cool stuff under the hood. The netbook runs on ARM Texas Instruments' OMAP3 chip that delivers the power of a desktop computer but with half the power consumption. There's a 3D accelerometer, an six USB 2.0 ports -- plenty of room for any peripheral you might want to attach. There is never a need to reboot, since the computer is always on. So it's a good thing that Touchbook gets approximately 10 hours of battery life off a single charge.
It's a given that its compact. The 9.4" x 7" x 1.4"Touchbook weighs in at 2lbs. The 8.9-inch screen with a resolution isn't too shabby either. There's also a built-in mic and speakers and the Touchbook has 8GB SD card so users can easily upgrade their storage ante. The Touchbook is also Bluetooth compatible. It should be noted for Windows lovers that the Touchbook is a total Linux affair.
Selling for $299, the Touchbook looks like an interesting alternative from all the drab Atom based netbooks that are currently on the market.