Kno Dual-Screen Tablet Sincerely Hopes Size Matters

If you hate the portability of tablets but love the glare, you might be interested in this "digital textbook" from Kno. Weighing it at 2.5kg, its two 14.1-inch displays look like they were brought down from the mount. Kno, seriously:

If you think it looks big in the pic above, check out this hands-on shot Engadget grabbed at D8:

The specs on Kno actually don't sound all that bad: Tegra 2 running the show, 16GB storage, 6-8 hours of battery life, stylus and touch support. Of course, you're also dealing with an apparently buggy Linux UI and an asking price of around $US1000 (which, hey, $US500 per screen!).

The argument for: textbooks are crazy expensive, so in the long run this could save you money. The argument against: you could put a textbook on a single tablet (almost) just as easily. Still, it's always great to see innovation - even of the impractical variety. [Engadget]



    Actually, I can see some awesome potential for this device. Flip it open horizontally and put a touch sensitive on-screen keyboard on one of the screens and you've got a very cool, portable 'netbook' device.

    It could be called the Nintendo DS XXXL.

    this could be the device Courier fans are lookign for. Sure this one is huge, but it wouldn't be hard for them to respond to this criticism and make a smaller, cheaper version, add some anti-glare coating or something and you'd have a pretty good device.

    Tablet shmablet. My iPad gathers dust. That sorta-portable device is too big to take everywhere like a smartphone and too small to do real work. If you just want to read novels get a Kindle. If you want to read a textbook and take notes, something like the Kno is a great idea. It's not like students just mill around holding books in their hands. They generally have desks to put books on, so it seems to me that you might as well make your device the size of a notebook.

    Give me one 14" tablet and I'll be happy. Not two that are connected at the hip.

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