By Harry McCracken | Monday, September 28, 2009 at 11:37 am
When it comes to laptop CPU speed, RAM, hard-drive capacity, and USB ports, more is definitely better. With screens, however, the ideal number may well be one. Many inventors have come up with multi-screen laptop designs; few have reached the market and none have been major hits. (Even Microsoft’s mundane and useful-sounding Windows Sideshow technology never took off.)
In my latest guest post at WePC.com, “A Brief History of Bad Multiple Screen Portables…and How to Improve on Them,” I take a look at the whole idea of building more than one screen into a portable computer, and try to provide some advice for making it make sense. I’m still skeptical, but I’m willing to believe it’s one of those technical challenges that remains unsolved for eons–until the moment someone figures it out.
If you read my post, share your thoughts over at WePC–and as long as you’re there, check out the contest (you could win a gaming PC, laptop, or netbook by participating).