Kohjinsha DZ dual-screen laptop / netbook now released

From concept to reality: Kohjinsha's twin display
From concept to reality: Kohjinsha's twin display

Always wanted to buy a dual-screen laptop? Now you can

When the concept was first shown to the public in october (Japan's CEATEC), Kohjinsha's representatives did not say when or even if the prototype would be released on the markets; but it finally didn't take long for the product to hit the shelves, as they announced last week that it is now available to japanese customers (jp.kohjinsha.com).

Kohjinsha's competitor :      Lenovo's W700ds
Kohjinsha's competitor : Lenovo's W700ds

The projected new line of products is now known as the Kohjinsha DZ Series. The first product of this series, the DZ6KHE16E, is the first full dual screen laptop to make it to the marketplace (unlike Lenovo's Thinkpad W700ds, with its akward side screen).

The Kohjinsha DZ is a notebook featuring two LED backlit 10.1” LCDs with a 1024x600 pixels resolution.

The Kohjinsha DZ comes with a built-in webcam and a fingerprint scanner
The Kohjinsha DZ comes with a built-in webcam and a fingerprint scanner

Specifications:

  • Athlon Neo MV-40 at 1.6GHz
  • 1GB of memory, extensible to a maximum of 4GB (via two slots)
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics processor
  • 160GB hard drive (SATA HDD, 5400rpm)
  • 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
  • Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.1
  • Built-in 1.3 megapixels camera
  • Built-in Fingerprint Scanner
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • 3-in-1 media slot (for SD, SDHC and MMC cards)
  • MicroSD slot
  • an input socket (at the front of the unit) for stereo audio input

It's dimensions are 11 x 8.26 x 1.65 inches (280 x 210 x 42 mm) and it has a total weight of about 4 pounds (1.84kg). Kohjinsha claims it has a 4.5h battery life between charges (provided by a 11.1V lithium ion 5200mAh battery).

The screens can be used as an ultra-wide-screen single display...

... or as two independent workspaces sitting side by side

The Kohjinsha DZ basic package includes:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium operating system
  • Presto PVR to allow recording and playback of TV content
  • Realtek HD audio
  • CyberLink PowerDVD
  • McAfee Security Center
  • the EI Office 2009 suite
  • ebi Book Reader

At the time of this writing, the price tag is in the range of 80,000 and 90,000 yen (between 900$ and 1050$ US).

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