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Posted at 6:45 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

CES 2011: Dual-screen tablets intrigue, but don't impress

By Hayley Tsukayama

Tablets are everywhere at CES this year and there are at least two that offer double the screen with builds that are meant to mimic books. (Remember those?) The Kno Tablet and the NEC LT-W Cloud Communicator both have their flaws, but their extra screens make them stand out at this year's convention.

6_orig.jpgThe Kno Tablet is aimed mainly at students who don't want to lug their textbooks all over creation. The tablet comes with a stylus and is able to hold textbooks, study guides and course documents for every new semester, and lets students take notes, share information and browse the Web. With a screen size of 14 inches and an $899 price tag, the Kno is unlikely to catch fire in the popular market, but at that price, it's still less than a year's worth of books on many campuses.

Cloud_communicator.JPG The NEC LT-W Cloud Communicator is a dual-screen tablet that's due to launch in Japan next year. With two 7-inch LED screens and Android 1.2-based operating system (ouch!), CNET gives it an "A" for effort while Endgadget's review is more like a "C" for execution. Endgadget has dubbed it a "Courier gone wrong." Plus, it has a stylus, which seems to be the epitome of uncool.

It's too bad, because a dual-screen tablet could make reading and taking notes a lot easier, if only someone could pull it off. What features do you want in a tablet? Do dual-screens appeal to you?

Kno image from Kno; NEC image CNET.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 7, 2011; 6:45 PM ET
Categories:  CES 2011  
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