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Video: Toshiba Libretto W100 demo

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It was just yesterday that the Toshiba Libretto W100 came into my life and yet somehow now I can't live without it.

I've used it so much in the past day/night that I drained both batteries three times already. Now granted, battery life isn't stellar to begin with, but I don't think I've ever used or wanted to use a new UMPC this much in a span of ~36 hours before.

It is definitely not without its share of shortcomings and I don't think it will appeal to everyone, but I am extremely pleased with it.

To that end, I've put together a short video (720p) showing some of the W100's unique features.

The Toshiba Libretto W100 is available now from Conics.net.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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54 thoughts on “Video: Toshiba Libretto W100 demo

  • can’t remember whether I’d read it somewhere but is it a resistive screen or capacative? I’m keen to be able to use a stylus for inking.

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  • Avatar of Richie

    Capacitive touch.

    capacitive styli do exist though, not sure how well they work

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  • Avatar of geek_in_me

    Jenn when you said “It was just yesterday that the Toshiba Libretto W100 came into my life and yet somehow now I can’t live without it” That seals the deal for me although i’ve been waiting impatiently on your review, that words alone convinced that this is one amazing piece of technology and ordered mine at Conics right away. Now for the most painful part , waiting to get shipped and arrived at my doorstep Grrrrrrr!

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  • The fullscreen mode isnt sticking probably because it detected that the focus to the window has been lost.

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  • Avatar of bartletts

    Great video, I love mine. It is exciting because it is so radically different. And, with built in WIMAX I can connect while out and about here in Charlotte, NC. Worth the extra money to import from Conics. This is at least my 4th pc from Conics. Great service.

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  • Good video showing the W100 Jenn. It is a lot faster than I thought it would be. Now I will have to get one. Really like how you can work with both screens. Can’t remember if it has GPS built in. If it does then great to have your GPS running in one screen and iTunes in the other. Jenn you still have your Kohnjinsa SC3? I think you sold that one, but if not. Size wise how much longer is the W100 vs the SC3? Looking forward for more reviews.

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  • Jenn, is the DC Jack 5V or 15V? and can you turn off one of the screens to save power?

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    that bulletin board reminds me of the courier concept demo microsoft was passing around.

    especially how you could grab a section of one screen and have it show up on the other as a image, complete with a slide across animation.

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  • I’m patiently waiting on mine to get in (my order got delayed and I’m getting one from the second factory shipment.. *sigh*) and I was curious; Does the Libretto fold all the way around backwards like the enTourage eDGe does? Thanks for all the posts on the thing :) I hate waiting…

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  • I wonder how hard it would be for Toshiba to remove the bottom screen and put a keyboard there instead. That’d be a great “netbook” with its CULV CPU. I’d buy that for sure.

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  • 19V. The bottom screen only seems to sleep when working with those bulletin boards, but there may be a setting somewhere that I missed. The brightness of both screens can be adjusted separately, though, so I guess if one cannot really turn off, the best option would be to lower brightness to lowest level.

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  • totaly agree!

    I rather have one screen with the same dimensions and toggle keyboard half of it.

    Why sacrifice in this way only for clamshell compactness?

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  • Yeah, I sold the SC3. I recall that it was wider/taller when opened than the Shift.

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  • Avatar of Trenton

    Is there any major difference in functionality between the Japanese version and the one to be sold in US? Or is the 2nd battery and WiMax the only difference?

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  • Avatar of Richie

    Those are the only differences…

    However–there’s been no confirmation or indication that the US version comes with the free case…

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  • Avatar of Trenton

    Thanks, I wasnt sure if the ones ordered from Japan with the US Windows installed had different interface since some of the touch features are Toshiba designed or they are universal to all Libretto models and languages.

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  • Me too. I never was a fan of touch screen controls. I’d choose a keyboard and mouse pointer over a touch screen any day on non-pocketable devices like the Libretto.

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  • the case with the Japanese model only fits when using the small battery, so the US model if it has a case included would be different – in any case :)

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  • Avatar of Yuri Andropov

    Just got the device. First impression is that this thing gets HOT on the top half. Almost no point in turning it sideways because you can’t hold it hot. Keyboards are amazing. The slanted split keyboard is very usable for holding the device and typing with multiple fingers on the large 5-row keyboard is almost comfortable. If this was a 9-inch device, I might be able to touch type. I’m coming close now. I just wish Toshiba had a keyboard option for those of us who like to hit space with the right thumb. Being able to change from English to Russian to Japanese keyboards on the fly is amazing.

    Random thoughts: The speaker flat-out sucks. Looks chunky with extended battery. Much faster than the Atom devices I’ve owned. Accelerometer is way too fast to want to rotate the device. Fan noise is definitely audible. I don’t think it’s meeting-disrupting loud, but I attend loud meetings… Who’s dumb idea was it to put the apostrophe key in symbol mode?

    So far I am in geek heaven with this thing.

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  • It might help the battery life too. I hate touch screens.

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    Found the option to shut off the lower screen. It’s in Start -> Libretto -> Display Rotation Settings.

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  • Oh no, I wasn’t sure if I wanted one, I had myself convinced yesterday that I didn’t need one, but now after watching that video, I want. Good thing it’s sold out for now I guess, saves me money!

    Great video Jenn!

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  • so.. you all basically want a subnotebook that is about the same size. Of which several exist.

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  • Thanks. Can I ask one more favor? Can you give me the device ID string for the SSD? It will be listed under device manager -> Disk Drives

    I’m trying to figure out what make/model the SSD is.

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  • Snarl, Amazon pre-order canceled…

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  • Me too, look’s like they might have canceled all/nearly all of their pre-orders.

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  • Please tell me these several sub-notebooks that is about the same size with an Intel CULV CPU that is NOT an Intel Atom. I would like to buy one. As said earlier, the Intel CULV CPU and size were the main things that these people want.

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  • It’s listed as Toshiba THNSNB062GMCJ, so SG Series with SATA connector.

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  • I have another question :)

    Have you tried playing any games on it yet? I’m really curious to see how well it runs fullscreen games. Specially RTSs like Age of Empires or Starcraft.

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  • ah, I’m sorry. Jumped the gun there a bit. I know I’ve seen at least one CULV laptop in this size range. I’d have to look around.

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  • Avatar of Tmarks11

    Great concept device. The thick black bar between the screens seems really distracting. Hopefully they will reduce the bezel on a full production run.

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  • How about this: turn the back light off, put on a screen protector printed with a keyboard layout?

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  • Simply the huge hinge dividing the two seperate screens seems akward and taking alot of space.

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  • Doesn’t really gain anything other than better battery life. The main feature of a physical keyboard is, well, the physical keyboard with it’s physical keys.

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  • The now ancient Sony Vaio UX series was smaller and used Core Solo/Core 2 Solo CPUs (IIRC, there’s a guy who mods these to use Core 2 Duos). The Fujitsu P1620/P1630 is a bit over an inch wider and an inch and a half deeper with the standard battery. Can’t think of much else close.

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  • Rather a poor implementation. Given the limited number being produced they should have realized demand would exceed supply and organized accordingly. When I get a “yes” on a pre-order I expect to get my item…

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  • Pretty much agree with your assessment, yes the heat of the top does prevent portrait mode from be entirely useful but the 600×1024 is perhaps more of a problem. But the heat isn’t scalding however, I’ve see plenty of hotter laptops.

    The great thing about this device is portability, it fits in most of my pants pockets, I’ve been shopping with it carrying in mu shorts, yeah a little heavy but I’ve already gotten used to it. Great to have shopping about do product research in a store, connected to 4G it MUCH faster than any phone, even 4G phones at web browsing.

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  • Actually the hinge isn’t as bad as you might think, at least not for me. Sure it doesn’t work for video but for document reading it’s not a problem. Plus consider that this clam shell, in that mode it’s not different than a laptop anyway.

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  • I live in Charlotte as well and have been trying out Sprint 4G with my W100, I already have Verizon 3G but boy the 4G is SO much faster when you’re in a good area. Now I don’t want to give it up! It’s just not nearly as well deployed as 3G, decisions decisions .

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  • Avatar of zeeohsix

    what about making a physical keyboard with a template that fits over the bottom screen and lines up floating over the touchscreen keyboard. you can have the dome scissor switch for feel but have a membrane below contact the touchscreen.
    one extra thing to carry but can be as thin as scrabble pieces.

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  • Avatar of zeeohsix

    i have a bunch of external batteries i’ve been testing. really like the xpal 8000 and 18000. 18000 holds 74wh ([email protected]), very light and has 12v port along with usb and 16-19v. [email protected] it’s not a trickle charger but power the laptop.
    other one i want to get is tekkeon mp3xxx. 50wh but had additional pack you can add for 100wh.

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  • Avatar of zeeohsix

    huh, i thought some web browsers could put the menu bars at the bottom of the screen.
    would help the top screen navigation and maybe the bottom one too.

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  • Avatar of Yuri Andropov

    You have very big pockets. I haven’t really found a use for the portrait mode yet either. Reading PDFs would be nice in theory, but when I set Acrobat up in “Two Up” mode, the text is very small. Zooming just screws up the split width and the side of the page starts being displayed on the other screen. A viewer that reflows as it zooms would be nice, but you’d need an outlet for a large book…

    What browser are you using? I haven’t found any truly finger-friendly browsers, but so far I’m liking Firefox Beta with 125% DPI and buttons with icons and text enabled.

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  • Avatar of Yuri Andropov

    Really depends what you’re doing. While web browsing, you barely even notice the hinge. On Google Maps or viewing an image, I definitely get annoyed at the hinge. That’s relatively rare. Most non-“dual-screen maximized” programs either appear on one screen or the other. I agree it would be nice if it were smaller, but then the unit wouldn’t fold up so nicely. Try stuffing an iPad into heatlesssun’s pants pocket! ;)

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  • My hands fit in my pockets and my hands are bigger than the W100 folded, I’m 6’2″ about 240, so I guess my pockets are big!

    IE is the best still with touch but as you know Firefox 4 has officially added touch screen support out of the box and IE 9 will have it as well, I’m hoping that maybe Microsoft has a few tricks up it sleeve when it comes to touch with IE 9.

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  • Avatar of Yogiboy

    Jenn, I noticed you keep on holding
    the lower part of the PC to prevent
    it from toppling over. Is this a hassle
    or a minor issue for you?
    This reduces the productivity if you always have to hold it to prevent toppling
    over.

    Yogiboy

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  • It is a mixed bag for me. I use it in my hands more often than on a flat surface, but it can be pretty annoying sometimes, especially if the angle needed to keep it upright is not the one I really want at the time. The unit is more stable with the standard battery, which is what is attached in the video. It tips over very easily with the extended battery, which is the only battery that will ship with the US version; customers may not be too pleased.

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  • Avatar of scoobie

    I’d like to know too. With all that weight in the top does it topple over. What degree of an angle can you get away with? I would expect that if you’re touching the top screen this is an issue.

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  • It’s not really all that bad with either battery I think, you can`t jab the unit too hard but it you hold with you thumb for support or just tap lightly it`s fine while in laptop mode.

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  • As I said to Yogiboy above, it tips over pretty easily with the extended battery attached. It gets wobbly at around 135 degrees or so and will tip over by itself after that.

    It isn’t unusably tipsy, but compared to a regular notebook, netbook, and most clamshell UMPCs, it could be seen as a problem. I’ll be surprised if reviewers don’t mention it when the US units begin shipping (assuming the battery is identical).

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