BenQ releases innovative Joybook Q41 in the Middle East

Dual-screen notebook allows users to browse appointments or play music even when the laptop is switched off

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By  Quintin Smith Published  March 23, 2008

Mobile hardware manufacturer BenQ today announced the regional launch of its dual-screen Joybook Q41, which is now widely available in retailers across the UAE, KSA, Qatar and Egypt starting from AED 3499 ($953).

Making use of Microsoft’s SideShow auxiliary display technology, the Joybook allows users to access many features via the 2.5 inch screen on the back of the laptop’s main screen without booting up the device.

These features include Skype, Powerpoint, email, games and calendar appointments, as well as image and music browsers. The 2.5 inch screen and its operation keys are mounted on a shiny strip which BenQ claim was inspired by the glass curtain walls of skyscrapers.

In terms of more traditional hardware, the laptop has a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 120GB hard drive, DVD drive and 14.1 inch screen. The battery should produce 4 hours of run time when the laptop’s actually switched on, and the whole package weighs in at 2.12 kg.

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