posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Apr 2009 16:09 UTC
IconMost netbooks and laptops are bland and boring, with none of them having any unique selling points that make them stand out from the crowd. Every now and then, however, a device comes along that looks like any other, but comes with something special that makes it stand out. The Sharp Mebius is one of those netbooks: it comes with an LCD touchpad.

The touchpad on the Mebius is a multi-touch enabled LCD, that can display whatever you want it to, including context-sensitive information related to the currently active application. This video gives you a good idea of what it's all about:

The tiny display sports a 4" diagonal and has a resolution 854x480. For the rest, the device is a pretty bog-standard netbook, with an Intel Atom 1.6Ghz processor, 1 or 2GB of memory, 160GB hard drive, and has a 10.1" 1024x600 main display, powered by Intel's 945GSE Express graphics chipset. It also comes with a webcam, multi-cardreader, BlueTooth, and WiFi. It's dimensions are 260x190x23mm, and it comes with either Windows XP or Windows Vista Home Basic.

It will be available in Japan first, for ¥80,000 (£558/$814/€628). No international information just yet.

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