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Have we really been getting it wrong all these years?

According to HP and its newly unveiled 'Firefly' (oh the happy memories) prototype laptop then yes indeed.

Designed as a multimedia centric machine, the 17 incher makes two significant changes to the layout we've all come to know and - if we're honest - rather like. Firstly a second 4.3in 800 x 480 resolution display has been fitted below the main screen which could be practical for a few secondary apps but means goodbye sexy, slim screen bezels. I also can't help but think an ultra wide flush second screen that matched the horizontal resolution of the one above would've been rather more useful.
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Secondly - and one I find even harder to get onboard with - is the repositioning of the trackpad right of the keyboard. Now I get the logic but on the other hand, I retort: many (including me) like using two hands on a trackpad occasionally and it brings right and left handedness needlessly into it. Quite frankly HP our forearms naturally break into a V shape when using a notebook and that opens up the space beautifully for the trackpad - I like that you've got multi-touch but overall no, just no.

For the record there's a 2.4GHz Core 2 Extreme CPU, Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPU, 4GB RAM and a 7,200rpm 250GB HDD but none of it really matters as HP has no plans to put the Firefly into mass production...

...good. Next.

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via LaptopMag.com

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