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It's not a tablet, it's something new, claims manufactuer Litl, developer of the Webbook, a 12in machine designed to be used not only like a laptop but also be mounted on its side like a touch-operated all-on-one desktop. Litl Webbook Lilt's Webbook: 12in cloud appliance for all the family? OK, so it's essentially a laptop …

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I like the look of this....

...but don't like the idea of it updating from a 3rd party that may go bumpf in 12 months.

If it can be done in a manner that doesn't rely on them, i'd be interested!

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At least its different

Its not much different than standard netbooks - but kudo's for attempting something different

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Interesting

This looks like a genuinely innovative product. I'll be watching its uptake with interest.

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more confusion for all!

Its not a netbook or a laptop....

This only benefits the marketing dept of course, anyone who buys one thinks they are going to get one or the other.

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Coat

Looks similar to AI's touchbook

The keyboard of touchbook is optional and detachable, and the thing is light enough to stick to fridge with magnets (included).

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Cool

Very nice to see a quite different take on the netbook concept. However, I'm not sure the easel mode is very practical - one of the good things about a notebook screen is its adjustability, and in easel mode, you can't make the screen vertical, or it would fall over. OTOH you can still adjust it in normal mode. A touch screen would have been nice - or maybe it's not stable enough for poking at it in easel configuration? Still, the remote, wheel, viewing angle, synchronisation, UI, HDMI port etc. really sound like fairly radical steps towards consumer-friendliness, although seemingly at the expense of custom apps. It will be interesting to see how it fares, and whether they'll come out with an SDK...

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Errata

"designed to be used not only like a laptop but also be mounted on its side like a touch-operated all-on-one desktop."

unbelievably it hasn't actually got a touch-screen, so I'd say:

"designed to be used not only like a laptop but also be mounted on its side like a digital photo frame" would be more accurate.

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How good is the browser?

...would it be happy with iplayer? What kind of browser is it?

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Bloody expensive

You better be offering more than that for the sort of money I would spend on a relatively decent laptop. Or half a macbook, oh wait I said decent didn't I!

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FAIL

Not for me

Unspecified OS + Remote uncontrolled single source updates.

You gotta be 'avin' a larf mate.

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