As fond as we are of Philips designs, we're a bit curious about the origins of its new "Longneck" laptop. The photos we've seen look awfully similar to images of the "FlyBook VM" from Japan's Dialogue that were widely circulated last December.
But no matter. Philips has done what Dialogue didn't, which is offer the computer at a bearable price. With what seem to be comparable specs--an extendable 12.1-inch widescreen LCD, Intel Core Duo chip, 1GB of memory and a 100GB hard drive--for just under $1,700, according to Tech Digest. That nearly half the price we last saw for the FlyBook, which was going for almost $3,000.
We're still not entirely sure why one would go to great lengths to get an ostrich-like laptop, other than to make an impression at the local Wi-Fi cafe. As we noted with the FlyBook, there are much cheaper ways to elevate a screen to eye level, if that's the goal. Since then, in fact, we've found even more gadgets to keep you out of the chiropractor's office.
Always remember: Your neck is more important than your laptop's.