Battle of the giraffe-necked laptops

Philips comes out with its own 'Longneck' with extendable screen

The 'Longneck' Philips

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 .

The 'Flybook' Dialogue

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.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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