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Introducing Acer’s First Dual-Screen Laptop: Iconia

The Acer Iconia is the mutant child of a laptop and a tablet, and some are calling it a touchbook, but that’s a little to Orwellian newspeak for me. Essentially, it’s a laptop with two 14-inch touch screens. The only previous “touchbook” was the Toshiba Libretto W100, which had a limited release.

The Iconia weighs in at 6.2 pounds, is powered by the Intel Core i5-480M, has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and has a 640 GB hard drive. Connectivity options include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port. The Iconia includes the brand new USB 3.0, allowing super-fast file transfers, in addition to a HDMI port, a VGA port, and 2 USB 2.0 ports.

The GPU is not as good as it should be, considering the fact the entire device is 2 screens. It would seem logical to take advantage of anything graphics related, which Acer fails to do. You get Windows Home 7 Premium. The multitouch screens actually seem pretty fun, and by pressing two palms to the bottom screen brings up the virtual keyboard. Software is included to let users make up their own gestures, such as writing “f” might launch Firefox, if you want.

However, a reviewer found touch typing difficult on the virtual keyboard. Also, the battery life is low, just over an hour and half, seeing as screens take up the most power and this device is nothing but screens. I think all these downsides make it look fun for a while but not necessary, check out the video below and let me know if you agree.

Photo Courtesy of Microsoft Sweden
Photo Courtesy of Microsoft Sweden