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Acer's dual-screen Iconia notebook hits Amazon for $1,200

By Matthew
Mar 29, 2011
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  1. Customers in the US and Canada can now preorder the dual-screen Acer Iconia-6120 "touchbook" for $1,200 through Amazon. Although the system resembles your typical notebook when closed, it forgoes a hardware keyboard in favor of a second 14-inch 1366x768 Gorilla Glass display.

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  2. fraggleki

    fraggleki TS Rookie Posts: 17

    I like it! Cool! But is it Practical???
     
  3. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that practicality wasn't a big concern when designing this. It is very cool though!
     
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +135

    Seems practical. Everything is going to touch screens... I think I may like a non-mechanical keyboard, actually.
     
  5. I have a tabletpc and Windows7 has very good touch and pen support. handwriting recognition is excelent. I think this makes a lot of sense. On my tablet, when I bring up the virtual keyboard (Windows built-in), my only problem is that I run out space. haveing a separte screen area for that is handy.
     
  6. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Looks like a fun toy. Not practical under good use, just like a puppy, will get you attention in the park or at a cafe.

    Too bad it has a very short baterry life. Probably should have used the new AMD E-350. And it would have been cool to get a Touch OS Dual booted on the device. I hope they keep trying this kind of device. Would have been nice if it split in two and you can use the secondary touch display as a tablet...
     
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    Not surprising that the battery life isn't great... I remember studies showing that power draw from the screen can account for something like up to 25% of a typical laptop's battery drain, depending on the brightness levels. So, double that drain with a dual screen setup like this, and it's not hard to imagine the batteries being taxed hard.
     
  8. So... The main drawback of a tablet (lousy text input) without the main perk (entertainment with a long battery life).

    Want a touch screen-like input, buy a mac (or just the trackpad). You get the pinch to zoom, 2 finger rotate, hand gestures, tap to click, etc... and a keyboard.

    The two screens are useless since your hands will be covering one of them most of the time....
     
  9. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106   +97

    This makes me think of the Microsoft Courier, though not quite as nifty.
     
  10. Price...

    I like more the Asus Transformer solution.
     
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    This means that in a short while there will be standalone input tablets like this one that I can plug into my desktop PC. That's one piece of hardware that I'm really excited about.
     
  12. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    You guys (TS) should really do a review on it!
     
  13. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 548   +8

    It looks really cool, shame it has older tech tho, price is not bad tho.
     
  14. hedoriko

    hedoriko TS Rookie

    It has enough power to do average gaming, music, video streaming, and whatever. So even for geeks like me it is a fun computer. Not a power house at all. But plenty to toss around. However not totally practical for real gaming like WOW or Aion. idk about other gamers, but when I game i don't look at the keyboard, I feel it. Touch screen means you cant feel. Could be annoying haha. I would buy this computer for pure awe and coolness for not for heavy gaming.
     

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