Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

Summary: I love my iPad and I love my dual-monitor setup at work. Now Acer has decided that combining those two approaches to computing is the way forward.

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I love my iPad and I love my dual-monitor setup at work. Now Acer has decided that combining those two approaches to computing is the way forward.

The PC giant has just unveiled its Iconia portable, which is a laptop/tablet hybrid -- times two. The Iconia sports not one 14-inch multi-touch display, but a pair of them. It also has the typical specs for a solidly performing notebook, including your choice of Intel Core i5 processor, a hard drive (in capacities ranging from 320GB to 750GB), Windows 7 Home Premium, and a weight of just over 6 pounds, save for one: Your keyboard is virtual. The bottom panel even knows to display the keyboard when you rest both palms on it.

That leaves the focus clearly on the two screens, LED-backlit LCDs each with a resolution of 1,366x768 and protected from smudges and scratches thanks to Gorilla Glass protection. As with dual-monitor setups you might use with a desktop PC, Iconia gives you the option to use both screens to display a single application or to display different views on each LCD.

Acer has customized the interface to make it easy for gesture-based control. The Gesture Editor lets you use custom gestures to open programs and Websites and perform other vital functions, while the Window Manager helps you organize everything across your doubled screen real estate. There's also a SocialJogger app that manages your Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube activity through a single interface.

In sum, the Iconia appears to be a bigger, badder version of Toshiba's Libretto W100 dual-screen tablet, which was available for a limited run late last summer. Acer hasn't yet divulged details on pricing and availability, but if the Libretto is any guide, it cost $1,100 for the short time it was on sale.

[Via Engadget]

Topics: iPad, CXO, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Didn't people say that this idea was plain stupid

    which is why MS did away with the Courior?
    John Zern
    • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

      @John Zern - I can see applications for it ... Architects, designers, etc. who want to compare two layouts/designs side by side in a size you can really see what's up.

      Or maybe for those desktop users used to having an app or two open all the time on a second screen could now do it while mobile.

      Who knows, but I can guarantee it won't be cheap!

      And I think MS made a mistake letting the Courier drop. That was the first portable device I ever saw my wife get excited over, she wanted one for work. Bad MS!
      babyboomer57
    • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

      @John Zern
      The courier had more exciting possibilities than the iPad.
      Example: touchscreen keyboard on 1 screen?
      Example: play a movie while browsing the net
      Example: play chess while watching tv
      Example: Cross reference 2 texts/diagrams
      Example: Work in any 2 apps simultaneously
      Example: Refer to a document while providing desktop support via RDP
      Example: Use Skype/Messenger while browsing the internet

      and I could go on......
      12312332123
  • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

    Weight over six pounds? I'm sorry, this mobile concept is DOA.
    kenosha77a
    • Is six pounds really too heavy for you?

      Just asking.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

        @goff256
        That weight class used to be described as "transportable" rather than "mobile". It is a weight that a user wishes he didn't have to carry around day in and day out.

        You try it. Get six pounds of books and carry it around for twenty minutes. Have fun with that and then you ask yourself that same question.
        kenosha77a
  • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

    Once we get flexible displays with embedded nano-circuitry built into the display material, these types of devices will be the next big thing. Your computer will fit in a pocket sized tube, unroll as much as you need to do what you want. :-)
    mr1972
  • I do. Every single workday, 6 sometimes 7 days a week.

    @goff256
    That weight class used to be described as "transportable" rather than "mobile". It is a weight that a user wishes he didn't have to carry around day in and day out.

    You try it. Get six pounds of books and carry it around for twenty minutes. Have fun with that and then you ask yourself that same question. kenosha7777
    11/24/2010 07:38 AM .
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    The quality and workability of a design depends on the application - not one persons opinion. i would welcome the doubled contiguous screen space to make tracing e-schematics easier particularly when I'm in tight spaces.
    nkfro
    • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

      @nkfro

      This design, as a mass market mobile tablet, will fail. As a device best suited for a small niche market that you just described .. Ok .. It's weight can be tolerated as the device's hardware advantages can overcome it's mobile disadvantages.
      kenosha77a
  • Nice to see that Apple has got it right the first time out!

    The Acer's design may look good, but it's the real world experience that counts. Will it be heavy? Will it be easy to use? Will it be easy to drop? My answer, It's a desk bound computer, you're not going to like moving it around to much. It will be forgotten within a month. Time will tell.
    MacNewton
    • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

      @MacNewton
      Not so sure Apple got it right the first time, but for sure there's a lot of folks with more disposable income than common sense that bought iPads. The iPad doesn't know if it wants to be a samurai iPod Touch, or a less than functional netbook... and yet they sold thousands. Incredible. For many, even with the weight and cost, this Acer product is a very viable tool... a fully functional dual screen tablet with expansion capabilities. For those who have iPads, I hope they suit their needs. The problem is that they're sucked into the Apple vortex of upgrades for any improvements in functionality... but that is what makes Apple the successful marketing company it is.
      seedeep
  • RE: Double vision: Acer's new Iconia laptop comes with dual touch screens

    I don't think it can type as good as a normal laptop, at least lack of any tactile feedback. So as SJ said, it is dead on arrival... :)
    tomofumi