Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

Summary: Acer is stepping up its tablet offerings not by doubling the screen size but rather by doubling the number of displays. Say hello to the dual screen Iconia 6120 Touchbook.

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Acer is stepping up its tablet offerings not by doubling the screen size but rather by doubling the number of displays. Say hello to the dual screen Iconia 6120 Touchbook.

[Gallery: Acer's dual-screen tablet/laptop]

Looking like a laptop with another display where the keyboard and touchpad would be, the the Iconia 6120 Touchbook sports a pair of side-by-side 14-inch HD widescreen LED-backlit LCDs made with ultra-thin and durable Gorilla Glass. There is, of course, a virtual keyboard along with a gesture editor to use pre-defined and customized gestures.

This is no Android tablet, however, but rather a machine running on Windows 7 Premium (64-bit) with a number of Acer's own software programs. One that stands out is Clear.fi, which acts as a storage hub/organizer of sorts. It automatically detects and connects all Acer devices on a single network (i.e. smartphones, computers and storage devices), organizes the file types and can then playback the content on any of the connected devices.

Additional notable specs on the Iconia 6120 Touchbook include:

  • Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 4GB of memory
  • 640GB SATA hard drive
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1.3-megapixel HD webcam
  • Dolby Advanced Audio v3 technology
  • Supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • Connectivity: USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA

The Touchbook certainly looks like a solid machine that would be an asset while on the go. However, it's not exactly light at 6.18 pounds. It's also not cheap.

Ready for pre-order now, the Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook will launch in April with an MSRP of $1,199.99. (Want to know more? Our siblings at CNET have the review, hot 'n' fresh.)

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  • Again: interesting and everything, but DOA

    Can not compete.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

      @denisrs
      Cannot compete against what????
      count_strahd66@...
      • I thought the same thing

        @count_strahd66@...
        Someone pointed out that for people that use their laptops for different things, this has a lot of uses:

        Gamers could have customized keyboards geared towards the game they are playing; designers could convert it to a portable digitizer if needed, someone DJ parties could have actual mixer controls laidout, all while leaving the main screen viewable, because your hands aren't in the way.

        I would imagine it's easier to use then a tablet because the design is like a laptop.
        John Zern
      • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

        @count_strahd66@... That was pretty much my thought as well. It is a full laptop designed to compete with both laptops and tablets...my main concern would be durability, I think. It is also expensive, but I would have to test one out to see if its performance is worth the price. But denisrs dismissing it off-hand like that bothers me. I have been interested in this device since I first saw the mention of it in development.
        willcoxonsr
    • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

      @denisrs
      I think that it is great to see a company truly trying to innovate. I'm not sure about market potential, but I like their ideas.
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

    This would be ideal, as long as it has plenty of usbs for adding keyboards and mice it would make a very fine transition from portable device to desktop replacement. A VGA port or HDMI would also be nice. I can just imagine these two screens in a suitable stand alongside my monitor.
    DarthCyclist
    • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

      @DarthCyclist
      Did you read the article????
      ?Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
      ?Intel HD graphics
      ?4GB of memory
      ?640GB SATA hard drive
      ?802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
      ?Gigabit Ethernet
      ?1.3-megapixel HD webcam
      ?Dolby Advanced Audio v3 technology
      ?Supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1
      ?Connectivity: USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA

      I see your HDMI, VGA and USB ports right there.
      count_strahd66@...
    • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

      @DarthCyclist One side of the tablet can be a virtual keyboard.
      willcoxonsr
  • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

    I am afraid this gadget is a sheer waste...!
    alza68
  • A Nice price point

    I can have a soft keyboard on the bottom display and a fully functioning monitor if I want to use it as a "laptop". Priced competitively for an i5 with all the requisite components. Now let's see it get to market.
    Your Non Advocate
  • As cool as I think this could be...

    seeing all those crapware icons is a bit of a turnoff
    UrNotPayingAttention
  • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

    a dual screen monitor for $1200 with the specs of a laptop? This thing will sell to those who enjoy tablet PCs. I own an Asus tablet PC. I chocked up $1700 for it so $1200 for 2 screens aint too shabby. The killer for me is the intel hd graphics. Intel does a horrible job with graphics cards, they should leave that to the professionals.
    KBot
  • Very Cool Hardware.

    Now the software will make it or not.<br><br>Apple Lesson #1: Hardware innovation must be accompanied by at least 4X software applications.<br>Apple Lesson #2: The above must be done with a high polish.<br><br>As a futurist enthusiast, I'm hoping that this personal computing form factor gets popular too.

    Very cool hardware indeed.
    voltrarian
  • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

    A potentially perfect solution!
    One problem with EMR/EHR's is the loss of ability to view lots of information at a glance- you simply cannot put it all on one laptop/tablet size screen. This device could be perfect-- if it has handwriting recognition and not just a multi-touch screen. Only one screen need be pen-sensitive. I have my fingers crossed and high hopes.
    e-Randy@...
  • Interesting concept ...

    now we need to see how well it was implemented. As one other commenter pointed out, I have to wonder about the video.
    Another mentioned custom gamer keyboards. Great idea, if they allow us to customize the keyboard. I bet they DON'T! That would be, Strike 1!
    No mention battery life. I bet it sucks, with 2 video screens. So how big is the brick? How much does the extended life battery cost? A second battery, cost?

    Just out of curiosity, can anyone tell me why, once they already paid to license USB 3 (Good for them!), why they would include separate USB2 ports too?
    Ron_007
  • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

    I don't live in United States, but I really want to get this amazing designed laptop, it's better valued than the Samsung 9 Series, Mac Book Air and it has less price, if another brand would make this laptop it would probably cost $1800 or more than $2000 if it was from Sony, I hope my country can see these laptops soon.
    Gabriel Hernandez
  • Iconia 6120 vs Asus Slate

    I am trying the 6120 and it is good so far. I was also interested in ASUS slate, however I found the following differences:

    - ASUS size and portability is much better than ICONIA. However, it only has 1 screen.
    - ICONIA is faster, at least on the programs I tried on both.
    - Iconia senses all your fingers, while ASUS did only 2, or at least this is what I got when I ran Microsoft Lagoon.
    - ASUS keyboard is not as good as Iconia's. More mistakes typing.

    more about Iconia here http://www.iconians.com/forums
    iconian
  • RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook dual-screen tablet revealed

    I have not seen bad reviews other than it is heavy and the battery lasts for 2 - 3 hours. I love computers and feel some tablets are rip-offs because I they are limited in storage and speed. This is a full computer that I can use on the go. There are some great desk top computers with touch screen. This is not for everyone. This is only for the cool gadget people that really use computers not just see movies and play with stupid apps.
    jj007d