Acer's new Ethos laptop features a removable trackpad that doubles as a remote

Acer's new Ethos laptop features a removable trackpad that doubles as a remote

Summary: You may not use a trackpad much now that you own an iPad, but Acer has devised an interesting new use for the input method.

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The trackpad is in a weird spot right now. Besieged on both sides by the more intuitive touchscreen and the more traditional mouse, it isn't hard to imagine a day where the trackpad will be completely phased out.

But with its new Aspire Ethos laptops, Acer has devised another way to use the trackpad: By having it double as a multimedia remote. Generic input method by day, by night the Aspire Ethos trackpad is detachable, allowing users to control their media players from afar. Better, users can customize the trackpad's custom display, though there doesn't seem to be an option to prevent anyone from losing the thing.

As for the actual Acer laptops, both will be available in mid-June, starting at $1600.

[Via Akihabara News]

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Acer's new Ethos laptop features a removable trackpad that doubles as a remote

    Er what? Trackpads aren't being replaced by mice, they're there for use specifically when using a trackpad is unwieldy. I use my trackpad and mouse on my laptop in equal measures, and until they put giant intrusive buttons on every application, it has more utility than a touch screen.
    Aerowind
  • Get this feature on your comp/phone today!

    There's an app for that: Unified Remote
    cym104
  • RE: Acer's new Ethos laptop features a removable trackpad that doubles as a remote

    Seems kind of stupid and $1600 for an Acer laptop yeah not gonna happen lol The trackpad has to stay as mentioned above its needed when mouse use is not really and option and touchscreen is cool but far from practical for laptops or desktops. Cell phones and slates yeah but other then that no.
    Fletchguy