Acer Iconia Hands On


At a very chic runway event, Acer on Tuesday revealed a new series of products that touted the idea of “interaction.” If that word makes you think “touch devices” then you’re on the right track.
One of the major items Acer unveiled besides its 10- and 7-inch tablets was the dual-touchscreen Iconia laptop. This 14-inch notebook is chic all around with its metal clamshell exterior. I was impressed that after I made my way through the throng of journalists hoping for a glimpse, there were no finger print smudges to be found on the dual-screen Gorilla glass displays.
The Iconia has all-point multitouch functionality throughout that was all too fun with the gesture controls. Five fingers on the bottom screen brought up the “Acer Ring,” which provided fast access to the virtual keyboard, gesture editor, window manager, and device control console. Likewise, resting your palms and five fingers on the bottom screen automatically brought up the virtual keyboard.

The keyboard is full-sized and I was surprised to find it had no feedback or clicking noises to accompany the typing experience. After a few seconds of typing in notepad, however, I got over the no-feedback and found it to be quite nice. I barely even used the virtual touchpad, as I was too busy clicking and navigating with my finger on the screen.
The 14-inch LED backlit screen displays in 1,366-by-768 resolution, amounting to 720p, but not quite true 1080p HD resolution. On the right side of the laptop are a plethora of ports, including Ethernet, VGA, USB 3.0, and audio and mic jacks. On the left side is an HDMI port and two USB 2.0 ports. I was surprised to see no eSATA port, but I suppose the USB 3.0 port replaces what would have been a USB 2.0/ eSATA combo port on the right side.
Globe trotters might be left wanting, as the Iconia comes with a 44WH, 4-cell battery that amounts to about 3 hours of life, according to Acer. It’s also not lightweight, weighing in at 6.18 pounds.
As for hardware specs the Acer Iconia looks to be tricked out for a full media experience. Its base configuration includes 2.93GHz (Tubo Boosted) Intel Core i5-480M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD integrated graphics, 320GB of hard drive space (up to 750GB), and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
There’s no word yet on pricing, but I can guess that it will easily break the $1,000 mark. Hopefully Acer’s experiment in the dual-screen laptop market holds up better than Toshiba’s attempt with the Libretto W105.
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This post was submitted by Mudit Agrawal.

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