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Acer Working on a Touchscreen Keyboard Laptop

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Look ma, no keys!

Digitimes reports that Acer is working on a frameless laptop that will use the back of the panel's glass substrate as the cover for the notebook. Citing "sources from notebook players," Digitimes says the super-slim laptop will also feature a touch keyboard, as opposed to a traditional, tactile touch keyboard.

Digitimes sources say Acer will adopt Corning's reinforced glass substrate, print color on the back and use the substrate like a notebook cover for a frameless design. The move will make for an ultra-slim design and will also reduce cost of materials.

The laptop is said to be launching in the second half of this year.

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    sliem , March 8, 2010 4:44 PM
    How about durability?
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    schmich , March 8, 2010 4:45 PM
    What's behind a bezel that makes them so hard to remove anyways?
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    curnel_D , March 8, 2010 4:50 PM
    I think the bezel-less feature is more important than the touch screen keyboard.
    schmichWhat's behind a bezel that makes them so hard to remove anyways?

    Basically just traditional design. There's really nothing behind the bezel aside from the screen power source, that can easily be moved into the base of the laptop itself.
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    buwish , March 8, 2010 4:51 PM
    I'm sure it will look pretty cool, but yes, the durability issue may be concerning for some.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 8, 2010 4:52 PM
    How about just a standalone touchscreen keyboard?

    Then I can set it up and get my Star Trek:TNG keyboard I have always wanted!
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    igot1forya , March 8, 2010 5:32 PM
    Soon, the Star Trek LCARS interface will be an option...
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    steiner666 , March 8, 2010 5:34 PM
    Sounds like a flimsy piece of shit that would be a bitch to type on. I already find regular laptop keyboards to be a pain to type on. I like clicky full-sized keys
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    babybeluga , March 8, 2010 5:42 PM
    Acer working on a non-marketable touch screen keyboard*

    There, I fixed the title for you.
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    lotri , March 8, 2010 6:17 PM
    One problem I can foresee is that you won't be able to replace just the keyboard if it breaks. You'd have to replace the machine.
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    pocketdrummer , March 8, 2010 6:23 PM
    As if hunt-n-peck typing wasn't so bad already, now you reward it with a "cool feature".

    Ugh...
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    XD_dued , March 8, 2010 6:29 PM
    Eh...it'll be hard to get used to...and expensive :) 
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    JMcEntegart , March 8, 2010 6:32 PM
    sliemHow about durability?


    Yeah, when I was posting this, I was contemplating a throw away remark about how quickly it would break if I owned one. "Oops, dropped it."
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    Honis , March 8, 2010 6:43 PM
    picture:
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/08/acer-working-on-frameless-laptop-with-touchscreen-keyboard/?s=t5

    It looks very slick. I wouldn't use it as my main PC but would make an awesome thing to have for Starbucks visits.
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    Honis , March 8, 2010 6:47 PM
    Honispicture:http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/08 [...] oard/?s=t5It looks very slick. I wouldn't use it as my main PC but would make an awesome thing to have for Starbucks visits.

    That's a picture of a similar Fujitsu concept, not the Acer concept.
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    cookoy , March 8, 2010 6:48 PM
    wish they just showed a picture of describing it. maybe they don't have a prototype still to show.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 7:39 PM
    Are we talking of a metal/plastic or glass frame as keyboard, layered with a touchscreen?

    Touchscreen layer is cheaper than a real keyboard but it definitely doesn't type as well!
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    rebturtle , March 8, 2010 7:49 PM
    schmichWhat's behind a bezel that makes them so hard to remove anyways?


    It's not what is behind them, it is what they are for in the first place that's important. Imagine trying to design a car that was all glass from the door handles up. Even convertibles need some framework to resist stretching, compressional, and torsional forces. The bezel is there to provide strength and protection to the screen itself.
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    Regulas , March 8, 2010 7:49 PM
    I want to see this.
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    belardo , March 8, 2010 8:24 PM
    Uh oh... someone said a swear word!