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Acer Dual-screen Iconia Up for Preorder at $1200

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

We first clapped eyes on Acer’s dual-screen Iconia touchbook tablet back in November, but it’s only now that Acer is getting around to pricing and releasing the device.

Now available for pre-order for customers in North America, the touchy-feely Core i5-powered beast packs two 14-inch (1366x768) LED-backlit TFT Gorilla Glass LCDs, up to 4GB of DDR3, integrated Intel HD graphics, up to 750GB HDD storge, VGA and HDMI out, 802.11b/g/n, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0+HD integrated 3G WWAN, gigabit Ethernet and Windows 7. At nearly 6 pounds, she’s a little on the hefty side, but not quite overweight.

As far as the touchscreen interface goes, the bottom display acts as a full screen keyboard, which can be chopped and changed to suit whatever task you're doing at the time. Placing five fingers on the bottom display will bring up what's called the Acer Ring. From there you can control media applications, such as music and video, or launch the virtual keyboard. You can also use the Gesture Editor to set customized gestures to perform certain tasks (like launch apps, show desktop, or lock computer), and close the keyboard completely for a more immersive browsing experience.

Pre-orders for Canada and the United States start at $1,199.99 in both USD and CAD. The Iconia is expected to launch at retailers nationwide in April, so that should give you some of idea of when you can expect your new machine to arrive.

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    c0oim4n , March 30, 2011 1:06 AM
    But can it play Crysis 2?

    No, but really, for BOTH of those displays, they should probably consider discrete graphics, because I'm sure there are going to be the people who will complain that it can't play HD videos because there is too much going on. And I also have a feeling that the battery life is going to be atrocious.

    Just my $.02
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    _Cubase_ , March 30, 2011 1:08 AM
    Now THAT'S a device I don't mind queueing up for!
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    zerapio , March 30, 2011 1:43 AM
    I've seen an I5 decoding 12 HD videos simultaneously. I think it's enough.
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    krinkles619 , March 30, 2011 2:29 AM
    it would be really interesting to see the iconia offer both sandy bridge and fusion processors in the future; i'd love to see how the two compare. maybe the i5 would be faster for certain tasks but the fusion would be a smoother experience overall? theorycrafting, of course, but still interesting to think about.
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    hotsacoman , March 30, 2011 6:52 AM
    Woah. A Nintendo 3DS on crack.
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    sudeshc , March 30, 2011 7:05 AM
    what if android is customized to act as full OS in that case this is the perfect hardware for it.
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    patfactorx , March 30, 2011 7:59 AM
    If this had an APU on it then we're talking
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    inthere , March 30, 2011 9:13 AM
    How does Windows 7 act on touch devices like this?
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    Vorador2 , March 30, 2011 10:29 AM
    A bit on the pricey side, but the hardware is pretty serious (excepting the lousy graphic card, but oh well) and the dual screens are awesome.
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    cablechewer , March 30, 2011 1:14 PM
    It is certainly an interesting device, but before I get excited about it I would really want to try it to see how I like the keyboard. While the electronics companies might love it I don't want to end up with a smart phone, tablet, laptop and multiple desktops.

    Even if it has an external keyboard I think what I really want is an i5 or AMD powered tablet with a TPM module that can replace my aging corporate laptop. Of course if they could slap enough RAM in it to run about 8 Hyper-V VMs and an SSD array to run them I could replace my desktop as well. LOL that kind of horsepower in a tablet is somewhere between years away and complete fantasy :D 
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    millerm84 , March 30, 2011 2:12 PM
    PC world had a nice reviewof this device and the "ring" interface acer developed for this tablet/laptop/DS. I'd like to get my hands on one and see how it performs in a work environment and if the touch interface would end up being more of a gimmick then something I couldn't live without within a few hours. I wonder how long it will be before acer (or someone else) will use the dual screens for native 3d like a giant 3DS, I know some mappers/engineers who would be drooling at the prospect of 3d rendering.
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    The_Prophecy , March 30, 2011 2:50 PM
    Hmm.... specs are decent, but the price is a bit too steep. I'm not sure I can justify paying for something like this... perhaps if they drop the price a couple hundred or so?
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    icemunk , March 30, 2011 6:29 PM
    Good minus the Intel HD graphics.
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    eddieroolz , March 30, 2011 8:03 PM
    $1200...a bit pricy, but cutting edge. Intel Graphics is a huge no though.
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    jasoncwlee , March 30, 2011 8:12 PM
    Too heavy, too expensive and I bet battery life is short. Pass.
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    K2N hater , March 31, 2011 12:24 AM
    $1200 for that? Absolutely overpriced.
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    punnar , March 31, 2011 7:59 AM
    You can get 2 ipad2's for that price. Hey, not a bad idea. 2 ipads working together with some sort of link. Make one the keyboard and the other the monitor.