Acer finally introduced their dual touch-screen display ICONIA Touchbook to the public earlier. This one-of-a-kind notebook features two 14-inch multi-touch display to give you more screen real estate to work with. The secondary display also doubles as a virtual keyboard complete with a touchpad.
But does the dual display lead to increased productivity?
Acer reps told me that the ICONIA Touchbook is mainly targeted for content consumption. If you want to watch multiple videos at once, by all means go for it. You can use the two displays as one so you can view most website pages as a whole eliminating the need to scroll up or down.
However, I think dual 14-inch display will also help people do tasks much better. If your desktop PC setup involves the use of an extended monitor, then the ICONIA Touchbook will be your portable solution for that. Just bring along USB keyboard with you so you can use the secondary display as your extended display. You can use the two displays separately so you can have 4 areas for Windows 7’s Aero Snap.
The virtual keyboard will take some time to get used to but you can enable the predictive text input which works just like your mobile phone. Once you master that, you can compose notes and messages very quickly. The problem I see here is that it’s hard to type without looking at the keyboard.
A nice feature of the ICONIA Touchbook is what they call the Acer Ring Control Interface. If you don’t need to use the touch keyboard, the Acer Ring will help you easily launch applications, shortcuts and do tasks with the use of gestures. You invoke this by pressing five fingers on the display.
The idea is really interesting but this solution is not for everyone. I thought it would be ideal for content creation because you can work with two screens but this notebook doesn’t come with any discrete graphics. It is powered though with the first gen Intel Core i5-480M processor (2.66GHz) with integrated Intel HD graphics.
|Acer ICONIA-484G64ns Specs:|
|Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Intel Core i5-480M processor (2.66GHz with Turbo Boost)|
|2x 2GB DDR3 RAM|
|640GB SATA HDD|
|Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory|
|14″ HD 1366 x 768 resolution with Acer CineCrystal LCD|
|Dual multi-touch screen|
|Multi-touch virtual keyboard|
|Acer Crystal Eye webcam|
|Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11 b/g/n|
|up to 3 hours battery life|
|1 year limited warranty|