Acer ICONIA Touchbook officially launched

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.

Acer ICONIA Touchbook

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.

Acer ICONIA Touchbook

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.

Acer ICONIA Touchbook

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.

Acer ICONIA Touchbook

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.

Acer ICONIA Touchbook

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)
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
Bluetooth 3.0
up to 3 hours battery life
1 year limited warranty
SRP: 70,900
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  • wow lahat touchscreen na…i love the specs too

  • Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory = Fail

    They should have at least used a dedicated GPU

    • Yep if only they’d raise the grahics card memory to a gig or two I’d hit it in a blink of an eye

  • Harley Son

    derek ramsey, is that you?


  • Messie

    Isn’t it a pain to type on? Imagine typing a whole thesis report on that thing. Or kahit mga 3000 word essay lang, di ba masakit sa fingertips to?

    • hehehe medyo mapupudpod daliri mo. 😛 sanayan lang pero di mo rin ito bibilhin kong madalas mo syang gamitin for typing.

  • paul

    Video card 128mb? d cya pwedeng pang gaming. Even windows 7 mhhirapan jn.

    • nope… medyo alanganin. siguro mga casual games lang. pero may mga casual games na nakainstall making full use of the two screens. pinball siguro yun.

  • Di kaya mabasag ng mga gamers ng DotA yung touchscreen na keyboard? 🙂

    • hehe hindi… gorilla glass yan. mapupudpod muna mga daliri mo bago mabasag yung touchscreen. hehehe.

  • dvasquez

    nice feature 😉