Dual-screen Iconia Touchbook from Acer now up for pre-order
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While we’d love to say that we can properly define Acer’s Iconia 6120, we’re not exactly sure where to begin. The device is neither a regular tablet, nor a normal laptop but appears to fall somewhere in between. Thankfully, Acer’s latest device is now up for pre-order and should make its way into eager consumers' hands soon.
The Iconia 6120 was first announced back in November 2010 and definitely managed to turn a few heads. The device forgoes the standard notebook keyboard in favor of dual multi-touch screens and protects the displays courtesy of the famous Gorilla Glass. Although this isn’t the first dual-screen laptop to come out of the woodworks (Toshiba Libretto W100), it is the first such device to feature two full 14” screens and a competitive price.
The Iconia 6120 comes with two 14” screens with a 1366x768 pixel resolution on each screen, a 1st generation Core i5-480M processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 640GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics, USB 2.0 and 3.0 support and Windows 7. Unfortunately, the device will only come with a 4-cell battery, which probably won’t be able provide much runtime after lighting up both displays, and weighs a hefty 6.18 lbs.
While the Iconia 6120 doesn’t seem to be much more than a novelty item on the surface, Acer has added a few interesting applications to keep things fresh. The device comes with the Acer Ring software that pops up as soon as you place 5 fingers on the bottom screen and perform a grab gesture. The “Ring” allows easy access to favorite applications, media and other features. Another piece of software that comes with the device is Acer’s Clear.fi application which senses any Acer gadgets on the network and allows media playback from the devices.
While we're not sure if Acer’s Iconia 6120 Touchbook will turn out to be a quality buy or just another fancy toy; it's good to know that the Touchbook is being reasonably priced. As of now the Touchbook appears to have a $1,199 pre-order price in the US and Canada. If you're willing to take the jump on the device, then head on over to Amazon.com and place an order for yourself. However, if you're wary of new gadgets and want to hear a bit more about Acer's newest gadget, then our review could be a good way to get started.