The Acer Iconia Touchbook is the only multi-touch dual-screen notebook on the market, offering a virtual keyboard, an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM. Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira review the $1600 device.
What You Need To Know
The Acer Iconia appears to be the illegitimate child of two iPads and a ThinkPad.
The device has two touch screens with a hinge in the middle, but the design doesn't work well for portability.
The Iconia Touchbook weighs about 6 lbs, which is pretty bulky and heavy for a laptop.
You can fold the Touchbook open to be completely flat.
The entire device is touch-based, and is surprisingly easy to interact between the two screens.
The screens were very responsible and Windows 7 is touch-friendly.
The Iconia takes advantage of multi-touch capable apps.
You can easily expand a window to fill two screens or move other windows between them.
Acer also built a custom launcher and several apps including a media player and a scrapbook maker.
The only worthwhile app is the web browser.
The Iconia also features a virtual keyboard and touchpad.
The onscreen keyboard is enabled by a button on the side or resting the heels of your hand on the screen.
The touchpad works well and though the keyboard is responsive, it's nearly impossible to touch type.
There can also be some confusion between Windows 7 has its own virtual keyboard separate from the built-in one.
The apps that you can run to make the TouchBook worth buying is a video editor like Avid or Photoshop where you can spread everything out on two screens.
The productivity benchmarks were actually good, meaning things like video editors, Photoshop and Microsoft Office will all run smoothly.
Gaming is theoretically possible if you can get past the fact that there's no physical WASD.
Unfortunately, gaming isn't its strong suit: it wouldn't even run our benchmarks because of the integrated graphics, so it's not going to run the latest and greatest games at max resolution.
It was able to handle StarCraft at the lowest settings.
The Iconia starts at $1,600 and could be as much as $2,000 depending on the configuration.
2 Seals of Approval out of 5.
It's not a bad computer if you can find a use for it.
For us, two touchscreens seems like one touchscreen to many.