Acer Iconia Touchbook Review

Posted: March 25, 2011
Acer Iconia Touchbook Review

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.



Comments are Closed

  • bustenupinyou

    videos play like dog or unicorn excrement. all videos for weeks now. I saw a pop up saying i made it to0 g4 2nd base? I think im gay now. thanks

    Posted: March 27, 2011 1:24 PM
  • szir

    Nice to see you Chris.
    "unlike batteries I will fit inside you" ...ouch :)

    Posted: March 26, 2011 3:07 PM