Acer joins dual-screen notebook party with Iconia 14-incher

Remember the dual-screen Libretto Toshiba rolled out earlier this year? Produced in limited quantities, the system features a pair of 7″ multitouch screens, one of which replaces a traditional keyboard. The Libretto was supposed to sell for $1,100, but its price has already soared to $1,700 online, which is quite high considering the small screens and relatively anemic 1.2GHz Pentium CPU that lives under the hood.

Fortunately, Toshiba isn’t the only one playing with dual-screen designs. At a press event held earlier today, Acer unveiled its own take on the concept: the Iconia. As Engadget reports, the Iconia takes a rather different approach than the ultraportable Libretto. Rather than low-res 7″ screens, the Iconia sports dual 14″ panels with 1366×768 display resolutions. You’re stuck with Intel integrated graphics, but the system will be available with a selection of powerful Core i5 CPUs. Other perks include 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, an S/PDIF audio output, and a built-in 3G card.

With a weight of 6.2 lbs and just four cells worth of battery power, the Iconia hasn’t been designed for road warriors. However, the larger touchscreens should be far more useful than what you get on the 7″ Libretto, especially when it comes time to type on the virtual keyboard. The Iconia’s virtual keyboard comes with a number pad, which is a nice touch. Acer has also gone through the trouble of designing its own multi-touch interface for the device.

Although Acer’s press release calls the Iconia a “device concept,” Engadget has details on system configurations and even warranty coverage, so this looks more like an actual product than a one-off to woo the press. There’s no word on how much the Inconia might cost or when it’ll hit store shelves, though.

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    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    You’re looking at the future. This is the shape of the laptop in 2020. The weight will come down, the battery life will go up, and haptic technologies will make onscreen keyboards feel “real”. Eventually.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      I’d love to see someone demo a multi-touch Swype on-screen keyboard. That would seriously **** with your motor coordination skills. 😛

    • Frith
    • 9 years ago

    Could somebody tell me the benefit of glossy screens? I always seem to end up looking at a reflection of myself and would much rather have a matt screen. Why are manufacturers so obsessed with using glossy screens?

      • SonicSilicon
      • 9 years ago

      Deeper blacks, richer colors, and that eye-catching glint! 😉

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Because not everyone is as ugly as you and likes seeing their own reflection ;D

      • Grape Flavor
      • 9 years ago

      A strong anti-glare coating induces a “grain” to the whites which is noticeable when compared directly to a more glossy display.

      If you’re using a desktop monitor in a optimally lighted room there’s really not any point to the anti-glare filter.

      I have the Dell U2410 and it has the “grain” on whites due to the coating. It’s a GREAT monitor and it’s certainly not a dealbreaker but I would have opted out of such a strong coating if I had the chance.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    6.2 lbs??? I’d rather get two iPads and duct-tape them together. 😛

    • rechicero
    • 9 years ago

    #4 Because you’re tiresome

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      reply fail!

    • esterhasz
    • 9 years ago

    OK, right, so if I understand correctly: you get zero portability (6.2lbs + 2 screens that suck juice from a four cell battery), you type on a screen (I find the iPad quite useful, but typing on glass is horrible), and there’s a vendor UI (we know how well those work). Well, good luck with that…

      • no51
      • 9 years ago

      What kind of wuss are you that you can’t lug 6.2 lbs around? My old nw8240 was supposedly 5.8lbs and I carried that thing to class everyday.

        • DrCR
        • 9 years ago

        6.2 lbs sounds /[

          • TaBoVilla
          • 9 years ago

          or too /[

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            My laptop weighs 9 lbs. it’s old.

        • esterhasz
        • 9 years ago

        Dude, I’m like superstrong. But I prefer to travel lightly, on my bike – now you see me, now you don’t….

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          SUPER FAST AND SUPER STRONG.

          You’re the man esterhasz. that’s why I love you.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

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      • 9 years ago

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        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        why would they ban me for that? that makes no sense.

      • Dashak
      • 9 years ago

      Very elegant, I tip my hat in your general direction good sir -[

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        thank you dashak. Hope the next one is yours!

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      • 9 years ago

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