Acer Iconia Touchbook is now available for pre-sale in North America. instead of a traditional keyboard and trackpad, the Iconia features two 14-inch displays (protected by Gorilla Glass) for double the screen real estate of a traditional notebook. Who want to type can pull up virtual keyboards to use on the lower display, but users will get around the computer using a new Acer Ring Control interface specifically designed for a touchscreen. And the Iconia runs on Windows 7 Premium 64-bit.
According to the Eric Ackerson,Acer America senior product marketing manager, “The Acer Iconia Touchbook delivers a computing and visual experience like no other.Whether the Touchbook is used by a small business owner or a student, its unique dual screen design enhances the interaction they will have with their digital data.”
In addisnol feature The Iconia features “AppCards” along the sides of the Ring Control that scroll as the user spins the ring. Find the app you want, shift a finger to tap it, and presto app launched. Acer’s bundled apps will include immediate access to photos and videos on the computer, a “Social Jogger” (and aggregator for Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube), clipping applications for Web sites and images, and TouchBrowser, designed to offer a dual-screen Web browsing experience. Users can also make their own gestures, manage power and media outputs—and the virtual keyboard comes up automatically if users put both palms on the screen.
It have a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD graphics, 4 GB of RAM, and a 640 GB hard drive. The Iconia offers USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and gigabit Ethernet. The whole package weighs just under 6.2 pounds.
For the priceing the Acer Iconia is set at $1.199.99 in the U.S. and Canada. Again, pre-orders are available now, and Acer expect the Iconia will land at retailers in April.