The Acer Iconia Touchbook isn’t the most compact notebook or tablet on the market. But with two 14 inch touchscreen displays, it’s certainly one of the most unusual. Acer first introduced the computer with a touchscreen where you’d normally find a keyboard last year. Now Acer has announced the Touchbook will go on sale in the US and Canada for about $1200 starting in April.

I got a chance to spend a few minutes with the Touchbook at CES… and I can’t quite figure out exactly what you’d do with this little monster. Still, if you like the idea of typing on a virtual keyboard, or opening up a laptop to view two side-by-side 14 inch displays, I guess it’s nice to have the option.

The Acer Iconia Touchbook features an Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 640GB hard drive. It supports VGA and HDMI output, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and has a 1.3MP camera. The computer comes with touch specific software including a virtual keyboard, gesture editor, and window manager. The Windows 7 computer also includes a touch-friendly web browser and touchscreen photo, music, and video apps.

via CrunchGear

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4 replies on “Acer Iconia Touchbook dual touchscreen notebook ships next month for $1200”

  1. The price seems hight but one gets alot for the money. It would be great for ebooks that have color photos or photo ebooks. Perhaps one could be using one program while browsing the internet? Perhaps it could also be used for presentations where a LCD project is not available or would be too much for a small meeting or get together or too light for a LCD projector to work effectively? IMO; it rates high on the cool scale.

  2. Other then turning heads when whipping it out in public and flipping through PDFs I can’t come up with a good use for this thing. But I’m open to opinions that claim otherwise, so let’s hear it. …as long as no one is trying to tell me that they actually prefer a touchscreen over an actual keyboard for typing, that is.

    1. Someone I work with is unable to use any controls which have a physical click, due to RSI she developed as a touch typist. So she she has been looking for a virtual keyboard for ages. She owns an Iconia (available in the uk for a month or so) and loves the touchscreen keyboard. So I’m not saying it is for everyone, but there will be a market.

      1. Thanks for letting us know. It’s good to see that there are some people who would find this type of device to be a near-perfect solution!

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