Acer Iconia is what you choose when you think at iPad functionality as a failure and a normal laptop looks too boring for your taste.
Probably created for those who think that the classic keyboard is old-fashion, Acer Iconia offers no less than two 14-inch diagonal screens, each displaying a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Both screens are glossy finish and offers a multitouch interface, a little uninspired mix for the two surfaces because will be consistently covered with fingerprints.
Multitouch interface is pleasant to use on a 14-inch screen and offers a good level of control for ordinary activities like Web browsing, image editing, moving and resizing applications in Windows, in some respects this approach is superior compared with a classic combination of banal keyboard and mouse.
Virtual keyboard is definitely harder to use than a conventional, lacking tactile sensation by pressing keys. Virtual representation of the keyboard is still generously sized and allows a reasonable level of control, even if it is not recommended for extended session activities like writing long office documents.
Depending on the configuration chosen, Acer Iconia will be equipped with 4GB or 3GB of RAM, Intel Core i5-480M, 560M and 580M, and the hard drive capacity ranges from 320GB to 750GB of storing memory.
The basic configuration includes of course the two 14-inch multitouch screen, a graphical user interface managed by Intel HD graphics with 128MB shared video memory from the system board memory. The list of features also includes a webcam with 1280×1024 pixel resolution, WiFi mode 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, integrated 3G connectivity, Gigabit LAN interface and an integrated microphone.
Connectivity options include four USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI connectors, along with an optical output S / PDIF for audio. Device weight is about 3kg, which also includes the high capacity Li-Ion battery with four cells.
From the information available so far, it looks like Acer Iconia will be released on January 28, 2010, with an estimated retail price of 1,500 euros for the basic configuration.
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