Feeds

Acer replaces laptop keyboard with multi-touch LCD

Dual-screen... er... 'touchbook' debuts

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Tablets out of the way, we now come to Acer's other big launch: a 14in laptop with a virtual keyboard.

Yes, the Iconia - as the new machine is dubbed - sports a second LCD where the keyboard usually goes, giving the laptop the look of a scaled up Nintendo DS or Microsoft's ill-fated Courier two-screen tablet.

Acer Iconia

Still, the spec is impressive: Core i5 CPU - 480M, 560M and 580M options - up to 4GB of DDR 3 memory, 320-750GB of hard drive storage, a USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ones, HDMI output, 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and HSDPA 3G connectivity.

You're looking at a battery life of around three hours with the Iconia's 44Wh, 3000mAh power pack, which is not so impressive, and neither is the Intel integrated graphics that will drive those two 14in, 1366 x 768 touchscreens.

The lower one can detect ten simultaneous touches. Both are protected with highly glossy Gorilla Glass. You'll spend more time polishing it than typing, we reckon.

Acer Iconia

Acer describes the Iconia as a "concept", but the spec is more detailed than you'd expect a prototype or notional design to sport, so this is a range that will be coming to market, though at what price is anyone's guess.

Ditto when Iconia will come to market. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.