|Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptop|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 26 April 2011|
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Acer Iconia 6120 Notebook Review
Full Disclosure: The product used in this article was self-supplied and purchased by the author.
We've seen little innovation in laptop design in the last few years. Most companies seem to think that using a brushed aluminum finish or adding Intel's latest mobile CPU is all they need to do to freshen a product line. Still, Acer's not the first company to introduce a laptop with dual screens; the short-lived Toshiba Libretto W100 comes to mind, and gScreen Corporation's Spacebook has been touted since 2009, although it's still not available at the time of this writing. The Acer Iconia 6120, though, is a computer you can buy right now. Its dual screens offer new capabilities but come with some drawbacks as well. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at this unique laptop to see if it's worth your consideration.
Laptop computers started outselling desktops around the middle of 2005, and while tablet computers are now the fastest-growing hardware segment, there are times when only a real keyboard will do. The average laptop (not netbook) computer sells for well under $1,000.00, and companies like Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and others offer dozens of models to choose from in this price range. The Acer Iconia 6120, at $1,200.00, is significantly more expensive than most while coming in under machines like Apple's Macbook Pro line or the higher end of HP's Envy series. This price gets you a well-equipped machine with two 14" displays, one where a keyboard and trackpad would be on a "normal" computer.
The main question you might have about the Iconia is "What does the extra screen buy you functionally?" Acer has several answers for you, and I'll cover them in this review.
Iconia 6120 Features