|Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptop|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 27 April 2011|
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Closer Look: Acer Iconia
The Iconia's box isn't big on specifications or other useful information. Instead, you're presented with flowing images of Acer's "Acer Ring" software and its associated touch-based applications.
Included with the computer are a manual, the power supply, an optional filter for the power supply (noisy AC lines can apparently cause problems with the computer's touch screens if you use the computer while it's connected to AC), a tiny USB card reader, and a multi-language "Quick Guide". The USB card reader can handle Memory Sticks, SD and micro-SD cards, as well as "M2" Memory Stick Micro cards. As with most Windows laptops, there are no recovery disks, although Acer has a recovery partition on the hard disk and includes a utility to burn the 5 recovery DVDs you'll need if your hard disk dies. The absence of recovery disks is especially annoying considering that the incremental price increase would be well under $5, and you'll need an external DVD burner to make your own. On a $350 netbook, the lack of recovery disks is perhaps understandable, but on a $1,200 premium laptop, it's not.
The Iconia 6120 itself is a largish slab rendered in aluminum and black plastic. The "Intel Inside" and "Microsoft Windows" logos near the hinge are silk-screened onto the case, rather than being removable stickers. Since the Iconia's special drivers and software only exist for Windows, this is understandable. Notice the rubber strip across the top edge of the screen.
Opening the screen reveals what's different about this laptop: instead of a keyboard and trackpad on the lower half of the case, there's...another 14" screen. Both screens are multi-touch enabled, have a resolution of 1366x768 pixels, and are sheathed in Dow Corning "Gorilla Glass" with an oleophobic coating that makes it easy to wipe your greasy fingerprints off.
On the left side of the computer are the "keyboard button" on the edge of the hinge, the power supply plug, ventilation holes for the internal fan, an HDMI port, and two USB 2.0 ports. Pressing the keyboard button once invokes the virtual keyboard on the bottom display. Pressing it twice quickly is equivalent to CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
The right side of the computer has microphone and headphone jacks, a Superspeed USB 3.0 port, a slot for a Kensington security lock, an analog VGA port, a gigabit Ethernet port, and the power button mounted on the edge of the hinge. If you think you've missed something in looking at this computer, you're right: despite its size and weight, there is no optical drive.
Let's examine the Acer Iconia more closely in the next section.