|Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptop|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 26 April 2011|
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Iconia 6120 Detailed Features
The power button's surrounded by a thin blue glow when the computer is on, and, although it's hard to see in this view, there's also a small blue light just to the right of the power switch icon on the front of the metal part of the hinge. The Acer Iconia automatically goes to sleep when you close the lid, but you'll have to press this button to wake it up...just opening the lid again won't do it.
The bottom of the Iconia 6120 is an aluminum plate with two rubber feet (two more feet are mounted on the bottom of the hinge assembly) and a number of ventilation holes. The front feet are latches that slide inward to release the bottom panel.
With the bottom panel removed, we can see the 640GB, 5400-RPM Western Digital hard drive at the upper left, and two 2G SO-DIMMs. To the right of the DIMMs is the CMOS battery. Upgrading the hard disk and memory is easy, but you'll see no visible trace of the 3000mAh main battery. Presumably it's underneath all the stuff we do see. It's certainly not user-replaceable.
The 180-degree hinge allows you to lay the computer out flat (but that's as far as you can go: you can't fold the screens back-to-back). The rubber ridge on the upper edge of the top display serves as a cushion to support the lid. Although this image makes the lower section of the laptop (at the right side) appear to be hovering above the surface it's resting on, it's actually supported by the four rubber feet on the bottom panel.
You can use the lower display of the Iconia 6120 in two ways: first, as an input device. The image below shows the virtual keyboard with its virtual trackpad, but there are other options I'll cover later in this review.
Second, you can extend the Windows desktop across both displays. Windows "sees" the dual screens as two 1366x768 monitors arranged vertically. In this mode you can enter text with an external USB keyboard or use Windows' keyboard widget. The image below shows Firefox 4 extended across both displays. Note that the Windows task bar is still visible at the bottom of the top display.
But what advantages does this arrangement really bring? Acer provides a lot of software to explore the possibilities. First, though, we have the obligatory performance tests.