The Iconia-6120 Dual-Screen Touchbook from Acer is now available for pre-sale in North America with delivery expected sometime in April, the company announced today.

Powered by Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, the Iconia features an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics, two touch-enabled 14-inch LED backlit LCD screens, 1.3 megapixel webcam, WiFi, USB 3.0 and HMDI connectivity and a 640GB hard disk drive for plenty of storage.

The screens are made of thin Gorilla Glass from Corning which makes them light, extremely durable and scratch resistant. With dual screens, owners can customize what is shown on each screen, allowing them to watch a video on the top screen and browse their multimedia library on the bottom one, or view a single web page across the two displays. Using the bottom screen to manage and control the action on the top screen keeps presentations, movies or web pages free of icons and other navigational tools.



With Acer's Ring Control interface users can quickly access favourite applications and features. Appearing on either side of the Acer Ring is a set of Iconia touch-based applications, called AppCards. Using a finger, users can scroll to the one they want, and tap on to drill down to programs within that category.

Other interesting features of the Iconia are various touch enabled applications including the TouchBrowser, MyJournal and Scrapbook which can also work with the virtual full sized keyboard which appears when both palms are placed on the bottom screen.

Acer says its TouchBrowser web browser is designed to offer a superior interface for surfing the web when using touch input. Upon launching, web content opens across both screens. A toolbar at the bottom of either screen provides easy control over the open pages. To enter a website address, consumers can use the virtual keyboard or enter it using handwriting gestures. A pinching action will zoom in on the content on the page. Pages can be added to Favourites by tapping the Add Favourites icon.

MyJournal is a place to keep clipping captured from the web. It includes pre-set tabs for News, Sports, Entertainment, Politics and Business. The selected website content on the tabbed pages is automatically updated each time it's opened. A toolbar at the top of the page lets users edit, resize, rename and move clips to other pages. In a business environment, a user might find this feature useful in tracking news on competitors while a home user might use it to follow a local news story.

Scrapbook is where you can store photo images and other content. It includes a pen tool for drawing or entering handwritten text, such as adding comments or reminders. From there, images can be exported to the clipboard for insertion into other applications, or saved as an image file.

The Acer Iconia-6120 Touchbook will be available in April for $1,200.

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