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Acer launches dual-screen tablet-notebook

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nitinthewiz
nitinthewiz

Is the 640 GB an SSD? Else this will never be a tablet!! And since it's nearly a laptop, think about the battery kill! It's just a next-gen laptop and should be marketed as that...

trevor
trevor

If you have ever played with a DS you will know this is a great idea. A folding iPad? This is the obvious next step. Fully customisable keyboard. Not need to make different models for different languages. Young children can have fully graphical keyboards. If you have ever used a smart board, here is the computer to drive it from.

trevor
trevor

If you have ever played with a DS you will know this is a great idea. A folding iPad? This is the obvious next step. Fully customisable keyboard. Not need to make different models for different languages. Young children can have fully graphical keyboards. If you have ever used a smart board, here is the computer to drive it from.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

Acer is basically copy everyone else. Nothing new. this has been done before. At $1200 US - sounds pricey.

Ron_007
Ron_007

Pretty pictures, almost no content. Again, I vote with Regulus. Please present this content in an alternate format. Say 1 long webpage Lots of pretty pictures but too light on content. Sure there is a picture of the ports, but it is too small to make out any details! Please list the ports. Nice, you listed CPU specs, how about video? Wit_one makes a great point. I'm a touch typist too and the thought of long typing sessions on a total touch screen make my wrists scream in anticipatory anguish. You show the "standard" straight keyboard. Are there any alternative, like a split or "wave" style keyboard? Are there any options for customizing the key layout. Now that the keyboard has been completely virtualized, why shouldn't we be allowed to customize it more?

wit_one
wit_one like.author.displayName 1 Like

what i would like to tell you all is that after i bought the iPad, I found out that there is something people will not recognize until they try to use these touchscreen tablets: You have to keep ur hands at a restless position when using any touchscreen device. It keeps ur muscle under tension and you have to be careful not to touch any area accidentally.

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

as most of you already commented.. I can see some pros and cons... I guess just thinking out of the box this is a cool idea.. the question would be if this is one of those fancy toys just for some people.. putting that aside.. few things that came to mind If I would have one of these just by watching the pics.. - No more need to replace a key on the keyboard :) - No more eating or spilling soda on my keyboard :\ - No more F8 to start in safe mode :( (unless you carry a spare keyboard with you all the time) Cheers :)

Regulus
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You spend so much time and effort producing these really excellent and important slide shows. (- actually Power Point presentations) Sorry, they are totally useless to me in that format. You don't even offer us the ability to download the slide deck. Most valuable to me would be a 'Print' version that I could drop into a 'Word' document / File. If that is too much to ask, maybe a PDF version? Thank you for your consideration. -- Yes, I'm going to continue bugging you about this.

jmiceli
jmiceli like.author.displayName 1 Like

The "keyboard" such as it is, I would see as a real problem for people like me that are touch typists. You can no longer feel the home keys (or any others for that matter), so we would have to constantly look at the keyboard to make sure we were typing in the correct place. Since I normally work with a split keyboard, going flat again with no sense of touch as feedback would be disastrous for programming and general typing. Just a thought... Bestest, John

Pks29733steel
Pks29733steel

If I'm going to carry something that size (which I do since I prefer a laptop) why not use a laptop? Laptops have cd/dvd, card readers, physical keyboards, changeable batteries (carry a spare, save work, switch battery and continue...on a tablet it shuts off til you recharge it or find a power outlet) and so much more. Why would I want to a tablet that might have 64gbs while my laptop has 250gbs and I can plug in my aux. hard-drive of 250gbs also for 500?. Why would I want to attempt to type on a flat touch panel (sounds like a microwave oven with web access), wait you have to buy the aux. keyboard. My laptop came with one for free. Sorry folk, tablets don't catch my attention. Not enough memory, no ports, no cd/dvd. Its like buying a car and finding out the engine, tires, steering wheel and transmisson are all OPTIONS.

speckmc
speckmc like.author.displayName 1 Like

from the images I see, it has usb ports, an hdmi out, and an rj45 port.... just read the specs on it, has a 640gb hd, seriously did you even read about this thing or did you just blindly make a comment criticizing it without any idea what it is???

ShockMe
ShockMe

But I can see this as a nice design if the bottom screen is the only interaction surface. It would also leave more room for an extended key map and virtual mouse pad when entering text. Would buy this in a hot minute if it were also a 4G LTE MacBook Air.

Pks29733steel
Pks29733steel like.author.displayName 1 Like

If that's the case, why not use a laptop? The bottom panel on laptops is the 'interaction surface (most people call that area the keyboard).

ShockMe
ShockMe

Text-based applications. If text entry is the primary method a hardware keyboard and trackpad would be sufficient. But this type of device has some additional flexibility not present in a traditional notebook. The keycap could give way to more special keys, a digitizer with stylus entry, a numeric keypad with formulas, color and mixing pallettes, and any number of specialized interfaces that benefit from more than one point of interaction.