Acer ICONIA, a personal approach to personal computing

Acer ICONIA, a personal approach to personal computing

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Acer presenta finalmente quello che stata definita la novità dello scorso CES di Las Vegas, l’ICONIA, di cui abbiamo per lato quì, fornendo la lista completa delle specifiche tecniche. Comunicato e specifiche tecniche dopo il salto.

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Barcelona, February 14th 2011 – Not so long ago mobile computing devices with touch screens were only found in science fiction. Now Acer presents ICONIA, a new concept device set to add a brand new tablet experience, combining the versatility of a conventional 14” form factor with a unique dual-screen layout and highly intuitive all-point multi-touch functionality, which means you can use all the fingers of your hands to navigate ICONIA.

If you are looking for a different and innovative approach to personal computing, look no further. With its two all-point multi-touch displays Acer ICONIA offers an enhanced content consumption experience and brings the interaction with the tablet to a new level.

Multimedia, entertainment, communication, web browsing and office productivity seamlessly flow across the dual screen, allowing users to set the best scenario for what they are doing. To improve readability of web sites or documents, the window can be spread across both screens. But the dual screen also means you can do one thing in one screen and something else entirely on the other: you can browse a website on the top screen and view the contents of your favourite folder on the bottom one or you can watch a video on the top screen and check out your multimedia library in the other.

“We took this insight and created a range of easy to use devices with touch technology including Smartphones, Notebooks, AIO PCs, Tablet and our latest addition, the ICONIA Touchbook: this level of commitment to touch technology is something no other PC vendor can compete with.” states Jim Wong Acer Inc. Vice President and ITGO President. “The Intel® Core™ i5 processor together with our experience with touch technology has allowed us to completely remap the user experience to create a far more natural interaction with our devices.

“Intel is proud that our close collaboration with Acer has helped to deliver the world’s first 10 finger multi-touch dual-screen notebook with an exciting and innovative end-user experience, powered by the Intel® Core™ i5 processor,” said Mooly Eden, vice-president of PC Client Group, Intel Corporation. “Combining the adaptable and energy efficient performance of the Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Acer’s Iconia provides new and immersive ways to seamlessly view and interact with your favorite videos, photos, websites and movies”.

Both 14-inch displays have HD 1366×768 resolution, high-brightness Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCDs and take advantage of cutting-edge technologies supporting all-point multi-touch for precise on-screen input. Protected by the ultra-thin yet durable Gorilla® Glass, the displays are scratch and fingerprint resistant, easier to clean and offer the same touch functionality.

ICONIA is designed to provide the optimal all-point multi-touch experience on a dual-display tablet. This is why Acer equipped it with a full range of intuitive and easy to use features and applications that fully exploit the countless possibilities of multi-touch technology. The starting point to launch ICONIA’s touch features and controls as well as applications is the Acer Ring.

The Acer Ring appears simply by placing five fingers on the screen and making a grab gesture. The Acer Ring allows you to start touch applications by scrolling through the App cards and tapping on the one you choose. The Ring also provides fast access to: Virtual Keyboard, Gesture Editor, Window Manager, and Device Control Console.

The Virtual Keyboard can be launched from the Acer Ring or by placing both palms on the bottom display. The intelligent design senses the position of the user’s palms and launches the keyboard. It comes with a full-size QWERTY layout with international language support to give users the same experience of a traditional physical keyboard and features predictive text input for natural-speed typing while avoiding mistakes. The Virtual Keyboard also includes a touchpad and a numeric keypad and can be easily switched to handwriting mode. With all these functionalities you won’t miss the traditional physical keyboard!

With the Gesture Editor you can set customized gestures to launch specific applications, open websites, view your desktop or lock your computer. The Gesture Editor offers you a simple and intuitive way to personalize ICONIA to best suit your needs.

Window Manager allows users to organize the various application windows on the double touch screen. Windows and applications can be moved across displays, so you can always have what you need where you need it. Plus, you can browse through a list of running application, and resize, dock or close windows.

A wealth of built-in touch applications designed to easily manage content provides a seamless experience. Besides those already implemented on Acer’s touch devices, such as TouchBrowser, TouchPhoto, TouchMusic and TouchVideo, allowing an enhanced browsing experience with on-screen gestures to zoom, rotate, flip and scroll and to access and enjoy your multimedia from an integrated touch-optimized interface, ICONIA includes three new ones: SocialJogger, My Journal and Scrapbook.

SocialJogger lets you gather and check updates from Facebook, YouTube and Flickr in all in the same place, taking advantage of the dual screens to check posts and updates on the bottom display and use the second display for exploring and viewing more content.

You can use MyJournal to collect web clippings on your preferred topics. Web clippings are dynamically updated to display all the latest information and can be categorized and displayed according to your needs. Simply tab on a collected Web Clip to display the full webpage on the top screen for a complete access.

Scrapbook lets you easily store clippings, posts and just about anything else from different sources in the same place. You can capture screen shots from the web or an application, edit them and add notes. You can create photo collections with notes and comments. You can also add your scraps to presentations, and documents. Scrapbook helps you keep track of anything you find interesting, funny or valuable and share it!

Acer ICONIA is based on the Intel® Core™ i5 family of processors, delivering smart performance for multimedia, social networking and other demanding mainstream applications.

A fusion of the latest and best technology, ICONIA can also be equipped with 3G connectivity, for total freedom, while an HDMI™ port guarantees high-definition viewing and the Dolby Home Theater v3 provides vibrant audio for an immersive sound experience.

The result? An outstanding entertainment experience!

ICONIA offers an entirely new computing and touch experience. Are you ready?

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ICONIA Specifications

Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit1
CPU and chipset2 Intel® Core i5-480M/i5-560M/i5-580M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.66/2.66/2.66 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93/3.20/3.33 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache

Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset

Memory2, 3, 4 Dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM support:

  • Up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz system memory, upgradable to 8 GB using two soDIMM modules5
Display Dual multi-touch screens

14″ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCDs, supporting all-point finger touch

Tempered glass with fingerprint-resistant coating

Mercury-free, environment-friendly

16:9 aspect ratio

Graphics Intel® HD Graphics with 128 MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 10

Dual independent display support

16.7 million colors

External resolution / refresh rates:6

  • VGA port up to 2560 x 1600: 60 Hz
  • HDMI® port up to 1920 x 1200: 60 Hz

MPEG-2/DVD decoding

WMV9 (VC-1) and H.264 (AVC) decoding

HDMI® (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) support

Audio Optimized Dolby® Home Theater®7 v3 audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Digital Live, Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass, Dolby® Sound Space Expander, Dolby® Audio Optimization, Dolby® High Frequency Enhancer technologies8

High-definition audio support

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)9 support for digital speakers

MS-Sound compatible

Built-in microphone

Storage Hard disk drive: 320/500/640/750 GB or larger1, 10
Webcam Acer Video Conference,2 featuring:

  • Acer Crystal Eye webcam with 1280 x 1024 resolution
  • Acer Video Conference Manager software, featuring Video Quality Enhancement (VQE) technology, supporting 640 x 480 resolution online video calls11
Wireless and networking WLAN:2, 12, 13

  • Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
  • Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
  • Supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology

WPAN:2 Bluetooth® 3.0+HS

WWAN:2, 12 UMTS/HSPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, upgradable to 7.2 Mb/s HSDPA and 5.7 Mb/s HSUPA (for 3G models)

LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready

Privacy control BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords

Kensington lock slot

Dimensions and weight2 347 (W) x 248.5 (D) x 19/31.9 (H) mm (13.53 x 9.69 x 0.74/1.24 inches)

2.8 kg (6.18 lbs.)14 with 4-cell battery

Power adapter and battery2 ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes

3-pin 65 W AC adapter:

  • 95 (W) x 50 (D) x 25.4 (H) mm (3.74 x 1.96 x 1 inches)
  • 216 g (0.47 lbs)14 with 180 cm DC cable

44 Wh 3000 mAh 4-cell Li-ion standard battery pack

Battery life: 3 hours15


Input and control Multi-touch virtual keyboard with standard QWERTY layout and international language support, featuring:

  • Numeric keypad
  • Predictive text input
  • Multi-gesture handwriting mode
  • Virtual touchpad
Input and output Two USB 2.0 ports

USB 3.0 port

HDMI® port with HDCP support

External display (VGA) port

Headphone/speaker jack with S/PDIF support

Microphone-in jack

Ethernet (RJ-45) port

DC-in jack for AC adapter

Software16 Productivity: Acer eRecovery Management; Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1; Adobe® Reader® 9.1; Barnes & Noble Desktop Reader (US only); Bing Bar; Device Control; eSobi; Gesture Editor; Microsoft® Office 2010 preloaded (purchase a product key to activate)17; Microsoft® Office Starter 201018; New York Times Reader (US only); Norton Online Backup; Virtual Keyboard; Window Manager

Security: McAfee® Internet Security Suite Trial19

Multimedia: My Journal; Scrapbook; TouchMusic; TouchPhoto; TouchVideo

Communication and ISP: Acer Crystal Eye; Acer Video Conference Manager2; Skype; SocialJogger; Microsoft® Silverlight; TouchBrowser; Windows Live Essentials2

Web links and utilities: Acer Accessory Store2 (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK only); Acer Identity Card; Acer Registration; Acer Updater; eBay® shortcut 20092 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK, US only);Netflix shortcut2 (US only)

Options and accessories 2 GB / 4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz soDIMM module

3-pin 60W/90 W AC adapter

External USB optical disc drive

External USB Lite and LSI modem

Warranty One-year International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
Windows®. Life without Walls. Acer recommends Windows 7.

  1. 64-bit software is required to enjoy the advantages of 64-bit processing.
  2. Specifications vary depending on model.
  3. Shared system memory may be allocated to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors. Actual system memory available to the operating system will be reduced by any memory used by the graphics solution and resources required by the operating environment.
  4. This system is bundled with DDR3 1066 MHz memory; however, memory speed may vary depending on CPU/chipset support.
  5. A 64-bit operating system is required to enjoy the ultimate performance of 4 GB or higher memory.
  6. Resolution/refresh rates depend on display and color/depth settings.
  7. Dolby® is a registered trademark of Dolby® Laboratories. Dolby Home Theater® is a trademark of Dolby® Laboratories.
  8. Dolby® Pro Logic® and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby® Laboratories.
  9. Supports 5.1-channel surround sound and 2-channel stereo output (multiple streaming).
  10. 1 GB is 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less and may vary depending on preloaded materials and the operating environment. Acer eRecovery Management utilizes up to 10 GB of the stated hard disk capacity as dedicated backup space.
  11. Two VQE-enabled Acer notebooks with dual-core processors are required to enjoy the exclusive benefits and added performance of VQE.
  12. Actual throughput may vary depending on network conditions and environmental factors such as network traffic or overhead, building construction, and access point settings.
  13. Acer Nplify, a high-throughput wireless solution, delivers superior performance and reliable connections while enabling emerging voice, video and data applications. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, it supports Acer SignalUp wireless technology and is compliant with 802.11b/g/n and 802.11b/g standards.
  14. Weight may vary depending on product configuration, vendor components, manufacturing variability, and selected options.
  15. The listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2007® productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark2007® testing are available at Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features. A battery’s maximum capacity decreases with time and use.
  16. Bundled software may vary depending on hardware configuration, OS and regional availability.
  17. Purchase an Office 2010 product key to activate one of the following Office 2010 suites preloaded on this PC: Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business 2010, Office Professional 2010.
  18. Includes Microsoft® Office 2010 preloaded. Purchase a product key to activate a full Microsoft® Office 2010 suite. This PC is preloaded with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising. PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher are not included.
  19. Trial periods vary depending on the geographic region and specifications: 365-day trial for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore (Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese OS models); 60-day trial for other regions.