Acer ICONIA 6120 Dual-Screen Touchbook - 14 - Core i5 480M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 640 GB HDD review: Acer ICONIA 6120 Dual-Screen Touchbook - 14 - Core i5 480M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 640 GB HDD

Despite the fact that this is a big bulky laptop, you miss out on several typically standard features. There is neither Bluetooth, nor an optical drive, nor--shockingly--an SD card slot. You do, however, get a USB 3.0 port.

The biggest hardware gripe about the Acer Iconia is its last-generation Intel Core i5 CPU. We're already at the point where we expect a newer Sandy Bridge version of the Core i3/i5/i7, and to have a high-profile new product with an older part like that suggests that the Iconia has been sitting on the shelf for a while, waiting to be released. Moving up to a current-gen CPU would likely result in faster performance, better battery life, and better graphics performance.

As it is, in single-app tests, the Iconia was roughly on par with laptops with newer CPUs, but it fell behind on our multitasking test. We were able to play two simultaneous HD videos at once, one on each screen, but gaming was a no-go. We got single-digit frame rates in Mafia II, whereas Intel's improved current-gen integrated graphics would do better.

Unfortunately, with two touch screens on all the time, battery life on the Iconia isn't great. In our video playback battery drain test, the Iconia ran for 2 hours and 9 minutes. That's acceptable for a giant 17- or 18-inch desktop replacement that's not meant to move around much, but for a 14-inch laptop (even a double-14-inch), it's not long enough to be terribly useful.

Acer includes a standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the Iconia. For such a unique system, and so much that could go wrong with the touch screens, we'd prefer a longer standard term, or some kind of dedicated support line. As it is, Acer's support Web sites can be a bit of a maze and discovering the telephone support number is not as easy. Try 800-816-2237 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, and be sure to have your system's serial or SSID number on hand.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
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Apple iTunes encoding test
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations:

Acer Iconia 6120
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.67GHz Intel Core i5 M480; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/1,755MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dm4-1003
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1,695MB (Total) Intel MHD; 320GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

Lenovo Ideapad Y460
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Asus K53E
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M; 6144MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 192MB (Dedicated)/1,760MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 640GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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Acer ICONIA 6120 Dual-Screen Touchbook - 14" - Core i5 480M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 640 GB HDD

Part Number: CNETIconia Released: Mar. 29, 2011
MSRP: $1,049.00 Low Price: $1,534.88 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar. 29, 2011
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Weight 6.2 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
  • CPU Intel Core i5 480M / 2.66 GHz
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