Acer's tablet, the Iconia, runs Windows 7 and sports dual 14-inch touchscreens. If you've ever typed on an iPad, you'll know just how terrible typing on a virtual keyboard can be.
I often find myself typing with one or two fingers on my iPad. Why? Because I make more mistakes typing with both of my hands. Tablets aren't smartphones that can be gripped, which makes typing a breeze with your thumbs. Steve Jobs might tell people that they will adjust to typing on a virtual keyboard, but let's face it: you'll never type as fast or as accurate using a touchscreen. A physical keyboard with individual buttons will always beat an onscreen one.
Yes, the Iconia has two high definition screens and is attempting to change how we interact with our content with the touchscreens working in tandem, but typing on that thing looks like a nightmare. I can just imagine trying to type out an entire story with that virtual keyboard — without looking at the screen. I can picture all the red zigzagging lines under all the words. The thing about typing on a virtual keyboard is that because there are no grounded keys — your fingers tend to shift to the left or to the right ever so slightly. That's the pivotal moment when the typos start oozing out.
There are ways around the entire "virtual keyboards suck" debacle, such as using haptic feedback or turning on a click sound like that on the iPhone, but so far, it's just not as solid for work as physical keys. A virtual keyboard might work well for casually imputing text, but we doubt it will ever truly take off for serious work horses.
Keep an eye out for the Iconia earlier next year for what looks like upwards of $2,000.