The new Windows 8 craze seems to be driving this year’s Computex. We’ve already reported here about what we like and what we dislike about Acer’s new AIO, but now you can see it in action.
In very striking contrast with the massive Windows 8 operating system, Acer’s 7600U
is very responsive and quite snappy with the touch commands.
The system can be rotated and used in portrait mode, but can also be laid out on the table and used like a table top.
There are two main issues we see with this usage model. If the user rotates the system while any cables are connected to the back USB ports, the cables must be long and mobile enough to follow and allow the move.
When the user places the system flat on the desktop, there must be great care not to lean on it, as this is the most prevalent tendency when reading or studying in “deskmode.”
The 27” screen is large enough to make the user want to lean over it and use the fingers, palms or elbows to press on the screen, which might cause an unpleasant crack.
Leaning is also induced by the fact that when working with LCD screens, viewing angles are always an issue and the user has a strong tendency to lean over to see the image better.
There is the same problem in tabletop mode as there is in portrait mode, not to mention how it would be for a user sitting down in front of the desk to load a disc in the ODD while the system is in portrait mode.
It is obvious that for such an action, the user needs to stand up to access the optical disc drive (ODD).