I'm finicky about keyboards, but the one on the W510's dock isn't bad. The keys may be a bit small, but they have a good feel to them, with a spacebar that responds all the way across and not just at the middle. Sadly, the touchpad is subpar. Instead of buttons, there are click zones at the bottom that can be a little hard to feel out at first. Also, the touchpad doesn't support multi-finger gestures. Although you can't disable/enable the touchpad by tapping one of its corners -- something I see in a lot of touchpads these days -- you can disable the touchpad with a function key combination, which is handy if you find yourself using the touchscreen for most things anyway.
As with the other Acer notebooks I've looked at, the W510 features the company's Live Updater technology, which downloaded and applied a system BIOS update and a number of driver fixes in the time I was using it. All were applied without trouble. I did notice one peculiar problem involving the keyboard, which I'd expected to be fixed with an update: the Ctrl-Home and Ctrl-End keystrokes do not seem to work properly. They work fine if you use an external keyboard, but not with the dock keyboard. (Acer is aware of the problem.)
Ordinarily, I wouldn't choose Acer's Iconia W510 over the HP Envy. The Envy is better built, and though battery life isn't as good, it's still great (11 hours 15 minutes in my Netflix test). But if the price is right, the W510 is a worthy alternative.
Acer Iconia W510 at a glance
|Price||Starts at $799 MSRP|
|Processor||Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz|
|Weight||2.9 lbs. docked; 1.27 lbs. undocked|
|Dimensions||10.18 x 6.6 x 0.35 inches|
|Display||10.1 inches @ 1366 x 768|
|Battery||15 hours 30 minutes|
|Ports||1 Micro USB, 1 Micro HDMI, 1 Micro SD. Dock: Full-size USB|
|Radios||802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Cameras||8MP rear, 1080p front|
|Sandra 2013 score||0.82kPt|
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