The world's first 8-inch Windows tablet is long on portability and battery life, short on everything else
Actually, the W3 can be neatly packaged up for travel by fitting it in a depression on the back of the keyboard, but Acer didn't put as much thought into actually using the keyboard while you're on the move. Typing on the keyboard is unpleasant: It flexes noticeably, the keys are prone to rattling, and the throw is short, with little tactile feedback.
At least I can't complain about the battery life. My Netflix rundown test pumped a good 8 hours, 30 minutes out of the W3, thanks to the dual-core Atom Z2760 on board. But don't plan on running more than a few apps at a time, as the system sports a mere 2GB of RAM and a barely usable 32GB of internal storage. (My unit shipped with a 64GB drive, but only had 32GB of usable space.)
It's nothing short of remarkable that a full-blown Windows 8 machine has been packed into a system as small and light as the Iconia W3. But the problems and shortcomings that are also part of this package make the W3 a curiosity at best. Try again, Acer.
Acer Iconia W3-810 at a glance
|Price||Starts at $299 MSRP|
|Processor||Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz|
|Weight||1.1 pounds undocked|
|Dimensions||8.62 x 5.21 x 0.44 inches|
|Display||8 inches @ 1,280 x 800|
|Battery rundown test||8 hours, 30 minutes|
|Ports||1 Micro USB 2.0, 1 Micro HDMI, 1 Micro SIM card|
|Sandra 2013 score||0.65kPt|
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