Acer Iconia W700 review: A mixed bag of Windows 8 whatsit
Acer's Windows 8 tablet with dock stand and keyboard just doesn't measure up as a convertibleFollow @syegulalp
I'm not enamored of how, even after all this time, PC makers still preload their systems with software that no one uses. Acer's systems are particularly bad in this respect, so be sure to set aside some time to sponge things down and make a full-scale backup afterward. Among the inclusions: the McAfee Internet Security suite, a trial edition of Microsoft Office 2010, Spotify, and the Acer Ring. The last is a full-screen application launcher and media management tool with an interface that's even more baffling and counterintuitive than Windows 8's Modern UI. In some cases, Acer Ring and the Modern UI conflict directly.
I did appreciate the presence of a live update package from Acer that scanned the system for driver or firmware revisions. It's one fewer task for you, and right after I uncrated the W700, it found an update for the Intel video driver -- probably the OEM component that'll get the most software refreshes, come to think of it. The W700 also did well in my Netflix playback test, racking up 3 hours, 20 minutes on the most power-conservative battery setting.
The Acer Iconia W700 works best if you plan to take it on the road without its keyboard and are comfortable using it on a desktop with a minimal variety of viewing angles. If you're seeking a Windows 8 tablet that will also serve as a laptop, look elsewhere.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz|
|Dimensions||Height: 11.6 inches. Width: 7.5 inches. Depth: 0.47 inches.|
|Display||11.6 inches @ 1920 by 1080 pixels|
|Ports||1 Micro USB 3.0, 1 Micro-HDMI out, Ethernet via included USB dongle, VGA out via included dongle|
|Radios||802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0+HS|
|Touch UI||10-finger multitouch|
|Sandra 2013 score||3.34kPt|
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