Acer Iconia W510 Review: a great Windows 8 tablet with a few shortcomings


  • Hsay (YSM)

    not interested!way overpriced!

    • Surface 2

      These guys just don’t get it (Microsoft and Acer) if people need:

      A TABLET; they get a Tablet

      A LAPTOP: They get a MAC or a PC one

      BOTH: They buy a laptop AND a tablet: you get the best one for your needs and at the BEST PRICE.

      So MS and now ACER released a HEAVY Tablet- and laptop with poor Battery-IN ONE at a higher price a two product solution??
      That’s indeed “an answer to a question nobody asked”

      -What’s next? a TV that requires glasses to watch???

  • Claudiu

    This thing costs as much (or cheaper) than an iPad, it is lighter than an iPad and it even thinner. Considering it is a full blown Windows 8 pc (not RT)and you can do much more with it than iOS, I think it is a good deal.

    • Surface 2

      Yes is Cheaper than the ipad (more expensive than the N10 though)

      With little useable memory after the W8; with half the battery life of a proper tablet; and heavier than any comparable tablet.

      Once again: this is the worse of both worlds and too expensive.

      THE PROBLEM: here is the transparent intention of Microsoft to “Inject”-or piggy back -sales of W8 tablets in the sales of laptops.

      The REALITY: EVERYBODY wants either an ANDROID/mac Tablet with whatever a linux, mac, or PC laptop. END OF STORY!!

      Good to Microsoft, the Pebble two and the Zune 3, and the Surface4!!

      The thing that bothers me is that MS keeps on making Hardware flops over and over with the money they get as royalties from the Android patents; so you can expect the RE-Surface II-2- + next yr.

    • pacalis

      @Claudiu, ipads are beautiful but useless. A computer that doesn’t compute.

      Most people have gotten over the shiny new thing, but still want something light to take with them. An actual computer.

      So you don’t get it. MS is converging platforms and in about a year we’ll see a sea of beautiful and useful devices. I guarantee you right now Apple is working on an new OS to match the capabilities in the Surface.

  • Keith

    “the very problem Windows 8 is unable to solve: in trying to be everything to everyone, it excels at no one thing, and trails behind more focused products in peripheral categories”

    I don’t agree with that myself. I don’t want 2 focused products–I want a good hybrid product that will serve as both a notebook and tablet.

    So far the Surface Pro seems to strike the best balance but I’m going to hold off until I see what comes out of Mobile World Congress.

  • Me

    Yet another biased review from mobilesyrup. I personally am not a fan of acer products (for the obvious reasons). However, overgeneralizing Windows 8’s “problem”s is just immature. As Keith mentioned above, if you want to carry a laptop and a separate tablet with yourself and pay ridiculous amount of money for them, sure knock yourself and get an apple laptop and an ipad. This thing is a combination of the two for a fraction of the price and you still trash talk Windows 8? Seriously? The useless review wasnt even about the OS, it was about the Iconia W510!

    • Alex

      Have you used it? It’s a crap tablet because of the netbook specifications. Thank god for return policies. I’m going to try a W700 next.

  • tomatoes 11

    Windows 8 is not there yet but it’s close. They need i5 power and full HD in something under 10mm with 7 to 8 hours of battery life. I think that is as soon as windows 9 or windows 10 max.

  • EvanK

    I’m sorry, but no matter how you spin it, 2GB of RAM simply isn’t enough.

  • RICO

    Where is the Samsung ATIV PC Pro review? That is the ultimate hybrid. Surface? Ummmm yeah. Terrible as well.

  • HC

    if you are going for just the tablet perhaps the vivotab smart is sufficient (has almost the same spec with a price tag that is $100 lower)

  • pacalis

    It’s funny, people criticize the Android products for fragmentation. Then the MS products for being all things to all people…

    Ironically it’s Apple, stuck in the middle, that has the longer term problem as it doesn’t capture the benefits from either strategy.

  • The Real

    overall i’m very happy with the performance. what i’m not is Acers lack of admitting their software creates a nightmare for the hardware! All of the faults of this tablet is because of Acers horrible Bios and firmware updates/drivers. example One updated made the battery drain super fast because the wifi would not sleep …the docking station double types and has an issue with the touch pad mostly vertical swipes!! And Acers Tech in the online forums and online support or over the phone in general are very bad! And some are reporting getting the Acer sleeve/smart cover with their tablet purchase while others did not!! depending on drivers and updates i have watched battery life go from 10hrs to 7 with normal browser usage!!

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