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Acer Iconia W3-810 8.1-inch Tablet Review

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Acer Iconia W3-810

Acer Iconia W3-810

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The Bottom Line

Nov 11 2013 - Acer may have been one of the first to the market with a low cost tablet to feature the full Windows operating system but being first isn't always the best. The tablet offers middling performance due to an older processor which exhibits lag in space. The big problem though is the display that is frankly subpar in such a competitive market. With new more affordable options, Acer is going to need to either update its design or do some serious price cutting.

Pros

  • Decent Battery Life
  • Full Version of Windows
  • Includes Office Software

Cons

  • Poor Quality Display
  • Haevy For Eight Inch Tablet
  • Cameras Have Limited Performance

Description

  • Intel Atom Z2760 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 64GB Storage
  • 8.1" WXGA (1280x800) Multitouch Display
  • 2MP Front and Rear Cameras
  • Intel GMA 950 Graphics
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Micro-USB 2.0, Micro-HDMI, micro-SD 3.5mm Audio
  • 8.6" x 5.3" x .4" @ 1.1 lbs.
  • Windows 8

Review - Acer Iconia W3-810

Nov 11 2013 - Acer's Iconia W3-810 was one of the first truly affordable tablets that came with a full version of Windows 8 rather than Windows RT. In order to make it affordable, the tablet definitely has a cheaper feel to it. It is constructed with a mix of white and silver plastics that make it look decent but does not have the best overall fell or rigidity. The tablet is also a bit larger and heavier than your standard 8-inch tablet unit as it comes in at four tenths of an inch thick and a weighty 1.1 poinds.

Powering the Acer Iconia W3-810 is the Intel Atom Z2760 dual core processor. This is not the most recent Bay Trail processor but the past generation. Don't expect much in performance as this is designed for low power consumption and thus does not have the same performance as a traditional laptop processor. It will be just fine for basic tasks like web browsing, productivity applications and media viewing. Due to the limited 2GB of memory and the low powered processor, this is not very well suited for multitasking as there can be delays when switching between programs and even loading them up.

The storage for the Acer Iconia W3-810 comes in either 32GB or 64GB versions. I highly suggest avoiding the 32GB version as after you take into account the operating system installation there is very limited space for applications and data. The speed of the storage is reasonable good with booting into Windows taking about a quarter of a minute which is better than many budget laptops but still short of the under ten seconds some ultrabooks can achieve. If you need additional space, there is a microSD card slot that can be used for internal storage or a single micro-USB 2.0 port that can be used with some forms of external storage.

The display for the Iconia W3-810 uses an 8.1-inch multitouch panel that features a 1280x800 resolution. The resolution is not uncommon of many low cost laptops but is relatively low in this day and age of high resolution tablet displays. Even Microsoft's Surface 2 moved up to the 1920x1080 for full HD video support. The real problem though is that the display lacks brightness and viewing angles. This makes it very difficult to use in challenging lighting conditions such as bright sunlight outdoors. The multitouch aspects of the screen worked well enough which is important for dealing with the Windows 8 operating system. Since this is an older Atom processor, the graphics are also using the old GMA 950 integrated graphics engine. Frankly, this is very outdated and lacks any real 3D performance or capabilities beyond basic 2D graphics displays.

Since this is a strict tablet, the Iconia W3 does not feature a dedicated keyboard. Instead, there is an optional dock that can be purchased ($80) to use with it. It essentially is a Bluetooth keyboard that has a slot for standing the tablet on when typing or a bay that it can be docked into on the bottom for transport. It is larger than the tablet itself which means the keys have more space which make it decent for typing especially compare to the virtual keyboard. The problem is that it is so much better than the tablet that it looses most of its portability.

The Acer iconia W3-810 comes with an internal battery with a 3400mAh rating. The company claims that this can provide up to eight hours of running time. In digital video playback testing, this is pretty much dead on with just over eight hours. This is actually quite an achievement compared to many low cost ultrabooks that tend to run for much less but then again this has much less performance. It still isn't quite as long as what dedicated tablets such as the Apple iPad Mini can achieve with its twelve hours in the same test or even the Surface 2 at ten.

Priced around $400, the Acer Iconia W3-810 is certainly affordable for those that might be looking at getting a low cost tablet that features a full version of Windows. The problem is that since its release, a large number of competing options have been released. This includes both the ASUS Transformer Book T100 and the Dell Venue 8 Pro which can be found for roughly the same price. They both use the newer Bay Trail Atom processors for better performance. If you are also considering the keyboard dock, the ASUS offers a much better designed one that makes it into a true clamshell style laptop rather than something that the tablet can be attached to on the backside.

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