Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet

Making this upcoming holiday season truly promising, gadgets manufacturing companies take lead to see who’ll win a slot from Santa’s big backpack. Coming in for the show we have Acer’s new Iconia tablet that is actually a hybrid system with Windows 8 as the standard platform: the W510 of the Iconia series. Said to be one of the lowest-priced tablets featuring the said Windows version, should it really be a nice gift idea for reference? Let’s knock at its doors.

What made this tablet different from others is not only with its operating system, but as said, it’s a hybrid as said. I personally cannot coin such a term for this model since the tablet remained a tablet with just a dock, and the keyboard station doesn’t even complement the overall design to make it look like a netbook at least. The idea might have come from Asus, which I believe first released this hybrid system, but Acer obviously made a sheer effort to make a keyboard ready for the palm, and consequently, the design did not work well so far.

Fairly weighted at 1.3lbs., the Acer Iconia W510 actually has a body size that is as thin and handy as the other tablets of the same class. There’s actually no new features or noteworthy input about the aesthetics, and together with the tablet are some ports like micro-USB and micro-HDMI, plus an average 8MP camera with flash at the back (and there’s a 2MP camera on the front). There’s actually something odd with the headphone jack here, which in this case sits on the top of the display: how are you going to listen to music when the headphone’s cable is actually swinging right between you and the display?

One thing so odd also about this design from Acer is that, the Acer Iconia W510 doesn’t sit up straight on its docking keyboard station. What I meant is that, the tablet locks well with the docking port, but the tablet itself looks and feels thicker than the dock making it dance for every taps you do on the touch-screen display. The hinge actually supports around 295 degrees of rotation to make the keyboard serve as a stand as well, but when you try to slide the body to a desired angle, you’ll feel like it’s just about to break or cut into two.

Nevertheless, I am still pleased with the W510’s display. The display may not be as resolute as others because of its native 1366 x 768, the display still looked bright and clear making the LiveTiles of Windows 8 rich and vibrant with colors. The display is surrounded by a relatively thick bezel, which I don’t like, but with the LCD backlight off, I love the nice clean black face that almost doesn’t reflect light. One thing I’d like to put some more on this design from Acer is that, the 10.1-inch display should have gone like an inch bigger.

Priced at around $500 and up depending on configuration, the Acer Iconia W510 is somewhat priced low when compared to other tablets offering Windows 8 as the main platform. However, one sad thing about this price is that you get to pay for the docking station separately. Though this serves as just an option, the tablet actually feels odd and amputated without its keyboard on. And if you think the price is still hot for a sale, I personally don’t think so because this is the first time I’ve heard of a tablet trying to revive Intel’s Atom processor. Though the said processor is promised to do better now with speed but cost less on battery consumption, buyers will of course prefer the reputed ones Intel has already sold widely—those with the Turbo Boost or Ivy Bridge.

Calling for a verdict for this seasonal hybrid-system tablet is of no difficulty at all. As for me, I still find the Acer Iconia W510 to be pricey considering its weak build and lack in processing power. Nevertheless, owning this one should be a big step to making Windows 8 more versatile, portable, and personal.

Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 22,000.00

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