Acer Iconia W510-1422

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Among the several versions of Windows 8 PCs pushing back up against the conventional clamshell computer is the detachable-screen crossbreed. Examples include the HP Envy X2 as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, nevertheless the initially variation of the design you got the hands about was the Acer Iconia W510.

The adaptation of the 10-inch crossbreed you looked at throughout the Windows 8 release became a nonfinal preproduction device, nevertheless today which the final hardware is accessible, we’ve been capable to benchmark the W510 for an official review. In truth, the experience with all the early hardware plus this final adaptation differs small, plus those initial impressions largely stand.

While Acer’s different Windows 8 systems, including the Aspire S7 plus W700, have impressed, the W510 is held back with a couple of factors. First, it’s driven with a direct descendant of the Atom processors behind the Netbook, a almost extinct computer subcompact category that has been hugely prevalent for a year or thus before low-cost ultraportables as well as the iPad overshadowed it. The new Atoms are quicker than their predecessors, whilst preserving lengthy power existence plus energy efficiency, nevertheless which can not be enough to meet computer consumers utilized to acquiring Intel Core i3, i5, plus even i7 chips inside the thinnest of ultrabooks.

The different emotional hurdle here is cost. Atom-powered laptops from a several years ago cost $ 299 or thus. The Iconia W510 is $ 749 (or $ 599 for the tablet/screen just without the keyboard dock). There are a great deal of impressive laptops you are able to purchase for $ 750 which are more effective, have better qualities, plus are simpler to utilize than this 1. To be fair, there are numerous Atom-powered Windows 8 pills plus hybrids which expense about the same or even more — however they don’t result in the many compelling case, either.

The idea of the touch-screen slate running a full Windows working program which could quickly transform into a functioning computer is an appealing 1. In practice, the slate piece of the W510 is well-built plus sensitive, as well as the hinge which links the 2 halves is simple to utilize plus secure.

However, the keyboard half (that contains an more battery) is too light, generating the whole thing top-heavy plus inclined to tipping over. Adding to my functionality concerns, $ 750 just gets we a 64GB SSD difficult drive (with about half which room free following OS plus software overhead), as well as the pill half has connections — Micro-HDMI, microSD, plus Micro-USB — which are just practical in the event you walk about with a pocketful of adapters.

Hybrids like this have to be priced properly (particularly ones with Atom processors), plus provide good shape plus functionality inside purchase to be a compelling alternative to different processing treatments inside the same budget. As much because the Acer Aspire S7 touch-screen ultrabook was an good advertising for Windows 8, the Iconia W510 feels like an advertising for the iPad, or some of the $ 700 to $ 800 ultrabooks that provide skinny, handheld processing at a fair cost.

Price because reviewed $ 749
Processor 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760
Memory 2GB, 1,066MHz DDR2
Hard drive 64GB SSD
Graphics Intel GMA
Operating system Windows 8
Dimensions (WD) 10.2×7.3 inches
Height 0.4 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 10.1 inches
System fat / Weight with AC adapter 2.8 pounds / 3 pounds (screen + keyboard)
Category Ultraportable hybrid

Design plus attributes
There are tiny variations inside color, switch location, plus total graphic ID, however Windows 8 crossbreed laptop/tablets I’ve watched from Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, plus others commonly look the same. None is especially streamlined, because all need beefed-up hinge assemblies to keep the screen securely tethered.

The screen piece of the W510 looks fairly pro, like a somewhat small, squatter iPad, almost indistinguishable from different Windows or Android 10-inch pills with edge-to-edge glass along with a gently curved back panel. It’s solidly built, however, not overly thick.

In pill mode, the Windows 8 UI moves smoothly, as well as the screen rotation inside pill mode feels quicker plus easier than inside the preproduction adaptation of the program you tried many months ago. There’s a rotation lock switch found on the top edge of the screen in the event you don’t wish the screen to reorient with each move.

The keyboard dock it plugs into is somewhat less upscale-looking than the pill. It’s bulky, nevertheless contains an more power, thus connecting the 2 components assists with power lifetime. The keyboard qualities white island-style keys against a light silver keyboard tray, with a little clickpad under.

The keys, because noted earlier, are found on the little side, plus reminded me of typing about a tiny Netbook keyboard years ago. Keystrokes were more exact about this final variation than found on the earlier test hardware, yet I sometimes ran into a double input, where a keystroke might register twice.

The clickpad-style touch pad (meaning it has the left plus proper mouse buttons built into the pad itself, rather of separate buttons) is practical, however feels cramped. As noted with all the Acer Aspire S7, the Windows 8 interface doesn’t function particularly effectively with a touch pad, thus there are oneself utilizing a mixture of pad plus screen for navigation.

Whenever combined, the screen plus keyboard shape anything which looks plus feels a lot like a conventional clamshell computer. The hinge holds rather securely, as well as the whole hinge assembly could furthermore fold available to almost 180 degrees.

The 13-inch 1,366×768-pixel show is obvious plus bright, plus suffers no graphic degradation from having touch included into it. Despite my Atom-centric concerns, touch reaction is immediate plus rapid, plus off-axis watching (significant for a tablet) was good from any angle.

Video Micro-HDMI HDMI or DisplayPort
Audio Stereo speakers, combo headphone/mic jack Stereo speakers, headphone/mic jacks
Data 1 USB 2.0 (tablet), 1 USB 2.0 (base), Micro-SD card reader 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader
Networking 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Ethernet (through dongle), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband
Optical drive None None

Connections plus performance

If we consider the W510 because a pill, its ports plus connections are good. Should you consider it because a computer, it’s possibly difficult. As stated, the show has Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, along with a microSD card slot. The keyboard base adds a full-size USB port, yet accessible USB ports are of the elder 2.0 range (anything to look out for whenever getting an Atom over a Core i-series Intel chip).

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