Acer Iconia W3 Deals

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



June 29, 2013, 5:21 pm

I'm typing this on my Acer Iconia W3. Firstly, the price mentioned in this review is incorrect. It's closer to £330 (including tax).
It's certainly an interesting device, although I'm not quite sure what to make of it. While swooshing around the tiled interface is smooth, and running Internet Explorer (in non-desktop mode) scrolls extremely smoothly, the desktop mode runs jerky. Furthemore, plug in an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and scrolling in Internet Explorer (using the external mouse) becomes jerky.
If you attach a secondary high resolution monitor, performance takes a large hit. I guess this is expected due to the low powered Atom CPU. Still, for those hoping to use this like a Nettop PC, just remember you'll get Nettop performance. Things "work", they just don't work quickly most of the time. Also, I have a 2560 x 1440 monitor, but the GPU/HDMI can only push out 1920 x 1080.
I have found many of the native "Windows 8 Apps" have performance issues. For example, I paid £1.79 for an Win8 IRC client. When scrolling slowly, it's quite smooth, but scroll too quickly and you'll see slow repainting of the screen.
It's not "bad", but is lacks any kind of "wow" factor. Performance is poor, although the browser works extremely well. I really wish I had hung on longer for a 4th gen Intel CPU toting model.


June 29, 2013, 10:31 pm

I wish you could tell us where you got it for £279 - for that kind of price I think I could overlook a lot of its faults. Although I guess it's worth paying £100 more for the i3 4GB Asus Vivobook. Not a tablet, but still very light & portable. Once they get that kind of performance in a sub-£300 Windows 8 tablet, I think the whole concept will really take off.

(One other thing: If this comes with Microsoft Office, is it a time-limited subscription that you'd have to renew at some point, or will it continue to function for as long as you own the tablet?)


August 18, 2013, 2:13 am

This is singularly the worst item ever foisted off as a Windows Tablet in years. The people who designed it, particularly the screen which looks washed out and unviewable, should have been handed pink slips at the initial design meeting. What a complete sham!

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