Acer Iconia W510 video review

Ardjuna Seghers



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The 10-inch Acer Iconia W510 comes very close to being our favourite Windows 8 convertible tablet/laptop with Atom inside. It’s smaller and lighter than 11.6-inch rivals, but doesn’t compromise on resolution, connectivity or battery life to get there. It also sports a unique (at least for a detachable convertible) rotating hinge that genuinely expands it usability, while its screen and speakers more than hold their own. Unfortunately, the keyboard won’t be for everyone due to its poor layout, and the touchpad is rather stiff. If you can live with these flaws and don’t mind the absence of a Wacom stylus, this hybrid comes recommended.

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Peter Edwards

February 2, 2013, 11:58 am

Windows Tabs need another generation or two before they are buy.

This one needs better CPU/GPU (Tegra 4?), The Pro machines need their weight reduced anything over 600g is too much weight.


February 28, 2013, 5:12 am

Peter E... you just make me laugh. I would be happy to know that you do make a living out of this.... because otherwise it just does not make sence.


March 11, 2013, 5:33 pm

Well sounds otherwise fine but the advantage of having a CPU like atom is that it stays cool, the system is compact and MOST IMPORTANTLY - it runs FULL windows x86. I don't want a tablet with a mobile OS. I'd sure love a fanless Core i5/i3 tablet with compact size and low weight.

Daniel Kerr

March 23, 2013, 10:28 am

Trust me, a fanless i5 or even i3 will be very hot without a fan...


March 23, 2013, 10:43 am

Well don't skip the "compact size and low weight" part. That was the most important thing. A fan running on a tablet doesn't sound good to me, I want my tablet to be an actual tablet that's 100% passive. And now I've got W510 and I'm pretty happy with it :).

Tri Haryadi

April 22, 2013, 11:47 am

which one do you choose, having this Iconia W510 or a notebook?

Petar Tenev

April 22, 2013, 12:08 pm

If this Acer had a GPS sensor built in,i'd love to use it as a Navigation System in my car :) ...Any creativeness here ... plsss


August 19, 2013, 6:59 am

I have been using Acer Iconia w510 for a couple of weeks now, here is my pros and cons list:

- Very light!
- No fan. It does get a bit hot in the upper right corner sometimes, but not too hot for comfort.
- For the most time feels surprisingly smooth and responsive considering it is powered by a relatively slow Atom processor.
- Great battery life.
- Supports up to 64GB micro SD. This is crucial, as the device only comes with at max 64 GB SSD, but with an additional 64GB slow storage space for less frequently accessed files it works.

- Proprietary charging cable. I would much rather have a micro USB charger, like a lot of my other tech toys. Then I would not have to deal with one more cable.
- Micro USB connector is inconvenient. I would much rather have a regular size USB port. Acer do include an micro USB to USB convertor, yet another cable to deal with though.
- I do not like the design much. The white rim looks like something they added at the last minute. I would prefer a pure black design, no black, white, silver mixed together in a practical but ugly way.
- The PowerVR graphics chip is not compatible with a lot of 3D applications, like games. I do not mind it being slow, this is not a gaming machine after all, but it would be nice to be able to run some older games that should work well without having them simply crash because of some driver problem.
- Build quality a bit flimsy. You can actually bend the whole thing quite easily. But, the plastic helps keep the weight down, so this is a minor issue I think.

All in all, I would say I am happy with it though. Windows 8 works very well with a tablet, provides you so much freedom. I will never touch my Android/iOS tablets again! And although there is still much left to be desired, it is probably the Windows 8 tablet on the market which gives the most value for your money right now.

I would give this an overall 8/10 based on value for money.


August 19, 2013, 7:14 am

Both :)


September 11, 2013, 7:24 pm

Buy a gps with bluetooth connection or usb, and you will be in business ;-)


October 30, 2013, 1:55 am

I love my W510! I've had it since about a week after they released, and probably use it more than I do my high performance desktop. I bought it for college, and can often use it for all my classes, in between as well, keep my iPhone charged with it, and still not need to charge it for 2-3 days. It's competent with plenty of games as well, I've been playing Blizzards new beta Hearthstone on it ever since they passed out keys for it. Check it out!


March 12, 2014, 6:49 pm

I have 2 clients who purchased Acer W510 Iconia last year, May and June 2013 to be exact. This is NOT a very good product, Acer products in total are crap.

For client#1, purchased in for CAD$660, we need to send the tablet back for repair last Dec. 2013 because Windows 8 unable to boot. Through my client's shipping expense, It was repaired after 10 days. Unfortunately, just last March 7th, the same tablet won't power-on. We demanded Acer to REPLACE THE TABLET because for less than a year, it became defective twice. Tablet replacement was not approved by Acer.

I WILL NEVER EVER BUY AND RECOMMEND ANY OF ACER PRODUCTS AGAIN, you will loose a lot of customer for this.


March 12, 2014, 6:52 pm


For client#2, purchased in June 2013. December, the tablet won't power ON. Unfortunately, she lost the box, SNID, and receipt, and the Acer Customer Desk cannot help her.

Again.....I WILL NEVER EVER BUY AND RECOMMEND ANY OF ACER PRODUCTS AGAIN, you will loose a lot of customers for this.

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