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Acer Iconia W700 review

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Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700
  • Acer Iconia W700

Summary

Our Score:

6

Pros

  • Strong 11.6-inch Full HD display
  • Well-made tablet
  • Full Windows 8 OS

Cons

  • Cheap, plastic dock
  • Heavy
  • Uncomfortably large

Key Features

  • 11.6-inch Full HD IPS screen
  • Core i3/i5, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB SSD
  • Unibody aluminium chassis
  • USB 3.0 dock included
  • Bluetooth keyboard included
  • Manufacturer: Acer
  • Review Price: £599.00

What is the Acer Iconia W700?

The Acer Iconia W700 is not a rival for the iPad 4 or Google Nexus 7. Instead, this meaty 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet wants to be your tablet, laptop and possibly even desktop replacement in one. To this aim, it comes with a desktop cradle and Bluetooth keyboard that makes it an alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro. Combined with an 1.4GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 64GB SSD storage and 4GB of RAM it sounds promising on paper, but can it deliver on such lofty ambitions?

Acer Iconia W700

Acer Iconia W700 Design & Build Quality

There's no avoiding it: as a tablet the Acer Iconia W700 design feels big and a tad clumsy. At 11.1mm thick it's actually a shade slimmer than the Microsoft Surface Pro, but at 950g it's 40g heavier and its 11.6-inch screen - an inch larger than the Surface - makes it feel excessively large and uncomfortable in the hand.

As a case in point, while typing on the on-screen keyboard in landscape is fine, in portrait the W700 is just too heavy for comfort. Given its focus this much is to be expected, but anyone hoping for an iPad-like experience with Windows 8 features will be disappointed.

So it's large for a tablet, but the build quality is top-notch. The Acer Iconia W700's aluminium unibody shell is reassuringly robust - it safely survived a couple of considerable accidental bashes during our time with it, which bodes well for heavy users. It looks and feels like a quality product.

It's a shame, in one respect, that this sleek exterior is cluttered by all manner of physical controls and connection ports. But the full-size USB port is useful for quickly sharing and viewing documents, and it has most of the controls and connections you need, including a headphone jack. The only slightly puzzling omission is a memory card slot, something that's present on the Surface Pro.

There's no option for built-in 3G/4G, either, though the USB port could conceivably be used with a dongle in an emergency.

Acer Iconia W700 Accessories

The Acer Iconia W700 build quality is very good, but we can't say the same of the accessories. The Bluetooth keyboard that partners the Acer Iconia W700 tablet is easy on the eye, but it feels cheap and nasty. It does nothing to reassure you it'll survive a few months of heavy use.

But it's a masterpiece of engineering compared to the desktop dock. It's a cheap, plastic mess. It doesn't complement the W700's sleek exterior at all, and while it's meant for desk use it's worth bearing in mind the two combined are only marginally more portable than a laptop.

While the Acer Iconia W700's price is tempting, it's easy to see where Acer has saved money here.

Acer Iconia W700

Acer Iconia W700 Screen

Where Acer has saved money on the accessories it's spent it on the screen, as the Acer Iconia W700 screen is fantastic. It stops short of 'retina' quality, but its Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution makes the likes of the iPad mini look like a blurry mess. It's considerably better than any you'll find on a similar price laptop, such as the Samsung Series 5 NP540U3C touchscreen ultrabook, too.

Whether you're viewing HD videos, photos or simply browsing the web, its strong, vibrant colours and deep blacks lift it above the likes the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. It's very responsive and accurate to touch, too, with all scrolls between menus and homescreens coming without any fuss, fanfare or unwanted stuttering.

And while the Acer Iconia W700's screen makes it bulky, it also makes web pages or viewing Word documents a joy. Text is sharp and detailed, while in portrait mode you can see and read far more in a single go.

It's comfortably the Acer Iconia W700's best feature.

William Painter

May 14, 2013, 9:46 am

I've had one of these since January. I can see the criticism if you were to use it outside the home. It is on the heavy side and you would always want the keyboard with you, so portability isn't it's strong suit. But, the reviewer forgot to mention that there is a cover that comes with the W700 that folds to into position to make a stand. This is handy for portable use, but obviously not as good as say the Surface with the keyboard in the cover.

If the use is primarily for the home, I think all the complaints about the dock and the weight fall to the background. Only after using it for a continuous hour or so, do I think about the weight. This is a good choice for home use, and because its got full fat Win8, we use it as our only computer now. And after a couple months, I can say its does the job. The dock sits on a bookshelf and gets used as charging station primarily, but the whole set up, is good for occasional word processing, etc.

Also, did you load the wifi patch that was published a few months ago? It helps...

My biggest concern is that Acer has been less than honest about the fact that they are throttling the i5. http://community.acer.com/t5/T... This is more a matter of principle, as for our use, we don't push it that hard. But, I'd really like to see Acer come clean and fix the issue.

Joshua

August 18, 2013, 2:09 am

Yet another near success. Thanks for your review which paints a picture of an item not worthy of its price. Really only a fool would purchase this cheap item that doesn't even allow the use of a digital pen. Pass!

Joshua

August 18, 2013, 2:11 am

Why would Acer admit they released a product that should have been throttled at its inception? If they gave this away at the door of my local BestBuy I would pass.

jose pansini

September 2, 2013, 2:16 pm

does it suport silverlight windows program?

Markoff

September 17, 2013, 5:16 am

it runs anything desktop PC run

A.I.

October 22, 2013, 9:41 pm

what it would be like if you use it as a desktop replacement connecting an extra LCD and a radio mouse?

Degs

February 6, 2014, 6:04 pm

I was looking for something nice to replace my laptop and yes it works for me. I use it at home
and once in a while travel with it. Yes its on the heavy side of the tablets but heeey look at its functionalities to me the pros out weigh the cons especially if you are not always travelling. Its a good machine

EveryoneBiased

May 5, 2014, 11:33 pm

Battery life is 4.30 hours with 8.1 on Power save mode... Pathetic

Santosh Choudhari

May 22, 2014, 11:02 am

Don't ever buy this table... it totally sucks !!! from last one year I am using this tablet... finding lots of problem with this table. Battery life is not very good, table is heavy not very comfortable for continuous use, in desktop mode the icons are so small that it's very difficult work without connecting the mouse. In table some of the sites, videos don't open even some times youtube won't open you need to open in desktop mode. The UK version comes with attached keyboarb you can't remove that even if you don'r want to use it you have to keep carrying it...it adds an extra weight.. One of the worst problem I am finding with my tablet is its very very slow when charger pin is removed and even sometimes switch offs when power chord is removed...its totally bull shit...already sent it to repair...I paid around 900 euros it is totally waste of money it is neither a good tablet nor a proper laptop...my sincere suggestion please don't buy this...its simply throwing your money in a well...

OKsantosh

June 3, 2014, 5:11 pm

There is no permanently attached keyboard...

sergioosh

June 13, 2014, 1:50 am

Santosh, there's a setting in the advanced power settings called "intel low power mode" or something like that. What it does it underclocks your CPU to 800Mhz and uses only 1 logical core (of 4). If you turn it off you can enjoy maximum speed of your Tablet both on battery and AC. I really recommend turning it off. It's way too slow to do anything other than displaying desktop and maybe playing music...

Honopi1

June 27, 2014, 2:58 pm

I have just purchased the Acer W700 tablet and have been using it for over a week now, my first impressions I must say is, this is best windows 8 tablet I have used to date, I'm sure Surface pro 3 is as good if not better. I have had the Surface Pro version 1 which I had to replace about 7-8 times due to screen and electric shock issues! Dell Venue 11 pro DON'T even buy one of these I had problem's as soon as I turned the thing on! slow plus poor build quality. Getting back to the Acer W700 the tablet is solid in performance and build quality and battery life, for a 3rd Gen I5 it provides at least 5-6 hours on battery. You get the keyboard/cover, Micro HDMI to VGA adapter in the box which is great. I FULLY recommend this tablet I don't understand the average reviews given. Plus I think 11.6" screen is the perfect size for productivity and media consumption, 10.6" is to small.

Zero Unfinished

October 5, 2014, 6:09 am

Yes, there is no permanent keyboard. But i do agree that the icon is so small and we need to use mouse anyway. I understand that this is due to FULL HD resolution that make the icon so small. It is great when watching full hd movies on this tablet .But it requires mouse. I don't recommend this tablet to anyone who want to replace his laptop. As movie entertainment , you can lie on this tablet. It is great tablet.

Zero Unfinished

October 5, 2014, 6:10 am

Core i5 tablet usually don't stand long. Use iPad if you want most of batteries

Zero Unfinished

October 5, 2014, 6:11 am

It is ok as long you don't need mouse, extra USB , DVD , SD slot, touchpad .

Zero Unfinished

October 5, 2014, 6:13 am

It just like a PC without permanent keyboard and mouse. I relies on the touch screen.

Zero Unfinished

October 5, 2014, 6:14 am

I agree. Using pen on tablet is great experience

Paul

April 9, 2016, 2:21 pm

Ever heard of DPI scaling? ;D
Yes, I do realize I'm replying to a dead thread, but seriously, you guys are funny. All the Santosh's complaints come from him being unable to use Windows properly.

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