We first got out hands on the Acer Iconia Tab W510 at IFA last month, this 10.1″ tablet has a 10 point multitouch HD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768. It’s not Acer’s highend convertible but it is only 8.8 mm thick and is sporting Intel’s Clover Trail CPU. Dana over at Engadget was able to get her hands on a pre-production review unit and ran it through the review paces. There is one statement that stuck with me out of everything that she said “the W510 feels like precisely the sort of low-end netbook that earned Acer its reputation for slipshod quality in the first place.” We’ll still run through the basics of her review below to give you a quick idea of how this device stacks up.
Let’s start off with a quick overview of the ports, the Iconia W510 has micro HDMI, micro SD, SIM card slot, docking and micro USB ports. The keyboard dock has a USB 2.0 port and weighs in at 1.27 pounds and just 2.63 pounds with the dock, they’ve got the balance right so it feels stable enough and won’t be tipping over on you. The tablet also has two cameras: the front has 2 megapixels and the back, 8 meagpixels. The camera had no tap-to-focus but the camera homed in on exactly the parts of photos she expected it to. As far as tablet cameras go she didn’t have any major complaints.
The W510 packs a Z2760 Intel Atom processor running at 1.8GHz on its dual-cores, it comes with 2GB of RAM. For storage, you’ll get a 32GB SSD if you choose the lowest-end $500 model and 64GB at the high end.
Since it was a pre-prouction unit she wasn’t able to post official battery life scores, but it seems that the device roughly meets up to Acers claims, 9 hours for the tablet and 18 hours with the keyboard dock attached.
The display offers respectable viewing angles and is a bright 350 nits and with the big batteries it didn’t feel like it was going to really dent the run time. The speakers aren’t great and the sound has a processed feeling.
The keyboard is what you would expect from a 10 inch Acer Netbook, certain keys like the Tab are smaller, but if you’ve been typing on a Netbook in the past then you won’t have any trouble making the transition to this device.
Performance was also left out, but we think that this section is going to be the one that puts this device ahead of some of the ARM options that are soon to be hitting the street.
“the W510 performs well. The Clover Trail-based Atom processor inside makes for some zippy performance in Windows 8, and that nine-hour battery is also promising. Though the W510 made a good impression on that front”
The overall impression of the W510 is that it feels cheap, there are design elements that don’t put it into the premium category. Dana even admits that she’s been drinking from the ACER PR team kool-aid who has been pushing a new ACER, one that is going to deliver high end devices.
I can’t help but wonder if ACERs PR team hadn’t been to noisy about a new premium ACER if she would have been so disappointed. If you’re familiar with ACERs build quality and design then the ACER W510 is exactly what you’d expect from the company.
Here is a link to the full review if you’re keen for more details, but I would wait until the production devices come out for review and the Ivy Bridge & ARM devices have also hit the street before you make your final decision on which Windows 8 hybrid is right for you.
The W510 goes on Sale November 9th.