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Acer Iconia Tab W500 review

6.3/10 AVG.
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6.3/10
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The Acer Iconia Tab W500 currently has an Informr score of 6.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile88

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is an interesting hybrid device that tries to be both a Tablet and netbook. The problem is that it doesn't really excel as one or the other. When used as a Tablet, Windows 7 works pretty well but is let down by a number of things. The main shortcoming is the clunky virtual k...

- Mobile88 team, Mobile88
TrustedReviews

The Acer Iconia W500 is a device that does the tablet cause no good. The keyboard dock is clumsily implemented but without it, using Windows 7 becomes a chore. After a few more passes from Acer's design bods it could have been closer to a winner, but as is it's too bulky to beat rival Android tablet...

- Andrew Williams , TrustedReviews
Pocket-lint

The Iconia Tab W500 wants to be the best of both worlds; in the end it's one of the nicest Windows tablets we've seen so far (barring the small size of the on-screen keyboard) and that's both praise and complaint. Windows 7 does do touch pretty well, but it's always going to be an afterthought for a...

- Chris Holmes, Pocket-lint
ZDNet

On paper, a tablet with a dockable keyboard seems like the ideal combination for many business users, delivering full-blown notebook functionality and tablet computing in a single package. The Iconia Tab W500 is far from ideal, though: it has just 32GB of internal storage; it lacks an integrated opt...

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet
PC Pro

“PC or tablet? Choose both,” begins Acer’s description of its Iconia Tab W500, before going on to call its dual-function design “the best of both worlds”. The first of those two quotes is technically correct, but you’d have to be very new to mobile computing to co...

- David Bayon, PC Pro


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Acer Iconia Tab W500's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual Core AMD C-50 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 1+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, SD, MMC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3260mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3260 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab W500 Specs

Overview
Release date April 8, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual Core AMD C-50 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Dark Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.8 x 27.5 x 3.7 cm (7.4 x 10.8 x 1.5 in)
Weight 970 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD, MMC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AIFF, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps MS Office Starter 2010, Norton Online Backup, McAfee Internet Security (trial), MS Silverlight, Skype, Windows Live Essentials 2011
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Critic Reviews


Mobile88

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 works better as netbook than a Tablet

from Mobile88

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is an interesting hybrid device that tries to be both a Tablet and netbook. The problem is that it doesn't really excel as one or the other. When used as a Tablet, Windows 7 works pretty well but is let down by a number of things. The main shortcoming is the clunky virtua...More

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is an interesting hybrid device that tries to be both a Tablet and netbook. The problem is that it doesn't really excel as one or the other. When used as a Tablet, Windows 7 works pretty well but is let down by a number of things. The main shortcoming is the clunky virtual keyboard which makes text entry a nightmare. This really spoils an otherwise wonderful experience of being able to use full applications such as Outlook for e-mail. Of course, this can be easily solved by attaching the keyboard which effectively turns the W500 into a netbook. Sure, it's a hassle to lug the keyboard around but it's good to have the option. The W500 isn't a particularly powerful machine - it can pretty much handle what most netbooks can but with one exception. In our tests, it faltered when it came to playing HD videos which is a big letdown. The speakers were also not that great and sounded average.

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TrustedReviews

Bulky body and control issues stop it from being as attractive as alternatives

from TrustedReviews

The Acer Iconia W500 is a device that does the tablet cause no good. The keyboard dock is clumsily implemented but without it, using Windows 7 becomes a chore. After a few more passes from Acer's design bods it could have been closer to a winner, but as is it's too bulky to beat rival Android tab...More

The Acer Iconia W500 is a device that does the tablet cause no good. The keyboard dock is clumsily implemented but without it, using Windows 7 becomes a chore. After a few more passes from Acer's design bods it could have been closer to a winner, but as is it's too bulky to beat rival Android tablets and not convenient enough to worry ultra-portable laptops.

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Pocket-lint

The keyboard is not quite ergonomic enough to really make this the perfect combo

from Pocket-lint

The Iconia Tab W500 wants to be the best of both worlds; in the end it's one of the nicest Windows tablets we've seen so far (barring the small size of the on-screen keyboard) and that's both praise and complaint. Windows 7 does do touch pretty well, but it's always going to be an afterthought for all but a few apps. There's a lot you can do well with touch on Windows, from browsing to playing all of your media (especially in Windows Media Center which works as well for fingers as it does for a remote control). It's the other apps that you want Windows for in the first place that don't always work well enough with touch. You have the keyboard as a fallback, but that's not quite ergonomic enough to really make this the perfect combo. But if you have a tablet PC with a swivelling keyboard that you long to be able to rip off (and you already know what compromises you'll be making), you'll love the Tab....

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The Iconia Tab W500 wants to be the best of both worlds; in the end it's one of the nicest Windows tablets we've seen so far (barring the small size of the on-screen keyboard) and that's both praise and complaint. Windows 7 does do touch pretty well, but it's always going to be an afterthought for all but a few apps. There's a lot you can do well with touch on Windows, from browsing to playing all of your media (especially in Windows Media Center which works as well for fingers as it does for a remote control). It's the other apps that you want Windows for in the first place that don't always work well enough with touch. You have the keyboard as a fallback, but that's not quite ergonomic enough to really make this the perfect combo. But if you have a tablet PC with a swivelling keyboard that you long to be able to rip off (and you already know what compromises you'll be making), you'll love the Tab.

 

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ZDNet

The Iconia Tab W500 lacks CPU muscle, has limited internal storage and is unwieldy when paired with the optional keyboard dock

from ZDNet

On paper, a tablet with a dockable keyboard seems like the ideal combination for many business users, delivering full-blown notebook functionality and tablet computing in a single package. The Iconia Tab W500 is far from ideal, though: it has just 32GB of internal storage; it lacks an integrated...More

On paper, a tablet with a dockable keyboard seems like the ideal combination for many business users, delivering full-blown notebook functionality and tablet computing in a single package. The Iconia Tab W500 is far from ideal, though: it has just 32GB of internal storage; it lacks an integrated optical drive; the processor is underpowered; and the docked tablet has an awkward weight distribution that makes it unwieldy. And although the Acer Ring overlay is easily ignored if its services don't appeal, Windows 7 just isn't finger-friendly enough to function well in tablet format. Whatever else it is, the Acer Iconia Tab W500 is not a replacement for a standard notebook.

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PC Pro

A poorly executed and expensive attempt to create a hybrid of two popular form factors

from PC Pro

“PC or tablet? Choose both,” begins Acer’s description of its Iconia Tab W500, before going on to call its dual-function design “the best of both worlds”. The first of those two quotes is technically correct, but you’d have to be very new to mobile computing to come away agreeing with the second...

More

“PC or tablet? Choose both,” begins Acer’s description of its Iconia Tab W500, before going on to call its dual-function design “the best of both worlds”. The first of those two quotes is technically correct, but you’d have to be very new to mobile computing to come away agreeing with the second.

It isn’t that the concept is a bad one. The W500 is made up of two distinct elements: the 10.1in Windows 7 tablet and the removable keyboard dock, cleverly designed to fit perfectly together into the shape of a netbook when closed for carrying. A small latch on the front edge of the keyboard holds the two parts together like a traditional laptop lid, and as a whole it feels about as thick and weighty as a netbook from a year or two ago – a small price to pay for such flexibility.

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Techradar

Good concept but a bad choice of operating system

from Techradar

The problem for Acer is its choice of operating system - Windows 7 wasn't designed for use on a tablet, and it really shows.

You only need look at a tablet running Android or an iPad running iOS to see how it should be done - and it's nothing like this. We understand the sentiment, but...More

The problem for Acer is its choice of operating system - Windows 7 wasn't designed for use on a tablet, and it really shows.

You only need look at a tablet running Android or an iPad running iOS to see how it should be done - and it's nothing like this. We understand the sentiment, but if you need this level of compatibility, you should really be using a notebook, or a desktop and uploading your files onto a cheaper, more usable tablet than this.

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