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Acer Iconia W510 review

6.7/10 AVG.

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The Acer Iconia W510 currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

With an available keyboard dock, Windows Pro 8, a 10.1-inch display and a dual-core Intel Atom processor, the Acer Iconia W510 is a decent tablet hybrid. The display supports native Windows 8 touch inputs and gestures to make it easy to use in tablet mode and make the most of the new Metro interface. Round out the package with stereo sound, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a spare battery and full-sized USB port in the keyboard dock and you have a great all-around device for getting things done on the go. Brian Westover of PC Magazine summed up the device with “The Acer Iconia W510-1422 may not be the fastest tablet—it's pretty slow for anything beyond Web browsing and document editing—but it does offer portability and unparalleled battery life.”

In many ways, the W510 is the next generation of netbook. It has a similar shape, features and performance with a few added perks. The keyboard dock holds the tablet firmly in place while the miniature keyboard and touchpad provide easy input for text documents, emails and other uses. The IPS display offers great viewing angles and the 1388-by-768 screen resolution offers plenty of detail without crippling the performance of the device. At 2.8-pounds, including the keyboard dock, the device is extremely portable. With the added battery within the keyboard dock, the W510 achieved nearly 15 hours in Engadget’s battery benchmark.

Unfortunately, this portability comes with a few drawbacks. The Atom processor is competent for basic productivity work, web browsing and media consumption. However, it is woefully inadequate for any gaming, video editing or other processor-intensive functions. The trackpad on the keyboard dock does not support multi-touch input or gestures either. Finally, to make the keyboard fit the form of the tablet, it is quite shallow and a little cramped.

With the price of the tablet, you could pick up a more powerful ultrabook or similar device for slightly more. TechRadar summed up the pro’s and con’s of the device well when they said “In trying to be everything to everyone, it embraces the tired old "Jack of all trades, master of none" cliche. While we loved the portability it offered, we'd rather sacrifice our shoulders and haul a heftier notebook with a full keyboard.”

The Good: Crisp display, outstanding battery life, well-made keyboard dock and Windows 8 Pro.

The Bad: Weak processor, limited touchpad and a high price tag.

Operating system
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Lightweight, Atom-based Windows 8 tablet-laptop convertible gets amazing battery life.

- Doug Dineley, InfoWorld
What Hi-Fi

Considering its price, there’s not much to recommend the W510 over cheaper, better quality units unless the keyboard is a must.

- KobMon, What Hi-Fi

The Acer Iconia W510 is a good-looking tablet with a securely fastening dock on the accompanying keyboard that gives you instant laptop capability. It has a good array of ports and full-fat Windows 8 but it's let down badly by its underpowered processor which just about copes with light tablet dutie...

- Dave Oliver, Wired

A hybrid like this is the perfect platform for Windows 8 to really showcase its potential but unfortunately, the Intel Atom processor holds the system back.

- Shawn Knight, TechSpot

It’s the first time we’re seeing a Windows 8 tablet selling for the price of a mainstream laptop or the iPad 4. Of course, the iPad is more intuitive and fluid, not to mention the awesome Retina display. But if you’re specifically looking for a Windows 8 device without having to break the bank, the...

- Anand Tuliani, tech2

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Screen Size

The Acer Iconia W510's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2760 Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

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


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3650 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia W510 Specs

Release date November 27, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel Atom Z2760 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3650 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.9 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm (10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 576 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
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 Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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