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Acer Iconia W510 review

6.7/10 AVG.
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6.7/10
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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.

The "1-Minute" Review

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
Windows
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


InfoWorld

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
Wired

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
TechSpot

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
tech2

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
10.1"

The Acer Iconia W510's screen size is 10.1 inches with 768 x 1366 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

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

OS

The tablet runs on the Windows 8 operating system (OS).

Camera
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.
Storage
32 GB

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

Battery
3650mAh

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

Overview
Release date November 27, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 8

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z2760 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD 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 768 x 1366 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
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
Connectivity
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
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
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
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
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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Critic Reviews


InfoWorld

The Iconia W510 comes as a nice surprise

from InfoWorld

As with the other Acer notebooks I've looked at, the W510 features the company's Live Updater technology, which downloaded and applied a system BIOS update and a number of driver fixes in the time I was using it. All were applied without trouble. I did notice one peculiar problem involving the ke...More

As with the other Acer notebooks I've looked at, the W510 features the company's Live Updater technology, which downloaded and applied a system BIOS update and a number of driver fixes in the time I was using it. All were applied without trouble. I did notice one peculiar problem involving the keyboard, which I'd expected to be fixed with an update: the Ctrl-Home and Ctrl-End keystrokes do not seem to work properly. They work fine if you use an external keyboard, but not with the dock keyboard.

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What Hi-Fi

It might not be the most premium looking device, but it’s portable, and comes with a detachable keyboard

from 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.

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

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Wired

It's let down badly by its underpowered processor

from Wired

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 du...More

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 duties, but struggles severely when it has to deal with standard laptop drills.

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TechSpot

The display certainly doesn’t carry a massive PPI but it looks fantastic from all angles

from TechSpot

The bottom line is that as a PC, it still feels like a slow and limited netbook, and considering its $650 price tag that's just too much of a compromise. With that kind of budget you're likely better off getting a better notebook or better tablet. Or, if you can spring the extra $250-$350, the Co...More

The bottom line is that as a PC, it still feels like a slow and limited netbook, and considering its $650 price tag that's just too much of a compromise. With that kind of budget you're likely better off getting a better notebook or better tablet. Or, if you can spring the extra $250-$350, the Core i5 equipped Surface Pro will run Windows 8 without the slowdowns.

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tech2

It feels uncomfortable when you’re using the device handheld as a tablet

from tech2

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 Iconia W510 is for you.

Read full review

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 Iconia W510 is for you.

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Mobile Syrup

A great Windows 8 tablet with a few shortcomings

from Mobile Syrup

The Acer Iconia W510 is a great tablet for some things, but the Clover Trail Atom chip just isn’t powerful enough to get stuff done. If you’re looking for a tablet, there are cheaper options in the Android and iOS market that provide more slate-specific apps at a cheaper price. If you’re lo...More

The Acer Iconia W510 is a great tablet for some things, but the Clover Trail Atom chip just isn’t powerful enough to get stuff done. If you’re looking for a tablet, there are cheaper options in the Android and iOS market that provide more slate-specific apps at a cheaper price. If you’re looking for an ultrabook and don’t need the tablet functionality, devices like the upcoming Lenovo Yoga 11S is a better choice. Then there’s the Surface RT which, while it doesn’t run legacy Windows apps is better designed and has excellent first-party keyboard accessories. The W510 embodies the very problem Windows 8 is unable to solve: in trying to be everything to everyone, it excels at no one thing, and trails behind more focused products in peripheral categories. Neither a great tablet nor an ideal laptop, the W510 should find its niche with office workers or avid travelers who need a lightweight and long-lasting tablet that can function as a PC in a pinch.

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PC Pro

This tablet shows just what a full-blown Windows 8 tablet can achieve

from PC Pro

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Atom-powered Windows 8 tablets, and, despite a patchy performance, the Acer demonstrates exactly why. The OS is the big issue here: while Windows RT is hamstrung by its lack of apps and inability to run x86 software, Acer’s Iconia W510 is limited...More

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Atom-powered Windows 8 tablets, and, despite a patchy performance, the Acer demonstrates exactly why. The OS is the big issue here: while Windows RT is hamstrung by its lack of apps and inability to run x86 software, Acer’s Iconia W510 is limited only by the power of its Atom processor. Within reason, you can run whatever Windows applications you like. It’s sorely lacking in premium appeal – the plasticky hardware is uninspiring at best – but, for those hoping for a halfway house between a Windows netbook and Android or iOS tablet, the Acer Iconia W510 may prove just the ticket.

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Wired

It’s a full-blown computer jammed into a teeny, tiny frame

from Wired

The $500 starting price for the W510 sounds appealing, but it’s misleading. For $500 you don’t get the keyboard and you get only 32GB of SSD. Configured as tested, the price hits $750, which seems awfully high, approaching the arena of full-fledged Windows 8 laptops, which start at around $80...More

The $500 starting price for the W510 sounds appealing, but it’s misleading. For $500 you don’t get the keyboard and you get only 32GB of SSD. Configured as tested, the price hits $750, which seems awfully high, approaching the arena of full-fledged Windows 8 laptops, which start at around $800. It’s ultimately a question of how you’re going to use a device like this as to whether it’s going to work for you. Anyone who’s looking for a daily productivity tool will find the epic waits, mysterious blank screens, and occasional crashes simply unsatisfactory.

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SlashGear

The whole setup is solid, the presentation is ready to take on the top competition in the market today

from SlashGear

This machine is ready for the 2013 season of Windows 8 action, but it’s not going to replace your MacBook Air. It’s not meant to – if you’re a Windows user and want a mobile device ready for everyday action and a relatively large amount of battery time, that’s where you’ll find the gr...More

This machine is ready for the 2013 season of Windows 8 action, but it’s not going to replace your MacBook Air. It’s not meant to – if you’re a Windows user and want a mobile device ready for everyday action and a relatively large amount of battery time, that’s where you’ll find the greatness in the Iconia W5. The whole setup is solid, the presentation is ready to take on the top competition in the market today, and it’s easily one of our top choices for convertible tablets running full Windows 8 today – and not just because there aren’t many of them out there!

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Cnet

It is hampered by a high price, clunky keyboard and too many micro-style ports

from Cnet

The detachable-screen hybrid Windows 8 laptop feels like a check box that nearly every PC maker needs to hit for 2013. None of the variations on this theme is as elegant as the best clamshell or convertible laptops, and some of the prices we've seen will be hard for consumers to swallow. That sai...More

The detachable-screen hybrid Windows 8 laptop feels like a check box that nearly every PC maker needs to hit for 2013. None of the variations on this theme is as elegant as the best clamshell or convertible laptops, and some of the prices we've seen will be hard for consumers to swallow. That said, the Iconia W510 works well as a standalone tablet and has a very enviable battery life, but it is hampered by a high price, clunky keyboard and too many micro-style ports.

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