Posted by: kurtsh | April 27, 2011

INFO: Acer Iconia Tab W500… starting at $549


Another Windows 7-based slate device has hit the market – this time from Acer. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is a lightweight 2.14lb slate WITH A DETACHABLE KEYBOARD.

Let me repeat that: What makes this unit unique is the keyboard is detachable via a magnetic linking mechanism. Don’t let the photo to the right fool you – this device is a Windows 7-powered SLATE all the way & the keyboard can remain detached and in your laptop bag just for when you need it.


This device is built around:

  • Dual-core AMD C-50 “Fusion” processor
    (with AMD Radeon HD 6250 integrated graphics)
  • 10.1-inch LED-backlit display (1280×800)
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 32GB solid state drive
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi & Bluetooth 3.0
  • SD memory card slot
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • an HDMI port
  • Ethernet jack
  • Both front-facing and rear-facing Webcams
  • Optional 3G wireless

Uniquely, the device comes with high quality Dolby Stereo speakers & of course the screen is a glassy capacitive multitouch display.

clip_image004More importantly:

1) PERFORMANCE: It gets general 2.8 performance rating purely on the basis of the CPU which is still above par for this class of device but everything else scores VERY HIGH in the 4.5-5.9 range. It’s NEW graphics acceleration provides full 1080p video & it’s capable of playing even the harshest graphical applications – including the game “Crysis”. For those that don’t understand what that means, here’s an English translation: “This device kicks butt.”

2) BATTERY LIFE: The unit is rated by the manufacturer to run 6 hours on a single charge running business applications & when tested gets a solid 4.5-5hrs of battery life running full motion 1080p video. Way more than enough for Outlook, Adobe Flash 10.2, Dynamics CRM, Internet Explorer 9.0, and the occasional game of Plants vs Zombies.

Great review of the device here on our Windows Team Blog:


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