The Acer Iconia W510 is one of the first bets in the form of a tablet that Acer will launch . The Taiwanese company will bet in this case on a team with a series of balanced specifications and an affordable price (for the prices that are being seen in the first models that are coming to the market with that system). Some of the features that will stand out the most about this equipment are its 10.1 ”screen with good resolution and Gorilla Glass glass or the autonomy of 18 hours that it reaches by incorporating the keyboard-shaped base.
This hybrid nature will allow the user to take advantage of the Windows 8 touch interface and the classic desktop interface with the embedded keyboard, with the wide variety of applications that this interface offers ( Microsoft has worked so that the vast majority of applications that worked with Windows 7 do it also with Windows 8 ). This equipment will be available in the Spanish market at a price of 500 euros from November 9.
Design and display
The Acer Iconia W510 tablet has a modern and elegant design through its silver gray casing. Acer's new team stands out for its fineness of 9 mm and very competitive weight of 576 grams . Undoubtedly, the inclusion of a keyboard-shaped support will multiply the possibilities of use by combining the main interface and the application store with the desktop and the ability to run a large number of desktop applications. The display on this Acer device is a good quality 10.1 ” IPS LED panel . This panel has a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and the ability to withstand up to 10 pressure points in unison.
Operating system and applications
The Acer Iconia W510 operating system is Windows 8 , Microsoft's new system. The company's bet is aimed at making the most of the possibilities of a touch screen through its main interface, very similar to the one found in Windows Phone. One of Microsoft's main objectives when creating the system has been to attract users of tablets , one of the most popular devices in the field of technology.
One of the main attractions of this system is the new Windows 8 application store . Despite not having many apps yet, Microsoft's goal is to reach 100,000 apps by February. Some of the most interesting utilities that we can already find in this store are Google Search , which allows access to a large number of Google services , or the Skype app for videoconferencing.
Another attraction of Windows 8 for users of the Acer Iconia W510 is the integration of social networks in the system. Through the contacts application, we can access the latest updates from Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter , in addition to accessing the photo albums or using the Facebook chat in the messages application.
For users who purchase the keyboard-shaped base, the possibility of taking advantage of the desktop in the form of a system app and using desktop applications stands out.
Connectivity and camera
The equipment connections include a Micro USB port and a Micro HDMI port , with which you can view the high-quality contents of the tablet on a TV or monitor, as well as the MicroSD card reader up to 32 GB . The keyboard-shaped dock adds a new USB 2.0 port . As for wireless connections, it incorporates WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 as standard .
Acer has taken care of the photographic cameras section with the incorporation of a rear camera with an 8 megapixel resolution and the ability to record video in high definition 1080p. In the front we will have a 2 megapixel camera that also offers 1080p video recording and with which we can carry out high quality videoconferences, with applications like Microsoft's Skype .
Processor and memory
The Acer Iconia W510 is a step below the power allowed by its older brother the Acer Iconia W700 . The processor chosen for this team is a dual-core Intel Atom Z260 with a power of 1.7 GHz per core. These next-generation Clover Trail chips from Intel are designed to deliver balanced power coupled with good energy efficiency (their main focus will be Windows 8 tablets ).
The RAM memory of this tablet will reach 2 GB of RAM , which will allow a good performance when we use several applications in unison, although it could be revealed as insufficient in the case of very intensive use of the equipment.
The internal storage, we will have a 32 GB SSD memory . SSD devices offer greater performance than traditional hard drives, both in terms of reliability (since they do not have mechanical parts, the same friction is not produced that reduces their life time) and in performance, by reaching higher system boot speeds and disk access . The capacity of the Acer Iconia W510 can be expanded thanks to MicroSD cards of up to 32 GB.
Autonomy and availability
The autonomy that this model reaches, one of the first bets of the Taiwanese company with Windows 8 , is 9 hours . This is a fairly competitive figure that will make it easy to use the device for a whole day without having to worry about the plug. In addition, thanks to the keyboard-based dock, autonomy can be increased up to 18 hours. The Acer Iconia W510 will be available from November 9 at a price of 500 euros.
In short, we are facing a team that will be in an affordable price range but maintaining a series of competitive specifications, and that can be a good option to squeeze the possibilities of the new Windows 8 operating system thanks to the presence of its base in the form keyboard.
|Standard||802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a|
|Processor and RAM||Intel Atom Z260 Clover Trail dual-core 1.7 GHz|
|Memory||32 GB via SSD memory|
|screen||IPS multi-touch with Gorills Glass|
10.1 inches (1,366 x 768 pixels)
|Camera and Multimedia||8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera|
Play music, video and photos
Supported formats: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8, 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM, MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR , FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV
|Controls and connections||Accelerometer|
3.5mm headphone output
Micro USB 2.0 port
Micro HDMI port
MicroSD card reader
|Autonomy||Up to 18 hours via its keyboard-shaped docking station|
|Price||From 500 euros|