Acer W500-BZ467 review: Acer W500-BZ467

Matched up against other Netbooks and ultraportable laptops, the W500 was comparable in our benchmark tests with systems using Intel's standard dual-core Atom N550 CPU, but well behind AMD's step-up E-350, which is found in several 11-inch laptops (and we'd be very eager to check out a future tablet with that Fusion E-350 processor).

Annual energy consumption cost

Juice box
Acer Iconia W500 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.77
Sleep (10 percent) 0.87
Idle (25 percent) 4.43
Load (5 percent) 14.8
Raw kWh 20.99
Annual energy cost $2.38

The battery life on the Acer W500 is a mixed bag. At 4 hours and 6 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, it's solid for a Netbook and much better than most previous Windows tablets. But, in the wake of recent non-Windows tablets that can run for twice that or more (admittedly using different hardware and operating system software), consumers may have different expectations for tablet battery life today.

Acer includes a standard one-year warranty with the W500, and the company's support Web site is good at providing a list of appropriate driver software and FAQ pages for your particular model of laptop. The telephone support number can be hard to find; try 800-816-2237 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, but you'll probably need your system's serial or SSID number.

Jalbum photo conversion test (in seconds)
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Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations
Acer Iconia Tab W500
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1GHz AMD C-50 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6250; 32GB SanDisk SSD

ViewSonic ViewPad 10
Windows 7 Home Premium/Android 1.6; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 16GB SanDisk SSD

Dell Latitude 2120
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5400rpm

Toshiba Libretto W105-L251
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 728MB (Shared) Intel GMA HD; 62GB Toshiba SSD

Archos 9 PC Tablet
Windows 7 Starter; 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z515; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 500; 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm

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Where to Buy

Acer Iconia Tab W500-BZ467 (32GB, gray, with keyboard docking station)

Part Number: LE.RK602.047 Released: May 1, 2011

MSRP: $549.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 1, 2011
  • Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11b
  • Type Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Weight 2.1 lbs
  • Storage 32 GB