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Acer Iconia Tab A510 review: Is Tegra 3 enough?

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 houses a Tegra 3 CPU, but in a world of Transformer Primes and Pads, is having a quad-core CPU enough to compete?

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 uses a normal LCD (not an IPS panel) as its screen technology. As you can see, the colors don't exactly pop from the screen, and the viewing angle is less than satisfying. Josh Miller/CNET

The first quad-core tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime, launched in December 2011, but the adoption rate of quad-core on tablets since then has been disappointingly slow.

The new Acer Iconia Tab A510 marks only the third tablet to use a full quad-core CPU and is actually the first made by a company other than Asus.

But with the Transformer Pad TF300 also using Tegra 3 and currently priced $50 cheaper than the Acer, is there any reason to even consider the A510?

It's an intriguing question -- one that I attempt to answer in the full review of the Acer Iconia Tab A510.