Acer Iconia W3

The Good Parts of the Windows 8 experience work surprisingly well in the Acer Iconia W3, which is a smaller 8-inch tablet. The carry-along keyboard is clever, and battery life is excellent for a non-Haswell system.

The Bad Outside of tile-based Windows 8 apps, navigation is a pain. Screen quality is exceptionally poor, and the keyboard dock lacks a touch pad or even a track point.

The Bottom Line The smaller 8-inch Windows 8 tablet is a form worth exploring, and the Acer Iconia W3 can be fun to use, but it's also buggy and held back by shortcuts and lackluster features.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Battery 8.0
7.4 Overall

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Acer Iconia W3-810-1632
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Review

Tablet puts Win 8 in the palm of your hand

Between large-screen phones (sometimes described with the ridiculous term "phablet"), 7-inch Android tablets, and the excellent iPad Mini, it would seem that Windows 8 has been forced to carve out its territory in relatively larger screen sizes. Most of the Windows 8 tablets and hybrids we've seen to date have had 11.6-inch to 13-inch screens, with just a couple of minor outliers on either side.

One thing we haven't seen yet is a truly palm-size Windows 8 touch-screen device -- until the Acer Iconia W3, an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet that pairs with a $79 keyboard dock to form a micro version of a desktop all-in-one PC (we tested the $429.99 version, the W3-810-1650, which has a 64GB solid-state drive-- a 32GB SSD version is $379.99).

Prior to Windows 8, it had been several years since I'd seen a Windows touch-screen PC this small. There was a brief moment when small devices called UMPCs (ultramobile PCs) were in vogue, but both the sub-Netbook hardware and pre-Win-8 software were far from ready for prime time.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $380
  • Brand Acer
  • Diagonal Size 8.1 in
  • Type Windows 8 32-bit Edition
  • Monitor Features CrystalBrite
  • Weight 17.64 oz
  • Color Category silver
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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model Acer Iconia W3-810-1632

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