Acer Iconia W510

The Good The Acer Iconia W510 is less expensive than some other Atom-based hybrids, and its detachable tablet screen is light and portable. Battery life is excellent.

The Bad In laptop mode, the system is awkwardly top-heavy, and the puny keyboard and touch pad are not designed for serious use.

The Bottom Line Offering low-powered Intel Atom tablet/laptop hybrids for $750 or more is a dodgy proposition for budget-looking systems such as the Iconia W510, but all-day battery life is a great selling point.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Battery 10.0
  • Support 7.0
7.5 Overall

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Review

Windows 8 + Intel Atom = great battery life

Among the many versions of Windows 8 PCs pushing back against the traditional clamshell laptop is the detachable-screen hybrid. Examples include the HP Envy X2 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, but the first version of this style we got our hands on was the Acer Iconia W510.

The version of this 10-inch hybrid we looked at during the Windows 8 launch was a nonfinal preproduction unit, but now that the final hardware is available, we've been able to benchmark the W510 for an official review. In truth, our experience with the early hardware and this final version differs little, and those initial impressions mostly stand.

While Acer's other Windows 8 systems, such as the Aspire S7 and W700, have impressed, the W510 is held back by a couple of factors. First, it's powered by a direct descendant of the Atom processors behind the Netbook, a nearly extinct laptop subcompact category that was hugely popular for a year or so before low-cost ultraportables and the iPad overshadowed it. The new Atoms are faster than their predecessors, while maintaining long battery life and power efficiency, but that may not be enough to satisfy laptop shoppers used to finding Intel Core i3, i5, and even i7 chips in the thinnest of ultrabooks.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $750
  • Brand Acer
  • Diagonal Size 10.1 in
  • Type Microsoft Windows 8
  • Monitor Features CineCrystal, HDCP
  • Weight 1.32 lbs
  • Color Category silver
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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