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Acer Iconia W510: Hands-on with a Windows 8 hybridThis detachable-screen hybrid is the first of many similar systems coming with the launch of Windows 8, combining the features of a tablet and a traditional laptop.
-Hi. I'm Dan Ackman and we are here taking a first look at the Acer Iconia W510. This may look like a small clamshell laptop but it's actually something you're gonna be seeing a lot more with Windows 8, a hybrid laptop and that means that the display here besides being a touch display like that actually separates completely from the rest of the system and you can carry this around like a tablet. You know, just like any other tablet, it's got an accelerometer, you can rotate it and screen orientation changes. You know, it's fairly think, fairly light. It's got that edge to edge glass over the top so by itself. It just looks and feels like a regular tablet. Then you can snap it into the base here and you have something that's much closer to a traditional laptop. Now, all the components are inside the screen here including the CPU which you have on the bottom half is of course a keyboard, a touch pad and an additional battery so the two can work together and give you really extended battery life. Now, the concept is pretty cool. I've got 2 things that are giving me pause about both the W510 and a lot of the other upcoming Windows 8 hybrids that we've seen. Number one is, this system instead of having an Intel Core i3 or core i5 processor, it's got the next version of Intel's Atom processor, that's the low power CPU we used to see in netbooks a couple of years ago. People kinda fell out of love with those, so to bring the Atom back and put it in something like a tablet that really needs a little bit of processing overhead for the touch screen and all the other cool stuff that Windows 8 does, you know, makes me a little bit of worried about performance although the new Atoms are definitely better than the ones in netbooks from a couple of years ago. Number two is price. You know, what they're asking for this particular combination and this is very similar to a lot of other Windows 8 hybrid laptops is $750 and that's for the tablet screen part and the keyboard, you can get this alone for about $600. You know, when you consider that this is an Atom powered thing and most Atom powered laptops [unk] cost maybe $300 at most, $750 does seem like kind of a lot especially when you consider what kind of really cool ultrabook you can actually get with $700, you can get a pretty good one, I'm just saying. You know, with that being said, as a tablet, this things works great. The keyboard, I found the keys were very shallow and missed a lot of keys while typing. It's not really the best keyword experience and it's a little bit awkward when you put the two parts together. It looks like a clamshell laptop but not the prettiest one you've ever seen. So this is really a lot to take into consideration here if you are considering a hybrid laptop. I'm Dan Ackman and that is the Acer Iconia W510.