CNET First Look
Windows 8 plus Intel Atom equals great battery lifeOffering 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.
I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here to take a look at the Acer Iconia W510. This is one of those new breed of products that's part laptop, part tablet, some people call it a hybrid. We tend to call these detachables because of course the screen detaches just like this, and when you hold it up like this, it's a Windows 8 tablet. Now unlike some of the other Windows 8 tablets that we've checked out, this actually runs the Intel Atom processor that is a sequel to the processors we used to find in those little inexpensive netbook style computers. It's more powerful. The battery life is better now, but they also charge a lot more. Netbooks are maybe 300 dollars. This combination right here of the tablet screen and the keyboard which includes an additional battery in it is about 750 dollars, which is frankly a lot when you consider that you can get some very nice Ultrabooks with full Intel Core i series CPUs for about the same price. That said for casual web surfing and every day use, the Atom is fine, and the touchscreen is pretty responsive for a low power system. When you rotate it, the screen orientation changes nice and quick. The keyboard is a little bit small. This is a 10-inch screen so you're not gonna be able to pack a very big keyboard into it. The keys are kind of shallow, still fairly decent for accurate typing, touch pad also very small. You're really gonna find yourself relying a lot more on touching the touchscreen than maybe you would on a full-size machine. The one thing that kept us from being a particular productive system for me is that all the ports and connections which are mostly right up here on the screen are microversions. You have micro HDMI, micro USB, micro SD card slot, so you're gonna have to carry some adaptors around with you if you wanna plug some stuff in on a regular basis. That said, battery life is excellent. When you combine both the battery and the keyboard and the battery in here, this thing actually ran for about 13 hours which is pretty amazing. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Acer Iconia W510.