Pros: -Full Windows 7 OS included (which can be upgraded once 8 comes out) -Legitimate hardware as opposed to watered down specs you see on many tablets. -The keyboard is free -You don't even need to use the so-called "slow" touch-friendly apps installed, and i
Cons: It's very difficult to think of any, and nothing minor is even worth posting, but I'll try anyway: -It takes a bit of customization to fit your needs. I have big hands and I like a clean look on my computers, so I increased the icon and text size by one d
Summary: This machine is FANTASTIC. I use it as a student and for recreational use. The specs are fantastic and the functionality is very impressive. If you want Angry Birds or ...
Summary: This machine is FANTASTIC. I use it as a student and for recreational use. The specs are fantastic and the functionality is very impressive. If you want Angry Birds or eBooks, go buy an iPad (actually, on second though: don't! The W500 can run apps, games, books, music, videos...ANYTHING you can do with your desktop, you can do with the tab (except run newer games at high settings, obviously, but with a USB mouse, gaming is definitely still an option). I would not trade this for an iPad, a Nook, and a Kindle COMBINED. I wouldn't even trade it for a Macbook, because astonishingly this thing outclasses the Air and many other versions Macbooks out there, with HALF the price and full functionality AND touch capability.
Pros: LIKE the flexibility of a tablet at night for reading and entertainment and a netbook for business when i need to do a fair amount of typing. Do not find the Docking Station to be "cumbersome" - but rather "cool" I took home the XOOM (didn't like) and the
Cons: Bluetooth driver problems with regards to tethering through my TORCH so as to access the internet via 3G - ultimately had to "give up" (future shop techs couldn't find a fix either) and purchase and download the TETHER software ($49.95 US); so now have bl
Summary: Although the tablet is a little heavy, I love the practicality ot a "netbook" with the convenience of a tablet that can be easily removed from the Docking Station. Perhaps ...
Summary: Although the tablet is a little heavy, I love the practicality ot a "netbook" with the convenience of a tablet that can be easily removed from the Docking Station. Perhaps I am not tech savvy enough, but I really like the Docking Station and excellent keyboard which I find very easy to use. I also love the fact that I can use the USB Ports on the station to transfer files, print, tether via USB when desired. I think ACER created a very cool hybrid that combines the convenience and portability of a tablet with the functionality of a netbook.
Pros: I love the screen, and the fact that it uses a real operating system like Windows 7. I love that it has an HD port and SD card slot and USB port. I also love that it comes with a keyboard that you can use when you need to. Everything I can do on my laptop
Cons: I wish it had a larger hard drive. Accelerometer is a little slow and does not change as quickly as it should from landscape to portrait mode. I wish the USB port had been placed on top, that way you could have a mini usb of say 128 gb and it would not be
Summary: This was my first tablet. I have looked at others that just don't have the features this one has. This is a real computer that you can load some ...
Summary: This was my first tablet. I have looked at others that just don't have the features this one has. This is a real computer that you can load some of your favorite programs on.... depending on available hard drive space of course... and you can do real computing and use your printer, scanner and other computer gadgets with this tablet unlike most other tablets which have no capability of doing so.
Pros: *Most importantly, this tablet has a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Compared to other tablets and netbooks that Windows 7 Starter, this can't be beat! Having the full OS makes this tablet very easy to personalize to your liking! *The physical s
Cons: *When connected to the keyboard dock, this tablet does not serve like a netbook. It does not fold down and even when the tablet looks like a clamped notebook... it is not! Instead, it is held together with two magnets instead of a hinge. *There is no wa
Summary: Overall, this isn't a bad machine by any sorts. However, there is a lot of room for improvement. Being able to keep the tablet to the keyboard without it ...
Summary: Overall, this isn't a bad machine by any sorts. However, there is a lot of room for improvement. Being able to keep the tablet to the keyboard without it docked so not having to worry about misplacing the keyboard dock is the biggest room for improvement. I use this machine mostly for work (in IT) and it is great for being able to test things, check email, remote to other systems while away from my desk and assisting users and it is fabulous. I can charge it overnight and get a full day's use out of it the next day.
Summary: Forget about the "keydock" contraption. Consider the W500 as a Windows tablet, able to pair with any USB or Bluetooth keyboard, or just resort to the wonky on-screen keyboard. And what have you got?
The greatest of all Netbooks, the least of all tablets.
There needs to be context. There have always been Windows tablets--questionable Archos tabs, overpriced UMPCs, and convertible tablets with swiveling screens. Aside from a few hot-rod $1,000 models, the Netbook-based Windows tabs like the Dell Inspiron Duo and Lenovo s10-3t have suffered from glacial sluggishness and cheap LCD screens whose poor viewing angles make actual tablet use a pain. Hold it wrong and the image turns blue!
But that's where the Tab W500 delivers. As a multitouch-based Windows 7 Netbook-tablet, it just works. Touch response is quick if not buttery smooth, finger-swipe scrolling works in Firefox and IE but not Chrome, and pinch-to-zoom...works on pictures but lags for websites. Now this screen--it's beautiful! Off-axis viewing angles are nearly perfect. The image is almost as stable as my smartphone, or an iPad.
That screen quality is a huge deal, and it means that if you're thinking about a Windows Netbook at all, the Iconia W500 is the ONLY way to get an excellent screen!.
But, as a tablet? The processor bogs down easily--one Flash video at a time, max--and battery life is insufficient for e-reader duty--4 hours of surfing, 2-3 hours of Flash video. It's also too blasted heavy to hold comfortably--two pounds for the tablet only. Compared to the iPad and slew of Android Tablets in its price range, the Iconia W500 cannot compete.
So the point of this computer is really just Windows 7--full document and spreadsheet editing, PDF editing if you buy software, regular desktop programs, full Web support, both Flash and Silverlight. It elevates that Netbook experience with its touch input and great viewing angles.
The problem is, after spending two weeks with my new W500 tablet and writing half this review on its wonky ON-SCREEN keyboard, I'm still jealous for an iPad or any Android tab that runs Flash. Even with their limitations, mainstream tablets are very functional--focused, you might say--and they all have excellent battery life. This little touchbook is such a different machine, a traditonal computer that dressed up in a tablet costume, a jack-of-all-trades that excels at nothing, except for that screen. The Android tablets and iPad have a gravity to them, because they're designed to do fewer things but do them very well.
The bottom line? The W500 is for those looking for a Netbook, not a tablet. As a Windows machine, it's a decent Netbook with a bonus touch screen. As a tablet, it's too heavy and the battery life is nearly inexcusible.
Pros: Excellent screen, two USB ports, full SD card slot, full HDMI, and easily portable. Responsive touch screen.
Cons: Battery life could be better, keyboard dock is nice but is too light and therefore can easily tip over, processor should really be 1.5 GHZ, SSD should be at least 64GBs, would be better if there was a 4gb of ram option.
Summary: I never intended on using this laptop with windows 7. The minute I purchased this I planned on using windows 8 developers preview with it. I personally think this makes ...
Summary: I never intended on using this laptop with windows 7. The minute I purchased this I planned on using windows 8 developers preview with it. I personally think this makes the tablet a much better device. Windows 8 in my opinion is much more touch friendly. I think Acer has put together a great windows tablet, but really should have put a little more power under the hood. the specs just are not adequate. As I stated in the cons the specs should be what I stated above. You can't play Netflix movies in HD (you have to drop the quality in Netflix's settings) which is a shame for such a great screen. Also at times I get some lag while browsing the internet. This is still a very capable device. I have played some graphic intensive games that are a few years old now without any hiccup. That in part is because this device does have some dedicated video memory. I also use Microsoft office and dragon dictation without any hiccups. The battery life is also a bit of a disappointment. It isn't all that bad. If I turn down the brightness I can easily get 5 hours out of it, and for the most part that is adequate for what I need, but at the same time I don't like having to handicap my experience to get max battery life. My last note is the keyboard dock. The CNET reviewer makes it seem as if it is such a hassle to dock and undock. I don't see what the problem is. The biggest issue I have with the keyboard dock is stability. The screen is so heavy and the keyboard is so light that a slight push will send the then netbook toppling over. Acer should have added weight to the keyboard (giving the whole thing more stability), by putting a battery in the keyboard that would charge the tablet. Obviously all the things I suggested would add costs to the device. I love my windows tablet, but I also bought it refurbished for 355 dollars. I would not pay 520 dollars for the price I got it at I am happy.
Pros: Love having a Win 7 tab. It easily streams video, plays music, and works as a Kindle reader. Then when I need to I can open Outlook, VPN into work, Remote desktop to a server etc. I really like the dock idea. The review says it's very clunky and hard to
Cons: Small hard drive. Would love to have had a larger one or a way to replace it. Same with battery. No way to replace it from what I can see. That seems to be standard for the tabs though so if you are doing a iPad comparison I'd say that matches up. I put i
Summary: We have an iPad here at work and it's not bad. Easy to use and straight forward but for me I'd rather have the ability to run just ...
Summary: We have an iPad here at work and it's not bad. Easy to use and straight forward but for me I'd rather have the ability to run just about anything I need too instead of what APP I'm allowed to use. We have Citrix but using Citrix on the IPad is not the same as having a dedicated Windows 7 interface.
Some one asked before and there are 2 USB ports on the tab and 2 on the dock. You can only use 2 at a time. The other things I have picked up on: When you bring this machine into a domain that forces you to log in if you don't have the keyboard attached you need to press the windows button the on front and the power button. That works like a CTRL + ALT + DEL. Took me a minute to figure that out. No way to adjust that that I have found. There is also a protective film on the screen that I wasn't quite sure if I could remove or not. E-mail Acer and they said it can be removed.
Pros: Fully functional Win 7 OS and seems to handle all the programs well Touch screen responds quickly to finger and stylus ( any I Pad compatible stylus will work ) Docking station works well... respectfully disagree w/ CNET reviewer who calls it overly cumbe
Cons: 32 gb internal storage is a bit light... 32 gb sd card installed but not tested.. Other reviewer's comment that a lot of the 32 gb storage is already taken up by OS and other programs is, unfortunately, accurate No VGA port... haven't tested a VGA adapter
Summary: This tablet was researched and acquired to serve as a Geographic Information System ( GIS ) mapping platform. It was also acquired to be a portable device for displaying all the maps, ...
Summary: This tablet was researched and acquired to serve as a Geographic Information System ( GIS ) mapping platform. It was also acquired to be a portable device for displaying all the maps, satellite imagery, and aerial images developed by a local government planning office.
It achieves those targeted, but processor intensive, objectives well.
Our goal, ironically, is to use the tablet in much the same way that pilots use the I Pad for their charts.
Imagery can be easily taken to meetings and used in evaluating specific properties. The GIS software that is used is the open source MapWindow program. Native GIS shp files can be manipulated on the tablet w/ this software so others can use our data on a portable device. We used a netbook running an Atom 280 processor and 2 gb of memory, in conjunction w/ MapWindow before buying the Acer tablet. The Acer tablet is noticeably faster than the netbook and does have much better resolution. Therefore, the contention, by some that this system is just a glorified netbook is, in our experience, misplaced.
The system grows on the user as the user adapts to using fingers, and, styluses to navigate in programs.
Targus makes several styluses for I Pads and they provide better precision in activating small icons within programs. There are also very inexpensive styluses available on Ebay, that are made for I Pads that work. Increasingly, they are used less as the proficiency with fingers improves.
Some of the staff at Idaho State University - Idaho Falls have also been experimenting w/ the tablet for MapWindows applications. Our initial experiences have been comparable.
When more experience is gained in traditional consumer applications, an update will be posted.
Pros: 1) Its a great tablet and faux keyboard/netbook.
2) Windows 7 (32-bit).
3) 2gig ddr3.
4) 10.1 inch screen
5) HDMI port.
Cons: 1) 32gigSSD (would like a 64 gigSSD but there is always the SD card slot).
2) Could have been a flap hatch design so that the faux keyboard could be closed with the tablet attached to it.
3) better touch input apps and response integration.
4) i like
Summary: All in all the Pros out way the Cons on this Windows 7 Tablet. but i dont like how everyone compares these Windows 7 tablets to the Ipad (or any ...
Summary: All in all the Pros out way the Cons on this Windows 7 Tablet. but i dont like how everyone compares these Windows 7 tablets to the Ipad (or any other IOS device). they are 2 different platforms. one is using a phone/ipod touch OS and the other is a desktop/laptop OS... really a big difference there. this should be compared to the Mac Book Air because that is a true MAC OS device. if you did compare this to the MAC Book Air, the MAC Book AIR would have its advantages over this but you would only have to pay 1/3 of the price for this Iconia W500 Windows 7 Tablet. If you dont see my point let me put it this way. even with your iphone/ipod touch/ipad can you really run every app you need or do you have to boot up your laptop or desktop anyways to do it. case closed. yes this Tablet doesnt have the same power as your laptop or desktop might have but all in all its better than the so called tablets that dont run a big system OS.
Pros: Great price point and fast for its price. Farly confortable keyboard. Nice hookups: USB/HDMI , Can expand the Drive space with a SD card. Trackpoint is not as uncomfortable as I exoected but seldom need it.
Cons: Need the keynoard if you need to boot in to the BIOS or Recovery Mode. The soft keyboard at login cannot be resized/enlarged. This is a issue for my big/under-coordinated hands. I never like it when the Navigation (home/emd) keys are FNed.
Summary: Bought this as an easy brrowsing aternative to my wifes luggable and my EVO 4G. Very pleased. Snappy SSD drive and GPU help the processor a lot. Browsing is ideal ...
Summary: Bought this as an easy brrowsing aternative to my wifes luggable and my EVO 4G. Very pleased. Snappy SSD drive and GPU help the processor a lot. Browsing is ideal with the proper Pen and Touch settings. Docking and undocking is NOT That of a deal. If Dan Ackerman needs all morning to master it he's in the wrong profession. I have cerbral palsy and do not have a problem. Has he ever tried to put a laptop or phone in any dock? It's a USB connection with two stablizing posts. Yes it's a comprimise but you can use any USB keyboard or other device with the port.
Description:The Acer ICONIA Tab W series comes in a hybrid design that combines the portability of a multi-touch tablet and the full productivity of a standard notebook. Enjoy hands-on multimedia using the touch capabilities, or attach the dockable keyboard to quickly transform the tablet into a mini-workstation.
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