Reviews Acer Iconia W700
4.6
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RCT SCORE 4.6 / 10

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The lineup of Windows 8 devices boasting unique designs is growing. Acer's Iconia W700 is pitched as a tablet (running the full Windows 8 and not the "lite" RT version) that can double as a laptop with the included Bluetooth keyboard and docking station.

It boasts an Intel Core i5 processor (1.7GHz), Intel HD Graphics 4000, an 11.6-inch touch screen display (1920 x 1080), and a 9-hour battery life. You'll find 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive on the Iconia W700 and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and HD-quality front-facing cam. Finally, the W700 offers a pair of stereo speakers and a USB 3.0 dock. It's a Wi-Fi only device with a retail price tag of $999.

Reviewers weren't all that impressed with the W700, docking it for mostly design points. They noted that the accessory keyboard isn't fixed to the display, so it can't be used as a real laptop. It's also more clumsy to carry around, since it has multiple components (dock, screen and keyboard). As a tablet, reviewers found the W700 too heavy and awkward and many were turned off by the price -- basically double the top-of-the-line iPad.

 

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This Is Windows 8 Showing Its Stuff
The Acer Iconia W700-6465 slate tablet shows where Microsoft wants to go with touch-based Windows 8, plus it's more compatible with your existing software than anything running Windows...
PC Magazine.com
 
Doesn't Skimp on Battery Life
We get what Acer was going for here and really, it's an intriguing proposition: a hybrid that can be used as a standalone tablet, but is powerful enough to be your next laptop. But...
Engadget.com
 
Your Love of This Design May Vary
One of the only Core i5 slate-style Windows 8 systems we've seen, the Acer Iconia W700 asks few compromises for full-time use, but the design isn't for everyone.
CNET.com
 
This Hybrid Misses the Mark
The Iconia W700 is a hybrid, and hybrids usually come off as either an enlightened merger of technology, or an unsatisfying compromise. Unfortunately, the W700 represents too much of...
PC World.com
 
A Mixed Windows 8 Bag
Not quite a tablet, a desktop, a notebook, or a convertible, the Acer Iconia W700 occupies a strange netherworld among all of those form factors. It's a bold experiment in design and a...
InfoWorld.com
 
Not Worth Twice the Cost of an iPad
The Iconia W700 offers excellent speed, a beautiful full HD display and good battery life (for a Core i5 device) in an attractive all-aluminum chassis. However, the 2-pound weight and...
Laptop Mag.com
 
Awkward Compromise
While the W700 offers more versatility than the typical tablet or laptop, it's a compromised device that isn't ideal when trying to imitate either one.
San Jose Mercury News.com
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