Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet With Keyboard Coming in November

Oct 9, 2012 8:00am
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On Oct. 26, Microsoft will start offering Windows 8 and, simultaneously, the computer makers of the world will start offering lots of tablets, desktops and laptops that run the new operating system.

Acer has already announced two Windows 8 computers in the past few weeks and today it completes its new family of products with its W510, a Windows 8 tablet with a keyboard dock.

The W510 has a 10.1-inch HD, Gorilla Glass 2 screen, an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, either a 32GB or 64GB solid-state drive, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting. The 32GB tablet will start at $499.99, when you add on the keyboard dock and 64GB of storage it costs $750.

Acer will also offer an Iconia W700, which has a larger 11.6-inch screen, faster Core i3  processor from Intel, a dock with USB ports and a Bluetooth keyboard for $800.

The dock for the W510 has a keyboard similar in size to one you might find on a netbook and a trackpad below it. The keyboard connects to the tablet with a dock connector and can provide nine extra hours of battery life. (Acer says the entire package, coming Nov. 9,  can last 18 hours on a charge.)

I have been playing around with the W510 for a week now and I can attest to the stellar battery life. I have been using it on and off and still haven’t had to reach for the charger in the box. The 0.35-inch thick tablet itself is very light at 1.2 pounds. Acer has typically been known for its poor build quality, but the tablet, which is made of a mix of plastic and metal, feels solid, at least for the $499 starting price. The screen is very responsive, but the pre-production unit we have been playing with has exhibited some performance issues.

But more impressive is Acer’s Aspire S7 ultrabook, which will be coming out Oct. 26 for $1,200. The Windows 8 ultrabook is extremely thin, well-built, and has a touchscreen. The screen is very responsive and so is the trackpad. Gestures on the pad are very responsive; swiping from the sides brings up the Windows 8 menus just like as if you swiped the screen.

The best part though? The backlit keyboard, which glows blue in dimly lit or dark environments.

Check out more about some of the other Windows 8 tablets and computers coming at our Windows 8 page.

Note: This article has been updated with the correct pricing.

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