Currently the cheapest Windows 8 tablet on the market is the Acer Iconia W510-1674, priced at $399.99. It has a 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom processor, and standard Windows 8 for x86 processors instead of RT version for ARM chips, meaning that you will be able to run virtually all new and old Windows application, without RT’s limitations.
The Atom CPU used in the W510-1674 is the Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core at 1.5GHz. The chip is from the latest tablet-centric “Clover Trail” platform. In PassMark’s benchmark, the processor has 679 points, slightly more than 603 with the popular netbook-use Atom N2600. So, with the W510-1674 you can expect a netbook-like speed. It can accomplish daily tasks an average user throws at it, including 1080p video decoding, but it still much more slower than standard notebooks with the entry Intel Pentiums. Acer’s affordable Win 8 tablet includes 2GB of RAM memory and a 32GB solid state drive, while the responsive 1366 x 768 5-point multitouch display runs on the Atom’s HD integrated graphics.
According to Acer, the included 2-cell lithium-polymer battery is good for up to 9 hours of run time. Acer also offers optional 3G mobile broadband on the W5xx series, but the W510-1674 is a Wi-Fi only device.
The tablet doesn’t use IPS technology, so the viewing angles are not so great like on some IPS-equipped tablets, but picture quality is quite bright, with vivid colors.
On the right side are located one of the two stereo speakers, the microSD card slot, mini USB, mini HDMI, and volume rocker.
The left side houses the second speaker.
The holes on the bottom are used for docking. The W510 series has its proprietary keyboard dock, which is not included for the W510-1674 model buyers. I haven’t been able to find the dock for purchase separately, but it’s worth noting that it has chiclet-style keys, an additional 2-cell battery for doubling the battery life of the tablet, as well as another USB port.
On the top, there are the power button, screen rotation lock, and audio jack.
As opposed to white sides and area surrounding the screen, the back is made of silver metallic-like plastics. Overall, the fell in the hand is quite good, since the plastics doesn’t wobble and has no gaps. Its weight of 1.27 lbs isn’t heavy for a 10-inch tablet. The profile is 0.35 inches thin.
On the top there’s the 8-megapixel camera with flash light, accompanying its 2MP front camera.
Customers can purchase the Acer Iconia Tab W510-1674 for $399.99 at Microsoft Store on Cyber Monday. An affordable keyboard-equipped alternative is the Asus Q200E-BHI3T45, which provides a touchscreen on the laptop form factor for $449.99.
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