Acer Iconia Tab W510 Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet

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In the time since Windows 8 launched, we've seen a number of different devices and different form factors that take advantage of the operating system's touch capabilities. Ultra-portable Windows 8 devices range from ultraportable notebooks to touchscreen tablets that feature attachable keyboards. We've seen a number of hybrid ultrabooks as well. So what's the best form factor and hardware combination? Truthfully, it depends on the user and what you're trying to accomplish with the device.

Acer's new Iconia W510 series offers users the portability of a tablet along with the flexibility to use the tablet with an attachable keyboard to provide a notebook experience or the ability to use the machine as a presentation device by rotating its keyboard dock 295 degrees, using it as a stand.

The W510 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of solid state storage. The Iconia W510 features a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768) LED-backlit display with Gorilla Glass 2.  The tablet itself is thin and lightweight at 1.27 pounds and 0.35 inches. By adding the keyboard dock you still have a very portable system that measures 0.84 inches thick and weighs 2.78 pounds.

It's also important to note that the W510 runs a full version of Windows—not Windows RT, so you'll have the ability to run all of your favorite X86 software and apps with this system.

Acer says you should get up to 16 hours of battery life from the system when docked. The tablet itself is suppose to provide up to 9 hours of battery life. Of course, we'll put these claims to the test in the coming pages.

Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Tablet
Specifications & Features

Operating System
Windows 8
Display
10.1-inch Acer CrystalBrite LED-backlit TFT LCD (1,366 x 768) made of Gorilla Glass 2
350-nit brightness
5-point multi-touch screen
178-degree viewing angle and 16:9 aspect ratio

Graphics
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator with 64MB of dedicated system memory
Processor
Intel Atom Dual-Core processor Z2760 1.5GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 1.8GHz (1MB L2 cache)
Memory
2GB of DDR3 SDRAM
Internal Storage
64GB Solid State Drive
microSD card slot

Wireless Connectivity
802.11ab/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0+HS

Camera
8MP rear-facing HD webcam (3264x2448) and 1080p HD audio/video recording
2MP front-facing HD webcam (1920x1080) and 1080p HD audio/video recording

Audio
High definition audio support
two built-in stereo speakers
integrated digital microphone

Ports and Expansion
1 micro USB 2.0 port
1 micro-HDMI out (support for 1080p and dual-display support)

Size
Tablet: 10.18 (W) x 6.6 (D) x 0.35 (H) inches
Tablet: 1.27 pounds
Tablet and keyboard dock: 2.78 pounds

Battery
2-cell Li-Polymer 3540mAh battery
up to 9 hours of uptime
up to 16 hours with keyboard/battery dock

Included accessories
Attachable keyboard/dock/battery
micro-USB to USB cable

Price
$749.99

In this review, we'll take a closer look at the high-end model in the Acer Iconia W510 line, the W510-1422. This tablet comes with an attachable keyboard that offers additional battery life as well as a USB-to-mini-USB cable. The W510-1422 sells for about $750.  Let's take a closer look at the hardware.

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