Acer Iconia W701 in review: A heavy tablet with Windows 8 or a light laptop?
The Acer Iconia W701 is to combine the mobility of a tablet with the power of a Windows 8 notebooks. Not an easy task. Whether the balancing act succeeds, shows our test.
Since the launch of Windows 8, the focus was mainly on the manufacturer laptops and hybrid solutions. Tablets are real slowly to market – manufacturers are still working on the correct concept. The reason is simple: Who would pay even compared to a 500-euro-Ipad or a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 for around 600 euros around 1000 euros for a Windows 8 tablet?
At least the company Acer hopes they are. With the Iconia W701 Acer has launched a device on the market that wants to be a little bit of everything – tablet, laptop and digital camera. The – you have to say up front – is unfortunately not succeeded.
Here, the Iconia w701 is nice to look at, with its elegant design and the aluminum housing of the specifications and forth a true miracle computing. At a size of 11.6 inches, it weighs only about a pound, as the operating system about the diet version Windows RT is not installed, but real Windows 8, stuck inside a 1.7 GHz Core i5 processor, four gigabytes of memory and a 128 gigabytes of memory. This is a bright and sharp ten inch display, which responds mostly good and a battery that holds the tablet for about six hours going.
Thus, the tablet is almost on a par with many a notebook, although it does not have the connectivity with a USB port and an HDMI connector. Practical: There is a slot for micro SD cards and who calls it a Micro SIM card his property also has road speed Internet in UMTS.
The performance of the Acer Iconia W701 is pretty appropriate. Programs load fast, run videos without stuttering, games (provided they are not too demanding), put the tablet no insurmountable challenge. But you should not expect top performance, certainly not in terms of sophisticated graphics. Should be discreetly silent about the built-in 5 megapixel camera.
Perhaps the biggest problem of the Acer Iconia W701 is the high resolution of the screen at the same time relatively small display size. As a consequence, the operation beyond the start-finish unit with its admittedly beautiful and useful tiles torture. All the little menus, check boxes and little buttons that sometimes are found on websites and in programs that can be incredibly difficult to use. Often the click bib. Rather than close the tab in Firefox, it opens a new window five times, the consent form, which must be set by hooks under the license agreement of a program