- Intel Atom Z2760 (1.80 GHz)
- Windows 8
- Integrated Graphics
x86 Tablet 02/17/2013
I've had this tablet for a couple weeks now and here is what I have noticed about this tablet.
1.) This tablet comes with a full power operating system. This is a 32 bit x86 version of windows 8 so you don't have to worry about whether or not your favorite software is going to work.
2.) Solid build. It doesn't feel like it will break on me if I accidentally trip over the power cord and pull it off my desk.
3.) Powers on in less than 10 seconds. Extend your battery life by shutting this thing off entirely instead of putting it in standby.
4.) On the subject of battery life, i usually see between six and eight hours of batter life. If you're not running flash or cpu intensive applications you really don't need to bring the power adapter along during the day.
5.) Powerful enough. For what I'm doing with the tablet I really don't need that much power out of it. I'm using this tablet for work and school so at most I'm running open office and compiling code using visual studio or jdk. I do recommend turning down the visual features of windows 8 to maximize what the processor can actually do.
6.) Rotation lock. One thing that annoys me about my cell phone is I'll be sitting back relaxing and when I move the cell phone the wrong way it rotates the screen. At first I had this problem with the tablet, then I learned what the lock key on top of the tablet does. Thoroughly impressed by the fact this tablet actually has the function.
7.) Storage space is a plus on this one. It comes with a 64gb SSD and if you need more storage space just pop in a micro SD card and carry on. Kindof wish it had a full SDHC reader on it though, then i could use the cards I have for my camera on it.
There are also a couple of drawbacks with this tablet.
1.) It's slightly larger than the iPad, so good luck finding a bluetooth keyboard and cover combo that fits and won't break the bank. You may end up having to purchase the proprietary dock from acer.
2.) The power adapter is huge. It looks like one of the old ipod power adapters. The power adapter is also attached to the bottom side of the tablet so if you have the tablet sitting on the desk you will have the tablet either upside down or sitting on it's side. Because of the size and location you can't charge the tablet while it's in the case.
3.) Limited ports. I really don't care about the hdmi connection, but a couple more usb connections would have been nice. Also the one usb port is USB 2 so don't expect to be loading movies onto the tablet without a bit of a wait (but then again, the usb2 thing may be a limitation of the ATOM chipset.) At the very least acer could have provided a 4 port hub at the end of the included breakout cable instead of just the single straight-through usb port.
4.) The speakers are extremely shrill. Yes I know it's a problem with small form factor speakers but these ones in particular hurt. I can more comfortably turn up the volume on my cell phone than this thing.
5.) Slow load times. This is definitely a limitation of using the ATOM processor but expect to be waiting a bit if you open up a large program like office or visual studio. Once the software is loaded it is actually fairly smooth but it is still a wait.
6.) Lastly, the acer software is useless. If you know where to find the settings in windows 8 and use the windows app store you can honestly uninstall the software without losing any functionality.
I'm not going to say anything about windows 8 here other than the fact it's a full x86 version instead of the ARM version. I have a lot of bad things to say about the OS that really wouldn't fit in the frame of this review.
If you're looking for a tablet with decent storage space, a full operating system, and isn't limited by the processor's architecture then I would recommend this tablet. It's pros greatly outweigh the cons.
Also, a note on desktop performance. If you right click on my computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Performance Settings and set it to best performance most of the sluggish stuttering disappears entirely. Just make sure you turn text smoothing back on. Graphically it will still look like the windows 8 aero desktop.
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