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Acer ICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii 64 GB Net-tablet PC - 8
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Best all-around Windows tablet, with associated quirks... 07/05/2015

This review is from: Acer ICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii 64 GB Net-tablet PC - 8" - In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology - Intel Atom Z3740 1.33 GHz

Pros: - Best power-for-buck in a Windows tablet under $300, better than average performance
- Features most sub-$300 Windows tablets do not have (higher quality memory)
- No major issues working with external attachments yet
- Decent battery life, though you have to be a bit diligent about screen brightness and leaving wifi on when tablet isn't in use
- Screen quality issue from the W3 is totally fixed
- More RAM than pretty much any tablet in this end of the market

Cons: - The same as any small capacity tablet sporting an OS that occupies half its available storage space
- Designed for geeks, not as a techie fashion accessory
- Build quality is enough to pass muster; a bit better than early Samsung Galaxy tablets
- Windows-based quirks and frustrations, especially with OEMs that don't fully test their component selections before putting out these devices

Other Thoughts: In truth this really is a great tablet. It can do a ton of stuff and has surprising horsepower for something south of $300. That said, as an owner of this tablet for nearly a year, I can tell you that something in the componentry, when mixed with Windows 8.1 and its innumerable updates, inevitably results in this thing crashing itself, or hanging, or something. At least once a week I have to do a hard shutdown using external buttons, and then restart it because it hangs for reasons like I didn't update Windows, or let Windows update itself (by accident), or let the lock screen shutoff time expire, or some other simple act that causes this thing to lock up and become unusable until you restart it. This isn't every time, but it happens often (I mostly blame Windows and/or whomever wrote bad drivers). I've only had it crash during use once or twice, but guaranteed at some point after you've set the thing down after a period of use, you will come back and be unable to wake the thing.

It works quite well outside of this one issue, though. Even the HDMI out works quite well (make sure you have a mouse plugged in too), and it's amazing what you can do with it. I just wish it would reliably wake any time, every time, like my iPad, which is a few years the W4's elder.

PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Not sure how this thing even gets 2 stars let alone 4 05/01/2015

This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE

Pros: - Got it for free with my order, somehow
- Huge size

Cons: - IT worked long enough to be formatted successfully on a Mac; now it doesn't work. No matter what I plug it into, the red LED flashes once for half a second, then nothing. Tried it on a Windows 8.1 machine, a different Mac, a different port, a USB 3 port, a powered USB hub, zero luck.
- It's clearly a budget device, as the plastic used for its body is worthy of toddler toys.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if someone at NewEgg was throwing me a bone by including this thing in my order for free, but what looked like a happy surprise has turned into a MEH letdown. I must have been gifted it because so many others have posted bad reviews of this thing, many of them stating theirs doesn't work anymore, either. Since it was a welcome freebie, I was planning on using this thing as a catastrophe boot device for both my Macbook Pro, and for my Windows tablet. This thing has enough space to store the tablet's entire installed+microSD storage capacity and then some. But, it doesn't even work. I popped it into my laptop once, and now I have a veritable paperweight. I've gotten free USB sticks before, but at least they lasted more than an hour in a computer. Sorry to those that paid for this thing only to have it break so soon.

Acer Iconia Tab W Series W3-810-1600 Intel Atom 2GB DDR2 Memory 32 GB 8.1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not bad if your Windows tablet expectations aren't overly optimistic 10/07/2013

This review is from: Acer Iconia Tab W Series W3-810-1600 Intel Atom 2GB DDR2 Memory 32 GB 8.1" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8

Pros: - This tablet, while one of the low-powered full Windows tablets that use Atom processors, was very responsive for me and never felt slow. I expected it to perform much worse than it did.

- While mostly plastic, I liked how it felt in my hand.

- Speakers performed fine considering the price, and headphone performance was great.

- All media in general played smoothly and as expected.

- Being a full Windows PC in your hand, this tablet gets around 5 hours on a full charge. Not bad. Not great, but not bad IMO given its inherent processing advantages compared to Apple and Google tablets.

- Wifi radio performance was very good and this thing ran web pages just as fast as my iMac.

Cons: - Like all Wintel products even in this age of Apple design, this device comes slathered in stickers touting each individual component it has built into it. This practice has to stop. Guys, I know what I'm buying already; I don't need it confirmed for me after receiving the device.

- The screen is definitely the weakest part of this device. You kind of feel like there's some sort of overlay on top of the LCD that skews things slightly. That said, the 1280x800 resolution works fine for me, and it's fast to change orientations.

- In terms of weight this tablet is also likely one of the heaviest in the sub-10" segment, but it does feel substantial.

- Make sure you have micro SD storage, as the 32GB on this device gets eaten up fast just having Windows, OpenOffice, a couple browsers, and some basic apps. I have only about 5.5 GB left, which could be variable depending on virtual memory settings. That said, like so many Windows products it comes with software you likely don't need and can delete.

- The cameras are pretty bad, but I've found that most mobile device cameras are not good generally speaking.

- The mobile app ecosystem for Windows 8 just isn't there yet. Case in point, the Wikipedia app only shows the day's top stories and images; it doesn't let you search Wikipedia and pull in articles. But, the Weather Channel app on this thing was well designed and ran 100x better than it does on my iPhone. Hit and miss.

- Other downsides are inherent in Windows 8's design and not so much device related.

Other Thoughts: Overall, while this tablet has similar specs as small tablets from Apple and Google, it's not going to win many value per dollar contests UNLESS you need a full Windows PC in your hand. If you have that kind of need on the go but don't want to spring for the whiz-bang Windows 8 touch-based ultrabooks that cost 2.5-3x more, this should fit your bill. It has full Windows and everything that entails, whereas the Apple and Google alternatives are much less work-capable and are more cloud-reliant. This tablet can be as well, but it has some capacity to stand on its own, if that matters to you.

This tablet has gotten a bad rap from reviewers and I think it's somewhat undeserved. I enjoyed using it particularly for its power, but admittedly the Apple and Google competition I have access to have much more robust app and media libraries that are available at the touch of a finger.

Consider your needs carefully, but this tablet showed stronger for me than I thought it would based on reviews.

**I did not get to test its HDMI-out and Bluetooth capabilities, nor its built-in mini-USB port.


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Display Name: Paul A.

Date Joined: 11/08/10

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  • Last Review: 07/05/15
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