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Pros: -clear, bright, colorful screen
-fast i5 processor handles everything like a champ
-I'm able to do light gaming with it.
-handy dandy usb3.0 port + mini hdmi if you are into that sort of thing
-windows 8 pro let it act like a "regular pc" with ease. Windows 8 on the whole is really growing on me.
-I think it is really beautifully designed, aesthetics are nice.
-long battery life for the demands this thing makes as a tablet. 5-7 hours typically if I leave it on and use it heavily. Will easily last waaaayyyyy longer than that if you are using it sporadically and putting it to sleep when not in use.
-speaking of sleep mode, it comes out of it immediately.
-cold boots to login in about 6 seconds. Give or take 1. That's insane. Once in, metro interface is instantly ready and smooth, even if 'desktop' tasks are doing their normal loading. (you should keep that to a minimum though...)
-comes with a nice quality leather-ish flip\fold\angle case. I'd like to point out that some people say it blocks the rear camera. That part if the case actually is a Velcro flap that reveals it. Discovered that on accident.
-comes with a desk stand to mount it in\expand usb slots. Don't care that its plastic, I'm happy to have it.
-not very heavy. 2 pounds and some change. It feels well made. Considering what it does, I'm surprised it doesn't weigh twice as much.
Cons: -Front camera is laughable, quality wise, but whatever, at least it has one. Haven't used them much yet, so dunno. Rear one seems pretty par.
-I really wish Intel would get their act together and offer a better GPU solution. The hd4000 is not terrible for what they need it to do, but it isn't great by any means. I know this isn't a gaming device, necessarily so maybe I shouldnt complain. The i5 helps carry some of the weight, and it does run many games way better than I expected.
-I wish I had a separate button to temporarily turn the screen off instead of full on sleep mode button.
-no sd reader, but it aint a deal breaker, trust me.
You may choose to remove all the Acer ware that it comes with. I did eventually. Some might find it useful.
Uninstall McAfee asap. Windows has its own defenders.
Overall Review: IMPORTANT: update your wireless driver. Ends any issues.
ALSO IMPORTANT: go through the power plan settings, maybe make a couple different ones. The balanced mode may be throttling its performance sometimes, especially games. I was getting bad results until I put it in high Performance mode while on battery so that it was allowed to pump out the frames per second.
"Desktop" Gaming: expect to be able to play most games at low or mid settings, maybe at lower resolutions sometimes, and still get a very enjoyable experience. Do not expect to play a graphics intensive games and have a great time. have steam installed and a few other things. Search YouTube for various demos of it running games. You may be surprised what it can do with certain games, and let down with others. Tis the nature of games.
FINAL THOUGHTS: this is not a tablet for the light of heart. Its got some meat on it, and a buttload of features that simply blow all other tablets away. I am in love with this thing. Some say this is expensive for a tablet. Its not just a tablet. Its a full on windows pc. This is worth every penny.
Pros: Battery life so far is good, ease of use once you get the hang of Windows 8, and it runs legacy windows programs along with the new apps. I haven't seen a tablet on the market yet that touches this one. You get the tablet, a leather case / stand, and a bluetooth keyboard included. No up sales like the windows surface.
Cons: Small hard drive but I fixed that by opening the case and replacing the 64GB drive with a 256GB mSATA drive. The restore process for the new drive took 2 hours or so and required that I have a USB DVD drive. No big deal but figured I would let you know. I5, 4 GB DDR3, and a 256GB Sata III SSD this tablet screams!!
Pros: From the box and packaging it came in to the actual tablet this Acer Iconia Tab W700 is awesome. There are so many fine details in the construction, fit and finish, it really impressed me. The quality really shows. The included docking station and keyboard are really first rate and very easy to use. The leather tablet case is beautiful, very high quality and is a real unexpected bonus.
As for the tablet, it worked immediately and perfectly right out of the box. I did not have issues with the wireless, but downloaded the drive update anyway. I connected a Windows Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Windows Wedge Touch Mouse (both Bluetooth) effortlessly. I bought the extra keyboard and Mouse to stow in my laptop bag while keeping the included Acer docking station and Acer Bluetooth keyboard at home.
I'm thrilled with this tablet, especially since I can run every Windows program I want easily. My wife's iPad is a kid's toy next to this Acer W700.
Pros: Have enjoyed this little pc greatly. Out of the box did not have any wifi problems but did download the upgrade. I also installed windows 8 pro. So far just learning how to use it to make things easier. Battery life is very good, more than 5-6 hours easy.
Overall Review: Would recommend this to anyone looking for a more portable pc to use just about anywhere.
Pros: This thing is super fast! I was expecting for it to be slower than our laptop (i7 Dell), but I do believe it’s faster. I know that it is because of the SSD, but this thing is responsive.
FULL Windows 8 64-bit and USB 3.0!!
It is somewhat lighter and cooler than I thought that it would be. I knew that if I needed a tablet for more than just content consumption I would need more hardware, which means more weight generally, but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable this is to hold for moderate periods of time. The temp, even after extended use, is low. I can tell if my hand is heating the case or if its the i5!!
Lastly, this comes with a docking station that expands your 1 on board USB 3.0 to 3 and has HDMI; Bluetooth keyboard; and a really nice sleeve (although I am not a huge fan of the color) for $750-$800…that is just crazy. I paid $747 from another site. An iPad is that much without any extras (not to mention, besides the display, the lackluster hardware).
Cons: The cameras suck. I expected the front facing to suck, but the rear 5MP camera is pretty bad as well. The 5MP is fine for FB pics, but anything else you will still need a camera.
Windows 8 is still young. There are still a LOT of apps that will not work on Windows 8. My wife has to have Square for taking CC payments and there is no support from Square on Windows 8… this is just one example of the app problems we have been having. It will take a little while for Windows to catch up with iOS and Android in the touch/mobile device arena.
Overall Review: We have had ZERO wireless issues. I am not if we got lucky or if Acer fixed the problem, but we have had no issues. I will update if we start having issues.
Pros: - The accessories that come with the tablet including a portfolio case, the cradle, and keyboard are pretty nice bonuses
- Overall performance is really nice; take seconds to boot up and shut down and wait time to open local apps is nothing (luv SSD)
- Battery life when you have your power setting and app management configured correctly is excellent (10 to 12 hours easily)
- The screen is a beautiful display; things like showing pictures and watching Hulu look awesome on this tablet
- On-board USB is really nice to have
Cons: - Similar to what everyone else has posted, out of the box this unit had wireless issues where it would lose connectivity constantly (which is the reason for the minus egg); Acer did recently post a new version of the Atheros driver (12/28). I downloaded it and its night and day how much better the WiFi is working. "http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers" then navigate to pick the W700 tablet
- This is really novelty but Acer has zero accessories posted on their site for purchase. I'm not a huge fan of the brown colored portfolio case and I haven't found any other sites for a spare AC adapter that I'm confident in
- Again a "me preference" thing but it would have been nice to have an SD card slot. I have a card reader but its just something extra I wish I didn't need to worry about
- Acer bloatware with the exception of the Acer power button shortcut and power management app
Overall Review: I'll try to make this review not about the OS...First and foremost though, I have to warn that Windows 8 is a learning curve for all.
I was personally in the market for something that was small, portable, had some power under the hood, and worked with all my Windows apps natively. I've been very happy with this tablet. The Intel i5 really shows its superior performance to the atom processor (however, I'm sure the i3 version isn't bad). Comparing this tablet to an iPad isn't really fair. This is a tablet with a full OS on it. I've installed several apps outside of the MS app store and haven't run into any issues (please note, I think iOS devices are great and I own an iTouch happily).
The tablet is a slightly heavy making it a little awkward to hold by itself but honestly, I don't find myself holding it by itself that often. It's usually in the portfolio carrying case in some shape or form. I think this is a slightly tough sell because of the price point (which is better than most of the i5 Win 8 tablets out there but comparable to the iPad) but I have to say, it really does hit the mark in regards to being a great, portable, fully usable Windows device. Would recommend for sure
Pros: Beautiful display. Incredibly fast and responsive. Full Windows 8 with legacy program support. Great battery life (I'm getting 7+ hrs under heavy usage, with multi-day standby time). 10-point touch display is accurate and responsive. Surprisingly decent sound from in tablet speakers.
Cons: Windows 8 has still has a few rough spots. Dock and Keyboard are a little awkward to work with. No included Bluetooth mouse. Acer appears to have discontinued the model with an 128gig SSD. Full Win 8 takes takes a big bight out of available storage space (just shy of 29gigs on my machine).
Overall Review: The dock and keyboard aren't all that useful but the Tablet it's self is rock solid. I am very glad I made the purchase; Acer really got it right with this device and should be rewarded for it. With any luck (read enough devices sold) maybe we can get some sort of aftermarket laptop frame or a much more transportable dock w/ a fabric mouse and keyboard combo (a la Microsoft Surface) available for the w700.
Pros: I purchased my W700 at the end of November but haven't had much time to use it until Christmas break. I bought my wife an Acer A500 android tablet last July and she loves it and uses it constantly. I received a Nook tablet last Christmas and use it just as much. When my 7 year old Lenovo laptop died, I decided I want to move completely into tablet computing and get a Windows tablet. I almost bought a MSI Windpad that I found for $400 but missed the deal. I looked at the Surface but did not want to wait until 2013 for the full Windows 8 version. I found the W700 on New Egg and after looking at some reviews here and other places, decided to take the plunge.
I really like how sturdy this tablet is built. The full HD display and its size are awesome. I also enjoy the surround sound you get from the Real Tek High Def audio and the Dolby Home Theater App. I am running Office 2010 on it with no problems. I really like the fast boot up time. I am getting used to Windows 8 and find new features all the time. Maybe I should have paid the extra for the 128GB storage but I don't plan on going crazy with apps. I have already added a Rosewell usb DVD drive and a powered usb 3.0 hub that I got from New Egg. With the hard drive salvaged from my old laptop, I have plenty of storage. I really like that it came with a dock and Bluetooth keyboard. Unless I am sitting in the living room or lying in bed and using the tablet, I mostly use the keyboard and a mouse with the tablet docked. Battery life is good but not amazing. Looking forward to trying other Bluetooth devices like headphones and speakers. I have only played a little bit with the cameras but they seem to work fine. I have a nice 16 megapixel camera with a 15x optical zoom that I use for my photography and video needs. Don't Skype but nice to know I could if I wanted to.
Cons: I also had the problem with losing my Wi-Fi connection. I downloaded and installed the driver update. It also installed updated Bluetooth drivers. I'm now running ver 10.0.0.217 of the Qualcomm Wireless network adapter. I still had the same problem after the update. I got into the device manager and played around with the advanced settings for the driver. After I set the roaming policy to 5, very high, the dropping of the Wi-Fi signal seemed to stop. Not sure why this fixed it but ok so far. Another tweak I recommend is to set the display for the desktop to 150% larger. This makes the screen much easier to read when using the dock (especially with bifocals).
Overall Review: I am very happy with my Acer W700 except for the occasional twinge of guilt that I dropped such a bundle of cash on something I could survive without. All my computers have been used or built from scavenged parts since my first PC/XT that booted MS DOS from a 5 1/2" floppy disk back in the 1980s.