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Acer Iconia W700 review

High-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

Our Verdict

The Acer Iconia W700 comes the closest of all the tablets we've seen to being able to replicate the experience of a laptop. However, while you do get a lot for your money, we'd recommend the Core i5 version if you want a rich Windows experience.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Clever dock system
  • Great connectivity
  • Clear screen
  • Affordable

Against

  • Hard to carry dock
  • Lacks grunt
  • Flimsy dock

Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that's capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design.

The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet to create a laptop-style device. Instead it looks like any normal tablet, albeit bulkier and 11.6 inches across. It docks into a stand that props it up at a usable angle and acts as a charging stand and USB hub.

The idea is that you keep the dock and keyboard at work or in your home, and use it like a full PC. The added HDMI means you can connect it to an external monitor so you'd have no idea you were using a tablet at all. When you leave, just pull the tablet out from the dock, for games, apps and browsing on the move.

Acer Iconia W700 review

We actually prefer this set up to the jack-of-all-trades and master of none form factors of some other Windows 8 hybrids, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 and Toshiba Satellite U920T, which are too large to be used as tablets yet suffer from reduced usability in 'laptop-mode.'

However, don't think you'll get the same svelte stylings as those of the Apple iPad. When you pack a laptop-grade processor into a tablet, you have the same thermal headaches as laptop makers have, but the added issue of how to dissipate it.

The Acer Iconia W700 measures 11.9 x 295 x 191mm (0.5 x 11.6 x 7.5 inches) and weighs 925g (33oz), making it one slab of slate.

Acer Iconia W700 review

The only problem with the Acer's way of working is that when you do need to take the dock on the move with you, it's one of the most awkward pieces of equipment to transport.

The square dock is made from flimsy white plastic and is propped up by a white plastic stand, which is a single piece of angled plastic that slots in the back.

It seems as if it's designed to take up the maximum room in your bag, and due to the plastic, feels that it could emerge in two pieces after you've shoved something on top of it. Add the power supply and any extra peripherals and your bag will be filled to the brim.

Acer Iconia W700 review

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The plastic flimsiness of the dock is completely at odds with the tablet itself, which is adorned in aluminium, which along with Microsoft Surface, is easily one of the best-built tablets on the market.

Acer has seriously upped its game in terms of build quality, and along with the Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook, is producing some seriously covetable kit.

Priced at around £590/US$799.99 (64GB, Core i3 version, not available in Australia) or £740/US$999.99/AU$1,299 (128GB, Core i5 version) the Acer Iconia W700 does represent decent value, when you consider that you're getting dual functionality, top specs and Ultrabook power. However, how does it fare in use? Read our review to find out.

Acer Iconia W700 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA W700
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli5-3317U
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorHybrid
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)950 g
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderNo
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + HS
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height11.9 mm
Width295 mm
Depth191 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesW700
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelW700-53314G12as
Product NameICONIA W700-53314G12as Tablet PC
Product LineICONIA
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNT.L0EEK.002
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing InformationAlways on it

The ICONIA W5 Series is the world's first Intel® CPU-based tablet with Acer Always On technology. Simply press it and it's on and updated, like a smartphone -- with up to 3 weeks of standby power. Acer Always Connect links to hotspots in 2.5 seconds, while AcerCloud lets you access files on all your devices, anytime.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA W700-53314G12as Tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year