Excerpt: While PC market heavyweights have shelved their Windows RT tablets, the new Acer Iconia W4 joins the growing number of new compact x86 Windows models. But in this group at least, the W4 comes with the highest price tag of $449. The 8-inch screen delivers the same basic specs as the Toshiba Encore – standard TFT LCD and 1280×800-pixel resolution. Both also use the same quad-core Atom Z3740 processor.
Conclusion: As one of the key selling points on a tablet, the display – save for the low resolution – is among the stronger points of the W4. I do wish it would get a bit brighter to help with readability under bright lights and when outdoors but otherwise, there isn’t much to complain about. Viewing angles are excellent and color reproduction is very pleasing. I also didn’t run into any touch screen-related issues as everything worked as it should.
Acer Iconia W4 Review: Versatile, Full Fledged Windows 8.1 Tablet
16 March 2014
Excerpt: Meet the Acer Iconia W4! One of the things that we hated with the first wave of diminutive Windows 8 tablets that were launched a few years ago was the fact that they sported the inferior RT version of Microsoft’s operating system.
Summary: Acer's Iconia W4 is a very capable Windows 8.1 tablet that packs a beautiful display into a sturdy frame. We also like that the Iconia W4 offers a micro HDMI port, which lets you easily share content on a big screen. However, while the W4 is sleeker than its predecessor, it's heftier than competing 8-inch Windows 8 slates. The 5-MP camera doesn't impress, either.
Pros: Beautiful display, Long battery life, Solid build quality, microHDMI port
Cons: Heftier than 8-inch competition, Lackluster camera, Speakers a bit soft
Acer Iconia W4 Initial Review: Great Windows Tablet for People On the Go
19 February 2014
Excerpt: Acer’s newest Windows tablet is small and portable Earlier today we got together with Smart and their Smart Bro team to talk about their Gadget Bundles. One of the devices in their Gadget Bundle plan is the Window 8 tablet, the Acer Iconia W4.
Summary: If you are comfortable with Windows and are open to the idea of getting yourself a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, then the Acer Iconia W4 will make a good buy. However, if you're looking for a pure tablet experience that will give you optimal portability, you'd be better off considering the new Nexus 7 or the iPad Mini.
Pros: Good performance, Solid build, Comes with Windows
Cons: Windows 8 isn't a very good tablet OS, Needs a Bluetooth keyboard+mouse to achieve full potential