Summary: Acer is actually the manufacturer who started the segment of compact Windows tablets: with their Iconia W3. This first Windows 8 tablet with its 8" display suffered from quite a few teething problems. Especially the display provided extensive cause for criticism.
Pros: Windows 8.1 in a mini format, Office 2013 included, battery running time, microSD card reader, microHDMI output, also available with 64 GB and 3G
Cons: decent performance, display with standard resolution, only microUSB (adapter included), quite bulky
Excerpt: Eight inch and smaller tablets have been around for a while but up until a couple of years ago, the market largely consisted of rather generic Android slates aimed at those who didn't want to spend more cash on a full-size device.
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: In this crowded field we give the edge to the Lenovo Miix 2 for its brighter screen and slimmer, lighter frame, even though it lacks HDMI. Overall, though, the Iconia W4 is a very good follow-up to the Iconia W3 and a recommended Windows 8 tablet.
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...
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
Excerpt: 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...