Excerpt: When it comes to tablets, we’d wager that most Maximum PC readers lean toward the x86 variety—in theory, at least. Right? It’s the more capable, more flexible option—the natural fit for computer nerds. In fact, with specs that rival an Ultrabook ’s, an x86 tablet promises to serve as the ultimate production/consumption device, leveraging Windows 8 ’s dual persona to optimum effect.
Excerpt: Most tablets take after Olympic marathon runners when it comes to their dimensions with almost zero body fat. The ICONIA isn’t one of those anorexic creations. Acer has instead adopted the brutish dimensions of a weight lifter with a much greater heft and depth than other tablets. It’s nowhere near the lightest tablet on the market but the extra space has been put to good use. Key to this tablet’s size is the large 11.6-inch IPS 10-point multitouch screen.
Pros: Extreme performance HD screen keyboard folio and cradle included.
Excerpt: Acer Iconia W700 is a Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6-inch 1080p screen, Ivy Bridge 1.8GHz Core i3 or Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB SSD, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, 5-megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing one for video calls.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Summary: Runs and runs and runs. While Windows 8 tablets powered by Atom SoCs are literally flooding the market, ones with a Core i processor are still scarce. Some users doubt whether a Windows model can compete with the ARM competition particularly when it comes to battery runtimes. We took an in-depth look at this.
Pros: Strong battery, Very good viewing angles, Decent performance owing to the SSD, Pleasant feel, Agreeably slim design, Good keyboard, Quiet, The really good touchscreen alongside its crisp colors and great viewing angles.
Cons: Moderate build, Mediocre screen brightness, Poor cameras, Few interfaces, A second USB port should have been a must.