Summary: Five hours of HD movie playback before conking out might fall short of an ARM tablet’s battery life, but it’s a good deal longer-lasting than a similarly spec’d Ultrabook. In the final tally, though, we’re not convinced that this is the ultimate dual-purpose device. Instead it seems like it’s trying to be too much, and falling short in both of its purposes in the process.
Conclusion: Acer’s Iconia W700 is an interesting take on the PC’s future that can be surprisingly functional despite its unusual design. We used the docked system to write articles, edit photos, and browse the Web, then un-docked it to play Cut The Rope and watch YouTube. Though a laptop or traditional tablet would be better in some situations, the Iconia is good enough in most.
Pros: Great 1080p display, Pleasing bundled keyboard, Good battery life, Fast, Affordable
Cons: Dock could be better, Bulky tablet design, Windows sometimes doesn’t scale well, Poor sound quality
Acer Iconia W700 review: a Core i5 Windows 8 slate that doesn't skimp on battery life
14 December 2012
Summary: After unboxing the W700 and putting the cradle dock together, we didn't think we were going to like it very much. As it turns out, we like it quite a bit, and we think you might too, but you'll have to get past some surface flaws in order to truly appreciate it. The W700 is thick and heavy, even for a tablet with a Core i5 processor, and though it's solidly built, it has a boxy look that can be off-putting.
Pros: Well-built, Surprisingly long battery life, Fast performance, runs cool, Attractively priced
Cons: Clumsy form factor, Thick and heavy, even for a Core i5 tablet, No mouse included, no trackpad on the keyboard