Acer Iconia W3 review: a new, smaller kind of Windows 8 tablet
7 January 2014
Summary: Acer's Iconia W3 is the first of its kind: an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. It marks the start of a new category of smaller Windows tablets that are expected to debut over the coming months. When Windows 8 originally debuted in October it inspired PC makers to try out various hardware designs, but most focused on 10-inch tablet-like devices. Manufacturers avoided smaller devices in order to support the minimum resolution required for Windows 8 tablets.
Pros: Windows 8 works well in portrait mode, Good battery life, Windows 8.1 update coming soon
Cons: Terrible display, Bulky and heavy, No Windows 8 app snapping
Acer Iconia W3 – the smallest Windows 8 tablet yet shows a lot of promise
14 August 2013
Conclusion: The Acer Iconia W3 is marketed as an affordable device, and indeed it is – you’ll pay only $380 for the base 32GB model, which makes this tablet the cheapest x86 Windows 8 tablet yet. If you want to go 64 GB (which is really desirable) you’ll have to pay $430, and $70 if you want the Bluetooth keyboard/dock. Considering that this is the smallest tablet in its class, that’s not a bad pricing – if you need the most compact x86 Windows tablet on the market, this is it.
Conclusion: If you're a sys admin or sales type that needs networking programs or Windows-based x86 programs to get your job done, the Acer Iconia W3 is temptingly hyper-portable and affordable. Once you've installed your Windows programs and finished with the bevy of initial Windows updates, speed is tolerable for MS Office, web-based database access and even some light photo editing. Battery life is good enough to hang with Android tablets and the tablet is silent and cool.
Pros: Incredibly portable and affordable full Windows 8 tablet.
Cons: Grainy display, like all current generation Atom Windows tablets, it's not terribly fast.
Summary: Being the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet means Acer has set a precedent not only to itself but to other companies who want to deliver the same kind of device in the future. The Acer Iconia W3 may not be the best Windows 8 tablet out there, but seeing how it’s the only 8-inch tablet available, it’s pretty much your only option if you’re looking for a device like this.
Acer Iconia W3 review: what's it like using Windows on an 8-inch tablet?
10 July 2013
Summary: For the time being, at least, the Acer Iconia W3 isn't just the best small-screened Windows 8 tablet; it's your only option. Even if there were more to choose from, though, the W3 has a few things to recommend in its own right. Number one is price. With a starting MSRP of $380, Microsoft Office included, we can just about forgive most of its flaws, including its cheap build quality and that oddly designed keyboard.
Pros: Reasonably priced, Microsoft Office included, Long battery life, For now, the only 8-inch Windows 8 tablet
Conclusion: It's difficult to judge this tablet as a competitor with any other similar solution since it basically stands alone in the field right this minute. While Acer has brought forth a relatively decent effort in the 10.1-inch space for tablets with the transforming Acer Iconia W510 , it's here that the company goes all-in with a stand-alone mini-tablet effort for Windows 8 at last.
Summary: The Acer Iconia W3-810 provides a more-than-serviceable Windows 8 experience in a design you can easily take with you. WIth nearly 9 hours of battery life, a free copy of Office 2013 and some helpful Acer software, this tablet can help you do real productivity work and run all of your favorite Windows applications on the go. What holds the Iconia W3 back is its lackluster display. You can get a screen with better viewing angles for less than half the price.
Pros: Strong battery life, Great virtual keyboard, Office Home and Student included, Runs full Windows
Cons: Poor viewing angles and screen contrast, Mediocre performance
Excerpt: Until now, tablet support for Windows 8 was limited to 10-inch devices. This is less than ideal from a portability standpoint. The Iconia W3 is the first 8.1-inch tablet to ship with support for Windows 8 Pro. While it does offer improved portability, it comes with a few tradeoffs in return.
Acer's Iconia W3 is an 8.1in Windows 8 tablet that could struggle to find a niche
Good Gear Guide.au
4 September 2013
Summary: Acer's Iconia W3 tablet will appeal to those of you who have longed for a tiny Windows 8 tablet. It's an Atom-based device with a low screen resolution and it should be used strictly for consumption tasks such as Web browsing, watching video, listening to music and viewing photos, and all preferably within the Windows 8 Modern UI.
Pros: Battery life, MicroSD card slot, USB and HDMI ports
Cons: Too small to be useful as a full-blown Windows machine, Performance isn't great, Screen