I really like the design of the Acer Iconia W510. It’s slim, feels quite sturdy and it’s light and small enough for me not to think twice about putting in it my handbag before I head out. As a standalone tablet it runs full Windows 8. It has connections including micro USB, micro HDMI, microSD memory slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Attached to its keyboard dock it’s like a mini laptop and you could get a bit nostalgic about the days of netbooks. It’s not a laptop in the sense that you can actually use it on your lap though. The tablet is significantly heavier than the keyboard dock, so on an unsteady surface like your lap, it tends to topple over. Also in ‘laptop mode’ the headphone jack is inconveniently placed at top. It does have the benefit of a full USB slot.
I’m new to Windows 8, so it took a bit of getting used to. Switching between touchscreen and keyboard is a bit weird at first but it doesn’t take long to settle into a routine. The touch pad can be unresponsive, so you may find yourself using the touchscreen and up/down buttons quite often.
The standout feature for me is the battery life. I love the idea of being able to go off on a city break, forget my charger and still be ok for the weekend. I used it as I would my iPad for five days and it coped with several hours of random internet browsing, a bit of word processing and spotify going in the background.
For £500 it’s a great value buy if you don’t quite want to commit to the fully tablet lifestyle.
Out now from Acer