We hear a whole lot about Acer’s range of notebooks and ultrabooks but there’s not as much said about their range of tablets. And that’s a shame, since they’re packing some nifty Intel-based hardware to go along with their good looks and versatility.
Like the Acer Iconia W4, for instance, which is an 8.1-inch tablet that offers something a little different in terms of highly-portable computing.
Not for Acer the wide-open wilds of the Android ecosystem. Instead the Intel pedigree that the Iconia W4 holds, in the form of the Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail chip, allows it to run the full version of Windows 8.1 Pro. That’s because the Atom Z3740 starts off at 1.33GHz when usage is low but is able to burst up to 1.9GHz when needed.
The recent upgrade of the internal hardware also means that there’s a full 2GB of DDR3 system memory keeping the CPU ticking over and internal storage is a solid 64GB of eMMC memory. We’ve seen 10-inch tablets with lower specs than that.
So we’ve got a pocket-sized tablet capable of running the full version of Windows 8.1 – what else do you need? Well Acer have given this tab Bluetooth as well as 802.11 a/g/n WiFi access so you’ll be able to connect wherever you are. They haven’t skimped with mobile connectivity either as the Iconia W4 is 3G-capable.
A 5MP rear camera as well as a 2MP front-facer, which sits above the 1280 x 800 display for video chat purposes, take care of your photography needs while there’s a multi-SD card reader available and support for up to 32GB of extra storage using a microSD.
Can you think of anything else you might need in a Windows 8 tablet? We didn’t think so.