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This is a none techno review from a technophobic dinosaur trying to catch up with new innovations so if it doesn't have all of the details you would expect , don't be surprised .
After 6 months of struggling to get to grips with an Android tablet pc and having no luck at all when it comes to being able to get the applications I want . I decided to take the plunge and look for a Tablet PC with a Windows operating system. I trawled through pages and pages of tablets the majority of them coming with the Android os , there really didn't seem to be much of a choice , an Android tab or a new Apple ipad..,
I typed in Windows os tablets on google search and nothing came up , I was at the point of giving up when I decided to make a last ditch attempt and go via a site that I have used before .Laptopsdirect , there I found EXACTLY what I was looking for..
The Acer Iconia W500 Tablet running Windows 7 , at bargain price too ,it was on sale for the pricely sum of £329.00 , but on further inspection I saw that Acer were running a promotion whereby they refund £100 on qualifying products and YES ! the W500 was included ....Times like this really make me feel I have lived up to my screen name .
I rang laptopsdirect and placed my order over the phone , opting for a 3-5 day delivery , I received my order confirmation within minutes and I sat back happy that I had made the right decision . The Following morning there was a ring on the door bell , my Tablet had arrived !
The box looks like most other Acer laptop boxes , I thought for a second they may have made a mistake , but it was fine the tablet was inside yet another box ( not too environmentally friendly ).
Screen size - 10.1 in - 1280 x 800
Processor - AMD C50 C-50 - 1 GHz
RAM - 2 GB
Hard Drive - 32 GB
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Optical Drive - None ( not a problem as i don't use this on any of my other pcs anyway )
Webcam - Integrated 1.3mpx **
Opening it up the contents were The tablet , a windows recovery disc and a powerlead along with transformer & the usual start up guide and warranty ....on to the setting up .
This Tablet has a 10.1" screen and on taking it out of the box I could feel that it is a lot heavier than my previous android tablet , it weighs in at 970 grams , this weight may be a problem for others but for me and the use it is intended for the extra weight is negligible ,I will be housing it in a Custom Leather notebook .
I read the quick start guide ( which is all of half a page and all pictures no words ) which tells you to immediately plug in the transformer , simple step .The windows logo on the bottom left of the tab lights up blue ( I thought this was a handy edition as I have been guilty in the past of leaving my tablet plugged in and forgetting about it ). The top left side of the tablet houses the on off button along with the sound button , I pushed the button and waited to see what would happen .
The Tablet powered up and the familiar Acer wallpaper was showing then the round buffering signal for maybe four seconds before a message appeared , Windows Initial setup ....here I go I thought !
The page sprung up asking me to set my pc name and password ..problem was I couldn't for the life of me find where the virtual keyboard was to enable me to type those essentials in ...after five minutes of getting really frustrated I tried to double tap the area where they were requesting my details ..Success ! ok ,now I knew I had to double tap .I sped through the rest of the registration process in a matter of seconds .
A Configuration message came up and after it had completed my homepage sprang into life ...its all exactly the same format as my desktop and laptops .The tablet had a few pre installed applications like Skype and eBay all very easy to navigate , the one difference is that there is an application built in called the Acer Ring , this houses certain multimedia applications like the Camera .The icon for this is found on the desktop simple to use .I clicked on it to have a look .I pressed the camera part of the ring ( wanting to see how good the resolution was )** at this point I made a happy discovery my tablet has two cameras ! One forward facing and one rear , a simple tap flick of the switch and I can control it ...Bonus !
I added my home wi fi network ( as I have said the set up for this is the same as any traditional pc ) and was ready to browse the web .I clicked on the internet explorer symbol and hey presto , within seconds , was surfing the net going to all my favourite sites .I thought I'd try to see if I could access BBC Iplayer as that was one of the reasons I purchased the tablet , No problems at all .This Tablet really is a pc !
Then there is another great function , i found it quite by accident I thought I was clicking on the virtual keyboard ,not only is there the traditional keyboard but a writing recognition keyboard programme is installed too , I attempted to write my name , with my finger on screen and the tablet recognised my efforts and my name appeared in the search bar ...not something I'm likely to make a lot of use of , but its quirky and appealing .
I spent all day ( a good 8 hours ) surfing and exploring its functions and the battery was still going strong when I switched it off .that for me is a huge tick as my Android tablet only every lasted two hours max .
This Tablet has all the features of a desktop or Laptop computer , but is completely portable , in my opinion a must have . I would highly recommend registering the product with the Acer website as they have fantastic customer support if you do run into any problems ...
A Fantastic Tablet PC !
The Acer ICONIA Tab W series comes in a hybrid design that combines the portability of a multi-touch tablet and the full productivity of a standard notebook. Enjoy hands-on multimedia using the touch capabilities, or attach the dockable keyboard to quickly transform the tablet into a mini-workstation.
|Product Description:||Acer ICONIA Tab W500 - tablet - Windows 7 Home Premium - 32 GB - 10.1"|
|Operating System:||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Display:||10.1" colour TFT - LED backlight - 1280 x 800 - Multi-Touch|
|Processor:||AMD C-50 ( Dual-Core )|
|Processor Clock Speed:||1 GHz|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards:||SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard|
|Wireless Connectivity:||802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 HS|
|Camera:||1.3 Megapixel rear + 1.3 Megapixel front|
|Features:||USB host , HDMI Port|
|Battery Run Time:||Up to 6 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||27.5 cm x 1.6 cm x 19 cm|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|