Product Type: Acer laptops
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ACER ICONIA W700
Acer ICONIA W700
Member Name: Fuzzfluff
Acer ICONIA W700
Advantages: Fast performance, clear screen, attractive design.
Disadvantages: Too regular Wi-Fi drop-out.
This was the first product that I ever used with Windows 8 installed, and I remember being mighty impressed with the layout and icons, when compared to my PC, which never runs anything except good old Microsoft XP.
For a tablet it's got quite a hefty feel to it, but I was informed that this is necessary due to the fact that it carries with it some hefty performance, and with all those components installed some sleekness had to be compromised.
The screen is always clear, and with its added power over some similar products performance is rarely an issue, with everything running beautifully smooth. It also comes complete with its own docking cradle, which also ups the USB ports from one to three, if you want to use it more like a laptop.
The major downfall with the product though is the Wi-Fi. If you're out and about the tablet seems to suffer all too regular occurrences of drop-out, which can cause regular re-boots and a lot of frustration.
This is pretty much the only gripe though, and the long battery life at least assures that when things are fully functioning the tablet dying on you is usually a good long time away.
A solid enough product then, but I wonder if for the money a more reliable Wi-Fi connection could not have been a priority with the Acer boffins.
Summary: Decent enough all-round performer, but the Wi-Fi issue tends to niggle.
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