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4.0 out of 5 stars Acer Iconia W500 - With a little tweak here or there it's great., 9 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB W500 10.1 inch LED Tablet (AMD-C50 Dual Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB HDD, Wireless, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit) (Personal Computers)
First up, comparisons to the iPad are irrelevant; that would be like comparing comfort by highlighting the differences between a deckchair and a sofa. The iPad is all about a small, self-contained and closed touchscreen experience (works out of the box) while this is a tablet sized PC running a full operating system. Obviously I knew this.

First up, most importantly, this is a humble machine that performs admirably. The Dual Core CPU may only be 1ghz but it flies through everything you would expect it to. I installed Office 2007 on it and was very pleased with load times and performance with the on-screen keyboard. I tweaked the tablet settings including the "flick" sensitivity and I now browse files, folders and the internet like I do on my Win7 phone. Having flash is a big plus too; don't underestimate just how much Flash content is out there (BBC Sport, for example).

Video performance is great, sharp and never lags. Have to see how it does with low/mid end PC games but i imagine with 1280x800 it should probably cope okay with G.R.I.D on low settings...that would be worth bragging about.

My advice would be to install something like Stardock's "ObjectDock" and place you most important programs on those docks (i have and it works wonderfully well). In your folders set the view size to "medium" and everything just works.

Everyone talks about apps/games for touchscreen devices. That's all good, and I do play some games on my phone, but they don't compaure to a full Office suite or Steam for gamers. Quickly installed my wireless 360 pad and now to see what's playable!

I love it, because it's Windows 7 and I love using Windows. There's not fanboy nonsense here; I do appreciate the way the iPod/Pad/Phones all work and how slick the interface is. This is not so slick but then it's not Metro UI or Windows 8. If you're happy to tweak your folders and get the right balance with finger gesture settings, this works great. Also, I can recommend Adobe Digital Editions (free) for your ebook needs; works a treat.

I did like the sound of EEE 121 Windows Tablet, but at well over twice the price (if you can find one) the Acer is just fine. Remember, it's a FULL operating system, not a specialised custom touchscreen OS. When Windows 8 drops you'll be able to upgrade to a full, intuitive touchscreen OS. For now, this works great. Just don't expect the automatic touchscreen experience of Android or Apple's pods and pads.
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