Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB W500 10.1 inch LED Tablet (AMD-C50 Dual Core, 2GB RAM, 32GB HDD, Wireless, Bluetooth, Win 7 Home Premium 32-bit) + Keyboard
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PC or Tablet? Choose Both.
Combine the best of both worlds with the Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB. Designed to seamlessly blend fun and productivity together in one device, you'll find the user-friendliness and limitless entertainment of a tablet alongside the familiarity and power of a PC. Wherever you go, whatever your needs, you find a tablet that lets you work or play in equal measure.
How? The Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB is a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen tablet that is complemented by a full-size chiclet docking keyboard. This is not your ordinary tablet.
A high-resolution screen offers an amazing HD Internet experience, featuring 720p HD playability and Dolby® optimised audio to bring your media to life. Navigate from music to move with ease using the intuitive Acer Ring control interface, or use Acer's clear.fi to search, stream and share your media library across multiple devices. All this is powered by the AMD Brazos platform delivering dual-core performance to ensure smooth multitasking and amazing acceleration for Internet video.
Handy Multi-touch Tablet
Weighing only about 1 kg light and smaller than a magazine (210 x 280 mm), this attractive tablet is designed to be your constant digital companion. Easily fitting into any backpack, you can rely on the Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB to keep you updated on what’s going in your social networks, present you with the latest news at your fingertips, allow you to check your mails, watch a movie on the fly, review a presentation or enjoy fun touch games, wherever you may be. Keeping in control is easy, either with the plug-in keyboard or the versatile multi-touch controls — perfect for the non-stop Internet lifestyle.
With the 10.1" HD 1280 x 800 multi-touch LED-backlit LCD screen, 720p HD video is clearer, more vivid, and easier than ever to enjoy. An ambient light sensor dynamically changes the backlight upon detecting changes in the ambient light for flexible battery-life control and comfortable viewing. The screen also adjusts to your intuitive movements, with the built-in accelerometer, automatically changing the display to landscape or portrait orientation depending on how you hold the tablet.
Full-size Chiclet Keyboard
The Acer ICONIA TAB is the perfect device for those who want to enjoy a flawless touch experience, but are not ready to retire the keyboard just yet. This tablet also features an innovative full-size chiclet keyboard that doubles as a docking station, allowing you to type more comfortably and quickly, the way you're used to on a laptop. Not only does this make the ICONIA TAB ideal for working on the move, but the dock also provides optimal ergonomics and extended connectivity, including an Ethernet an Ethernet port for fast Internet connections, and a USB port for external devices. For even finer control, the dock includes the Acer FineTrack™ pointing device with two buttons for convenient navigation.
Dual 1.3 MP Webcam with AV Recording
The dual, back and front, Acer Crystal Eye 1.3MP webcam not only allows you to engage in video chats or video calls with your friends, it also enables you to record HD videos and share them on Facebook or YouTube. With the Acer Video Conference Manager you'll be able to experience face-to-face chat quality on instant messaging software. You can even switch between the two cameras to capture clear, lifelike photos to share with your friends.
Memory and Storage
The Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB features 2 GB of fast DDR3 memory. DDR3 offers twice the speed of DDR2 memory, ensuring faster, more efficient multitasking, and higher bandwidth performance while consuming less power. This means you get a smoother experience with a longer-lasting battery and more time between chargings. The tablet also features a solid-state drive (SSD). SSDs, unlike hard drives you find in most laptops and netbooks, features no moving parts so they are faster, lighter, quieter, and more robust. The SSD in this device features a sturdy design for ultraportable devices, and offers a generous 32GB of storage space for your media.
Integrated Long-life Battery
The ICONIA TAB W500+KB includes an embedded Acer PowerSmart long-life 3260 mAh Li-polymer battery pack. Utilising power-efficient components, and striking an excellent balance between capacity and portability, it delivers up to 4 hours of unplugged HD video playback and 6 hours of Internet browsing.
Multi-touch Acer Ring Control Interface
The Acer Ring is a fast, intuitive way to launch Acer's touch applications and built-in utilities and tools. Easy to start with a simple grab gesture, it offers immediate access to all the special features and touch application pre-loaded on Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB.
Utilities in the Acer Ring include Clean Disk, to manage and optimise disk space; Snipping Tool, to quickly select, tag and clip screen images; Device Control, to fine tune the tablet settings; Camera, to launch Acer Crystal Eye Webcam; Calculator and Games, to reach the games stored on Acer ICONIA TAB W500 in a breeze.
The Acer Ring also features a series of AppCards to effortlessly browse through and launch useful touch applications:
- TouchBrowser, designed to provide a better user experience, it lets you search, open, resize, select content from the web with the tips of your fingers
- My Journal, where you can collect web clips that are dynamically updated to keep you posted on any news in the websites you find interesting
- clear.fi to search, share, and playback favourite music, photos, and video
Once you start using the ICONIA TAB, you'll find all application windows and interfaces are optimised based on Acer's expertise in human-factor engineering, delivering enhanced experiences with an intuitive touch. There's an easy-to-use control interface for modifying power, wireless, display and volume settings, while peripheral ports and devices can be accessed from graphical menus.
Browse the internet easily without keyboard or mouse. By using the included Acer TouchBrowser, you'll be able to use intuitive onscreen gestures to zoom, flip and scroll while browsing the web. You can even use built-in functions to allow quick capturing of web clippings into My Journal.
My Journal Web Clipboard
An easy-to-use web clipboard that works with the TouchBrowser to help you keep track of interesting stuff. You'll find it easy to customise, allowing it to show dynamic previews and links to clippings from your favourite online sites, easily categorised by content.
Acer clear.fi Cross-platform Multimedia Sharing
Ever wish it were easy to share your music, photos and movies between multiple devices, or even to share them with your friends on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube? Setting up a home server can be tricky, and who wants the hassle and expense of endlessly copying files to and from CDs, DVDs, and USB drives? With Acer clear.fi you can set your files free with the minimum of fuss.
Easy to set up, clear.fi takes the complication out of sharing. It will automatically detect new devices that have been connected, from PCs to smartphones, running Windows, Linux, or Android. From there it's easy to search devices for music, photos and videos within the home network, easy to share between devices. Thanks to clear.fi and the HDMI port your can stream and appreciate the multimedia stored on Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB on any of the devices connected to your home network and clear.fi enabled.
Windows 7 Platform
With the Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB, you can be safe in the knowledge your tablet will be running the latest version of Windows. With Windows 7, you'll be able to run today's most popular applications and media formats, and experience the full web browsing experience with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
HDMI with HDCP support
Want to share what's on your screen with friends and family? No problem - the HDMI interface supports exceptional high-definition viewing on a full range of peripherals. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV, plugging a HDMI cable into your tablet allows the transmission of both audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution. You'll find lots of compatible HDMI devices are now available, or already in your home, so the ICONIA TAB will fit perfectly into your digital life.
AMD C-50 Processor and AMD Radeon HD6250 Graphics
Two cores and an integrated graphics processor help deliver smooth multitasking and amazing acceleration for Internet video on the Acer ICONIA TAB W500+KB. Whether working or playing you'll find the power you need at home or on the move. The AMD Radeon graphics also give you the edge with excellent visuals and gaming.
It's always easy to stay connected with the ICONIA TAB. The built in Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified provides reliable wireless connections wherever there's a hotspot, or within a home network. If you're on the move, optional 3G offers fast Internet access and voice/data transmission even where hotspots or wired network connections are not available. The optional Bluetooth 3.0+HS is ideal for quick, short-range wireless file transfers, with mobile devices such as smartphones, connecting wireless peripherals, and more.
Combo Audio Jack
The ICONIA TAB features a dual headphone/speaker jack supporting 3.5 mm headset with built-in microphone for Acer smart handhelds. This convenient interface includes a single plug for listening to music and talking on the phone.
Browse the Full Acer ICONIA Range
Want more freedom to connect wherever you are? The ICONIA TAB W501 series includes the same powerful touchscreen performance, but with built-in high-speed 3G for when you're away from a wireless hotspot. Or, for the ultimate touchscreen experience, try the Acer ICONIA, with dual, 14" multi-touch displays and powered by an Intel Core i5 processor.
Top Customer Reviews
The 32GB Sandisk P4 mini PCI-E SSD is a touch on the small side (capacity) but seems speedy enough (30MB/160MB write/read speed) with the Windows install utilising just over 1/2 the space, extra storage is available in the form of the SD (not microSD) slot which will take upto a 32GB card (have heard that the 64GB SDXC cards work also). If a larger SSD is required, then the 80GB Intel 310 SSD (70MB/200MB write/read speed) would be the way to go, IMHO ...
With Windows installed and 2 fullsize USB ports, you have access to every device that you could wish for. If it works with Win' 7 it'll run on this tablet. If you feel the need to watch a movie on a bigger screen then just plug it into your TV via the HDMI port, simple :)
On first boot I removed 90% of Acer's installed software, the Acer Ring is a poor attempt at creating a dynamic, easy to use interface, it just slows things up and isn't needed. Want shortcuts to everything and anything, just creat a shortcut to it on the desktop, same as on your normal PC ... Leaving 'Device Control' and 'Auto Rotation Blocker' in place gives you acces to the power, wi-fi, bluetooth and brightness settings in one place and gives you the screen rotation function (redraw is about 2 seconds).Read more ›
Its unusually big for a 10.1" tablet due to its ridiculously large bezel but is relatively lightweight which is good. Build quality is above average and the screen is fantasic, bright and has good range of viewing angles. I did not bother with the keyboard dock as I do not believe this to be worth the £80 premium and instead use my trusted bluetooth keyboard which works perfectly.
I was a little aprehensive about the AMD 1Ghz processor but it is actually quite nippy and is certainly faster than the Atom N550 which the Dell Inspiron Duo uses. Normal tasks within Windows are handled easily and the tablet also uses a half decent graphics card which handles the video when running them, leaving the processor to handle the other functions.
Overall this is as good a Windows tablet as you will find at the moment, unless you are willing to spend £1000 for the Asus and risk potential reliability issues. I am left feeling quite good about my purchase and also know that when Windows 8 becomes available in a few months I will have no problems upgrading the OS.
Finally a comment on battery life. For a Windows 7 tablet this is impressive. I get just under 5 hours with wifi on and mainly browsing, emails etc. Yet its no iPad or Xoom in terms of battery life but when comparing to other Windows tablets such as the Asus EP121 (which gave me around 3 hours) this is impressive. Recommending this if you are specifically looking for a Windows tablet, its the best out there in this price range.
Does the W500 match up? Here's my opinion.
Better than the X61 Tablet: just about everything that matters. Weight (but a mile!); display resolution; wifi quality and bluetooth functionality (though X61 also has 3G); a nice to use light keyboard dock instead of hinge carying wires; lack of overkill on devices (who needs moving parts like DVD drives now we have SD and the cloud?); price (of course). I would add Windows 7 over Vista and Microsoft Office 2010 over 2007 (I have the whole thing including Visio installed) but those considerable improvements down to Microsoft, not Acer.
Worse than the X61: the only point that stands out is that capacitive screen. I just cannot write or draw as well as I could on the X61. Not being able to rest the side of one's hand on the screen is a bit awkward but I can adapt. It's the lack of precision and speed that hurts. I have bought, and I'm happy with and Acase Freehand Fine Art stylus and I'm getting better at getting just the right pressure, so it's definitely usable and I'm not giving it up! But if I had the money, I'd look at systems with hand-insensitivity and fine-point stylus to get back that precision in taking notes and doodles. That's where the productivity gains lie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the Iconia w500 a while ago and have updated it to run Windows 8 Pro. I find it a very handy tablet, capable of running Office 365 and Adobe Acrobat. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Clatters
Having had a cheaper tablet running on another O/S, I realised what I wanted was this much better, but just as convenient, top of the range tablet/ convertible. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by Gerry Cann
have had this a year or so now & no problems.....love it....far better than i-pad; especially, if like me you need windows operating system, it's fast, smooth...what can i say? Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Robyn Burchell
This a useable tablet if you need to take windows pc when you are out. I would recommend this device.Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Ian
The Windows 7 tablet was as I expected a s/h bit of kit to be. I purchased it as a less expensive alternative to buying a Windows 8 tablet and have updated it. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2012 by md751
The Acer W500 is the most cheap Windows 8 compatible tablet.
With Windows 8 this tablet is very good. The startup of Windows 8 takes about 20sec. Read more
I ordered this with the win7 OS and initially wasn't disappointed. Nice in appearance, easy to set up - so far so good. Unfortunately within 48 hours my opinion changed. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2012 by DaWa
Its slow, functionality is not good, the hdmi out-put only does picture (no sound). It likes 2 flicker between pages and so needs 2 be rebooted alot.
Dont buy one! Read more
This must be one of the best devices I have owned. It brings all the compatibility of Windows into a small and easy ish to use device. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2012 by Shaun Dobbie