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Acer Iconia W700 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £593
inc VAT

A great Windows 8 tablet, but the cradle and keyboard could be better


11.6 in 1,920×1,080 display, 925g, 1.4GHz Intel Core i3-2365M, 4.00GB RAM, 64GB disk, Windows 8

The Acer Iconia W700 is a 11.6in tablet running Windows 8, but unlike some other tablets the W700 runs the full version of Microsoft’s latest OS rather than the cut-down RT edition. This means you can install any Windows application and control it using the touchscreen; you aren’t limited to using apps downloaded from the Windows store.

Acer Iconia W700

The front may be dominated by a touchscreen and a reasonably slim black bezel, but it’s the aluminium frame that catches the eye. The W700 has curved edges, speaker grilles and connection ports that have been machine-cut with precision, giving it a real high-end appearance. It’s sleek, despite being 13mm thick, and it’s comfortable to hold. It weighs just over 900g, but it’s still light enough to use as a tablet.

Acer Iconia W700

It has a single USB3 port, along with a 3.5mm headset audio jack and a Micro HDMI port, but there’s no card reader for adding extra storage beyond the internal 64GB solid state disk. If you want to use extra connections you must dock the tablet to its bundled cradle. Disappointingly, the cradle is built entirely out of plastic and has none of the tablet’s premium feel. The stand on the back can be adjusted to change orientation and the dock has three USB3 ports, but it’s a fairly tacky addition considering how good the tablet itself feels.

Acer Iconia W700

The bundled plastic Bluetooth keyboard is little better. The keys are Chiclet-style and have very limited travel, although they spring back into place quickly. We would’ve preferred a combined keyboard dock, such as those produced by Asus and Dell rather than have a separate keyboard.

It’s a shame, as the W700 is otherwise a great Windows 8 tablet. The 1,920×1,080-resolution display is ideally suited to watching Full HD video or editing high-resolution photos, and you’ll be able to use powerful photo-editing applications because it runs Windows 8.

The W700’s low-voltage Core i3 processor might be a Sandy Bridge model from 2011, but it still completed our multimedia benchmarks with an overall score of 24. The dual-core i3-2365M runs at 1.4GHz, supports Hyper-Threading and is paired with 4GB of RAM, so even though it was never going to compare well to the desktop-class Ivy Bridge chip used in our reference PC, it can still handle everyday tasks such as web browsing and word processing.

The i3-2367M uses HD 3000 graphics. As you might expect, this means the W700 isn’t suited to gaming; it failed our Dirt Showdown test with a jerky average frame rate of 12.1fps. You’ll be able to play Flash games and older, less demanding titles, but this tablet’s best suited to multimedia playback.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i3-2365M
Processor clock speed 1.4GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 191x295x12mm
Weight 925g
Sound Intel HD Audio
Pointing device touchscreen


Viewable size 11.6 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video ports micro HDMI
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 64GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards none
Other ports minijack headset port, 1x USB 3.0


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £593