- 11-29-2012, 03:30 PM #1
Would love to hear what you think. I have the Surface RT and really like it but I was SOOO tempted to get the w510 when the Microsoft store had it for 399 (tablet only) on Black Friday. I am curious to see how the performance is compared the the Surface RT. I think it would also be neat having the full Windows 8 OS on a tablet.
11-29-2012, 03:39 PM #2
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I have the W500 running Win8 Pro. There are a few others here with this device. The W500 runs surprisingly well given its specs. You really cannot compare it to the Surface RT as the OS's are very different.Support your third-party developers. There just about all we have...
11-30-2012, 04:47 AM #4
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I ordered one and I had the shipped it to my brother since he's in the U.S. and I'm not. He's going to bring it here christmas time. Since I can't test it out, I told him that he can use it in the meantime. He got pretty scared and I had to push him to use it which was very funny to me. I'll just do the push button reset when I get it. It's probably a better test since he's a Mac person.
11-30-2012, 11:24 PM #6
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I have the 32GB model that was sale at Microsoft store.
What are you interested in?
My initial comments
- Build quality is not as good as Android tablets (e.g. Asus Transformer)
- Good performance but I've had stalls when the device didn't respond. These are less than 5 secs and happens mostly in deskptop multitasking
- NO GPS
- about 10GB on SSD space available
- best $399 I've spend on a tablet
- so the most limiting items is the 10GB of space
- tablet only needs a case. You can actually hear it creak when holding one side
- the touch screen is VERY responsive or maybe a better word is reactive. The touch response is immediate
Send your questions and I can try to run a few tests.
So far I really like it.
12-02-2012, 12:54 PM #7
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I have a Surface RT and my friend has the W510 which he got for the $399 deal. It's a decent tablet and the fact that it runs full Windows 8 is nice too. MAJOR downside compared to the Surface though? The build quality. It's a night and day difference. First, the W510 is ALL plastic. That isn't necessarily bad, as there are plenty of sturdy plastic devices. Not so with the W510, unfortunately. If you make light twisting movements on it, the whole tablet visibly bends and you can hear creaks. The build quality of the Surface is 1000x better.
- 12-03-2012, 09:19 AM #8
I have both the surface rt and this Acer iconia w510. Yes, the build quality is not the greatest but it a very good tablet. The interesting things is that it came with NFC. Also, does anyone experiencing it getting hot on the upper right corner near the NFC sticker during use? My get real warm so I just want to know if it just the one I got and should I exchange it.
- 12-03-2012, 09:12 PM #10
Yeah, it does get pretty warm. Anyway, I might wait a while to see what other atom window 8 tablet is out to compare the build quality. I really like being able to run full window 8 on a tablet. Can do lot of stuff on this device vs the iPad. Hopefully there will be other window 8 tablet showing up. Went to best buy and they have 1 tablet and it not even a window 8 table. No wonder window 8 tablet is not selling.
- 12-04-2012, 06:55 AM #11
I think there are a few reasons why Win 8 tablets aren't selling but not having them in retail locations is certainly a large contributor to that. At least some are finally coming in now as I see the Samsung ATIV and Acer W510 in store and the Acer W700 online (Future Shop and Best Buy - Canada). I wonder if it's a case of too little too late for the holiday buying season anyway?
Another general frustration for me is the immaturity of the software ecosystem. This includes drivers for the hardware as well as software in the Windows Store. I realize that both will get better over time but if Microsoft and its partners wanted to make a good impression with consumers they should have been better prepared to deliver a *great* solution rather than one that has turned out to be just mediocre. IMHO of course ...
- 12-04-2012, 06:07 PM #14
So I called MS and they send me an email containing the pre-paid UPS shipping information and all I have to do is drop it off to UPS. MS will ship me a new unit. As a side note, I think MS should have made an Atom Surface tablet. The Atom processor out perform the Surface RT pretty much in every department and the battery life is also on par with the Surface RT. I also heard that next year the new Atom should be more powerful and better battery performance then the one that is out today. I can do everything with this tablet because it a full blown Window. For example, I can watch .MKV file all I have to do is install K-lite codec and watch .MKV file with Window Media Player. I know there is a new app that just release for the Surface RT to watch .MKV file but it still a work in process with lot of draw back.
The only draw back of this Acer unit is the build quality. I wouldn't mind spending $600 for a Surface with an Atom processor, this would be a killer combo. That is all I have to rant for today.
12-07-2012, 01:05 AM #18
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It BARELY fits the Acer, but with use it's stretched out slightly and is easier to get in and out.
12-12-2012, 10:47 AM #21
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This is killing me: my fiance ordered me the W510 at the $399 sale and it's been sitting under the tree for a few weeks now. How painful is it to stare at that box every morning? I almost can't take it anymore...
Anyway, looking forward to joining the crowd with some more useful feedback on December 25th and approximately 12:01am :)
12-12-2012, 04:59 PM #22
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I bought the w510 on sale at MS store on cyber monday. I sent it back for a replacement (which I'm waiting for) as there was a problem with the builtin mic. It wouldn't work properly - it had low, muffled sound in Metro apps - unless I had something plugged into the audio output jack! Plug in external speakers, mic worked fine, removed the speakers, mic kaput. Amazon.com has the w510 with 64gb and keyboard on sale for $609 (after you deduct the $100 gift card you get) currently. Great deal if you don't have any problems with the system although I've read of problems with the keyboard.
12-13-2012, 09:26 AM #23
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I do sort of feel like most of this is "earlier adopter" tax we're all paying, but there do seem to be a fair number of reports on the build quality/reliability of this device. Kind of makes me bummed out. The Surface is built like a tank and I love it, but no Cisco AnyConnect implementation on the horizon means it would stay in my home and literally just be a couch potato device. So, I'm forced into one of these "full" Windows 8 devices, even though I really don't want the full Win8 experience.
Anyway, sorry to hear for the troubles. Hope the next one works better!
- 12-19-2012, 12:30 PM #24
That is what I was thinking too. I want to get the Surface but want the ability to run legacy programs. I don't do anything too intense so the Atom should be fine for me. I don't want to have to shell out what they are asking for the Surface Pro.
- 12-24-2012, 09:40 PM #25
Finally got the new unit from MS. This unit is so much better in build quality then the previous unit. Acer really need to keeps their quality control up. I would have to say that this unit is better then the Surface, it really like this. Thank god that I bough it on cyber Monday.
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