07-15-2013, 01:30 PM #1
- 47 Posts
I'm strongly considering picking one of these up as they're on sale now through the 20th. $299.99 for the 32 GB and $349.99 for the 64 GB. A pretty unexpected and fairly significant discount for a tablet that just came out a few weeks ago. It's actually $80 off the regular price, which happens to be the exact cost of the keyboard dock if you're in the market for one of those as well. Just thought I'd pass it along in case anyone else is intrigued by these:
The 32: Acer ICONIA W3 810 81 Windows 8 Tablet 32GB by Office Depot
The 64: Acer ICONIA W3 810 81 Windows 8 Tablet 64GB by Office Depot
A nice review from Engadget as well: Acer Iconia W3 review: what's it like using Windows on an 8-inch tablet?
- 08-06-2013, 09:25 AM #4
I've had one about 2 weeks now. Bought one from an attendee for the SF conference. I love it; came with the keyboard. The screen is not bad at all especially if you use the keyboard fixed position of the tablet. I got the 64 Gbyte version.
Bought it to replace my wife's 4 year old HP Mini; she turned up her nose at Win 8 so I have a new play toy.
- 08-06-2013, 10:42 AM #6
They had one on display yesterday, without the keyboard dock. I have to say, the comments re: the screen are right on the money. I can't believe this is a device made in 2013. Simply awful. Maybe I'm spoiled with my Surface Pro and 920/1020. Whatever the reason, it's a deal breaker for me. I do love the size though. I would kill for a high-end device in this size. Core i3, HD screen, etc. I'm so concerned that the Windows tablet market will be small device=bad specs, larger device=good specs.
- 08-06-2013, 02:01 PM #7
- 08-06-2013, 05:08 PM #8
- 08-07-2013, 08:35 AM #9
The only place locally that has one (and hopefully on display) is Office Depot, so I may have my Nexus 7 ready for exchange. I'll call to see if they have one on display and then check it out. Holding it in various angels, checking out text quality and such.
I went with the Nexus 7 for now.
I will say, the Nexus 7 is a joy to read on, especially the native Feedly app. Nothing in the Windows Store (or WP8 store) comes close, so it is for sure a good reading device. I also like it that I can sit it on my Nokia charging pad and charge it that way. It is quite a speedy device, easy to hold and the screen is quite sharp. There is some glare issues for sure so I have to angel it just right.
But for $70 more, I can get an RT device for my media consumption as well. Sure, not the 7-8" range I was looking for but keeps me in the ecosystem of choice, even though RT is uncertain.
- 08-07-2013, 08:50 AM #10
I bought one the week they came out. I love it. Exactly what I was looking for. I don't think the reviews were very accurate. The screen is not the greatest but I use it as a work tool so I was more interested in getting a full win8 tablet that would run normal applications and at this price I don't think you can beat it. I installed my full office 2010 suite complete with powerpoint and outlook. Battery life is great and the speed is pretty good. Replaced my blackberry playbook with it since bbry chose not to go through with the OS upgrade for the playbooks. Only thing I have an issue with is the Wi-Fi isn't the greatest and depending on hand placement it will drop or have low signal strength. Still waiting on my official keyboard and case for it but I have another BT keyboard that I use that works just fine.Common Sense Computing Advice
08-07-2013, 08:56 AM #11
- 23 Posts
I'm usually not picky about these things but I definitely recommend looking at the screen on one of these before buying. The viewing angles are terrible and even looking at it head on it reminded me of my last phone that had a resistive touch screen about 5 years ago.
- 08-07-2013, 01:09 PM #12
I went and looked at it. While not as bad as expected, the dots and grain, especially when white, were distracting. I really wanted to walk out with one but I could a wait perhaps 6 months for something better.
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- 08-08-2013, 12:41 PM #15Common Sense Computing Advice
08-08-2013, 06:45 PM #16
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yeah, its why I didn't buy one, was because of the screen. I'm not crazy over 1280 X 800 resolution, but on an 8 inch it doesn't bother me. My problem with the screen is the washed out colors and the viewing angles. Luckily, acer said they are going to try to come out with a new model thats a little slimmer and have a better ips display, from what I've heard with rumors.
BTW, microcenter is selling them for the exact same price too, go there if you don't like office depot. I personally think they are the best electronics/computer store ever!!!!
08-09-2013, 12:08 PM #17
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I purchased the W3 when it first launched and it's a useful little guy. I don't do any actual work on it. I use it more to watch movies and shows while on my lunch hour. The bonus part is that I can do work if I need to since it comes with Office and it's Windows 8 (full version).
Yeah the display is not the best, but I already knew that when I purchasing.
For what it is, it's a great device. I do recommend getting the 64GB model instead of the 32GB. You are left with nothing after you do updated and install Office.
Since it does have a microSD slot, you can always add more storage.
- 08-13-2013, 05:23 PM #21
Very tempting for a portable tablet. Amazon has the 32GB for $279 and I have some gift cards as well.
Has anyone tried syncing your Windows Phone with the W3? I assume it should work. I'd love to be able to connect my phone to the W3 to show others my pictures on a larger screen without worrying about the slow data connection at my families houses.
Last edited by Beacio_mo; 08-13-2013 at 05:25 PM. Reason: forgot some info
- 08-14-2013, 08:06 AM #22
- 08-14-2013, 01:03 PM #23
I saw one of these at Office Depot today and immediately thought of my 10 year old son.. Would this be a good fit for him?
His current computer use is:
- surf the web
- watch youtube videos
- watch movies from the family computer
- play online games (wizards101, etc)
- play offline games (bad piggies, etc)
- play emulator games (NES, SNES, etc)
He currently has a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, but he got aggravated with it when he couldn't play some games
because of the screen resolution (can't play wizards 101).. I don't think he will care about the screen resolution since
his netbook resolution is pretty low anyway..
I think he would love this tablet, but would it work with all he wants to do? Has anyone played some online games?
- 08-14-2013, 03:31 PM #24
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