Acer's 8.1'' Win8 tablet drops to $299.99


— 9:28 AM on August 5, 2013

Windows tablets are getting price cuts left and right this summer. First the Surface RT, then the Surface Pro, and now, it looks like even Acer's diminutive Iconia W3 has gotten its price trimmed. A quick look at online listings shows the Iconia W3 now selling for just $299.99 at both Amazon and Staples.

The Iconia W3 carried a $379.99 price tag when it came out two months ago. That didn't seem too bad, considering the device is the first Windows 8 tablet with an 8.1" screen. It also features a 1280x800 display resolution, an Atom Z2670 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity, a couple of two-megapixel cameras, Bluetooth, and a battery rated for up to eight hours of run time.

Users don't seem thrilled about the thing, though. Amazon's product page shows a 2.9-star average rating, and Staples is no better. Most of the reviewers appear to be disappointed with the screen, with the word "worst" being thrown around a lot. Professional reviewers are no kinder. The Verge's review says the Iconia W3 has a "terrible" display with "nonexistent" viewing angles. Apparently, Acer didn't go with an IPS panel. The Verge also bemoans the device's weight (1.1 lbs) and and bulk (it's 0.45" thick).

In hindsight, perhaps the Iconia W3 should have been priced at $300 from the get go. That may not matter in a couple of months, though. A story posted by Dutch site Tweakers.net last month says an Iconia W3 successor is on track for September. According to the site, the new device "will reportedly IPS instead of TN-LCD."

(Thanks to Neowin for the link.)

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