Win8-toting Iconia W510 tablet costs $499.99

Many of the Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets that have been announced so far are priced well above the iPad—like Acer’s own Iconia W700, which is going to start at a whopping $799.99. Well, Acer took the wraps off another Windows 8 slate earlier this morning, and that device has a much more tantalizing $499.99 asking price.

The 10-inch Iconia W510 is no ARM-powered, WinRT-toting contraption. It packs an Atom Z2760 processor and runs the full version of Windows 8. Despite its Intel guts, this tablet weighs in at only 1.27 lbs and measures a slender 0.35″ thick—lighter and thinner than the new iPad. Battery life is rated at nine hours out of the box, too, and users can slap on a Transformer-style keyboard dock with an auxiliary battery that purportedly boosts the total run time to 18 hours.

Unfortunately, the Iconia W510’s display may not be up to par with the iPad’s gorgeous high-PPI panel—its resolution is just 1366×768. Acer doesn’t seem to have skimped on other features, though. Those include a two-megapixel front camera and an eight-megapixel rear camera, 32GB or 64GB of solid-state storage, a Micro HDMI output, a built-in microSD card reader, and Dolby Home Theater v4-certified audio through both the built-in speakers and the headphone output. Oh, and Acer says users can bend the keyboard dock back 295 degrees to use it “as a stand for presentation mode.”

The Iconia W510 is due out in the U.S. and Canada on November 9. It will cost the same in both countries: $499.99 for the base 32GB model, $749.99 for the 64GB variant with the keyboard dock, and $799.99 for the flagship W510P model, which will feature Windows 8 Pro, TPM security, and an extended warranty. The press release doesn’t quote a price for the keyboard dock, but I’m hoping it will be available as a separate add-on for the base config.

Comments closed
    • DavidC1
    • 7 years ago

    ARM devices aren’t cheaper actually:

    [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/lenovo-ideapad-yoga-13-shipping-ideapad-yoga-11/[/url<] The specs of the WinRT Yoga 11 is similar to Clover Trail tablets and costs in the same range.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      So you choose what may be the most expensive Win RT tablet as some kind of representative example? Are there other, more normal WinRT tablets whose price has been published?

      *A quick search found that Lenovo’s IdeaPad (‘consumer’) Clover Trail x86 has an MSRP of $600. I think we’ll see plenty of sub-$500 street price Win RT tablets.

    • raddude9
    • 7 years ago

    No word on how much actual RAM this thing has? Is it going to be a Netbook-like 1GB or a usable amount like 2 or 4GB?

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      Netbooks often come with 2GB, and even sub $300 model comes with 4GB.

      • insulin_junkie72
      • 7 years ago

      It’s 2 GB (there’s already a number of semi-reviews out on this – appears to have an IPS screen and mediocre build quality).

    • tootercomputer
    • 7 years ago

    Looking at the prices, especially the Acer with the i3 at $799, I’ve really got to wonder what the i5 Surface will cost. That is the one that really interests me unless it’s just too outrageously priced. The Acer i3 tablet at $799 seems just too high priced, so I wonder if MS can price an i5 model attractively .

    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    Just an idea on the display resolution: Does Intel still have strict controls on what screen resolutions Atom systems are allowed to support? They did so during the netbook era. Has that restriction remained or has it been lifted?

    We might not be able to blame Acer for this one.

    • allreadydead
    • 7 years ago

    uhm, should I slow down preparations for “death of 768p” fest ?

    • pedro
    • 7 years ago

    I’m giving this one sem-props, if only because it means the RT/ARM stuff should be coming in at around $199-249 based on this price.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    If this is $499, how low are the WinRT ones going to be priced (and what sacrifices are done on, say, memory capacity)?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      As you said…[quote<]it's not a big deal since it has a microSD slot[/quote<] As long as that holds true, 32GB ones ought to be priced reasonably, say $400? The key will be how much space is left for the user after the OS, and then how big programs are.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        I was thinking that they might skip the microSD slot altogether to cut cost and force people into higher-priced models to improve margins..

        Also, is $400 a reasonable price for a WinRT model when you could get this for $499 with the same amount of memory? I doubt it

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          True, so maybe not $400 from Acer, but $400 from a vendor with better build quality. Maybe $300-350 for an Acer? Plus, street prices will be lower than MSRP anyway.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            unless it doesn’t suck, and people actually want them. (not likely)

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    thats a nice macbook keyboard.

      • Helmore
      • 7 years ago

      How is that a macbook keyboard? As far as I’m aware, Apple wasn’t the first with such a keyboard and has never been the only one to use it.

      As for this tablet. According to Engadget, this thing is still made with typical Acer build quility. In other words, it feels cheap.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    Soooo… a “wondrous” TN display, right?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      It’s an Acer so we can expect all kinds of display issues, especially in portrait mode. When one eye perceives colors that are darker/lighter than the other, it makes my eyes water. I can get by with a TN on the desktop, but not in a tablet that can be held every which way.

      • Helmore
      • 7 years ago

      It’s an IPS panel that seems to be quite nice. If only the build quality was just as good….

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Admittedly it ain’t no Retina display, but 1366×768 on a 10″ display is not the end of the world either. Especially given the complaints we’ve heard about how 1920×1080 does on 13″ displays, there’s no perfect solution out there.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Screen quality – IPS, brightness, color accuracy – matters as much as resolution once resolution is decent. This is the standard MS resolution, it’s not great, but it wasn’t long ago that 1024×768 in 9-10″ tablets was the norm. At least Metro applications will work correctly.

        • cegras
        • 7 years ago

        1024 x 768 is barely skirting the line between ‘good enough’ and ‘just a bit annoyingly unusable.’ In practice it’s very hard to read anything in portrait mode without zooming in.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          The iPad 2 is 1024×768…I guess that’s what I was getting at without saying it. People didn’t seem to make a huge stink about its resolution, and it and the iPad 1 certainly sold well enough, until Apple came out with the iPad 3 and others started getting higher PPI screens too.

            • cegras
            • 7 years ago

            Dunno, I knew exactly what you were getting at as I own one and it’s pretty hard to read in portrait mode, landscape is much preferred. in almost all circumstances.

        • ChronoReverse
        • 7 years ago

        The resolution is passable If and only if it’s IPS. A TN panel for a tablet is unacceptable really.

          • A_Pickle
          • 7 years ago

          Oh, please.

          Why do you need an IPS panel on a tablet? Because the only things you’re getting for it are more accurate color reproduction, and better black levels. I suppose you also get better viewing angles, so that when you and your friends are huddled around a 10-inch 1080P IPS panel watching “Honey Boo Boo,” you’ll have the [i<]premium[/i<] entertainment experience (minus any semi-decent audio, of course - not that that's important to the overall entertainment experience or anything). I'd way rather have an IPS panel, but if getting a TN panel means I can have a pseudo-laptop tablet with plenty of connectivity at a reasonably affordable price, I'll take it. TN does what I want a screen to do: Display information. It does so inexpensively, and it does so pretty well. Are the color reproduction, black levels, and viewing angles AS good as an IPS panel? No. But they're good ENOUGH. And, quite honestly, that doesn't do TN panels justice - you're making it out as is TN panels utterly suck, and are horrible. True, some are. The shitty, bottom-of-the-barrel, cheapie ones. But there are some genuinely [i<]nice[/i<] LCD monitors out there, packing TN panels. I've seen some very nice ones from HP, of all manufacturers. And, suggesting otherwise is pretty ridiculous FUD. IPS is nice. IPS is [i<]premium[/i<]. It's not mainstream. Give me a usage scenario in which having a TN panel versus an IPS one will significantly impact your experience negatively. Feel free to tell me how you need accurate color reproduction so's that your Photoshop works well on your Atom CPU and 10" screen. You know what else is unacceptable? This tablet doesn't have a Core i7 3770K. Man, what cheapskates.

            • pedro
            • 7 years ago

            Basically with TN you can choose ‘portrait’ or ‘landscape’ but not both. One works OK, the other is ‘polarized’.

    • Game_boy
    • 7 years ago

    When is the price of extra storage going to approximate the price of NAND?

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      In this case, it’s not a big deal since it has a microSD slot

        • Ricardo Dawkins
        • 7 years ago

        Exactly. and the dock has full SD card support.

          • Helmore
          • 7 years ago

          No it doesn’t. There is only a microSD slot on the tablet itself. The dock has 2 USB port and the proprietary port for charging.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Never.

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, the 64 GB version is $100 overpriced, even with the keyboard dock.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This