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Acer Iconia Tab W500

Specifications

Acer Iconia Tab W500
Acer Iconia Tab W500 (Iconia Tab Series)
Processor
AMD C-50 1 GHz
Graphics adapter
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, glossy: yes
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
Weight
970 g ( = 34.22 oz / 2.14 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
500 Euro

 

Average Score: 57.75% - poor
Average of 12 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 58%, performance: 47%, features: 61%, display: 60% mobility: 31%, workmanship: 60%, ergonomy: 57%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Acer Iconia Tab W500

70% Acer Iconia Tab W500
Source: PC World English
The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is great for someone who wants the familiarity of Windows, or who wants to do Windows-based work occasionally. It excels at audio and video playback, but you'll need an SD Card to store that media on because it has limited built-in storage. This tablet is faster than an average netbook, and you can remove the screen and use it as a responsive touch tablet. The main drawbacks are the bulk that comes with the hardware requirements of Windows, and the battery life that is more in line with a regular laptop than with what we've come to expect from ARM-based tablets.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
40% Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet computer with keyboard dock
Source: Computer Active English
The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is baffling. It tries to bridge the gap between full notebooks – which Acer makes well – and tablets, and fails at both.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/25/2011
Rating: Total score: 40%
60% Acer Iconia Tab W500 review
Source: PC Advisor English
With a large proportion of corporate customers, we can see why Acer decided to take a punt on a Windows-based tablet. Unfortunately, a desktop OS just doesn’t cut the mustard here, and bolting on a keyboard only makes matters worse. Look to an Android tablet instead or choose a low-cost laptop if Windows is what you need.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/13/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 60%
70% Double the fun
Source: Techcentral.my English
Overall, the Acer Iconia Tab W500 works better as netbook than a Tablet. If you are looking for a ­lightweight netbook primarily for surfing the Web, the W500 fits the bill nicely.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/11/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Acer Iconia Tab W500 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Iconia Tab W500 wants to be the best of both worlds; in the end it's one of the nicest Windows tablets we've seen so far (barring the small size of the on-screen keyboard) and that's both praise and complaint. Windows 7 does do touch pretty well, but it's always going to be an afterthought for all but a few apps. There's a lot you can do well with touch on Windows, from browsing to playing all of your media (especially in Windows Media Center which works as well for fingers as it does for a remote control). It's the other apps that you want Windows for in the first place that don't always work well enough with touch. You have the keyboard as a fallback, but that's not quite ergonomic enough to really make this the perfect combo. But if you have a tablet PC with a swivelling keyboard that you long to be able to rip off (and you already know what compromises you'll be making), you'll love the Tab.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Acer Iconia Tab W500 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Acer Iconia W500 is a device that does the tablet cause no good. The keyboard dock is clumsily implemented but without it, using Windows 7 becomes a chore. After a few more passes from Acer's design bods it could have been closer to a winner, but as is it's too bulky to beat rival Android tablets and not convenient enough to worry ultra-portable laptops.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 80% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 40%
60% Acer Iconia Tab W500 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The design flaws together with a total price of £519 to get the dock could put off some users, however the fact that the tablet runs Windows could make it attractive to businesses.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/04/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
33% Acer Iconia Tab W500 review
Source: It Pro English
We could put up with the W500's numerous shortcomings if the battery life was long, but even here the W500 is disappointing. In our light usage web browsing test it lasted just under seven hours. This is long compared to 15in laptops, but most netbooks and some ultra-portable laptops can last as long as ten hours. When playing H.264 video, the battery ran for just under five hours. This might seem impressive at first glance, but it pales in comparison to the iPad 2 which lasted 17 hours in the same test. The bottom line is that you'd need to keep the charger close by when using the W500 just so it doesn't ran out of battery power when you need it most.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 33%
50% Acer Iconia Tab W500 review
Source: PC Pro English
A poorly executed and expensive attempt to create a hybrid of two popular form factors.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/31/2011
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 33% features: 50% ergonomy: 50%

Foreign Reviews

60% Angriff aufs iPad
Source: e-media - 17/11 German
Comparison, , Short, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% display: 60% mobility: 20% ergonomy: 80%
50% Aufs Tablet gebracht
Source: Connect - 8/11 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 50% features: 53% mobility: 12% ergonomy: 59%
Die Tablet-Invasion
Source: Connect - 5/11 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2011
Rating: features: 60%
Schnell ins Dock
Source: c't - 10/11 German
high price
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 05/01/2011
70% Acer Iconia Tab W500 : entre netbook et tablette
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Обзор Acer Iconia Tab W500: планшет или ноутбук?
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
appropriate price
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/26/2011
Acer Iconia Tab W500 - tablet s klávesnicí a Windows 7
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
positive: display, fan; negative: lack of memory, workmanship
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/26/2011

Comment

AMD Radeon HD 6250: Integrated graphics card in the Ontario netbook processors (e.g. C-50 and C-30) featuring an UVD3 video decoder and no dedicated memory.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


C-50: Dual Core low power processor with an integrated graphics cards. Due to the low clock speed, the CPU should be only as fast as a single core Atom CPU, but offers a faster integrated GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


10.1":

This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.97 kg:

Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles weigh as much.


Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.

While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.

There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.


57.75%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2011-04-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)