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Acer Iconia Tab 8 W W1-810-16HN Tablet Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 01/21/2015

Surfboard. Acer's Iconia Tab 8 W is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet available for around 150 Euros (~$169). The tablet features the same hardware as the competition: a bright IPS screen, a Bay Trail processor, 1 GB of working memory, and 32 GB of storage capacity. Does the Iconia have a unique selling point at all?

For the original German review, see here.

Now the next inexpensive Windows 8.1 tablet is on our test bench. To be more precise it is the 8-inch Iconia Tab W W1-810-16HN from Acer. We previously reviewed both Acer's Iconia W3-810-27602G03nsw and Acer's Iconia W4-820-2466 8-inch tablets. Our report uncovers whether the Iconia Tab 8 W is compelling.

The availability of affordable 8-inch Windows tablets has grown immensely in the last few months, and thus the Iconia Tab has plenty of contenders. For example, Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845HP's Stream 8 5900ng or even i.onik's 8-inch TW Series 1 belong to its rivals.

Case

The casing of the Iconia Tab is comprised of white plastic. A silver-gray plastic rim that gets wider toward the tablet's upper edge envelops the narrow sides. The device's back features a grooved texture. The tablet's weight adds up to 406.3 grams, which is on par with rivals like HP's Stream 8 5900ng (410 grams). The tablet doesn't have a maintenance cover. Acer does not show weaknesses in build and delivers a solidly built device. The stiffness is also satisfactory; the tablet can only be warped to a slight degree.

Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
Acer uses a white casing.
Acer uses a white casing.

Connectivity

The interfaces of the Iconia Tab are identical with those of HP's Stream 8 5900ng and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845. None of the tablets offer an HDMI-out. Acer's tablet also lacks a Windows button that returns the user to the home screen. Thus, the corresponding icon in Windows' Charms Bar has to be used.

Upper edge: micro-SD card reader, micro-USB, combo audio (picture: Acer)
Upper edge: micro-SD card reader, micro-USB, combo audio (picture: Acer)
Right: power button, volume rocker (picture: Acer)
Right: power button, volume rocker (picture: Acer)
Left (picture: Acer)
Left (picture: Acer)

Communication

The Iconia Tab sports a Wi-Fi module from Broadcom that supports the 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi standards. We did not have any problems with the Wi-Fi connection between the router and tablet. It was stable in a 15-meter radius around the router. In addition to the Wi-Fi module, a Bluetooth 4.0 chip is also installed in the tablet.

Webcam 

Both cameras in the Iconia Tab have a resolution of 2 MP and are thus primarily suitable for snapshots.

Webcam (2 MP)
Webcam (2 MP)
Camera (2 MP)
Camera (2 MP)
Reference camera: (Canon Powershot SX220 HS; 12 MP)
Reference camera: (Canon Powershot SX220 HS; 12 MP)

Accessories

No accessories apart from various instruction and information leaflets are included for the tablet.

Operating System

The Bing version of Windows 8.1 (32-bit) is pre-loaded on the Iconia Tab 8 W. The 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 is used because it is easier on the resources.

Software

A one-year license for MS Office 365 Personal is included on the tablet. The license has to be activated within a specified time or it will expire. MS Office can be used on both the tablet and a laptop/PC.

Touchscreen

The capacitive touchscreen of the Iconia Tab supports 5 touch points. We did not experience any problems with it, and it responded instantly to inputs. The small icons and buttons are hit very accurately after a while when the tablet is used in desktop mode.

Maintenance

The tablet does not have any maintenance options.

Warranty

Like both HP's Stream 8 5900ng and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845, the Iconia Tab comes with a one-year warranty that can be upgraded. Approximately 80 Euros (~$90) is due for a three-year warranty.

Display

The 8-inch screen in the Iconia Tab has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels. It can boast with a good brightness of 298.4 cd/m². The screens of HP's Stream 8 5900ng (327 cd/m²) and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845 (365.4 cd/m²) are, however, even brighter. Clouding is particularly visible on the screen's left edge in dark contents.

325
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
MJK-M080WX02
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 325 cd/m² Average: 298.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 313 cd/m²
Contrast: 549:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 8.38 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
46% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.43
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
35%
13%
1%
19%
27%
32%
10%
21%
11%
19%
16%
Brightness middle
313
382
22%
340
9%
208
-34%
303
-3%
417
33%
380.2
21%
295
-6%
333.3
6%
220
-30%
362
16%
333
6%
Brightness
298
365
22%
327
10%
201
-33%
292
-2%
395
33%
365
22%
278
-7%
304
2%
214
-28%
352
18%
311
4%
Brightness Distribution
80
87
9%
88
10%
83
4%
86
8%
90
13%
86
8%
84
5%
83
4%
88
10%
86
8%
85
6%
Black Level *
0.57
0.35
39%
0.61
-7%
0.35
39%
0.34
40%
0.46
19%
0.312
45%
0.38
33%
0.463
19%
0.303
47%
0.44
23%
0.54
5%
Contrast
549
1091
99%
557
1%
594
8%
891
62%
907
65%
1219
122%
776
41%
720
31%
726
32%
823
50%
617
12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.3
4.97
32%
4.89
33%
6.38
13%
4.67
36%
6.59
10%
7.03
4%
8.01
-10%
4.98
32%
5.08
30%
6.78
7%
4.64
36%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.38
4.44
47%
4.19
50%
7.64
9%
9.26
-11%
6.96
17%
7.12
15%
6.58
21%
4.47
47%
5.85
30%
7.26
13%
4.78
43%
Gamma
2.43 91%
2.37 93%
2.44 90%
2.56 86%
4.12 53%
2.79 79%
1.59 138%
1.72 128%
1.83 120%
2.43 91%
2.94 75%
2.63 84%
CCT
6145 106%
6090 107%
7344 89%
7478 87%
7414 88%
6988 93%
6001 108%
6102 107%
7667 85%
6355 102%
6458 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
46
50.6
10%
46.5
1%
47
2%
53.88
17%
46.68
1%
57.17
24%
44
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Iconia Tab 8 W vs. sRGB
Iconia Tab 8 W vs. sRGB
Iconia Tab 8 W vs. AdobeRGB
Iconia Tab 8 W vs. AdobeRGB

The contrast of 549:1 and black level of 0.57 cd/m² are decent and are on par with the rates of HP's (557:1; 0.61 cd/m²). The screen in the Venue 8 (1091:1; 0.35 cd/m²) can offer clearly better rates. The screen of the Iconia Tab cannot reproduce either the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spaces. The coverage rates are 62% (sRGB) and 46% (AdobeRGB).

The average DeltaE 2000 shift is 7.3 in state of delivery. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. The screen does not exhibit a bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Acer has treated the Iconia Tab to an IPS screen. Consequently, it is possible to read the screen from every position. It is quite possible to use the tablet outdoors, though the device has to be placed in a position that prevents reflections.

Viewing angles: Iconia Tab 8 W
Viewing angles: Iconia Tab 8 W
The Iconia Tab outdoors
The Iconia Tab outdoors

Performance

Acer's Iconia Tab 8 W W1-810-16HN is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet. The device's computing performance is strong enough for office and Internet applications. In addition to apps from the Windows Store, it is possible to run desktop applications on the tablet. The device renders Full HD videos without problems. Our review sample is available for 150 Euros (~$169). We did not discover other configurations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information: Acer Iconia Tab 8 W

Processor

Like all 8-inch Windows tablets that we have recently tested, the Iconia is also equipped with an Atom Z3735G quad-core processor. The processor operates with a base speed of 1.33 GHz, which can be increased up to 1.83 GHz via Turbo. The Iconia also utilizes its CPU Turbo. The CPU processed the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with 1.58 to 1.83 GHz. The multi-thread tests were run with 1.58 GHz. The behavior is identical in both AC and battery modes. This is also the case in both HP's Stream 8 5900ng and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845. Consequently, the benchmark scores of the three tablets are similar. In total, the performance of the three tablets is located in the lower performance scale. AMD's counterparts of the Atom processor are found within the E and A lines. However, tablets with the corresponding AMD APUs are still very rare.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
945
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2881
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1571
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Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
945 Points ∼9%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
950 Points ∼9% +1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
958 Points ∼9% +1%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
946 Points ∼9% 0%
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
609 Points ∼6% -36%
Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740, 64 GB eMMC Flash
963 Points ∼9% +2%
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
961 Points ∼9% +2%
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
946 Points ∼9% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
1189 Points ∼11% +26%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
916 Points ∼8% -3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2881 Points ∼4%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2907 Points ∼4% +1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2925 Points ∼4% +2%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2857 Points ∼4% -1%
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1705 Points ∼3% -41%
Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3352 Points ∼5% +16%
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3219 Points ∼5% +12%
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2899 Points ∼4% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
3308 Points ∼5% +15%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2891 Points ∼4% 0%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2118 Points ∼3%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2105 Points ∼3% -1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2110 Points ∼3% 0%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2110 Points ∼3% 0%
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2324 Points ∼3% +10%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1047 Points ∼1% -51%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
724 Points ∼15%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
720 Points ∼15% -1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
724 Points ∼15% 0%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
724 Points ∼15% 0%
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
771 Points ∼16% +6%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
326 Points ∼7% -55%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
496.2 ms * ∼5%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
471.7 ms * ∼5% +5%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
517.1 ms * ∼6% -4%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
492 ms * ∼5% +1%
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
930.8 ms * ∼10% -88%
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
770 ms * ∼8% -55%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
864 ms * ∼9% -74%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
512 ms * ∼6% -3%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
512 ms * ∼6% -3%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
498 ms * ∼5% -0%
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
609 ms * ∼7% -23%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1034.2 ms * ∼11% -108%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3394 Points ∼6%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3375 Points ∼6% -1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3381 Points ∼6% 0%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3393 Points ∼6% 0%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3246 Points ∼6% -4%
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5148 Points ∼10% +52%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1989 Points ∼4% -41%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8983.9 ms * ∼15%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8969.4 ms * ∼15% -0%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8936.1 ms * ∼15% +1%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9001 ms * ∼15% -0%
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5496 ms * ∼9% +39%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14907.4 ms * ∼25% -66%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
628 Points ∼10%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
642 Points ∼10% +2%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
621 Points ∼10% -1%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
624 Points ∼10% -1%
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
691 Points ∼11% +10%
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
837 Points ∼14% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
1214 Points ∼20% +93%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
927 Points ∼15% +48%
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
610 Points ∼10% -3%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
680 Points ∼11% +8%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1011 points ∼3%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
936 points ∼3% -7%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
997 points ∼3% -1%
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1309 points ∼4% +29%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
894 points ∼3% -12%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
305 Points ∼13%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
305 Points ∼13% 0%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
305 Points ∼13% 0%
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
378 Points ∼17% +24%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
160 Points ∼7% -48%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Like both Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845 and HP's Stream 8 5900ng, the Iconia Tab only has a working memory capacity of 1 GB - not very much for a Windows computer. That was not noticed in routine use; the touch interface runs smoothly. The low working memory capacity might be noticed when using desktop applications. The PCMark scores of our three comparison tablets are also virtually identical. The scores correspond to the performance of the Atom processor.

PCMark 7 Score
2174 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1069 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
892 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1156 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1069 Points ∼18%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1062 Points ∼17% -1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1037 Points ∼17% -3%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2174 Points ∼24%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2131 Points ∼23% -2%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2157 Points ∼24% -1%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2155 Points ∼24% -1%
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1367 Points ∼15% -37%
Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2484 Points ∼27% +14%
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2317 Points ∼25% +7%
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2168 Points ∼24% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
2560 Points ∼28% +18%

Storage Devices

The Iconia Tab's storage capacity is also identical with HP's Stream 8 5900ng and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845. All three tablets have a 32 GB eMMC storage module. The transfer rates of the module installed in the Iconia are on a standard level for an eMMC storage. HP's Stream 8 and the Venue 8 achieve worse rates in state of delivery because they come with enabled hard drive encoding. They are on par with the Iconia Tab after the encoding is disabled. Buyers of the Acer tablet will have roughly 18.4 GB of the 32 GB available in state of delivery. The remaining storage capacity is divided between the Windows installation and recovery partition. The storage capacity can be extended via a micro-SD card should it get tight. Furthermore, the tablet's owner can use up to 1 TB of storage in Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage for one year - free of charge.

32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 172 MB/s
Sequential Write: 80.8 MB/s
512K Read: 141.7 MB/s
512K Write: 59.29 MB/s
4K Read: 12.76 MB/s
4K Write: 9.26 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 26.31 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 9.491 MB/s
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-21%
2%
-8%
-14%
-62%
-24%
-31%
16%
-42%
-28%
Write 4k QD32
9.491
10.77
13%
11.27
19%
9.406
-1%

5.833
-39%

8.338
-12%
1.893
-80%
6.24
-34%
10.65
12%
19.27
103%

16.23
71%

4.74
-50%
7.07
-26%
Read 4k QD32
26.31
25.95
-1%
24.58
-7%
37.23
42%

35.69
36%

25.37
-4%
10.24
-61%
26.98
3%
28.75
9%
25.75
-2%

24.45
-7%

11.86
-55%
23.67
-10%
Write 4k
9.26
8.261
-11%
9.341
1%
6.871
-26%

4.944
-47%

10.23
10%
1.944
-79%
5.159
-44%
8.888
-4%
17.43
88%

12.86
39%

4.149
-55%
5.92
-36%
Read 4k
12.76
10.66
-16%
12.24
-4%
17.52
37%

16.43
29%

11.93
-7%
9.024
-29%
11.66
-9%
8.043
-37%
19.04
49%

16.32
28%

9.666
-24%
13.06
2%
Write 512
59.29
43.57
-27%
63.37
7%
65.24
10%

37.9
-36%

19.16
-68%
10.57
-82%
23.93
-60%
32.57
-45%
59.67
1%

42.53
-28%

25.83
-56%
12.07
-80%
Read 512
141.7
80.62
-43%
141.2
0%
143.9
2%

81.19
-43%

155.5
10%
74.23
-48%
143.5
1%
51.7
-64%
157.2
11%

119.4
-16%

115.5
-18%
136.3
-4%
Write Seq
80.8
50.7
-37%
81.61
1%
74.46
-8%

52.25
-35%

54.44
-33%
30.14
-63%
46.92
-42%
40.15
-50%
75.74
-6%

48.56
-40%

42.83
-47%
44.8
-45%
Read Seq
172
88.67
-48%
164.3
-4%
160.2
-7%

87.23
-49%

162.4
-6%
81.63
-53%
160
-7%
53.82
-69%
166
-3%

116
-33%

123.4
-28%
134.1
-22%

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics core is inside the Iconia Tab. The GPU supports DirectX 11 and clocks with speeds of up to 646 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark scores of Acer's tablet correspond with those of HP's Stream 8 and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845. That is not surprising because both rivals sport the same graphics core.

3DMark 11 Performance
199 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
13145 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1013 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
199 Points ∼1%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
200 Points ∼1% +1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
196 Points ∼1% -2%
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
198 Points ∼1% -1%
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
216 Points ∼1% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
209 Points ∼1% +5%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
83 Points ∼0%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
398 Points ∼1%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
401 Points ∼1% +1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
381 Points ∼1% -4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1013 Points ∼2%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
998 Points ∼2% -1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
994 Points ∼2% -2%
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1217 Points ∼2% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
955 Points ∼2% -6%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13145 Points ∼1%
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13071 Points ∼1% -1%
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11580 Points ∼1% -12%
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3533 Points ∼0% -73%
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15800 Points ∼1% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
9708 Points ∼1% -26%
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5631 Points ∼1% -57%

Gaming Performance

The Iconia Tab - just like similar tablets from the competition - is made for games that are available in the Windows Store. These titles have been developed for "weak" hardware compared with Core processors. Sophisticated 3D games like The Crew or Far Cry 4 cannot be played.

low med. high ultra
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007) 18.97.6fps
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 72.718.1fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 26.2fps

Emissions

The Iconia Tab in the stress test.
The Iconia Tab in the stress test.

Temperature

The tablet performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in both AC and battery modes in the same manner. The processor clocked with 1.58 GHz for roughly 15 minutes and then throttled to 1.33 GHz. It repetitively slowed down to 1.2 GHz after approximately 40 minutes. The graphics core started the stress test with 620 MHz and dropped to 300 MHz after a while. We measured temperatures of over 40 °C in several measuring points on the casing.

 33 °C
91 F
26.1 °C
79 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
26.4 °C
80 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
 31.3 °C
88 F
25.5 °C
78 F
27.7 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Average: 28.9 °C = 84 F
27 °C
81 F
27.2 °C
81 F
27.4 °C
81 F
28.4 °C
83 F
26.9 °C
80 F
28.7 °C
84 F
26.9 °C
80 F
26.2 °C
79 F
27.7 °C
82 F
Maximum: 28.7 °C = 84 F
Average: 27.4 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.1 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 21.1 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.2 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.2 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.9 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

The stereo speakers have been installed in the Iconia's lower back edge. They produce a decent sound that lacks bass. We have had to listen to inferior tablet speakers. A combo-audio jack for connecting headphones or a headset is available.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Iconia Tab is not very power guzzling. It is satisfied with 0.4 to 0.6 watts when idling. The tablet consumed approximately 10 watts at the beginning of the stress test, which dropped in the course because the CPU and GPU throttle. Thus, Acer's tablet is roughly on par with HP's Stream 8 5900ng.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.4 / 0.5 / 0.6 Watt
Load midlight 5.6 / 4.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Iconia Tab lasted for 12:48 hours in idle modeHP's Stream 8 5900ng (12:28 h) and Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845 (11:51 h) are drained a bit sooner. Idle mode is ascertained using Battery Eater's Reader's test with minimum screen brightness and disabled wireless modules. The Iconia Tab shut down after 2:28 hours of load. It is thus located between HP's Stream 8 (2:39 h) and Dell's Venue 8 (2:10 h). The load runtime is checked with Battery Eater's Classic test. The screen's brightness is set to maximum, and the radio modules are enabled.

Acer's tablet finished the real-world Wi-Fi test after 6:02 hours. It again places itself between the Stream 8 (5:24 h) and the Venue 8 (6:42 h). Websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m² for this test. We determine the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding; 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are off, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Iconia Tab lasted for 5:56 hours. Both the Stream 8 (5:50 h) and Venue 8 (6:07 h) achieve similar runtimes.

In sum, the Iconia Tab's battery life is good. Note: The Iconia Tab only has the energy profile "Balanced." We performed all runtime tests using this profile.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 48min
WiFi Surfing
6h 02min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 56min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 28min
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
HP Stream 8 5900ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
i.onik TW Series 1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia-W3-810-27602G03nsw
SGX545, Z2760, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia W4-820-2466
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 8 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3740D, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba WT8-B-102‏
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo ThinkPad 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3770, SanDisk SEM64G
Point of View WinTab 800W
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735G, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CX
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G Pad 8.0 V480
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-1%
-2%
-6%
54%
28%
3%
5%
-1%
-40%
21%
110%
Reader / Idle
768
711
-7%
748
-3%
1168
52%
942
23%
782
2%
900
17%
607
-21%
321
-58%
753
-2%
1801
135%
H.264
356
367
3%
350
-2%
320
-10%
200
-44%
501
41%
729
105%
WiFi
362
402
11%
324
-10%
339
-6%
545
51%
484
34%
373
3%
390
8%
345
-5%
300
-17%
442
22%
653
80%
Load
148
130
-12%
159
7%
234
58%
187
26%
153
3%
183
24%
183
24%
326
120%

Verdict

The buyer gets a basic Windows 8.1 tablet in an 8-inch size with Acer's Iconia Tab 8 W W1-810-16HN. Apps run smoothly on the tablet and even playing Full HD videos is no problem for the device. Desktop applications can be run on the tablet because it comes with a full-blown Windows 8.1 operating system (not Windows RT). Acer installs a bright, viewing-angle stable, IPS screen in its Iconia Tab, which could have a slightly higher contrast. Like both HP's Stream 8 and Dell's Venue 8, the Iconia Tab does not feature an HDMI-out. Actually, that is inconceivable since it would be absolutely perfect as a silent playback device in conjunction with a TV set. The lack of a Windows button is just as inconceivable. The Charms Bar always has to be opened on the Iconia Tab in order to return to the home screen.

The price of Dell's Venue 8 Pro 3845 is on par with the Iconia Tab. It can boast with marginally longer runtimes in our real-world tests. Besides that, it sports a brighter, higher-contrast screen. HP's Stream 8 5900ng would come into question when a tablet with a 3G modem is wanted. Buyers who need an HDMI-out could, for example, take the i.onik 8-inch TW Series 1 or the Point of View WinTab 800W. However, both tablets only have a storage capacity of 16 GB.

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In review: Acer Iconia Tab 8 W W1-810-16HN. Test model courtesy of Acer.
In review: Acer Iconia Tab 8 W W1-810-16HN. Test model courtesy of Acer.

Specifications

Acer Iconia Tab 8 W (Iconia Tab Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 313-646 MHz, 10.18.10.3643
Memory
1024 MB 
, DDR3
Display
8 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel, capacitive, 5 touch points, MJK-M080WX02, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 18.4 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Valleyview SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio, Card Reader: micro-SD, Sensors: orientation sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10 x 214 x 128 ( = 0.39 x 8.43 x 5.04 in)
Battery
17 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Windows 8.1 (32 Bit) + Bing
Camera
Webcam: 2 MP (webcam), 2 MP (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard Light: no, Acer Video Player, MS Office 365 Personal (one-year license), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
406.3 g ( = 14.33 oz / 0.9 pounds), Power Supply: 113.7 g ( = 4.01 oz / 0.25 pounds)
Price
149 Euro

 

Acer Iconia Tab 8W W1-810-16HN.
Acer Iconia Tab 8W W1-810-16HN.
The back is textured. (Picture: Acer)
The back is textured. (Picture: Acer)
The speakers are on the tablet's rear.
The speakers are on the tablet's rear.
The rear-facing camera has a resolution of 2 MP.
The rear-facing camera has a resolution of 2 MP.
The power supply has a nominal capacity of 10 watts.
The power supply has a nominal capacity of 10 watts.

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Pros

+Bright IPS screen
+Decent build
+One-year license for MS Office 365 Personal
+Good battery life
 

Cons

-1 GB of working memory
-No video out
-No Windows button

Shortcut

What we like

The bright IPS screen.

What we'd like to see

An HDMI-out and a Windows button.

What surprises us

Acer has unnecessarily axed the Windows button.

The competition

Dell Venue 8 ProToshiba Encore 2 WT8-B-102HP Stream 8 5900ngLenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8Point of View Mobii WinTab 800WAcer Iconia W4-820-2466Asus Memo Pad 8 ME181CXLG G Pad 8.0 V480, I.onik 8-inch TW Series 1.

Rating

Acer Iconia Tab 8 W - 01/13/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
73%
Keyboard
0 / 80 → 
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
45 / 65 → 69%
Weight
85 / 40-88 → 94%
Battery
89%
Display
78%
Games Performance
34 / 68 → 50%
Application Performance
37 / 76 → 49%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 91 → 55%
Camera
4 / 85 → 5%
Average
63%
78%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2015-01-21 (Update: 2018-05-15)