Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
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?
Source: Trusted Reviews Archive.org version
Acer’s latest tablet has a reasonable price and a decent exterior, and it’s able to overhaul one competitor thanks to its better screen and build quality. However, poorer performance, battery life and screen quality mean it can’t beat Tesco’s cheaper Hudl 2 for the title of best budget tablet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/03/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70%
Source: Tuexperto ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Very affordable price; acceptable display quality; powerful speakers; modern design. Negative: Mediocre cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/04/2014
Source: Geeks.hu HU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good price; decent display; decent performance; good cameras. Negative: No HDMI and GPS.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/09/2015
The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is an 8 inch tablet that comes equipped with Microsoft Windows 8 as well as a year of free subscription to Microsoft Office 365. The IPS display features a resolution of 1280 x 800 HD. The IPS technology ensures bright and vibrant images and makes up for the low resolution. The Iconia Tab 8 is only 9.8 mm thick and weighs only 379 g with its plastic case. It comes with a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail that clocks at 1.3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM and an impressive 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded further with the microSD card slot.
The low powered processor means that the Iconia Tab 8 would not be able to handle more demanding tasks like 3D gaming. However, it is apt for basic browsing and text-editing tasks. It comes with two speakers, a microSD card slot, a micro HDMI port and micro USB ports. The Iconia Tab 8 can be coupled with a separately sold lightweight Crunch keyboard for users more comfortable typing on a keyboard. The battery is expected to last for up to eight hours.
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail):
Integrated GPU for tablet and notebook Bay Trail SoCs. Based on the Ivy Bridge GPU with four Execution Units and support for DirectX 11.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Z3735G: SoC with an integrated quad-core Atom processor clocked up to 1.83 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a single channel (32 bit) DDR3L-RS-1333 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.
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.
This is pretty heavy for a smartphone. Usually, small tablets 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.
69%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.