Acer Iconia W4-821
Reviews for the Acer Iconia W4-821
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Positive: High quality color reproduction and wide viewing angles of the display; decent performance for daily tasks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/15/2014
Gone are the days of limited affordable tablet options. The Acer Iconia W4-821 is a stylish, simple looking device which feels good in hand. The exterior comes in brush aluminium silver with a black front border. The rear panel panel of the tablet is only accented with the Acer logo and a camera at the upper left corner. Sporting a Windows 8.1 operating system, the Acer Iconia W4-821 brings fully fledged OS functionality in the user's hand.
The hardware consists of an Intel Atom Z3740 quad core processor clocked at 1.33 GHz, 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM and an internal storage of 64 GB which is a nice size to start with. Despite the unusual huge storage capacity, Acer still provided an MicroSD card reader allowing huge amounts of portable data. The 8 inch Active Matrix TFT LCD display uses LED technology.
An Intel HD Graphics controller with shared memory powers the display. Technologies packed in the Acer Iconia W4-821 include GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI out. The 425 g device comes with a 2 cell Lithium Polymer battery rated at 4960 mAh, which provides a runtime of 8 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).
Z3740: Soc with an integrated quad core Atom processor clocked at up to 1.86 GHz (Turbo), an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a dual channel LPDDR3-1067 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display diagonal is quite small for tablets.
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.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.