Acer was one of many companies to preview its Windows 8 devices at Computex this summer, showing off its Iconia W700 tablet along with the W510. As the release date for Microsoft's much-anticipated OS draws near, Acer is announcing the slate once again, this time with full pricing and availability.
To jog your memory, the Iconia W700 is an 11.6-inch slate with a Core i3 or Core i5 Ivy Bridge chip under the hood. As we've come to expect from Iconia devices, the W700 boasts an IPS display, and this particular panel has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. There's a 1-megapixel, 720p front-facing shooter, and a 5-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture sits on the back. The tablet comes with a cradle that sports three USB 3.0 ports and lets you dock the device in either landscape or portrait mode. A Bluetooth keyboard, which comes already already paired with the tablet, is included in the box, along with an HDMI-to-VGA dongle.
Acer says the tablet is good for up to eight hours of usage. The W700 will be available in three configuration options, all of which will go on sale October 26th. For $800, you get a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and an 64GB SSD. Stepping up to $900 gets you a Core i5 CPU and the same RAM and memory options, while the $1,000 model includes a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Head past the break for the full PR, plus our hands-on video, in case you needed a refresher.
Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet hands-on
Acer Iconia W700 press photos
Acer America Debuts Iconia W700
Tablet PC: High-Performance Windows 8 PC in Tablet Form
-Sleek Acer Iconia W700 tablet PC delivers impressive performance in a portable design for
-Full HD 1080p IPS 11.6-inch display boasts stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution
-Versatile design ensures efficiency: touch and keyboard for input; cradle secures tablet PC
in several positions
-Up to 8 hours of battery life delivers all-day productivity
-Product available Oct. 26 with starting MSRP of $799.99
SAN JOSE, Calif., (Oct. 4, 2012) Acer America, the number two notebook provider, today
announced that the Acer Iconia W700 tablet PC, a high-performance mobile PC in a tablet PC form factor, will be available for the U.S. market. Acer's first Windows 8 tablet PC for the
U.S., the Iconia W700 features a versatile, portable design that delivers a first-rate touch and typing experience for productivity-focused PC users.
The Acer Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet PC delivers excellent performance using responsive and fast Intel Core i3 and Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) processors, enabling the system to take on
spreadsheets, presentations, and more with ease. The powerful processors allow customers to use the Iconia W700 as their main PC for all of their everyday computing tasks, such as content creation, running multiple apps, and sharing multimedia.
Acer Iconia W700's 11.6-inch IPS display boasts a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution.
Photos and video are vibrant and stunning, while text, documents and websites are crisp and clear. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 further improves the clarity and realism, while the highbrightness display enables viewing even in sunlight. The touch-screen display allows 10-point touch for easy navigation through websites, music and media files, as well as all the new apps available in Windows 8.
The tablet PC's first-rate performance is complemented by its versatility. The Iconia W700
comes with a multipurpose cradle that securely houses it in several different positions. When using it in landscape, the cradle can be tilted up to 70 degrees for enhanced viewing, or 20 degrees for convenient touch. It can also be used vertically in portrait mode for easy browsing and reading.
"The Acer Iconia W700 brings the performance and productivity of a high-end PC to the tablet category," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. "Sporting a new style, innovative design and aluminum unibody construction, the new tablet PC is designed to reach new standards in ergonomics and user-friendliness, while providing the ideal platform for customers to take advantage of the many new features of Windows 8."
Users will appreciate that the Acer Iconia W700 is incredibly portable; it measures less than
half an inch thick and weighs only 2.3 pounds. It provides up to eight hours of battery life for all-day productivity.The W700's 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi provides a quick and reliable
connection to hotspots. In addition, the Iconia W700 tablet PC can take advantage of locationbased and travel applications with its integrated G-Sensor, E-Compass and Gyro-Meter.
The Iconia W700 features a 128GB or 64GB SSD for powering on the device and retrieving data quickly and securely. With it, the Iconia W700 features the unique Acer Green Instant On technology to provide a fast boot time of just six seconds, as well as instant-resume functionality in 1.5 seconds. Acer Always Connect gets users online to previously used hotspots in as little as 2.5 seconds for better productivity. Plus, AcerCloud makes digital content easy to access and share between their Iconia W700 and other PCs anytime, anywhere.
Capturing images and staying in touch with others is easy thanks to the built-in Acer Crystal Eye webcam. The HD 5MP rear camera captures full HD 1080p video and first-rate photos with auto focus. The front-facing HD 720p camera is ideal for video conferencing and photo-taking for social networks. Dolby Home Theater v4 boosts sound for headphones as well as built-in speakers. Plus, the dialogue enhancer makes audio capture even more crisp and clear for video conferencing and video emails.
The versatile new Iconia W700 comes loaded with the accessories that will make savvy consumers even more productive. The Bluetooth keyboard provides more convenient content creation and editing on Windows 8 programs. Plus, the tablet PC comes with a MicroHDMI to VGA adapter for a convenient and quick connection to a projector. Since customers will want to take it everywhere, the Iconia W700 also comes with a protective case.
The Acer Iconia W700 will be available on Oct. 26 at leading retailers across the U.S. in severalconfigurations. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices range from $799.99 to $999.99. Acer corporate customers in the U.S. can purchase the Acer Iconia W700 backed by an extended two-year warranty and Windows 8 Pro priced at $1,049.99 CAD.