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conclusion:Pass on it

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Acer has carved out a niche for itself as a maker of solid but unremarkable tablets. With the Iconia Tab 8 the company finally breaks from that trend, but not for the better.

PC Mag reports that the Iconia Tab 8 certainly has the "premium looks and feel" to compete with rival slates, and Laptop Magazine finds it "fairly attractive." CNET says "the smooth texture feels nice against my fingertips and its rounded corners are comfortable" but they also took issue with its construction, finding it "lacks the solid feel premium tablets have." However, PC Mag and Laptop Magazine did agree about the Tab 8's weight, with the latter outlet noting the tablet "has a bit of a weight problem" and caused strain "during long sessions of play."

The screen isn't too shabby, with PC Mag saying that it's "just as sharp as the Dell Venue 8's panel" and CNET thinks the display's "higher resolution helps it stand out in the crowd." But Laptop Magazine says it "isn't the brightest bulb in the box, nor is it the most color accurate."

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Critic reviews

5.3
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    5.0
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    7.3
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    4.0
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    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.0
  • Durability
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6.0
CNET Nov 14, 2014

The Acer Iconia Tab 8 has the design edge for budget slates, but you can find a faster performing tablet in the same price range.

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5.0
PC Mag Nov 21, 2014

The Acer Iconia Tab 8's occasional buggy behavior and touch screen issues have a significant impact on its usability, and a washed-out display lets this full HD 8-inch tablet down.

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CNET Jun 3, 2014

In our quick hands-on performance was solid -- browsing was fast, applications opened quickly and there was no noticeable lag when changing between apps.

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