October 17th 2013 9:12 am

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A big upgrade to a small Windows tablet

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Going into this review, we were skeptical that Acer could fend off its challengers. And yet, for the most part, it has. The Iconia W4 has the screen we were looking for the first time around, better battery life than some of its peers and the performance to handle most apps with grace. As long as you're a fan of Windows 8.1 to start with, the big knocks against the W4 are limited to its relative heft, poor speakers and lack of native stylus support.

Having said this, the Iconia W4 doesn't break any molds. The battery and display are good, but not spectacular; you'll want to look to the Toshiba Encore for a longevity champion. The cameras won't have you ditching your smartphone, and mobile OS tablets at this size still tend to have both higher-resolution screens and wider native app selections. Even so, the W4 represents a lot of tablet for the money. If you're intrigued by running desktop-grade software on a miniature tablet, it's worth checking out.

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Critic reviews

7.4
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  • Features
    7.2
  • Display
    7.5
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Storage capacity
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.0
  • Durability
    8.0

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User reviews

9.0
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8.0
Engadget Mar 21, 2014

The Iconia W4 may not stand out in any one area, but it's a textbook example of how to do a small Windows tablet with a solid design, a pleasant display and long battery life.

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8.0
CNET Apr 25, 2014

The 8-inch Acer Iconia W4 has a few advantages that help it stand out from a crowd of similar devices, including great battery life and enough ports to support basic productivity. It's also much better -- and less expensive -- than last year's W3 model, so it earns bonus points for that.

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7.0
PC Mag Apr 25, 2014

The Acer Iconia W4-820-2466 is a bright, compact 8-inch Windows 8 slate tablet. With a full copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student and almost 10 hours of battery life, it's a viable alternative to carrying an ultraportable laptop to class or meetings.

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7.0
PC World Apr 28, 2014

Acer’s Iconia W4 is a big step up from its predecessor, but it doesn't stand out among the current crowd of 8-inch Windows tablets.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 11, 2014

The Acer Iconia W4 is a very capable 8.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, especially for the price. For an all-day-use Windows tablet that's portable but still offers plenty of apps and a good screen the W4 is spot on.

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9.0
PC Pro Feb 14, 2014

Acer gets it right on the second attempt: the Iconia W4 is an inexpensive, reasonably nippy Windows 8 compact tablet.

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8.0
TechRadar Feb 28, 2014

But as a nippy, lightweight device for undertaking basic productivity tasks or entertainment, you would be hard pressed to find a more versatile device at this moment in time for the price.

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6.0
T3 Feb 20, 2014

The Acer Iconia W4 is maybe worth a look. But a low-powered processor and underwhelming screen mean most of us will be better off elsewhere.

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6.0
TechSpot Mar 20, 2014

Eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablets simply aren't a great proposition right now. If you're dead set on the platform and form factor, and waiting is not an option, it boils down to what compromises you're willing to make.

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First Looks

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Engadget Oct 17, 2013

Though we only had a few moments of hands-on time, we noticed some brisk transitions between menus and apps, and programs were quick to launch as well. If ever we pressed the Start button, for instance, the tablet wasted no time in switching back to the Start Menu.

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CNET Oct 17, 2013

It seems the tablet retained pretty much the same build as its predecessor ... The tablet still includes its kind of awkward-to-press Windows button on the front, but at least the screen felt responsive. Viewing angles were refreshingly wide, especially compared with those on the W3.

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PC Mag Jan 13, 2014

The tablet still has the small 8-inch design seen on the Iconia W3, but updates the device with improved (though still plastic) construction, and an optically bonded IPS display boasting 1,280-by-800 resolution.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 4, 2014

If you've been eyeing the original iPad mini but are not an Apple fan, then Acer has tapped into the Windows alternative with the Iconica W4.

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TechRadar Jan 6, 2014

The Acer Iconia W4 is excellent for the low price point, but it still offers somewhat of a compromised PC experience.

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TrustedReviews Jan 6, 2014

The Acer W4 addresses some of the issues that blighted its predecessor, notably the sub-standard screen. However, it's not the massive jump up in quality we had hoped for. It does run nice and quick and makes a better first impression than the Toshiba Encore.

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9.0
metayoshi metayoshi

This is my first Windows 8 tablet, my second Windows 8 device, and I am a proud owner of a Nexus 7 (2013). As a Nexus 7, Nexus 5, and iPod Touch user, the one gripe I have about those Mobile OS's are the limited feature sets of their browsers. Yes, everyone is moving toward HTML 5, but some sites...

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