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74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

In addition to its portable, easy-to-hold form factor, the W3's long battery life and reasonable price make it a great value among Windows tablets.

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Pros
  • Reasonably priced
  • Microsoft Office included
  • Long battery life
  • For now, the only 8-inch Windows 8 tablet
Cons
  • Washed-out screen with poor viewing angles
74 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

60
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I came to the Iconia W3 because I wanted something smaller than a 10" tablet,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
65
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
The OS runs fluidly on Intel's Atom processor, with smooth transitions between desktop mode and its Modern counterpart.
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Laptop Magazine
We could easily see the Acer Iconia W3 as a contender in the smaller-sized tablet space. With a full PC operating system and Microsoft Office preloaded for free, Acer ‘s slate could give Apple’s iPad Mini and Google’s Nexus 7 some stiff competition.
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CNET Asia
What's really cool is the keyboard, which is modeled after Acer's 13.3-inch laptops for better comfort. Besides holding the tablet upright for reading/typing, it can also be docked securely with the device for easy transportation.
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Expert Reviews
The Iconia W3 is an intriguing proposition – having the full version of Windows in a device that (almost) slips in a pocket could radically change how business commuters go about their morning routines.
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TechRadar
The Iconia W3 was always going to impress on being a record-breaker alone, and having played with it, we can see a lot of great benefits in having Windows 8 in the palm.
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TrustedReviews
The Acer Iconia W3 is one of the most interesting Windows 8 tablets in a long while. However, its issues don't quite make it the stand-out lower-cost choice for Windows 8 that the Nokia Lumia 620 was for Windows Phone 8.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
While the screen could be better, the Acer Iconia W3-810 offers a full Windows 8 experience, Microsft Office and long battery life in a portable 8-inch package.
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GigaOM
If you like or mostly use Metro style apps and don’t mind limited performance, I suggest considering the W3 tablet. The 1.1 pound device measures in at 8.62 x 5.31 x 0.45 inches, so it’s easy to tote around.
 
70
Engadget
For the time being, at least, the Acer Iconia W3 isn't just the best small-screened Windows 8 tablet; it's your only option.
 
80
SlashGear
While we’ve yet to see any company bring the full-powered mini-tablet with high-definition display to Windows 8 that we desire – or at least desire to see – Acer currently leads the pack with this machine.

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