Acer Iconia W4 review: a big upgrade to a small Windows tablet
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.
- Much-improved display
- Above-average battery life
- Good performance for the money
- Slightly bulky compared to other 8-inch Windows tablets
- Subpar speakers
Acer's Iconia W3 wasn't quite the best introduction to 8-inch Windows tablets; we liked it, but its subpar display and modest performance kept it from being stellar. Give credit to the company for quickly learning from its mistakes, though. Less than a year later, the company has released the Iconia W4, and it fixes those earlier gripes even as the price has dropped below $300 as of this writing. In theory, it's a home run. However, Acer is no longer the only game in town -- the W4 has to compete against a crowd of small Windows slates that promise similar bang for your buck. We think the W4 still fares well in this pack, although it won't always be a dream machine. Read on and you'll understand why.
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