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Acer Iconia W4

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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

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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Pros
  • Much-improved display
  • Above-average battery life
  • Good performance for the money
Cons
  • Slightly bulky compared to other 8-inch Windows tablets
  • Subpar speakers
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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

83
 

User Reviews

90
metayoshi
This is my first Windows 8 tablet, my second Windows 8 device, and I am a proud...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
74
Average Critic Score
Product Review
CNET
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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Pocket-Lint
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
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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PC Mag
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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Engadget
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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TrustedReviews
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.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
60
T3
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.
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
Overall, though, the Iconia W4 is a very good follow-up to the Iconia W3 and a recommended Windows 8 tablet.

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