Acer struggled a bit until taking the wraps off its second 8-inch Windows 8 tablet effort, the Iconia W4, and then struggled some more before putting it up for grabs. But now the little slate that could is finally available, and that’s all that matters.
It’s also slightly cheaper than expected, at $309.68 in a 32 GB flavor via Amazon, though Acer may want to consider lowering the bar even further. At first glance, coughing up a little over 300 clams for a portable computer with plenty of oomph and “full” Windows 8.1 experience will probably not seem like a very bad deal.
However, when pitting it against the $270 Dell Venue 8 Pro and $300 Lenovo Miix 2, you’ll notice there’s not much to choose between the three in terms of specs and features and so the W4 is on the expensive side of things.
What might help Acer’s contender differentiate itself in the increasingly competitive portable tab arena is its physical keyboard support, albeit naturally you’ll need to pay extra for the nifty docking station. The built-in HDMI support is another strong suit, whereas the 1,280 x 800 pix res screen, quad-core Intel Bay Trail CPU, 2 GB RAM, microSD support and 5 MP/2 MP dual cameras can be filed under features to be expected in the mid-range mobile computer class.
The Acer Iconia W4 can be had with 32 or 64 GB on-board storage space, with the latter costing $379.99. Any takers?