Acer Iconia W4 review

Acer Iconia W4 review

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  • Acer's latest Windows 8 tablet improves on its predecessor in almost every way. But is that enough? Find out in our Acer Iconia W4 review

    Acer Iconia W4 review

    Love

    • Pretty affordable
    • Runs Windows 8.1
    • Decent camera

    Hate

    • Screen isn't great
    • Processor may struggle i
    • Quiet speakers

    If you're thinking the Acer Iconia W4 looks familiar, you'd be right. It's basically an upgraded version of the Acer Iconia W3, with a better screen, nippier processor, and now with Windows 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.

    Like the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, there's also an optional keyboard so you can use it like a laptop, though we didn't get our hands on it for this review.

    Acer Iconia W4: Size and build

    Like the Iconia W3, the Acer Iconia W4 is an 8.1-inch device, which, Acer claims, is compact enough to hold in one hand. Which is true, but it's too big to use with one hand.

    The Acer Iconia W4's full dimensions are: 10.75x134.6x218.4mm - that's a full 3 inches fatter than the Apple iPad mini 2.

    The Acer Iconia W4 weighs 415g, which is less than half the weight of the Microsoft Surface Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and less than the iPad Air, though it is heavier than the slightly smaller iPad mini 2. You'll notice it in a pocket, but it won't weigh down your bag too much.

    Acer has also given it a lick of paint - it's black with a grey back, whereas the Acer Iconia W3 was black with a white rear.

    Acer Iconia W4: Features

    Windows 8.1 is the order of the day, which means faster performance compared to Windows 8. Windows 8.1 also adds new features like multi-tasking and multi-monitor support, better apps, and a search option that brings together results from your tablet, cloud storage, and the web. You can give your most-used apps bigger tile sizes, and of course the Start button makes a return.

    In terms of connections, the Acer Iconia W4 has ports for micro-USB and micro HDMI, plus a microSD card slot for expanding the 32GB on-board flash memory.

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