Great build quality
The W700 is relatively thick with its 11.1 mm, but it is actually slimmer than Microsoft’s Surface Pro. The screen measures 11.6 inches across diagonals, or 1 inch more compared with the Surface. The weight of Iconia W700 is 950 grams, which is a bit too heavy for a tablet. On the other hand, the build quality is just great, with this premium looking aluminum chassis. The unibody design is cluttered by different buttons and ports – USB port, headphone jack and more. Sadly, there is no memory slot included so you should rely entirely on the built-in storage.
While the tablet feels quite premium, its accessories are cheap and unreliable. We have a Bluetooth keyboard that is not likely to survive more than a few months of usage. The Desktop dock is made of cheap plastic, which doesn’t correspond to the aluminium unibody. It is clear that Acer has tried to save money in this department in order to push the overall price of the W700 down.
With the dock and the keyboard, you can transform this tablet into a laptop hybrid. The Bluetooth keyboard is fueled by two AAA batteries, while the Dock has three USB ports (one is used for charging the tablet).
Fortunately, Acer hasn’t saved money on the display, as this tablet is fronted by a beautiful Full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With such a resolution, it outperforms most of the tablets and laptops within this price range. Colors and saturation are deep; the touchscreen is very responsive and accurate. Scrolling and browsing is seamless, without stuttering, while texts are sharp and detailed.
What about performance?
Acer Iconia W700 shows a decent performance, as it should be expected from a 1.4 GHz Intel Core i3 processor. Of course, traditional laptops are far more capable for resource consuming games and programs such as Photoshop. Regular daily tasks run without slowdowns and problems, so Iconia is still good option, considering its price.
As this tablet comes with 64GB storage and without a card slot, you have only 38 GB free, after Windows 8 takes its share. Instead of a microSD card, you can use a standard USB drive, which is not as convenient as the first option.
No USB charging
There is a 4850 mAh battery inside, good enough for up to 8 hours of usage. As a drawback, the W700 needs a dedicated charger, as this tablet doesn’t support USB charging. Another negative is the limited portability due to the strange keyboard and docking station.
Is it worth?
Acer Iconia W700 is a mid-tier with a beautiful screen and premium built quality. Drawbacks are its average battery life, limited portability and strange, cheap – looking accessories. So, is it worth? It depends on what’s your budget and how much compromise you are going to make. In my opinion – YES!
This tablet employs an aluminum unibody, 11.6- inch display and Core i3 processor inside. There is a USB 3.0 dock included as well, which unfortunately feels very cheap and not in line with the whole chassis.