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    Acer Iconia W510

    Has anyone used the Iconia W510?

    The reviews [and the Atom processor] aren't filling me with much confidence and we have a few that may be ordered soon.


    The intended use is:

    - Emails
    - Some typing
    - Internet

    We've been quoted about £400 each, which is cheaper than [company] are advertising them, but 400x[amount] is not money I want to spend on something not fit for purpose.

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    we have three here (had them for a few months) for email Internet and Office use and they do the job very well.

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    I am typing this reply on one! I really like it: light, good battery life, can be used as a tablet. Stuck W8 Enterprise on it and added a 64GB microSD as it's my only work laptop.

    Make sure you do the firmware update (if not pre-installed) to fix the erratic keyboard and you'll be fine. Keyboard may be a bit small for lots of typing. The power supply may be a bit flimsy to entrust to staff/kids, though. The speakers on mine don't work (but any plugged in do) and I'm reluctant to send it back...

    If I was to leave, I'd certainly consider buying one - and would definitely go for this form factor. (And as I'm unlikely to be able to afford another brand, it would almost certainly be one of these).

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    £400 each seems steep - we bought the Iconia W700 which has a 1080p screen, Core i3 and 4GB of RAM for a very similar price. Battery life will be less, but it's vastly more powerful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    £400 each seems steep - we bought the Iconia W700 which has a 1080p screen, Core i3 and 4GB of RAM for a very similar price. Battery life will be less, but it's vastly more powerful.
    From? Tbh I would be more happy with that. I've had bad experiences with atom processors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    £400 each seems steep - we bought the Iconia W700 which has a 1080p screen, Core i3 and 4GB of RAM for a very similar price. Battery life will be less, but it's vastly more powerful.
    I looked at that, but IIRC there's no SD slot and lugging the dock around cut down its portability factor (I have 4 sites to cover). Horses for courses, though - I don't need the extra grunt, but do need something portable and fast to set up.

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    I've been looking at the Acer W3 the new 8" windows 8 tablet it's only £261.78 (exVAT) has great battery life but a subpar screen. it's still 1280x800 though.

    ACER W3, NT.L1JEK.002, Acer Iconia W3-810

    I hear it's possible to upgrade a windows 8 32bit tablet (not RT) to Windows 8 32 Enterprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I've been looking at the Acer W3 the new 8" windows 8 tablet it's only £261.78 (exVAT) has great battery life but a subpar screen. it's still 1280x800 though.

    ACER W3, NT.L1JEK.002, Acer Iconia W3-810
    If you could stick a SIM in that and use it as a phone, I would so get one of those.

    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I hear it's possible to upgrade a windows 8 32bit tablet (not RT) to Windows 8 32 Enterprise.
    The UEFI made it a royal PITA, but I eventually managed it on my W510.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I looked at that, but IIRC there's no SD slot and lugging the dock around cut down its portability factor (I have 4 sites to cover). Horses for courses, though - I don't need the extra grunt, but do need something portable and fast to set up.
    The dock was rubbish, so they discontinued it I believe. Ours came with a leather flip case/stand/cover instead, with integrated bluetooth keyboard. SD slot - don't think I found one so that's a minus, you could use USB to SD for odd transfers.

    Managed to get W7 on it, but the keyboard wouldn't connect, so put it back on 8. It came from Misco, doubt they have them now sadly.
    Last edited by 3s-gtech; 5th July 2013 at 12:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    If you could stick a SIM in that and use it as a phone, I would so get one of those.
    It has been posited that the ASUS Fonepad could be hacked to run Windows 8 as it has all the right specs only £149.98

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    It has been posited that the ASUS Fonepad could be hacked to run Windows 8 as it has all the right specs only £149.98
    Alas, unless someone publishes an "idiot's guide" that would be well beyond me.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Ours came with a leather flip case/stand/cover instead, with integrated bluetooth keyboard. SD slot - don't think I found one so that's a minus, you could use USB to SD for odd transfers.
    Tempting but would rather have the storage "on board" for a variety of reasons. Plus I can't find it anywhere near £400!

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