Pros -Full Windows 7 OS included (which can be upgraded once 8 comes out)
-Legitimate hardware as opposed to watered down specs you see on many tablets.
-The keyboard is free
-You don't even need to use the so-called "slow" touch-friendly apps installed, and i
Cons It's very difficult to think of any, and nothing minor is even worth posting, but I'll try anyway:
-It takes a bit of customization to fit your needs. I have big hands and I like a clean look on my computers, so I increased the icon and text size by one d
Summary This machine is FANTASTIC. I use it as a student and for recreational use. The specs are fantastic and the functionality is very impressive. If you want Angry Birds or eBooks, go buy an iPad (actually, on second though: don't! The W500 can run apps, games, books, music, videos...ANYTHING you can do with your desktop, you can do with the tab (except run newer games at high settings, obviously, but with a USB mouse, gaming is definitely still an option). I would not trade this for an iPad, a Nook, and a Kindle COMBINED. I wouldn't even trade it for a Macbook, because astonishingly this thing outclasses the Air and many other versions Macbooks out there, with HALF the price and full functionality AND touch capability.
Pros LIKE the flexibility of a tablet at night for reading and entertainment and a netbook for business when i need to do a fair amount of typing. Do not find the Docking Station to be "cumbersome" - but rather "cool"
I took home the XOOM (didn't like) and the
Cons Bluetooth driver problems with regards to tethering through my TORCH so as to access the internet via 3G - ultimately had to "give up" (future shop techs couldn't find a fix either) and purchase and download the TETHER software ($49.95 US); so now have bl
Summary Although the tablet is a little heavy, I love the practicality ot a "netbook" with the convenience of a tablet that can be easily removed from the Docking Station. Perhaps I am not tech savvy enough, but I really like the Docking Station and excellent keyboard which I find very easy to use. I also love the fact that I can use the USB Ports on the station to transfer files, print, tether via USB when desired. I think ACER created a very cool hybrid that combines the convenience and portability of a tablet with the functionality of a netbook.
Pros I love the screen, and the fact that it uses a real operating system like Windows 7. I love that it has an HD port and SD card slot and USB port. I also love that it comes with a keyboard that you can use when you need to. Everything I can do on my laptop
Cons I wish it had a larger hard drive. Accelerometer is a little slow and does not change as quickly as it should from landscape to portrait mode. I wish the USB port had been placed on top, that way you could have a mini usb of say 128 gb and it would not be
Summary This was my first tablet. I have looked at others that just don't have the features this one has. This is a real computer that you can load some of your favorite programs on.... depending on available hard drive space of course... and you can do real computing and use your printer, scanner and other computer gadgets with this tablet unlike most other tablets which have no capability of doing so.
Pros *Most importantly, this tablet has a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Compared to other tablets and netbooks that Windows 7 Starter, this can't be beat! Having the full OS makes this tablet very easy to personalize to your liking!
*The physical s
Cons *When connected to the keyboard dock, this tablet does not serve like a netbook. It does not fold down and even when the tablet looks like a clamped notebook... it is not! Instead, it is held together with two magnets instead of a hinge.
*There is no wa
Summary Overall, this isn't a bad machine by any sorts. However, there is a lot of room for improvement. Being able to keep the tablet to the keyboard without it docked so not having to worry about misplacing the keyboard dock is the biggest room for improvement. I use this machine mostly for work (in IT) and it is great for being able to test things, check email, remote to other systems while away from my desk and assisting users and it is fabulous. I can charge it overnight and get a full day's use out of it the next day.
Pros Screen, viewing angles, multitouch responsiveness, Windows 7, two USB ports on the tablet itself, Bluetooth, decent video,
Cons Battery life, processor gets bogged down easily, for Web browsing still work well with pinch-to-zoom
Summary Forget about the "keydock" contraption. Consider the W500 as a Windows tablet, able to pair with any USB or Bluetooth keyboard, or just resort to the wonky on-screen keyboard. And what have you got?
The greatest of all Netbooks, the least of all tablets.
There needs to be context. There have always been Windows tablets--questionable Archos tabs, overpriced UMPCs, and convertible tablets with swiveling screens. Aside from a few hot-rod $1,000 models, the Netbook-based Windows tabs like the Dell Inspiron Duo and Lenovo s10-3t have suffered from glacial sluggishness and cheap LCD screens whose poor viewing angles make actual tablet use a pain. Hold it wrong and the image turns blue!
But that's where the Tab W500 delivers. As a multitouch-based Windows 7 Netbook-tablet, it just works. Touch response is quick if not buttery smooth, finger-swipe scrolling works in Firefox and IE but not Chrome, and pinch-to-zoom...works on pictures but lags for websites. Now this screen--it's beautiful! Off-axis viewing angles are nearly perfect. The image is almost as stable as my smartphone, or an iPad.
That screen quality is a huge deal, and it means that if you're thinking about a Windows Netbook at all, the Iconia W500 is the ONLY way to get an excellent screen!.
But, as a tablet? The processor bogs down easily--one Flash video at a time, max--and battery life is insufficient for e-reader duty--4 hours of surfing, 2-3 hours of Flash video. It's also too blasted heavy to hold comfortably--two pounds for the tablet only. Compared to the iPad and slew of Android Tablets in its price range, the Iconia W500 cannot compete.
So the point of this computer is really just Windows 7--full document and spreadsheet editing, PDF editing if you buy software, regular desktop programs, full Web support, both Flash and Silverlight. It elevates that Netbook experience with its touch input and great viewing angles.
The problem is, after spending two weeks with my new W500 tablet and writing half this review on its wonky ON-SCREEN keyboard, I'm still jealous for an iPad or any Android tab that runs Flash. Even with their limitations, mainstream tablets are very functional--focused, you might say--and they all have excellent battery life. This little touchbook is such a different machine, a traditonal computer that dressed up in a tablet costume, a jack-of-all-trades that excels at nothing, except for that screen. The Android tablets and iPad have a gravity to them, because they're designed to do fewer things but do them very well.
The bottom line? The W500 is for those looking for a Netbook, not a tablet. As a Windows machine, it's a decent Netbook with a bonus touch screen. As a tablet, it's too heavy and the battery life is nearly inexcusible.