Pros Excellent screen, two USB ports, full SD card slot, full HDMI, and easily portable. Responsive touch screen.
Cons Battery life could be better, keyboard dock is nice but is too light and therefore can easily tip over, processor should really be 1.5 GHZ, SSD should be at least 64GBs, would be better if there was a 4gb of ram option.
Summary I never intended on using this laptop with windows 7. The minute I purchased this I planned on using windows 8 developers preview with it. I personally think this makes the tablet a much better device. Windows 8 in my opinion is much more touch friendly. I think Acer has put together a great windows tablet, but really should have put a little more power under the hood. the specs just are not adequate. As I stated in the cons the specs should be what I stated above. You can't play Netflix movies in HD (you have to drop the quality in Netflix's settings) which is a shame for such a great screen. Also at times I get some lag while browsing the internet. This is still a very capable device. I have played some graphic intensive games that are a few years old now without any hiccup. That in part is because this device does have some dedicated video memory. I also use Microsoft office and dragon dictation without any hiccups. The battery life is also a bit of a disappointment. It isn't all that bad. If I turn down the brightness I can easily get 5 hours out of it, and for the most part that is adequate for what I need, but at the same time I don't like having to handicap my experience to get max battery life. My last note is the keyboard dock. The CNET reviewer makes it seem as if it is such a hassle to dock and undock. I don't see what the problem is. The biggest issue I have with the keyboard dock is stability. The screen is so heavy and the keyboard is so light that a slight push will send the then netbook toppling over. Acer should have added weight to the keyboard (giving the whole thing more stability), by putting a battery in the keyboard that would charge the tablet. Obviously all the things I suggested would add costs to the device. I love my windows tablet, but I also bought it refurbished for 355 dollars. I would not pay 520 dollars for the price I got it at I am happy.
Pros Love having a Win 7 tab.
It easily streams video, plays music, and works as a Kindle reader. Then when I need to I can open Outlook, VPN into work, Remote desktop to a server etc.
I really like the dock idea. The review says it's very clunky and hard to
Cons Small hard drive. Would love to have had a larger one or a way to replace it. Same with battery. No way to replace it from what I can see. That seems to be standard for the tabs though so if you are doing a iPad comparison I'd say that matches up. I put i
Summary We have an iPad here at work and it's not bad. Easy to use and straight forward but for me I'd rather have the ability to run just about anything I need too instead of what APP I'm allowed to use. We have Citrix but using Citrix on the IPad is not the same as having a dedicated Windows 7 interface.
Some one asked before and there are 2 USB ports on the tab and 2 on the dock. You can only use 2 at a time. The other things I have picked up on:
When you bring this machine into a domain that forces you to log in if you don't have the keyboard attached you need to press the windows button the on front and the power button. That works like a CTRL + ALT + DEL. Took me a minute to figure that out. No way to adjust that that I have found.
There is also a protective film on the screen that I wasn't quite sure if I could remove or not. E-mail Acer and they said it can be removed.
Over all I have nothing but praise for the W500.
Pros Fully functional Win 7 OS and seems to handle all the programs well
Touch screen responds quickly to finger and stylus ( any I Pad compatible stylus will work )
Docking station works well... respectfully disagree w/ CNET reviewer who calls it overly cumbe
Cons 32 gb internal storage is a bit light... 32 gb sd card installed but not tested..
Other reviewer's comment that a lot of the 32 gb storage is already taken up by OS and other programs is, unfortunately, accurate
No VGA port... haven't tested a VGA adapter
Summary This tablet was researched and acquired to serve as a Geographic Information System ( GIS ) mapping platform. It was also acquired to be a portable device for displaying all the maps, satellite imagery, and aerial images developed by a local government planning office.
It achieves those targeted, but processor intensive, objectives well.
Our goal, ironically, is to use the tablet in much the same way that pilots use the I Pad for their charts.
Imagery can be easily taken to meetings and used in evaluating specific properties.
The GIS software that is used is the open source MapWindow program. Native GIS shp files can be manipulated on the tablet w/ this software so others can use our data on a portable device.
We used a netbook running an Atom 280 processor and 2 gb of memory, in conjunction w/ MapWindow before buying the Acer tablet. The Acer tablet is noticeably faster than the netbook and does have much better resolution. Therefore, the contention, by some that this system is just a glorified netbook is, in our experience, misplaced.
The system grows on the user as the user adapts to using fingers, and, styluses to navigate in programs.
Targus makes several styluses for I Pads and they provide better precision in activating small icons within programs. There are also very inexpensive styluses available on Ebay, that are made for I Pads that work. Increasingly, they are used less as the proficiency with fingers improves.
Some of the staff at Idaho State University - Idaho Falls have also been experimenting w/ the tablet for MapWindows applications. Our initial experiences have been comparable.
When more experience is gained in traditional consumer applications, an update will be posted.
Thanks for reading.
Pros 1) Its a great tablet and faux keyboard/netbook.
2) Windows 7 (32-bit).
3) 2gig ddr3.
4) 10.1 inch screen
5) HDMI port.
Cons 1) 32gigSSD (would like a 64 gigSSD but there is always the SD card slot).
2) Could have been a flap hatch design so that the faux keyboard could be closed with the tablet attached to it.
3) better touch input apps and response integration.
4) i like
Summary All in all the Pros out way the Cons on this Windows 7 Tablet. but i dont like how everyone compares these Windows 7 tablets to the Ipad (or any other IOS device). they are 2 different platforms. one is using a phone/ipod touch OS and the other is a desktop/laptop OS... really a big difference there. this should be compared to the Mac Book Air because that is a true MAC OS device. if you did compare this to the MAC Book Air, the MAC Book AIR would have its advantages over this but you would only have to pay 1/3 of the price for this Iconia W500 Windows 7 Tablet. If you dont see my point let me put it this way. even with your iphone/ipod touch/ipad can you really run every app you need or do you have to boot up your laptop or desktop anyways to do it. case closed. yes this Tablet doesnt have the same power as your laptop or desktop might have but all in all its better than the so called tablets that dont run a big system OS.
Pros Great price point and fast for its price. Farly confortable keyboard. Nice hookups: USB/HDMI , Can expand the Drive space with a SD card. Trackpoint is not as uncomfortable as I exoected but seldom need it.
Cons Need the keynoard if you need to boot in to the BIOS or Recovery Mode. The soft keyboard at login cannot be resized/enlarged. This is a issue for my big/under-coordinated hands. I never like it when the Navigation (home/emd) keys are FNed.
Summary Bought this as an easy brrowsing aternative to my wifes luggable and my EVO 4G. Very pleased. Snappy SSD drive and GPU help the processor a lot. Browsing is ideal with the proper Pen and Touch settings. Docking and undocking is NOT That of a deal. If Dan Ackerman needs all morning to master it he's in the wrong profession. I have cerbral palsy and do not have a problem. Has he ever tried to put a laptop or phone in any dock? It's a USB connection with two stablizing posts. Yes it's a comprimise but you can use any USB keyboard or other device with the port.