Acer announces Iconia W510 tablet with laptop dock

Acer announces Iconia W510 tablet with laptop dock

Summary: The flood of expected Windows 8 tablets with laptop docks is starting as Acer has announced the Iconia W510. The tablet has an optional laptop dock that turns the tablet into a full Windows 8 laptop.

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TOPICS: Windows, Laptops, Tablets
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Acer has announced the Iconia W510 tablet running Windows 8 that has an optional laptop dock. The 10.1-inch tablet packs an Intel Atom Z2760 processor (1.5 GHz) and 2GB of memory. It is available with 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage.

The W510 is thin (0.35-inch) and light (1.32 lbs.) and has both an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front for full HD video conferencing. The IPS screen (1366x768) is covered with Gorilla Glass 2 for protection. The screen can be inserted "backwards" in the laptop dock to form a presentation mode with the screen facing away from the keyboard.

Iconia W510 presentation mode

Acer is quoting 9 hours of battery life for the tablet and 18 hours total with the laptop dock due to its second battery. The display snaps into the laptop dock turning the unit into laptop replacement. There is a large buttonless trackpad on the dock.

Branching into the Windows 8 tablet space is a natural fit for Acer. The company has been producing similar tablets based on Android for a while, and is a major producer of Windows laptops.

The Iconia W510 will be available in the US and Canada starting November 9, shortly after the launch of Windows 8. There will be three Windows 8 (not Pro) models available ranging from $499 (32GB tablet only) to $749.99 (64GB tablet with laptop dock). A fourth model, Iconia W510P, will be $799.99 for the 64GB tablet, laptop dock, 2 year warranty, and Windows 8 Pro.

Topics: Windows, Laptops, Tablets

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  • There will be three Windows 8 (not Pro) models available

    James, why not just state that there will be three Windows RT models?
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • Because they are not

      Those 3 models are Atom processors running Windows 8 as per Acer. They aren't RT at all.
      JamesKendrick
      • Windows 8 'Home' tablets for consumers? Why not say so?

        Priced from $499 to $749.99, in line with Apple's iPad.

        Apparently, Microsoft and its OEMs view the iPad as merely a consumer device. More than a few enterprises would take issue with that.

        P.S. Windows 8 branding is very confusing.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Why call is Windows 8 (not Pro)

    Just say Windows RT. Nobody says Windows 8 (not Pro) it confuses what everyone has become use to. Windows RT is the less expensive version. It provides touch tablet capability also supports office, but does not allow you to run pre-existing software before windows 8. On the other hand you can run anything on Windows 8 Pro even windows 95 software. That is a lot clearer.
    Cedric Rogers
    • Because it's not RT

      Windows RT only runs on ARM processors. These are Atom processors as per Acer and only one of them runs Pro. That's information direct from Acer.
      JamesKendrick
    • He simply means

      That two of these tablets run Windows 8 and one Windows 8 pro. Neither of them run Windows RT.

      The base version of Windows 8 (comparable to home premium in Windows 7/vista language) is simply called Windows 8.
      sjaak327
  • Acer was already in the Windows Tablet business

    This is being tapped out on a 15-month old Iconia Tab W500 Windows 7 based tablet (which has been running Windows 8 since the Developer Preview. The W510 is just it's successor in Acer's product line.
    EXMSDE
  • re:

    Cedric, you are not correct... The Iconia W510 runs an Atom processor which is x86. This is NOT ARM. Windows RT runs on ARM only.
    exstle123
  • 3 RT models and a fourth PRO model

    so in total 4 models but will the 4th, PRO8 model, share the same Intel Atom Z2760 processor (1.5 GHz) with 2GB of memory? and is that why its priced @ 799.99?
    primartcloud
    • You must have missed the above comments...

      These are NOT RT tablets, they are Windows 8.
      grayknight
      • So, the tablets are Windows 8-based

        They're not Windows RT. I get that.

        And, from the article, they're not Windows 8 Pro?

        What are they? Windows 8 Home? Windows 8 Starter Edition? ...
        Rabid Howler Monkey
        • Just Windows 8

          There is Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
          Michael Alan Goff
  • Lots of confusion

    If we are getting confused with the different branding and different processors then imagine the gen consumer.
    dave95.
    • The looks is also confusing -- the dock looks like its from Apple

      Tablets itself did not go far, too, though *not* on white background viewers could notice aluminium edges.
      DDERSSS
  • Windows 8 ≠ Windows RT

    Considering the endemic ongoing confusion over the difference between the bewildering varieties of Windows, it's clear that Microsoft fragmentation has now reached chronic, terminal levels.
    ldo17
  • Only if you're chronically stupid.

    Windows 8RT is a limited edition that runs on ARM processors and Windows 8/Windows 8 Pro run on X86 based processors and will run all your Windows software.

    You don't have to be too clever to understand that.
    Gary O'Connor