Acer Iconia W700: Another Windows 8 tablet for $799

Summary:The 11.6-inch slate includes a docking cradle and Bluetooth keyboard and will be available when Microsoft's latest OS launches on October 26.


Like Asus and Lenovo before it, Acer has found a common starting price point for its forthcoming Windows 8 tablet: The Iconia W700 will start at $799.99 when it becomes available on October 26, a.k.a. Windows 8 launch day.

Like the Asus Vivo Tab , the W700 features an 11.6-inch IPS display (complete with 1,920x1,080 full HD resolution), but like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, its price includes a Bluetooth keyboard for customers who are interested in having a Windows 8 tablet be their primary mobile computer instead of a dedicated laptop. To that end, Acer is also throwing in a docking cradle that lets you position the W700 exactly how you want it for your productivity needs.

Acer is offering the W700 with a choice of Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Core i5 processors, though you'll presumably get a Core i3 for the $799.99 price. You'll also get 64GB or 128GB of SSD storage, a front-facing webcam and a rear-facing 5-megapixel digital camera with 1080p video-recording capabilities. In addition to the keyboard, other accessories bundled with the Iconia W700 include a Micro-HDMI-to-VGA adapter and a protective case. 

Based on the specs you've seen, does any one of the announced Windows 8 tablets look better than the others? Will you be buying one of them? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Tablets, Windows


Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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