The tablet space is as hot as a Roman candle, but few of the new designs run Windows 7. Acer is changing all of that with the release of the unique Iconia Tab W500 tablet that has a detachable keyboard that turns the thin slate into a full-fledged Windows notebook. The Iconia Tab W500 starts at $550 and includes the keyboard dock.
One of the first Tablet PCs I used was the HP tc1100, a mobile powerhouse that served me well due to the hybrid design of a slate with detachable keyboard. The tc1100 was the end of the useful hybrid designs, until now. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 provides the best of both worlds: a Windows tablet that is thin and light (2.14 lbs.) and a full notebook with the keyboard attached. The keyboard dock (1.34 lbs.) attaches to the slate with a magnetic linking mechanism designed for easy operation.
The Iconia Tab W500 is available today at select retailers and from Acer channel partners. There is a model with Windows 7 Home Premium for the MSRP of $549.99 and one with Windows 7 Professional for $619.00.