Acer Iconia Tab W500 with detachable keyboard goes on sale

Acer Iconia Tab W500 with detachable keyboard goes on sale

Summary: Acer is making waves in the hot tablet space with the release of the unique Iconia Tab W500 tablet that has a detachable keyboard option that turns the thin slate into a full-fledged Windows notebook.

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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.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Acer Iconia Tab W500 with detachable keyboard goes on sale

    These go on sale next week in Australia as well. Very curious to see how these operate compared to their cheaper cousins the A500's running Honeycomb that went on sale last week here apparently!
    agrei8
  • RE: Acer Iconia Tab W500 with detachable keyboard goes on sale

    From the images it looks like the keyboard can clip onto the display for travel - is that right?

    I too remember the HP TC1100 and you're right it marked the high water mark for industrial design amongst Windows Tablet PCs.

    However the only application that seemed worthwhile was Microsoft OneNote - and that was created for a pen. Can you use a pen with this? Given the utility of OneNote it might justify the whole thing... (Can't see me running much else on it)
    jeremychappell
    • RE: Acer Iconia Tab W500 with detachable keyboard goes on sale

      @jeremychappell The keyboard does become a cover for travel. As for the pen, I doubt it but can't say for sure. I'm trying to get one to review from Acer.
      JamesKendrick
  • RE: Acer Iconia Tab W500 with detachable keyboard goes on sale

    Reviews I've read have shown that the display makes it "top heavy" when docked with the keyboard, and you cannot use it on your lap either. It doesn't tilt like a regular netbook screen. I also don't like that the battery is fixed - 4 hours of use at best makes any Ontario netbook with a swappable battery seem more attractive IMO.
    lgpOnTheMove