After falling behind in the tablet wars, Acer has been quickly trying to make up ground in recent weeks, first with the Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 and now with the official release of the Iconia Tab W500, which runs Windows 7 in either its Home Premium or Professional flavor.
Acer is trying to position the W500 as being comfortable handling business or pleasure-related tasks. It's built around an AMD C-50 "Fusion" processor (with AMD Radeon HD 6250 integrated graphics) and 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, and comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB solid state drive, and both front-facing and rear-facing Webcams to be used with Acer Video Conference Manager software. It comes with Adobe Flash 10.1 pre-installed and includes Dolby audio for your entertainment needs.
As we all know, Microsoft hasn't figured out a way to create a popular tablet OS yet, so Acer tries to tabletize Windows 7 with its Acer Ring interface, which makes use of the multi-touch screen to ease tasks like storing Web content, connecting to social networks, and accessing media files saved on the W500. You also get a docking station complete with keyboard, pointing device, and USB and Ethernet ports.
You can buy the W500 with Windows 7 Home Premium for $549.99 or the Professional version for $619. But do you really want a slate that runs Windows and not a tablet-friendly OS? Let us know in the Comments section.