While Acer has been the most vocal in their opposition to the Microsoft Surface, they also seem to be the one who will be doing the most to make Windows 8 tablets affordable to the masses.
We are already fans of the Acer Iconia W510, which provides a 720p Atom tablet with keyboard dock for only 499 Euro.
Now on Acer’s German site the Acer Iconia W700 has popped up, for sale with out a dock, for only 599 Euro.
The device offers a Full HD 1080p 11.6 inch screen with a 178 degree viewing angle IPS display and 10 point multi-touch. The device is powered by a respectable Intel Core (i3-2365M, 1.40 GHz, 3 MB) Ivy bridge processor, 4 GB DDR3, has 8 hours battery life and weighs 950g. The device sports a single USB 3 port which allows rapid file transfers and expansion. It also interestingly has a Thunderbolt port.
Anandtech has given the device a hands-on and were very impressed with the device, saying it had excellent built quality, with Intel apparently being heavily involved with the development of the device. The noted the device was very fast, and handled 36 Megapixel JPGs with ease.
Acer calls it the “Best Performing Windows 8 tablet”, and Anandtech seems to agree. The main downside seems to be the thickness of the tablet.
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