Acer Iconia Tab W500 Windows tablet coming this week?

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet with an AMD processor and Radeon HD graphics. The tablet also has a keyboard docking station allowing you to use the W500 in laptop or tablet mode. The computer went up for pre-order in Germany last month, where it’s expected to start shipping on April 14th. Now it looks like it could be available in the US a day later.

B&H is taking orders for the tablet for $549 with an estimated ship date of Friday, April 15th.

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 has a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1 GHz AMD C-50 dual core processor, Radeon HD 6250 graphics, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

The tablet features 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 32GB solid state disk. It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and HDMI ports as well as two webcams.

The spec sheet says you should be able to 6 hours of battery life from the 3 cell battery, but based on my experience with AMD C-50 powered computers, that sounds optimistic.

The Iconia Tab W500 measures 10.8″ x 7.6″ x 0.6″ and weighs 2.1 pounds.

via My Tablet Life

  • TabletNetbook

    I don’t think this will cut it.

    1. it’s too small for a Win7 tablet–really need 12″ or more.
    2. the dock is horrific.

    Really would like to see a Win7 Asus Transformer 12″ or larger type of tablet.

  • Michaelpaulpenang

    Difficult for me to admit but with this keyboard idea, the netbook would soon die.

    Soon, everybody is going to follow Acer and Asus (Transformer)

    Like Rabletnetbook said, its nice to have a 11.6 inch. Honestly, they should give consumers the option, ether 10.1 or 11.6.

    I for one find the 11.6 size perfect. May just add 200grams only but totally new world of difference.

    • Guest 2

      Doubt that the netbook is going to die as this is priced more like a
      traditional laptop than a netbook, which typically goes in the $200
      and up range.

      – The specs at B&H state that the SSD uses a mini SATA (mSATA)
      connector, so good luck on upgrading this. (It’s probably packed
      so tightly inside upgrading would not be for the faint of heart).

      – The W500 reminds me of the pricing for Viliv UMPCs/slates, which is as PC Magazine put it, notebook pricing for netbook parts.

      – (The only PCs I consider tablets are those with an active
      digitizer, which feature palm rejection, decent handwriting recognition, adequate screen real estate and resolution, with
      hardware to provide a satisfactory end user experience, but
      that’s just my opinion.)

      – The following post is about a $330 14″ Acer 522 laptop which has the same CPU and similar specs
      http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/549760-amd-c-50-cpu-6250-gpu-performance-acer-522-review.html

      The WEI scores for the Acer 522 is

      Processor 2.8
      RAM 4.8
      Graphics 4.0
      Gaming 5.5
      HD 5.5

    • aftermath

      You are apparently new to the world of slates with keyboard docks. Welcome to 10 years ago. Obviously, this these devices, having already existed for a long time, aren’t the death of the netbook.

  • HeDanny

    Seems like a rather clusmy idea to me. I can’t really think of a scenario where this would be practical. Useful, yes, but practical? not really.

    Why not just plug in a USB Keyboard? Or even Bluetooth? Or hell, save a chunk of cash and just get a netbook? *shrug*

  • Anonymous

    Is this an IPS display? Which tablets have IPS?

  • http://www.edmartechguide.com EdmarTech

    Way overpriced. I think users will just get a netbook if they really need the keyboard at half the price.

  • Scarmor-temp

    Kind of remnds me of the HP TC1100 sans stylus. I wish they would understand a Windows system really needs a writing device due to its UI.

  • Anonymous

    I agree I will get this when it is clearanced down to $300-$400 becuase this looks like about as much FAIL as the inspiron duo

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  • Broggy69

    I just ordered one of these, but I am partial to Acer and Windows. I do like the ipad, just not that you have to use iTunes to add anything to it, you can’t have it be a shared device to easily transfer documents.

    I like the Xoom, except it does not support netflix, and even though it is said to have flash, I could not get the Marvel Digital Comics to work at all.

    Now this runs Windows 7, which I run at home, and since you add an additional SD card I can easily transfer any files, music. or movies, use almost any programs (I play a lot of games, not sure how this will run Mass Effect 2), but supporting full flash and Netflix.

    They keyboard idea, yea it has been around, but according to my shipping it comes with the keyboard, so no extra cost.

    I will be using this as a tablet and treating as such, because my laptop is a desktop replacement with a 16inch monitor that is too big for airplanes, but this for me is an excellent option.