Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet available for pre-order

We got a chance to see the Acer Iconia W3 in action at TechEd in New Orleans last week, and now you can go ahead and order one of your own, assuming you have the cash.

Amazon.com and Staples.com both have pre-order listings for the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, for the price of $379.99. While Amazon shows shipments for orders put in now won't start for between three to four weeks, Staples.com shows a much shorter shipment time, claiming that they will start going out on June 15th.

Just a reminder: the Acer Iconia W3 has an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor inside with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz, with Intel Burst Technology that speeds jumps up to 1.8 GHz. The 8-inch touchscreen has a resolution of 1280x800 display, two GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for more storage needs. It also has both front and rear two megapixel cameras. Acer claims the battery life will last up to eight hours.

Amazon.com also has a version of the tablet with 64 GB of storage that it is selling for $429.99. All of the versions of the tablets come with a free version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. The pre-order listings don't show a way to order the optional keyboard for the Iconia W3.

Source: Amazon.com and Staples.com via WPCentral.com

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If it had a low-power AMD APU it would have been an instant-buy for me, but I'm not very confident in the Atom's multimedia capabilities.

I know Acer is really trying to change their image...
But I still couldn't see myself buying their products...
They have to get it a tad bit thinner...
And price it down another $30-$50...

This tablet has everythign wrong

- thick
heavy
horrible screen
stickers
ugly design..

keyboard... who the f**K wants a key board with an 8" tablet? are these guys insane?

georgevella said,
Just undock the thing and get over it.

That's not the point. I have no problem they selling keyboard with this, but the fact that they're actively advertising/showcasing it with a keyboard sends the wrong signal.

They're basically saying, "hey, this a an 8" but you might wanna buy it with the keyboard because it's worthless without it" .. which might not be the case.

Why can't this be a simple 8" tablet for media consumption? This will end up being jack of all traits master of nothing. This has been tried tested and failed several times.

It can be for media consumption. Just pick it up and watch as much media as you like.

As it comes with Office, if you want to sit down and do some serious word processing, then it's nice to dock it and have a full keyboard to do so.

It does seem strange being docked the wrong way. I wonder if it's a Bluetooth keyboard, or whether it actually has some kind of dock connector. Perhaps in this particular photo, someone just placed it there quickly the wrong way...

kinpin said,

That's not the point. I have no problem they selling keyboard with this, but the fact that they're actively advertising/showcasing it with a keyboard sends the wrong signal.

They're basically saying, "hey, this a an 8" but you might wanna buy it with the keyboard because it's worthless without it" .. which might not be the case.

Why can't this be a simple 8" tablet for media consumption? This will end up being jack of all traits master of nothing. This has been tried tested and failed several times.


I think you're looking too much into it. Isn't it the same with the Asus Transformer Prime - it is advertised as a tablet with a keyboard dock and I don't see any of the people who have seen it / reviewed it assume that it is worthless without the dock. Heck it doesn't even have a decent office suite.