Price of Acer Windows 8 Iconia W700 tablet starts at $799

Acer is pricing one of its Windows 8-based tablets on the high end of the range, although it does pack in some high end hardware as well. The company revealed today that the Iconia W700 tablet, first announced in August, will have a starting price of $799 when it goes on sale alongside the Windows 8 launch on October 26. Prices will go up to $999, depending on configuration.

Today's press release reveals that the 11.6 inch tablet can come with either Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors and 64 GB or 128 GB SSDs, It will also come with a Bluetooth keyboard and a protective case. Acer claims that the 2.3 pound tablet will have up to eight hours of battery life.

Other features include a five megapixel rear facing camera along with a front facing camera and a MicroHDMI to VGA adapter. Acer also claims the tablet can boot up in just six seconds and can be revived from a sleep mode in just 1.5 seconds.

Overall, it sounds like the Acer Iconia W700 tablet has the hardware of a notebook rather than a typical tablet and Acer is pricing the product as such. It will be interesting to see if people decide to try this tablet out versus the cheaper Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets.

Source: Acer press release | Image via Acer

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Putting the $799 into a currency converter it comes out at about £495, I know it never works out like that but if that spec is priced at the £500 price point Ill buy one for sure. Im easy as to whether I have a Windows RT or a Windows 8 Pro tablet. Just really depends on the price. How much do you think this will be when it comes to the UK?

Richard Cousins said,
Putting the $799 into a currency converter it comes out at about £495, I know it never works out like that but if that spec is priced at the £500 price point Ill buy one for sure. Im easy as to whether I have a Windows RT or a Windows 8 Pro tablet. Just really depends on the price. How much do you think this will be when it comes to the UK?

To be honest, when I bought my Acer Iconia Tab W500 back in Feb this year, it was around £450, so the pricing for this new W700 tab at just under £500 seems about right to me!

GreatMarkO said,

To be honest, when I bought my Acer Iconia Tab W500 back in Feb this year, it was around £450, so the pricing for this new W700 tab at just under £500 seems about right to me!

At that price Ill be snapping one of these but. Though It depends on what the price of the Suface tablets will be. Other than the Surface this is the nicest looking W8 tablet Ive seen.

Richard Cousins said,
Putting the $799 into a currency converter it comes out at about £495, I know it never works out like that but if that spec is priced at the £500 price point Ill buy one for sure. Im easy as to whether I have a Windows RT or a Windows 8 Pro tablet. Just really depends on the price. How much do you think this will be when it comes to the UK?

US prices are quoted without sales tax. The cheapest it would be in the UK is £500 + 20% VAT = £600, I'm afraid!

This is one of the reasons that it "never works out like that" - although plenty, like Adobe, really take the biscuit with their pricing!

$800US + Tax?

It won't sell

I'm not saying its a bad value or product but when an average consumer is looking at tablets and sees the iPad for $500 or an Android for $300 there is no hope in hell they are going to cough up MORE than that for a Windows tablet...just don't see it happening. Windows is losing its appeal to people, fast

Sonne said,
looking at tablets and sees the iPad for $500 or an Android for $300 there is no hope in hell

Let us know when the iPad or Android tablet can run a full desktop's operating system and has the equivalent of a good laptop's hardware. Apples and oranges man.. depends on what the buyer is after.. a cheap consumption device or a full mobile desktop. Not that I have anything against them either, got a Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 myself and happy with what they do, but if I could get it running a full blown desktop on it I'd switch in a heartbeat.

Sonne said,
$800US + Tax?

It won't sell

I'm not saying its a bad value or product but when an average consumer is looking at tablets and sees the iPad for $500 or an Android for $300 there is no hope in hell they are going to cough up MORE than that for a Windows tablet...just don't see it happening. Windows is losing its appeal to people, fast

An iPad with 64gb is $699. Not much of a difference considering what you're getting.

Max Norris said,

Let us know when the iPad or Android tablet can run a full desktop's operating system and has the equivalent of a good laptop's hardware. Apples and oranges man.. depends on what the buyer is after.. a cheap consumption device or a full mobile desktop. Not that I have anything against them either, got a Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 myself and happy with what they do, but if I could get it running a full blown desktop on it I'd switch in a heartbeat.

I have to take sides with the OP. Part of the "PC is dying" mentality is that people only need a device to do a handful of things such as surf the web, check e-mail, Facebook, etc. These things are all do-able on a $200 Kindle Fire. The average Joe consumer is more than likely going to look right past these for cheaper alternatives. I will concede that the specs will be very tempting to people who look for such things, and it will be interesting to see what these things are capable of.

Condere said,

I have to take sides with the OP. Part of the "PC is dying" mentality is that people only need a device to do a handful of things such as surf the web, check e-mail, Facebook, etc. These things are all do-able on a $200 Kindle Fire. The average Joe consumer is more than likely going to look right past these for cheaper alternatives. I will concede that the specs will be very tempting to people who look for such things, and it will be interesting to see what these things are capable of.


Isn't that what RT is for?

Max Norris said,

Let us know when the iPad or Android tablet can run a full desktop's operating system

I doubt people shopping for a tablet are actually looking for a full desktop experience.

Neowin != normal people.

Condere said,

I have to take sides with the OP. Part of the "PC is dying" mentality is that people only need a device to do a handful of things such as surf the web, check e-mail, Facebook, etc. These things are all do-able on a $200 Kindle Fire. The average Joe consumer is more than likely going to look right past these for cheaper alternatives. I will concede that the specs will be very tempting to people who look for such things, and it will be interesting to see what these things are capable of.

Actually, by the specs of the base W500 alone, it's just as capable as any other Ultrabook, notebook, or even refurb *laptop* in its price range - because of the included SSD, it's going to be a lot snappier than a legacy laptop, and quite a few new notebooks (from Dell or HP) in its range-gate.

My opinion of WindowsRT is known - so is my opinion on Android. The Iconia W500 I want to take some time with; however, due to the combination of features and price, it is worth considering.

LaP said,
Neowin != normal people.

Sure, but plenty of "normal people" do have laptops, which is kind of where these things are sitting as far as features and performance goes. "Tablets" just aren't lower priced media devices anymore.

Sonne said,
$800US + Tax?

It won't sell

I'm not saying its a bad value or product but when an average consumer is looking at tablets and sees the iPad for $500 or an Android for $300 there is no hope in hell they are going to cough up MORE than that for a Windows tablet...just don't see it happening. Windows is losing its appeal to people, fast

Windows already lost its appeal, they're in the process of trying to win it back.

It's been the drab XP office machine for years now lol

What were they thinking not making a keyboard dock with built in battery for this? They made it for their lower end model and every other manufacture is doing it. Guess they don't want to sell many.

duddit2 said,
Off topic, has anyone released firm prices for any of the Windows RT (ARM) based tablets yet?

No, people are staying quiet about it.

duddit2 said,
Off topic, has anyone released firm prices for any of the Windows RT (ARM) based tablets yet?

I think the OEMs are waiting to see what MS prices the surface at before they price their own RT tablets.

Looking at the guts its about right, I wouldn't expect to get a Windows 8 pro tablet for much less to be honest - its a decent notebook with a multitouch screen at the end of the day!

duddit2 said,
Looking at the guts its about right, I wouldn't expect to get a Windows 8 pro tablet for much less to be honest - its a decent notebook with a multitouch screen at the end of the day!

Agreed, a little pricey for a tablet but look at the hardware you're getting with it. I'm more curious about the build quality.

Max Norris said,

Agreed, a little pricey for a tablet but look at the hardware you're getting with it.

They're basically Ultrabooks with detachable keyboards and a touch screen.

I think these things need a new name to describe them, because when "tablet" is mentioned, people think of very limited and gimmicky toys like the iPad or Android tablets. Then they think "thats a lot for a tablet!". But no, these are full PC's with a full OS and laptop class hardware. One of these can completely replace any laptop, they even have USB and HDMI, sometimes even a card reader in the keyboard dock.