TechSpot: Acer Iconia W4 Review

Eight inch and smaller tablets have been around for a while but up until a couple of years ago, the market largely consisted of rather generic Android slates aimed at those who didn't want to spend more cash on a full-size device. But as Google, Apple and Amazon entered the small tablet space, and Microsoft finally optimized Windows 8.1 for the form factor, the perception of these smaller tablets has shifted from something that’s simply cheaper to something that’s portable, convenient and worth a second look.

We’ve seen a flurry of 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets hit the market over the past several months, including the Toshiba Encore and the Lenovo Miix 2 8 (no, that isn’t a typo). Neither of these systems was terribly impressive in recent reviews but that doesn’t mean you should give up on Windows 8.1 slates just yet.

Next up is the Acer Iconia W4, the follow-up to the company’s first Windows 8.1 tablet, featuring an 8.0-inch 1,280 x 800 display and the same quad-core Intel Bay Trail Atom Z3740 that we’ve seen from the competition.

Read: Acer Iconia W4 Review.
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None of these tablets are competitive, even after Microsoft gave up on OEMs with their disappointing slate PCs for Windows 7 and introduced the Surface. I don't understand what is wrong with these companies, surely they see what Apple, Amazon, and Google have in the market...

Subpar displays and clunky device design, nobody would want to buy one of these tablets. I feel bad for Microsoft, completely let down by their OEMs, with only Nokia really trying. It makes so much sense to acquire Nokia, they haven't had an OEM like that since HTC with the HTC HD2. I can't wait for the Surface Mini. :)

I find it hard to want to buy any Acer Windows 8.x tablet after they released the worst display ever on the Acer W3. They need to be punished for making customers suffer which such a subpar device.