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Acer Aspire Switch 10 Review – Video Overview

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What a pleasure it was to test and review the Acer Aspire Switch 10 for Notebookcheck.net over the last three weeks.  The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a low-cost 2-in-1 that’s up against a product that has been selling like hot-cakes and yet it pulls through.

It’s cheap and capable and it’s a great showcase for Windows 8 and Intel’s Baytrail-T processor

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 Keyboard Battery Coming?

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I’m testing the Acer Aspire Switch 10 for Notebookcheck.net right now and it’s going well. I prefer it to the ASUS Transformer Book T100 because of the better keyboard, mouse and screen but there’s one little issue – battery life. The Switch 10 has a 24Wh battery inside which is much less than the 34Wh battery of the ASUS T100 and less than half of what you got on the previous W510. Looking at the keyboard reveals that it’s quite light and has 8 exposed screws so naturally I took a look inside. What I saw was encouraging because there’s space, screw holes and an unused PCB header space.

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 #1 at UMPCPortal. First Review is available.

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switch popularityIt’s rare that a new offering in the ultra-mobile PC space races to the top of the charts so quickly but that’s what has happened with the new Acer Aspire Switch 10 over the last two weeks.  The previous generation Iconia W510 is about to drop off the bottom of the top 10 so it’s perfect timing for Acer. They’ve got some competition though and there’s little information out there about the finer points of the device like disk performance and screen quality…apart from one that’s just been published by the good people at Tabtec.de.

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Acer Aspire Switch SW5 shows-up at reseller.

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It’s a brave reseller that breaks what we assume would be an NDA in order to gain the SEO advantage so hats-off to Brack in Switzerland who give us the first real detail about the Acer Aspire Switch SW5. This Baytrail-T based 2-in-1 is clearly on the production line and looks to be the upgrade to the W510 that we had running on Clovertrail last year.

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Acer Iconia Tab W4 (3G) Review

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In our fifth 8-inch Windows Tablet review we’re taking a look at the Acer Iconia W4. Acer were the first to bring an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet to the market but the W3 really wasn’t at all an impressive device. The W4, however, looks a whole lot better and performs a whole lot better thanks to the upgrade from Clovertrail to Baytrail. We’ve also got 3G on board which makes it one of the first 8-inch Windows tablets to have the feature. Read-on for the full Acer Iconia W4-821P 3G 32GB review.

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IDF and BUILD – What to expect for Windows Tablets

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It’s going to be one crazy day for me on Wednesday. Two important events will take place that will give us a deeper understanding as to what’s going to happen with Windows tablets this year. Intels IDF event takes place in China and later in the day Microsoft kick-off their BUILD developer event. I’ll be covering them both.

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Acer Iconia W4 (3G) Overview Video

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The Acer Iconia W4 is a recent addition to the 8-inch Windows tablet scene and it brings with it a full line-up of specifications that include HDMI, GPS, large-capacity battery as well as an interesting set of keyboard accessories. There’s a 21Mbps 3G version available too and that’s the one we’ve got here. Thanks to Acer Europe for sending it over for review.

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Video – Acer W4 Overview, Lenovo Miix 2 8 Summary Review, Q&A.

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Live session has ended. Recorded videos below.

 In the Hangout this evening I presented the Acer W4 (HSPA+ version) and the Lenovo Miix 2 8

YouTube Videos will be made during the show. Bring cold beer. I’m likely to stay on until 2300 for Q&A.

 

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Hands-On with 8-inch Windows Tablets: Thinkpad 8, W4, Miix 2 8 Windows Tablets. (Videos and Notes from MWC.)

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P1160602This completes my assessment of every single 8-inch Windows tablet out there today. I’ve fully reviewed the Toshiba Encore WT8, the ASUS Vivotab Note 8 and am currently reviewing the Dell Venue 8 Pro. At MWC last week I got hold of the Lenovo Thinkpad 8, the Lenovo Miix 2 8 and the Acer W4 to complete the flush. I spent as much time as I could trying to work out where they fit and sure enough they all have their position. All three devices I tested at MWC are good tablets but the Thinkpad 8 is definitely the more advanced of the three with its impressive 8.3-inch 1920×1200 screen and light weight. The Lenovo Miix 2 8 is a good looking tablet and offers all the basics in a lightweight and smooth-edged unit but it was the Acer W4 I was most surprised at. With a 19Wh battery, 3G (option), HDMI, two keyboard accessories and a very good IPS screen it seems to have pulled together an impressive product.

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How-To Upgrade the Acer C720 Chromebook with an M.2 SATA from MyDigitalSDD

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Acer C720 Chromebook Upgrde (7)_thumb[13]You might know M.2 as NGFF, the ‘next generation form-factor’ for plugin modules on laptop and small-form-factor motherboards.  You can find out more here but in short, it’s either a SATA or PCIe interface to modules like SSD, LTE and the like. MyDigitalSSD kindly sent a half-height M.2. SATA over along with a $199 Chromebook so here’s the how-to, video and results of the Acer C720 Chromebook upgrade.

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Acer Iconia W4 Live Pics, Live Site, More Specifications.

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Following a tip-off that the Acer W4 might actually be shipping in Asia we took a deeper dive into search results and although we can’t confirm the Iconia W4 is shipping it does seem there are some prototypes doing the rounds. An article from Japan gives us some nice pics, comparison with the Iconia W3 and a look at the device manager. There’s an Acer Singapore product page ‘in the wild’ too.

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The Acer Iconia W4 is being promoted as a portrait-mode tablet which makes sense given its handheld sizing. It looks like its slightly less wide. It’s not, but it is thinner, and it looks a lot nicer than the W3. Charging comes via MicroUSB port and there’s MicroSD and MicroHDMI…

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Stereo speakers, mic, power and volume rocker also shown in the pics. Webcams have been confirmed as 2Mp (front) and 5MP (rear.) For those worries about the screen the article states that the screen is better than the screen on the W3, which was a major issue for many. Broadcom WiFi a/b/g/n module looks like it’s dual-band. As for the accessories, you’ve got the crunch folio and the keyboard stand. We’ve found some RRP pricing in Singapore. The crunch folio is SG$49 (US$40) and the Bluetooth keyboard with folio is SG$89 (US$70) which could make it quite attractive to travellers. With USB charging and the HDMI-out you’ve got a seriously capable, lightweight modular PC.

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What do you think? Check out the other Baytrail-T tablet options here  and let us know.

Official Acer Singapore Iconia W4 information.

Source: Mynavi.jp where there are more pics and notes.

Acer Iconia W4 Appears Briefly on Acer US Website. Reveals Specs, Price, Model-ID

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Acer must be close to shipping the Iconia W4 Baytrail tablet. Not only has their website leaked the specs and price but Acer Maysia have confirmed the W4 for December.

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We’ve added the full specifications to the database here and we’ll start tracking and adding more information as we see it. RRP for the 32GB version is $329.99 but there are a couple of things to note. The battery is a 2-cell, 4960mAh unit which would normally be 34Wh but that just sounds way too big. We think Acer have put two cells in parallel for a 3.7V module, meaning 17Wh.  What is certain is there are ports. MicroHDMI, MicroSD and MicroUSB.

Full Acer Iconia W4 specifications here.

View all the Baytrail-T devices together here.

Mentioned on the Iconia W4-820-2894 page is a “physical keyboard.” We suspect it will be the same unit as shipped with the Iconia W3 and lets keep our fingers crossed that it’s included for the $329.99 price.

Amazon.com have the product in their site (aff.) but it’s not linking to a sales page yet.  B&H also have a sales page and are showing the 64GB model for $379.00. Availability here is shown as “End of” Jan 2014.

Source: Google cache.

Acer Malaysia news source.



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