Acer W510 and On-Screen Keyboard (Portrait) Works Well – Video

Updated on 03 January 2014

osk2I’m a big fan of portrait-mode thumbing as a keyboard input method. I’ve used it for over 2 years on my Galaxy Tab and it’s been fast enough and easy enough that I’ve posted a large number of blog posts with it. The 10 inch Acer Iconia W510 with it’s light weight and 16:9 format screen offers something close although it’s not perfect. An 8.9 inch Windows 8 tablet might be the way forward due to smaller size and a potential sub 500gm / 1lb weight but for the time being, I’m prepared to accept this over the Galaxy Tab due to having the obvious advantage of having full Windows available if needed.

Here’s a video showing portrait-mode thumbing input that I made this afternoon. The video was made in a lower-quality 4:3 to test video editing on the Acer W510. Rendering speed for a 3.5Mbps output was 2X real-time which is acceptable for short videos. I’ll be testing Windows 8 video editing apps in the near future to see if I can find a process that is a bit easier on the finger too.

More info on the Acer Iconia W510 here.

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Mark Baker says:

    Hi Chippy, Can you also comment on the IPS screen performance in the sun If you can find any at this time of the year or at least very Bright lights. I am outdoor user of tablets, and my Galaxy 7.7 works great in the sun. I was hoping the IPS screen that either the Acer or upcoming Lenovo Tablet 2 have enough NITS and contract to work in the sun. Thanks for another great review.

    Cheers..

    Mark

  2. dcboy says:

    The acer w510 will be going back to the store, let me share a few things:
    -No recovery Partition, and no way to recover easily, it took more than a few hours to wipe system
    -Only one usb, means that at the recovery window you will need a USB hub, touch does not work.
    -The sound issue, where the volume level and or the sound quality is so bad, original thought to be driver, is now hardware, I am returning it,
    -I should also add I had the Samsung ATIV 500 and the Acer w700 the i3 version.

  3. Alan says:

    Did you return the ATIV and w700 too?

  4. dcboy says:

    both, the w710 was unusable the without a stylus i have my old Asus ep121 and the nexus 7 to keep me company until the next offering from Microsoft surface pro

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