Acer Iconia W4: Better IPS Screen, Windows 8.1, Baytrail for $329

Acer Iconia W4: Better IPS Screen, Windows 8.1, Baytrail for $329

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Acer’s Iconia W3 impressed with its long battery life and handy keyboard accessory, but it’s lackluster 8.1-inch display kept it from earning a higher rating. Now here comes the Windows 8.1-powered Iconia W4, which sports a crisper 8.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display along with an Intel Bay Trail processor.

The LCD also benefits from Zero Air Gap technology, which eliminates the gap between the LCD panel and touch module, ensuring a sharper viewing experience. As with he Iconia W3-810, the W4 features a 2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear shooter.

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The W4′s design also improves upon the W3, offering a sleek grey rear panel and a lighter design, weighing .91 pounds compared to 1.1 pounds for its predecessor.

Acer says the Iconia W4 is geared toward active and professional users. To that end, the company has included a free version of Microsoft’s Office Home and Student 2013 Edition with the slate. An optional portable keyboard should help increase productivity.

The W4 joins a number of other 8-inch tablets launching with Windows 8.1, including the Lenovo Miix2 and Dell Venue Pro 8, which offer similar specs. Stay tuned for our full review.

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A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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