We all must praise Acer for quickly learning from its mistakes. Less than a year before, the company released the Iconia W3, which was considered by most as not the best of its products. It was not the right representation for an 8-inch Windows tablet. A few of the users found it quite interesting, but its subpar display and meek performance kept it from being popular. The company then launched the Iconia W4, and Acer has fixed the previous concerns while being offered at less than $300. However, everyone knows that Acer is not the only game in town. This means that the W4 has to compete against a number of Windows tablets that promise, more or less, similar features with comparatively lesser prices. Acer can still compete, not because of its cheaper prices, but also with the reputation of this tech giant. If you look closely at Iconia W4, you would surely wonder why the W3 was being introduced. The new, smarter W4’s front-facing Windows key, is much more convenient and effective than the Venue’s side button.
The new Iconia is no doubt, a more portable and lighter device than the W3. Despite its newly formatted internals, the tablet weighs 0.92 pounds only, which is much lighter than the 1.1-pound W3. Moreover, the W4 is thinner, too. However, the W4 is still surprisingly lumpier than other 8-inch tablets like Apple’s iPad mini, which is equipped with the effective Retina display, and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.
With its curvy design, the W4 is comfortable, handy to hold and generally well built. However, most users prefer the rubbery back of Dell’s Venue 8 Pro for general use. Nevertheless, holding the W4 can still give a decent look. The W4’s front Windows key is much more suitable and useful than the Venue’s side button. The latest Iconia is indeed more portable than the previous W3. Despite its efficient and elegant internals, the tablet weighs 0.92 pounds only, which makes it quite worthy.
There were no huge changes being made with its external features. You can easily look at its familiar micro-USB port, the stereo speakers at the back, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom part. Switching towards the right-hand side, one can find the micro SD card slot accompanied by a micro-HDMI video port.
Display and Sound
The IPS LCD in the W4 is a screen rich in color even when viewed from every angle. It is much easier to read even in the dark or inadequate light. Courtesy to its gapless design that cut offs a lot of flash. The W4’s 1,280 x 800 resolution is quite enough for many media requirements due to its sharp picture quality.
The Iconia W3 was one of the devices, which showed Windows 8.1 at the earliest. Therefore, the experience of using that OS on W4 will be similar. Some of Windows 8.1’s features were built with pocket size tablets in mind.
The Iconia W4 may not be the best tab with fabulous features, but it is an example of how to do a small Windows tablet with a solid design, an elegant display, and a long battery life.