Acer Iconia W4 review

Windows 8.1 tablet is highly evolved

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The Acer Iconia W4 ships with Windows 8.1, which lets you install both desktop Windows programs and apps from the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Store.

This first update to Windows 8 brings some genuinely useful improvements, including multi-monitor support, more flexible snapping of apps side-by-side, a search option that looks further afield to find files and tighter integration with Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service. You can find out more about Windows 8.1 in our in-depth review here.

The Acer Iconia W4 also comes with a fair amount of bloatware - third party apps that you might want to consider uninstalling to free up space on the device.

Acer Iconia W4 Start Screen
Bloaty apps, may cause wind

There's a few that might hold your attention for a short while, however - including Music Maker Jam, a music creation app that lets you compose songs by triggering samples in different orders - and ChaCha, a "human-guided search engine" that can answer questions about the tablet and Windows 8.1 for newcomers to Microsoft's latest OS.

Other third-party apps include, Zinio reader, Didlr, Evernote Touch, Freshpaint, StumbleUpon, Accuweather and Netflix.

Acer Iconia W4 Kindle app
A comfortable reading experience

Amazon's Kindle app is another that you might want to keep. It takes advantage of the Iconia W4's improved screen, as well as its decent brightness, contrast and lightweight nature. Whether catching up with a book while on the beach or lolling around the living room, it makes for a decent reading experience.

Acer apps installed off the bat include Acer Media, Acer Photo, Acer Explorer, Acer Docs, Acer Photos, Acer Games and Acer Scrapboard. You'll be asked to update them the first time you connect to the internet, a download that totalled 123.26MB, which is hardly excessive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Finger Print ReaderNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA W4-820
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ3740
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)415 g
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height10.8 mm
Width135 mm
Depth219 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyLPDDR3
Product SeriesW4-820
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelW4-820-Z3742G06aii
Product NameICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii Net-tablet PC
Product LineICONIA
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberNT.L31EK.003
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • ICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter