Acer Iconia W700 review

High-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

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Battery eater: 284
Cinebench: 3716
3D Mark: 1785

In terms of performance, the Acer Iconia W700 struggled, and we were disappointed to see less power from it than from Ultrabooks in the same category.

High-end Ultrabooks packing an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i7 processor would produce a score of around 9,000 in Cinebench, which is ideal for heavy image editing, dealing with video and multi-tasking full Windows apps such as Photoshop and Microsoft Word.

Acer Iconia W700 review

With its Intel Core i3 chip, the Iconia W700 stuttered to a disappointing score of 3,716.

This makes it hard to recommend for people who plan to use this hybrid device for heavy grunt work, which is a shame, since the point of the W700 seems to be to replace your existing Windows machine and solve the need for a separate tablet.

Acer Iconia W700 review

With an Intel Core i3 processor handling all the processing and the graphics - remember there's no discreet solution here, folks - our 3D Mark produced a pretty derisory score as well.

The W700 managed just 1,785, and the cycle of tests resembled a PowerPoint presentation on 90s gaming rather than an exploration of 3D rendering.

Acer Iconia W700 review

It means we have serious doubts about the ability of the W700 to handle any types of gaming, beyond anything from the Windows Store.

Of course, there is an Intel Core i5 version of the W700 available, which would improve on these worrying results, but you can expect to pay a premium of £150/US$100 or more.

Acer Iconia W700 review

The pay off of such basic performance is excellent battery life, which matches some of the best performing laptops such as the Dell XPS 13. This will suit anyone who intends to work away from the mains electricity.

Our harsh tests, which involve looping HD video and simulating office tasks, produced a cycle of 284 minutes, and under less extreme conditions one could easily expect five to six hours of use.

Acer Iconia W700 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA W700
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor Modeli5-3317U
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorHybrid
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)950 g
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderNo
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + HS
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height11.9 mm
Width295 mm
Depth191 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesW700
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelW700-53314G12as
Product NameICONIA W700-53314G12as Tablet PC
Product LineICONIA
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNT.L0EEK.002
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationAlways on it

The ICONIA W5 Series is the world's first Intel® CPU-based tablet with Acer Always On technology. Simply press it and it's on and updated, like a smartphone -- with up to 3 weeks of standby power. Acer Always Connect links to hotspots in 2.5 seconds, while AcerCloud lets you access files on all your devices, anytime.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA W700-53314G12as Tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year