Acer Iconia W4 review

Windows 8.1 tablet is highly evolved

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The Acer Iconia W4 keeps the same basic port selection as the Iconia W3, offering a solitary micro-USB connection for peripherals (you'll need a converter to hand), microSD slot, micro-HDMI port and headphone jack.

It means you'll have to pair a couple of Bluetooth peripherals to use with the device if you're not keen on using its touchscreen or on-screen keyboard.

Acer Iconia W4 ports
Speakers, micro-USB and headphone jack

Until Acer and other manufacturers go the whole hog and start to bake full-sized USB ports into eight-inch Windows tablets, you could go down the slightly unconventional route of using an external keyboard with built-in USB ports.

I hooked up Apple's full-sized QWERTY iMac keyboard using a micro-USB converter, which gave me two extra USB ports for connecting a USB mouse and headphones - even if the pairing looked more than a little bit odd.

Acer Iconia W4 in Crunch Keyboard
Crunch time

Another option is to use Acer's Crunch Keyboard, the Iconia W4's official accessory. Made from leather, it measures 5.33mm and folds out to be used as a stand. It connects to the device using Bluetooth 3.0 and is rechargeable via micro-USB. There's also a Crunch Cover that folds into multiple angles, in addition to a Power Bank that can add up to four hours of battery life.

Unfortunately we couldn't get our hands on those accessories, but we managed to successfully pair the Iconia W3's Bluetooth keyboard, which fits the Iconia W4's dimensions and worked perfectly.

Along the device's top ridge is a micro-HDMI port for hooking the Iconia W4 up to larger displays using an appropriate cable or convertor. We had no problems connecting the device up to a 1080p monitor to view websites and play back full-HD video on YouTube, which streamed with no noticeable stutter.

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