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Acer Iconia W4 review

Windows 8.1 tablet is highly evolved

Benchmarks:

Cinebench (OpenGL): 6.21

Cinebench (CPU): 1.16

PC Mark Home Battery Life: 8 hours 30 minutes

3DMark (Ice): 13905

3DMark (Cloud Gate): 1188

3DMark (Fire Strike): Would not run

The Acer Iconia W3 had good battery life, so we were confident that the Iconia W4's would last around the 10-hour mark. It didn't disappoint.

We managed to squeeze out more than nine hours from its 4,960mAH battery by putting it through a benchmark test that continually loops video playback and opens and closes apps until power is depleted.

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Acers and oranges

Processing power is a mixed bag. Even with a fairly low 2GB of RAM, the tablet zips along nicely thanks to it housing a speedy SSD. Windows 8.1 apps run without a hitch, but it's a different story once demanding desktop programs come into the fold.

You won't run into too much trouble with one or two desktop applications open - you can run several Office apps simultaneously, for example - without experiencing any impact on performance.

Open four or five desktop apps, however, in addition to a few from the Microsoft Store, and you'll start to experience frozen windows, lag and, if you're low on storage space, lengthy lock-ups.

Simply put, the Iconia W4 won't meet the needs of power users needing to do anything more demanding than casual web browsing, word processing, social media or using Microsoft Store apps. However, as a day-to-day companion device for completing PC tasks on the go, it's perfectly up to the task.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
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
TouchscreenYes
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 Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Package Contents
  • ICONIA W4-820-Z3742G06aii Net-tablet PC
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter