The tablet space is as hot as a Roman candle, but few of the new designs run Windows 7. Acer is changing all of that with the release of the unique Iconia Tab W500 tablet that has a detachable keyboard that turns the thin slate into a full-fledged Windows notebook. The Iconia Tab W500 starts at N85,000 and includes the keyboard dock.
The Acer’s 10 inch Iconia Tab features an innovative hybrid design that allows the user to use it as a multi-touch tablet or, when docked into the keyboard, have its function as a laptop computer. Under its hood, the device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core C50 AMD Fusion processor, with a Radeon HD 6250 graphics core built into the processor, 2GB of expandable RAM and up to six hours of battery life.
The HP tc1100 is a hybrid design of a slate with detachable keyboard. The tc1100 was the end of the useful hybrid designs, until now. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 provides the best of both worlds: a Windows tablet that is thin and light (2.14 lbs.) and a full notebook with the keyboard attached. The keyboard dock (1.34 lbs.) attaches to the slate with a magnetic linking mechanism designed for easy operation.
As everyone anticipates the arrival of the Motorola Xoom, the 10 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry Playbook as alternative tablet devices to the iPad, Acer’s Iconia Tab W500’s that debuted last week is set to fill that much needed spot in competing with Apple’s mighty slate.
The Iconia Tab W500 made its debut last week during a product launch by Acer. “The device runs a full Windows 7 Home Premium operating system instead of a modified mobile OS found on Android tablets and the iPad. Simply put, its a full computer that enables users to perform all the tasks they normally would on a normal computer without much fuss,” said an Acer official.
“In addition, attaching the tablet onto its keyboard dock allows the Iconia Tab to function just like a normal laptop computer, so you have a tablet and a notebook for the price of one. When you get an iPad for instance, you will still need a real computer in order to do real computer tasks. With the Iconia Tab, you get the best of both worlds,” he added.
Concepts Computers will also begin selling the Acer Iconia 484G64 dual touchscreen laptop computer, which also made its debut last week with the Iconia Tab. The Iconia 484G64 will be priced at $1,688 and will be sold alongside the Iconia Tab. “We are waiting for the first shipment of stock to arrive sometime this week, and we will tie in with a promotion for the first 100 customers who purchase the Iconia computers,” they added.