A few weeks ago, we tested the Asus RT VivoTab, tablet and keyboard that were running Windows RT. The Iconia Tab W510 Acer presents the same form, but is equipped with an Intel Atom Clover Trail and thus work on Windows 8 of
And it changes a lot. Because during our test of the product from Asus, we were quite satisfied with the work of the brand, but very doubtful about the Microsoft OS. With a product similar to Asus running Windows 8, the Acer Iconia Tab W510 seems to have serious advantages to make, starting with its compactness and autonomy announced as very important (18 hours!).
The W510 wife is more a hybrid format tablet / notebook that seems to be the one who convinced manufacturers, since the main market will be their declension: Samsung Smart PC Smart VivoTab Asus, HP Envy x2, Lenovo Lynx ... Products comparable in all respects to that of Acer, and
Among the Windows 8 mobile products already tested by us (S7 Acer Aspire, Lenovo Twist), the Acer W510 seems best equipped to respond to the issues raised by the two heads of OS Microsoft. What happens in practice? The answer in this test.
The tablet back to overview
The Iconia Tab W510 is a tablet with a Windows 8 keyboard. Before coming to him, first of all talk about the main part of what the tablet product. In 16:9 and with a diagonal of 10.1 inches, it has a fairly simple design whose only trick is the double gray / white for the back of the tablet and its periphery, respectively.
Its size, however,
With this format, the
While some see the return of the
The qualities of this slab are also quite commendable, since its luminance up to 300 cd / m², with a black dot at 47 cd / m². The contrast ratio of 640:1 is rather good, without too great a sacrifice in terms of colorimetry (deltaE average of 6.7). It is rather more skeptical about the sound performance of the Acer tablet.
Not that the sound quality is so bad: the
The dock back to overview
If part of the
Covered with a gray plastic same as Acer has placed at the back of the tablet, the dock has a finish equivalent to this: it is not very "sustainable" (plastic is easily scratched) but it is assembled and the presence of many rubber pads on both sides of the dock, reassuring.
Only downside, the game suffered when the shelf is positioned in the hinge. About the device designed to separate the two, it seems to us quite relevant: unlike VivoTab RT, the button is positioned on the dock, not the tablet, which greatly facilitates the operation.
We have not encountered any difficulty to place the tablet in a hinge also fully lined with felt. Also note that Acer provides two connectors for the dock: the first allows you to charge the device, since it is equipped with a 29.4 Wh battery, and the other is a second (and significant) USB port 2.0.
We now come to the main interest of this dock, that is to say the keyboard. Let's outset, the keys are small, and even if the choice of chiclet provides additional spacing, typing is not the easiest. However, difficult to fault anything at Acer space is used up, and finally the 10.1-inch size, which limits the usability of this
We will however a little tougher with the touchpad, both too small (even if it is more comfortable than the surface) and unable to handle multitouch, gestures and therefore associated with Windows 8. Needless to some, since the screen is touch sensitive. Certainly. But it may also have wanted to work with a screen without fingerprints ... Finally, our test was obviously suffering from a strange illness which made the
Components back to overview
The chip also contains graphics, the
To support this chip, Acer has provided 2 GB RAM DDR2 low consumption. Storage side, you can count on the micro-SD slot to expand the capacity of the tablet, limited to 32 or 64 GB Especially as our test model, a 32GB version, has in fact only 7.5 GB available to the user. Insufficient. Fortunately, only the 64 GB version seems to be available commercially.
The rest of the equipment Iconia Tab W510 is in contrast to standard: 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, NFC chip, brightness sensor (deactivation and efficient) ... Add to this a particularly rich connection for a tablet (micro-HDMI to VGA adapter, mini-USB 2.0 adapter to USB, micro-SD reader) and a second battery 29.6 Wh. Regarding the latter, know that it enjoys priority of the load and begins his
Conclude with the photo part of this tablet: the front camera is equipped with a 2 megapixel sensor, while the camera on the back of the tablet is capable of 8-megapixel snapshots.
1080p videos produced by the W510 seem to lack fluidity and because there are only 24 frames per second. Passing in 720p, there are excellent fluidity. Obviously, the Atom Z2760 Tablet flange somewhat from this point of view.
Web, games, office: in practice! back to top
What this Iconia W510 in practice? Evoke the first touch layer, which manages up to five simultaneous support. A manipulation that also opens the Acer Ring, an application launcher rather well done can open some folders (My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos), to organize your favorite applications or access to a configuration menu very useful (network management wireless sensor brightness). The perfect management of this support to five fingers is the image quality of the touch layer of the W510: responsiveness is very good and does not suffer any approximation.
However, we must admit that the SoC Intel is far, far away to show the performance of a processor Core. This does not bother us when surfing or launch applications Modern UI and use advisory responsiveness of the tablet at least very similar to what exists in competition iOS as Android. However, do not expect to play tracks that greedy Reckless Racing Ultimate, to perform assembly or photo editing, as
Level of autonomy Finally, we set the brightness of the screen on an average value and enabled wireless circuits. A video in a loop until battery exhaustion. Obviously this test, the Intel Atom SoC is expected to face ARM. And despite the presence of two sets of interesting capabilities (about 60 Wh between them), the W510 fails to match the score (impressive) of VivoTab RT, either with or without the dock. As such, the remainder to the ARM SoC Intel. But 15 hours and 20 minutes of battery life, it is still remarkable! Note in passing the relatively long time for charging two batteries:
In concluding this test the Iconia Tab W510, a question comes to mind: what else happens to Windows tablets RT? For one side, you have a space or VivoTab RT 32GB version sold at 600 euros with a keyboard, and OS clamped limited performance, and another the W510, with a swifter Atom , the "real version" of Windows (such as Intel likes to call it) and with a 64 GB storage sold ... at the same price!
So obviously, the situation is a little steep and should qualify the subject. As to what is autonomy, Tegra 3 tablets that are VivoTab and size are more efficient. Similarly, these have nothing to envy to the W510 regarding the game, although in all cases it will settle securities particularly low resource intensive. Finally, the weight is also the advantage of two models under Windows RT, at least when we compare the whole tablet + dock. Blame it on a bigger
Still not months Acer tablet has a performance / consumption seems more interesting, and the presence of Windows 8 makes it possible to install small applications daily, which will delight those who not necessarily want to go through Modern UI. In addition, the W510 has a good level of finish and a remarkably compact, which implies however a small deficit in terms of ergonomics, particularly at the keyboard.
But between this and the Asus RT VivoTab or Microsoft's Surface, our choice is clearly the W510. Remains whether the NVIDIA Tegra 4 will or not new arguments supporters Windows tablets RT, and if other manufacturers manage to do better in Acer. As such, the Asus Smart Vivotab only real competitor of the W510 to date, has no second battery for