Acer Iconia W4-820 Windows 8.1 Tablet Review

User Experience

Without a shadow of doubt, this product was designed primarily for usage in portrait orientation. The Windows button is placed at the short side of the tablet (indicating the bottom of the device) and the speakers were placed at the worse possible location – right smack at the bottom too.

Acer Iconia W4-820 Windows 8.1 Tablet Review

Should you decide to rest this device on your tummy while lazing around the couch, the audio will be practically muffled. The 3.5mm audio output port is also right at the bottom so the headphone connectors do get in the way during the course of usage as well.

In terms of performance, the device handled 10-bit Full HD (1080p) video playback with ease. Web browsing (eg Youtube and Facebook) is not a problem at all, this device handles them all very well. Not once did the device lagged out on me, in fact boot time was short of seconds, which is pretty good.

As for the screen, it’s pretty much a let down as it’s not using IPS panel.

What I like best is the Windows button – yes, a button! This is very unlike earlier generations of Windows tablet where the Windows button isn’t a button but rather a touch sensitive panel. Touch sensitive panels were a nightmare when it comes to doing screen captures.

The product weighs around 400g and battery life is good. It should last the whole day as long as you’re not running battery-draining activities like browsing and video viewing.

The Verdict

The device retails at RM 1,099. It’s a great device but it doesn’t astound me like the aged Iconia Tab W510. Of course, that’s not entirely a fair comparison as the W510 is a 10.1″ device made for a slightly different purpose.

Nevertheless, the W4-820’s slight flaw (eg speaker placement) could be overlooked as the product is reasonably priced for an 8″ Windows 8.1 tablet.

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