Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Pro tablet available at Microsoft's online store for $399

Acer W510

To celebrate Cyber Monday, Microsoft has the Acer Iconia W500 Windows 8 tablet listed online for just $399 - that's $100 off the regular price. What's different about this Windows tablet compared to the Surface RT? It's slightly cheaper and sports a full version of Windows 8 with its x86 processor. This means one can install legacy applications in the desktop app.

The tablet packs a punch with a 10.1" Acer CrystalBrite LED-backlit TFT LCD (1366 x 768), Intel Atom (dual-core) 1.50 GHz, 2GB DDR2, 32GB SSD, MicroSD, ~ 9 hours battery life, 8MP rear camera (with 2MP FFC), WiFi + BlueTooth, and weighs in at just under 1kg. While not the most powerful kid on the block, the Iconia W510 looks smart and is encased in a sweet looking silver shell. Plus there's an optional keyboard / dock accessory (not included / sold by Microsoft).

The Acer Iconia W700 will be available with an Intel i3 chip and a full HD display, so it might be worth waiting should you require something slightly more advanced (the Surface Pro is still on its way too). Our own Daniel Rubino has snatched his own Acer W510 so we should have a short comparison of the tablet against the Surface RT shortly.

Check out the quick video preview of the tablet by The Verge:

Will you be picking one up? Do note that the Microsoft Store will not honour the Cyber Monday pricing that's displayed online. Be sure to join in the discussion over on our community forum.

Source: Microsoft Store


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Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Pro tablet available at Microsoft's online store for $399


Buying from MS means it's Signature, so no Acer bloatware...just straight up OS and their hardware. I dunno, Acer seems alright...

Either way, I bought one so I'll let you guys know in a few days :)

Yeah keep us updated, I'm curious to see what the performance is like on the new Atoms. If you could run some tests with more intensive applications like photoshop that'd be great. Thanks!

Hey Daniel, that would be great! But as someone suggested, could you please download some more intense programs? Like, if possible, and any basic engineering software would be ideal for me because im thinking of getting one to work for simple programming purposes. Thanks!

I've got an Acer netbook with an AMD C60 processor. Not the speediest kid on the block, but it runs Visual Studio OK. Bumping the memory up to 4 GB helped add a little zip, as did the Windows 8 upgrade. I have debated replacing the hard drive with a SSD, but I think I'll use that money for a Windows 8 Pro tablet. I am going to hold out for a higher resolution model. I find 1366x768 to be a little too cramped a little too often.

I have an Acer laptop that's been going strong after 4 years with no issue and I might get even more life out of it with Win8 installed on it

Though I believe all vendors can create gems as well as turds, I personally hate HP computers and will not buy or recommend them.

Acer is actually pretty dog-gone good. I think this tablet is a looker. If I did not have an ultrabook and surface, I would get this. You can't beat the price for what you get.

I just have to reply with my stellar experience with 3 different Acer products over the last 18 or so years, the price to features has always been great, but mostly their reliability has been 100%.

Wrong, its just the surface, I3 and I5 at least is already released where I am. Im trying to get rid of my Zenbook to get a Acer W700 I3 for 800$

I have the old W500 with W8 installed. It runs great as a tablet and as an occasional laptop. Terrific display as well. Seems like W510 should be even better. I'm going to read up on reviews. I'm really tempted by this deal.

The W510 will be better than the W500 (which I have), since the increased screen resolution allows for the snapping of apps.

complete rubbish.  On the upside it doesn't have Office installed so the whiners and complainers about no ful 32Gb storage will have more (or is it less?) to complain about.

I never understood why the higher megapixel camera is on the back. I always use the front facing camera way more than the back on my tablet

Ordered one!  It's $399 + $34 sales tax.   The acer iconia w510 youtube advert hooked me in!  I just couldn't resist a full windows 8 tablet for that price.

Ive heard that the acer hardware for windows 8 is really nice. Has anyone seen the Aspire S7 its probably the best looking laptop Ive ever seen and I would of got it but it has terrible battery life.

I'm typing this message on an original W500. As TK states, It runs Win 8 very good. It's likely a little slower than the W510 but you can pick a used one pretty cheap.

The keyboard on the Surface is what makes it. Not sure about dragging a thicker dock around. Is it the new gen Atom? I think the i3 or Surface Pro is what to look at.

I ordered mine earlier today.  I had the W500 with Windows 8 previews loaded on it all last year.  I could use it as a tablet or I could hook up full size monitor (using HDMI port) and keyboard and use it as my desktop, which I did.  I sold it used on amazon a few weeks ago for a little less than I paid today for the faster, thinner, higher quality W510.  I'm psyched to get it.  I'm curious how much disk space will be free - I've heard horror stories about how some vendors are configuring the disks for Windows 8.  I'm also curious what of the Acer software will be left on it, e.g. Acer Ring.  I will have to now buy a microSD card and a microHDMI cable as the W500 used full size but I still think I'm going to have a much cooler and newer technology tablet.

Acer quality is piss poor...get a Surface or a Dell. My Dell XPS 12 is outstanding. Granted I am comparing apples to oranges as the XPS is quite a bit more than $399. However, I am really impressed with Dells quality lately.

Man i am really tempted to pick one of these up. Cant wait for Daniel's review. i have heard pretty good things anout the new Atom running Windows 8.

This may be a good deal pricewise but I still have questions about full on desktop apps running on a tablet. Existing apps are generally NOT touch friendly and the fact there is a tablet that can run a desktop app isn't a complelling reason to buy one...especially if much of what you will need to do on a desktop app, demand the attention of a mouse. I need to see reviews before accepting this option.

They have this new technology called USB, you should probably look it up.
As a side note, any application that is as mouse heavy as you are describing are usually hard to use on a full laptop with a trackpad anyway, that is why people use external mice, usually the of the wireless variety.
Your other option is to look for a tablet that has a digitizer such as the Dell models (optional digitizer). Even Photoshop is pretty easy to use without a mouse if you have a stylus. Some will even argue that the stylus is easier than the mouse.

Does anyone know if the Microsoft Store always has the 32 gb version in stock, or is that a part of Cyber Monday as well? I have been looking everywhere for the 500 dollar 32 gb version - somehow never thought to look in the actual Microsoft store. I plan on getting the W510 at some point, just not at the moment. Will the 32 gb version still be there after the sale is over?

After all the whining Acer did about MS making their own tablets throughout this year I lost interest in their products. I'd rather pay more and get a better product, which is what I did buying the Surface.

I have been using the W500 with W8 for quite a while and it has done me well, with Office 2013 and Skydrive I can now not do without my tablet. My only complaint is battery life so I'm interested to see how exaggerated the 9 hour battery life is. Acer is fine for the cost. IMHO. For $399, you will definitely get what you pay for and more. I still have a windows 95 Acer that will still boot up if I went digging for it.

I bought the W500 for testing Windows 8, now my son uses it for school. It runs great for most things, but struggles with some video formats - mostly Silverlight apps, Netflix and Zune. I think if the drivers were optimized for Win8 it could be even better. The keyboard for it is very nice.

Since it has AMD cpu/gpu, I will be very interested to see how it compares to the W510 and it's atom processor.

Why would you need to run PhotoShop on a small form factor tablet with limited processing ability - curiosity or cluelessness?

Sometimes you need to work on the go, but a 17" laptop is just not worth the weight and size. I actually tend to favor my Acer netbook because of that. It runs Visual Studio acceptably and Paint.NET quite well, even if 1366x768 is a bit cramped for either. (Now if only the PDN site would allow download of the thing without tricking you into installing crapware.)

9 hours?  That's pretty darn good.  If you can get 9 hours out of Intel, I'm not sure why Microsoft ever developed Windows RT for ARM.  They should have just stuck with regular Windows and Intel.

Nooooo... They should have made that 399$ a holiday season price not a black Friday price, lol. Back to $499

Wish these comments were posted in the forums yesterday when I asked about this computer. Probably would have convinced me to pull the trigger on it. Now we get to wait and see if MS offers this deal again closer to Christmas.