Report: Acer releasing updated Iconia W3 8-inch tablet, improving the terrible display
Like most people who picked up an Iconia W3 8-inch tablet, running full Windows 8 on an Intel Atom processor, we loved the concept but recoiled at some of the execution. We’ve joked in the past that Acer has two design teams: A and B with the former being responsible for the S7 and R7 (gorgeous devices) and the B team overseeing the less-than-pretty W510 and W3.
Forgetting the looks of the W3, which seem to be something designed three years ago, functionally the nimble 8-inch tablet had one glaring flaw: its display. In 2013, IPS displays are all the rage and found in most ultrabooks and laptops, giving users high visibility at various angles and great color saturation. High viewing angles are even more relevant for a device that you hold in your hands and flip around.
As we noted in our W3 hands-on (see above), the display on this device is positively dated. It’s a straight up LCD display and looks like something you would have wanted five years ago, but not in 2013. Indeed, everyone we spoke with at Build had the same story: “I thought the display was broken the first time I turned it on!”.
We’re certain Apple never had that complaint about their working-as-normal iPads.
Now, Dutch website Tablets Magazine is reporting that Acer is rejigging their production of the W3, updating the display for future orders. They note that:
And because IPS technology is thinner and lighter than old LCD, we can probably expect a smidge in savings for weight and girth.
That’s great news unless of course you already purchased an Acer Iconia W3, in which case you just got hosed. We suppose those who received them for free at Build can’t complain too much--after all, you got a free 8.1” tablet and keyboard—but c’mon, Acer, you can do better than this for a launch.
Source: Tablets Magazine; Thanks, Martino, for the tip!
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They should also get back into wellies, I know they've missed Glasto but yellow Lumia 920, matching yellow Purity headphones and yellow wellies would be the perfect festival kit!
But really wellies are the future! Or they could get back into tyres and work with Apple on the iCar...
That being said, If they made the tablet that I just described but it was say $400 MSRP, I would go for it. I think. And yes please offer a jumbo keyboard that it snaps into.
I had a Dell Latitude XT3 tablet PC which was very expensive MSRP (I bought it cheap refurbished) which used a crappy TN display. When in portrait mode (to write with the pen) the screen would be horribly distorted, with each eye getting a different color and brightness level. It really messes with your brain.
The site also has an article about an 8" tablet from Asus coming IFA2013.
The Iconia W3 should have been a hit. It should NEVER have gotten past the final approval stage at Acer with this display, and in my opinion, this thickness. How products like these ship with such obvious flaws should be considered a major part of the problem Microsoft faces in battling Apple.
It's actually a good little travel device. I was able to download some of videos of the /Build sessions that I missed while still at the conference to watch on the flight home. Doing that with my iPad on the road would hav been an exercise in frustration. For a light Windows tablet, I found it more useful than the Surface RT.