Tech for Travellers: Acer Iconia W3 – Windows 8 in your Pocket

Acer W3 (1)

What makes it special?
It has the COMPLETE Windows 8, with MS Office 2013 thrown into the mix, in a tablet with a 8.1 inch display that is smaller and lighter than the iPad with retina display. It costs lesser too.

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How well does it work?
As long as you stick to browsing, word processing, basic presentations and mail, it works brilliantly. Battery life is very good too, thanks to the Atom processor – almost eight to nine hours.You also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

What’s not so great about it?
The display is not the greatest and at 1280 x 800. Onboard storage is limited to 32 GB, although you have the option of connecting USB drives to it. This being an Atom processor, do not expect to do high-end tasks on it.

Should you buy it?
If you want something that almost totally mimics your computer and fits into your coat pocket, this is your only option at the moment. You can even attach a Bluetooth keyboard to it if you wish.

Traveller’s Quotient:
It won’t turn heads but the Iconia W3 is very solidly built. USB connectivity means it will support data cards too. And yes, it is literally like your Windows computer in your pocket.

Also consider:
The iPad with retina display (4th generation) which starts at Rs. 31,990 has a better display and camera and superb design. But yes, it is a different OS – no MS Office on this one.

Price: Rs. 30,499



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