$ 499, acer. com. au

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

ACER’S up­dated Win­dows 8.1 tablet – the pre­vi­ous model was the W3 – runs on a 1.8Ghz fourth­gen­er­a­tion In­tel Atom pro­ces­sor with 64GB of stor­age. It has an 8- inch, 1280x800 pixel dis­play and weighs 415g. Its stand­out de­sign fea­ture is a ridge that runs down the bot­tom side, in­clud­ing a phys­i­cal Win­dows 8 start screen key. It makes hold­ing the W4 in land­scape quite easy. Like other Win­dows 8 tablets, the W4 is a split be­tween pro­duc­tiv­ity and fun. Offi ce Home and Stu­dent is pre- in­stalled, so paired with a key­board it could make a de­cent mini- note­book. The pro­ces­sor won’t run ev­ery high- end Win­dows app well, but it’s a solid per­former with good bat­tery life. An­droid apps, they’re not offi cially sup­ported on the HDX, and the process for side­load­ing them is tricky. The HDX’s video of­fer­ings in Aus­tralia are weak, so the ex­cel­lent screen won’t see all the use it could.

$ 398 ( 32GB)/$ 459 ( 64GB), dell. com. au WE sus­pect if you looked up “generic- look­ing tablet” in a search en­gine, it would re­turn a pic­ture of the Dell Venue 8. It’s a plain, very plas­tic- look­ing Win­dows 8.1 tablet with a 1.8Ghz In­tel Atom pro­ces­sor. It has ei­ther 32GB or 64GB of stor­age and a 1280x800 pixel dis­play. Dell does lit­tle with its own ap­pli­ca­tions, but it’s a full Win­dows tablet, so there’s plenty of po­ten­tial soft­ware on of­fer. The rear cas­ing on the Venue 8 feels rather hol­low and there’s an odd ar­range­ment of but­tons. There’s not much in per­for­mance terms be­tween the Venue 8 and the Acer W4, but the W4 feels like a more solidly con­structed de­vice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.