$ 499, acer. com. au
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.