Acer is so sure of its Iconia W510 hybrid that it is selling the tablet without the keyboard dock too. This means the tablet is independent of the dock, which is not necessary to charge the device.
The clamshell design of the device is very solid, though the plastic white hinge sticks out of the aluminum-finish body. The tablet side is heavier and will fall back if you don’t get the angle correct. But the display can rotate 180 degrees into a presentation mode where the keyboard is facing down.
Frankly, we didn’t particularly like the keyboard which is well spaced out, but keeps repeating letters that you type. The space key is also stubborn and registers a stroke only when you hit its middle. But the keyboard nestles an extra battery that doubles the amount of juice you have on the tablet as well as the only full USB port.
On the other hand, the tablet is very good and comes with most connectivity options that you need. A micro-USB, micro-HDMI and microSD card reader dot different sides of the tablet. The IPS panel is crystal clear and the touchscreen good. For a change, this is one screen that is visible even in sunlight. The sound quality is good too.
Like other hybrids, this one too is made for regular computing and high-end tasks. The Atom processor won’t give you any trouble with content consumption and can also do some types of content creation. But don’t stretch the device by asking it to do tough tasks. Acer has added a host of proprietary apps. We really liked the Acer Crystal Eye that lets you take full control of the front and rear cameras.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
Good value for money