SPLIT PER­SON­AL­ITY

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

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?

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Good value for money

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