Don’t bust your bud­get

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

THERE is a new Win­dows 8.1 tablet in town and it goes by the name of Acer Ico­nia W4. This af­ford­able tablet has an 8in screen which the com­pany claims is sharper and brighter than the ones on pre­vi­ous mod­els thanks to its Zero Air Gap tech­nol­ogy.

By us­ing this tech­nol­ogy it has re­moved the air be­tween the touch­screen and LCD mod­ule which has re­duced re­flec­tion and im­proved out­door vis­i­bil­ity.

Plus, as it’s an IPS (in-plane switch­ing) panel, it also has a wide view­ing an­gle, and a res­o­lu­tion of 1,280 x 800-pix­els. The tablet comes pre­loaded with a copy of Of­fice Home and Stu­dent 2013 Edi­tion which will al­low users to cre­ate and edit Word and Ex­cel files.

It also comes with 64GB of stor­age space which is plenty for in­stalling games and apps from the Google Play store.

For shoot­ing pho­tos, users have the op­tion of us­ing the 5-megapixel rear cam­era or the front-fac­ing 2-megapixel unit.

The tablet, which runs on In­tel’s Bay­trail Z3740 (1.8GHz) pro­ces­sor and HD graph­ics chip, has a 4960mAh bat­tery which is rated to last up to eight hours of video play­back or 10 hours of web brows­ing.

Acer is also of­fer­ing op­tional mi­crofiber cases in var­i­ous colours called Crunch Cover that can fold to prop the Ico­nia W4 up at dif­fer­ent an­gles.

Users can also pur­chase a match­ing wire­less Blue­tooth key­board that’s en­cased in syn­thetic leather.

The Ico­nia W4 re­tails for RM1,099. The Crunch Cover and Crunch Key­board go for RM99 and RM199, re­spec­tively. — Zam Karim

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