Don’t bust your budget
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