It has been over four months since Acer first revealed its Windows 8 lineup, but now that the launch of Microsoft's next operating system is closer than ever, we're getting all the information we've been waiting for on Acer's 11.6-inch Iconia W700 tablet.
Acer designed the W700 as a tablet that can replace a traditional laptop, and as such, it has equipped the tablet with a Ivy Bridge, 1.8GHz Core i3 processor in its base configuration (upgradable to Core i5). As we first saw at Computex, the tablet has a fantastic-looking 1080p, 11.6-inch display, which should give enough space to get some work done. The rest of the specifications are rounded out by 4GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, 1-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear cameras, and a Micro HDMI and USB 3.0 port. In terms of design, the tablet weighs in at 2.3 pounds, and it's fairly handsome with distinctive orange speaker ports and unibody construction. At this configuration the Iconia W700 will cost $799.99 when it launches on Windows 8 day: October 26th. If you opt for the i5 processor and twice the memory, it'll run you $999.99.
What makes the Iconia W700 an intriguing tablet isn't its raw specs, however (though we do like that display). The system will ship with a dock that allows you to prop up the tablet in two different positions: 70 degrees or 20 degrees in widescreen orientation. The dock uses the tablet's USB 3.0 port, but the stand includes three more of those ports, and it charges the machine. The system also ships with a bundled Bluetooth keyboard, and the idea is that you'll keep it and the dock on your desk for getting work done, but when you are mobile you'll fall back on Windows 8's touch controls. The dock itself is all plastic, and it has a rather inexpensive feel to it. Instead of a true hinge, the dock has a removable plastic slat that you simply insert the other way to change between the two different viewing angles. It's certainly a unique design among a deluge of Windows 8 tablets, but we'll need to spend more time with it to see if it's better than a more traditional setup.