Acer joins the Windows 8 tablet party with the company’s first 10-inch convertible tablet to run the latest version of Windows, complete with a keyboard dock.
Shoppers can buy the Acer W510 starting at $499 on November 9th from select retailers. The Keyboard dock is optional on the $499 and $599 models.
The Acer W510 carries the “Convertible” label, which we expect to see on a number of Windows 8 tablets that will take on the Surface RT and Surface tablets this fall.
Acer calls the W510 a “triple threat” because it offers up three modes of use. The Acer W510 acts like any other 10-inch slate while out of the dock. When in the keyboard dock, users double battery life up to 18 hours and are able to use a full size keyboard.
The third use case is to swivel the keyboard dock around so it acts as a stand with the keyboard behind the screen, allowing users to prop the tablet up for watching movies or interacting with a game.
Inside Acer uses a 1.5GHZ Intel Atom Z2760 processor to power the tablet paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB to 64GB of storage. The 10.1=inch display uses Gorilla Glass 2 for added strength and sports a 1366 x 768 resolution, like most consumer notebooks.
Users can shoot video with the rear facing 8MP camera and take photos to import into Windows Apps. There is a front facing 2MP camera capable of HD video, which will come in hand for video chatting.
All Acer W510 models include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as Micro HDMI, a Micro SD card reader and Micro USB 2.0 connectivity. There’s also a USB 2.0 port on the keyboard dock.
Users can carry the Acer w510 without breaking a sweat, it weighs in at 1.32 pounds and 2.63 pounds with the keyboard. That’s slightly lighter than the New iPad without the keyboard and a little heavier than the 11-inch MacBook Air when paired with the keyboard dock. The tablet is 0.35-inches thick, a little thinner than the iPad. With the keyboard dock the combo measures 0.84-inches thick.
Acer offers four models of the W510 ranging from 32GB of storage starting at $499 up to 64GB of storage a keyboard dock and two-year warranty for $799. Expect to see the Windows 8 tablets arrive in retail stores in early November.