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I had a chance to play with the W500 and A500 pre-production sample before release and I just bought a retail W500 unit from Amazon.

I have been looking for a tablet that I can take with me and do lite office stuff and watch video while away from the office. I had high hope for the A500 with the Tegra 2 solution but I was disappointed that it it couldn't even do 720p mkv (much less 1080p stuff). Strangely it handled 720p and 1080p fine in the .mov format. I also have problem finding an app that will let me play RMVB files.

That basically left me with the W500. Although a bit bigger and heavier. It does great on video playback. Everything I had (SD & HD .mp4, 720p/1080p mkv, SD & HD RMVB, blu-ray ISO, 720p/1080p youtube, Netflix streaming, etc) played just fine on it (after installing the necessary codec). Battery life is not as long as the A500 with about 4 solid hours on video playback and 5.5hr or so on general use.

The C50 w/ati 6250 even do pretty good in lite gaming. I have not tried yet but reports have came in with people playing Crysis, Starcraft 2 at low setting and even MMO like Rift. I'm going to try Eve Online when I have a chance.

As to using touch on Win7. It's a mixed experience. Most general stuff works well but there is always that one click button and such that takes a few tries to get right. The unit (at least in the US) does come with the keyboard dock (with a ethernet port and 2 USB ports) with a IBM laptop style mouse stick so once dock, things work pretty well and you can actually do real work on it like any Laptop/Netbook.

The screen is bright (highly readable outdoor except in direct sunlight) and responsive. It is a glossy screen so reflection may sometime be an issue. The viewing angle is great and the colors are vibrant.

Having USB and SD card slot (support the newer SDXC card) is nice since there is only about 17GB left on the 32GB SSD after OS, You can probably squeeze out 18GB by uninstalling all the bloatware. But a simple solution would be to plug in a 32/64GB SD card. The only thing I don't like is that both USB port face down when in landscape mode which make it awkward to to use a sleeve stand unless you are willing to flip the unit 180.

Overall, I'm quite impressed with the unit. To get anything more powerful, you would need to move up to an ASUS EP121 which is almost twice the price, bigger and heavier at 12.1" with only 3.5 hrs of battery life.
Edited by Wiz33 - 5/19/11 at 5:59pm
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Well i own iconia w500 w7 tablet for 3 days now and i would say that i absolutely love it. Im glad i made decision to get the windows tablet. touch is great, speed is amazing as compared to other w7 tablets. video playback is awesome.
only flaw i found so far is that when i play netflix, its horrible, it jerks more than a 286 could have, maybe its because netflix uses silverlight and amd fusion apu isnt made to handle silverlight. it kinda stops playing netflix. i dont understand why acer put netflix icon on desktop if its not capable of playing it.
besides this only problem, everything is great. battery life is amazing, it last me well over 4 hours of browsing hulu video playpback and youtube stuff.
post #13 of 65
I have both W7 and android tablets, specifically an Atom n450 based 10 inch tablet (made in china i.e. no-name), and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. It also possible to install froyo on many W7 x86 based tablets btw, I was able to do so on my tablet. In terms of usability, my W7 tab is great with multitouch, though as someone said, once in a while you get that one shortcut or button that you have to tap a few times, or a scroll bar thats too slim... Also the Atom n450 is 1.6Ghz, so really crap compared to the AMD C50, with integrated GPU and 1 gb ram, I am still able to play 720p on it no problems. If you plug in KB and mouse, its just like a netbook. My battery life is terrible though so I never use that tab.

For android, I have a 2.2/2.3 Galaxy Tab, so I cant tell you much about the Iconia OS as it runs 3.0. However in general its great to use, I use it as my daily mobile phone. Apps and the market are great, they make everything much easier than searching forever for utilities online. Also since its built for touchscreens, those functions are perfect. The one discerning feature is that it clearly is a light, mobile OS, and so is honeycomb. Therefore what I really miss is a window manager, since all apps are full screen, no exceptions. I find that to be the missing piece to full multitasking support.
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Well i own iconia w500 w7 tablet for 3 days now and i would say that i absolutely love it. Im glad i made decision to get the windows tablet. touch is great, speed is amazing as compared to other w7 tablets. video playback is awesome.
only flaw i found so far is that when i play netflix, its horrible, it jerks more than a 286 could have, maybe its because netflix uses silverlight and amd fusion apu isnt made to handle silverlight. it kinda stops playing netflix. i dont understand why acer put netflix icon on desktop if its not capable of playing it.
besides this only problem, everything is great. battery life is amazing, it last me well over 4 hours of browsing hulu video playpback and youtube stuff.
Un-checked the "Allow HD" on the Netflix player. I have been watching Stargate Atlantis on Netflix with no problem. I also streamed Amazon instant video in 720p with no problem.

I have not tried this but I have seen report that running Netflix under Window Media Center works fine.
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A bit old of a bump. I'm considering buying this--seems to be the best for the money and the ability to use Windows 7.

How have you guys/gals found this tablet, now that it's been a bit longer?
    
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Go with the transformer between those two. I love my Samsung tab 10.1.
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A bit old of a bump. I'm considering buying this--seems to be the best for the money and the ability to use Windows 7.

How have you guys/gals found this tablet, now that it's been a bit longer?
If you can handle the little bit of extra weight and a shorter battery life (vs transformer). then definitely go for the W500. It will do pretty much anything that you would normally do on any Win7 PC short of heavy photoshop, video editing, and apps that really require a hafty CPU. You can take anything you have on the PC and it will play without needing conversion. There are some odd problems here and there but we have solutions for most of them.

Drop by here:

http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/acer/

We have a whole bunch of W500 user hanging out there.
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If you can handle the little bit of extra weight and a shorter battery life (vs transformer). then definitely go for the W500. It will do pretty much anything that you would normally do on any Win7 PC short of heavy photoshop, video editing, and apps that really require a hafty CPU. You can take anything you have on the PC and it will play without needing conversion. There are some odd problems here and there but we have solutions for most of them.

Drop by here:

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We have a whole bunch of W500 user hanging out there.
Thanks for the added input--much appreciated!

I love the idea of running being able to run windows. I'm all for android on my phone, but honestly, it's always a little more of a hassle than I enjoy (but less of a hassle than the iOS, lol).

Battery life on the iconia okay? I'd be satisfied with at least 4 hours of media watching (not really much of a HD enthusiast, so I don't really care about 1080p performance).

I'll check out the site and read up on things.
    
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Yea You can get 4 hours or so on video playback from internal storage (SSD or SD card). at med brightness. If you are streaming Netflix via Wifi, then expect it to drop to about 3.
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The TF is much lighter and has a better screen, I have tried both of them and the TF is just much more smooth.

Also why is everyone talking about windows 7? The TF does not have windows 7, that is an entirely different tablet. All Asus TF tablets have android.
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