With all the deal news about Android and webOS tablets it’s about time for some Windows 7 tablet PC news. If you’re in search of a moderately priced Windows tablet PC the newly discounted Acer Iconia Tab W500-BZ467 might be what you need. The Acer tablet PC is being offered by online retailer ExcaliberPC for $504.00, down from the $569.00 MSRP the W500 launched with earlier this year.
What makes the W500 from Acer a stand-out Windows 7 tablet PC is the devices ability to work like the popular Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet. The W500 come with a highly functional keyboard dock at the $504 price. The W500′s keyboard dock doesn’t offer extra battery power but it does offer a QWERTY keyboard, a USB 2.0 port, and a TrackPoint-like pointer (Acer FineTrack) with dedicated left/right mouse buttons.
The W500 offers up a nice set of technical specifications at it’s lowered price, check out the highlighted features of the on-sale model:
- Acer Iconia TAB W500-BZ467 Tablet PC
- AMD C series C-50 (1.0GHz) Processor
- 2GB DDR3 Memory
- AMD Radeon HD 6250 256MB discrete-class DirectX 11 graphics
- 10.1″ (1280×800) LED Backlit LCD Multi-Touch Screens
- 32GB Solid State Drive
- 3-cell Battery – Up to 6 Hours of Battery Life (depending on configuration and usage)
- Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit Preloaded
The W500 also come with Acer’s in-house touch applications and utilities for the Windows 7 operating system. What Acer has done with the software is pretty neat, all you do is press down on the screen with five fingers and you’ll be able to get quick access to your favorite applications and utilities using the Acer Ring Control Interface.
In review the W500 has faced criticism on it’s 1.0GHz AMD Dual-Core C-50 APUs processing power and the 32GB’s of SSD storage has also been cause for complaint (even though you have an SD card reader for expansion).