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    Acer Iconia W510 Windows 8 Pro tablet available at Microsoft's online store for $399 | Windows Phone Central

    Anyone thinking of selling their Surface for this Acer? I know is has lesser hardware and no Office, but is being able to run any Windows application a good trade off? I really like my Surface, but I see it's limitations after having it for a month. Well, limitations for what I want to do with it. And at $399, it's a good deal.
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    I wouldn't assume the hardware is lesser, the atom in there is a brand new design. Here's a rough idea for how they stack up (the samsung has the same chipset):

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...r-trail-vs-arm

    Also http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/re...-ativ-smart-pc
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    Which apps do you plan to add to a 32GB Windows 8 tablet? Windows 8 will take at least half of that 32 GB by itself not including swap file/cache. Add a few large apps (Office, Photoshop, Acrobat,) and you will find you are limited to MicroSD for file storage and access. I can assure you that will slow down performance and the device is hardly a performance record setter in the first place. I have also seen nothing on Acer's web page or at the Microsoft store to confirm it is any more than a MicroSDHC slot. Throw in as well that you give up the full size USB port for a micro-USB port. That then makes using external drives a bit more of a nuisance. Altogether, I view this as an example of you get what you pay for and what you are paying for is not very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swyost View Post
    Which apps do you plan to add to a 32GB Windows 8 tablet? Windows 8 will take at least half of that 32 GB by itself not including swap file/cache. Add a few large apps (Office, Photoshop, Acrobat,) and you will find you are limited to MicroSD for file storage and access. I can assure you that will slow down performance and the device is hardly a performance record setter in the first place. I have also seen nothing on Acer's web page or at the Microsoft store to confirm it is any more than a MicroSDHC slot. Throw in as well that you give up the full size USB port for a micro-USB port. That then makes using external drives a bit more of a nuisance. Altogether, I view this as an example of you get what you pay for and what you are paying for is not very much.
    There a time tracking/invoice app that I'd like to use on a tablet (I'm a developer and it would help when visiting clients). There's also a financial app I use that syncs the desktop version with my iPad. There's nothing in the RT store that fits my needs for this situation, and I have years of data invested into this system.

    The downside to the Acer is the keyboard dock is 250 bucks. It does add 9 hours of battery life, but now you're talking 650 bucks. For that price I would probably wait and see what the Surface Pro pricing is, or consider an ultra book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    There a time tracking/invoice app that I'd like to use on a tablet (I'm a developer and it would help when visiting clients). There's also a financial app I use that syncs the desktop version with my iPad. There's nothing in the RT store that fits my needs for this situation, and I have years of data invested into this system.

    The downside to the Acer is the keyboard dock is 250 bucks. It does add 9 hours of battery life, but now you're talking 650 bucks. For that price I would probably wait and see what the Surface Pro pricing is, or consider an ultra book.
    Surface Pro won't be less than $999, guaranteed. Though I would still choose it over an ultrabook (even the dirt cheap ones) given how nice the formfactor of Surface Pro is.
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    From the reviews of the W510 that I've read, I think you will be very disappointed in build quality going to the W510 from the Surface. I would also not be surprised if the screen is worse on the W510.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinblank64 View Post
    From the reviews of the W510 that I've read, I think you will be very disappointed in build quality going to the W510 from the Surface. I would also not be surprised if the screen is worse on the W510.
    Yeah, I tend to agree after looking more into it. And it's not 399.00 anymore. The low price for a full W8 tablet is what initially attracted me. But the keyboard dock being 250 bucks is a deal breaker.

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