One of the smallest Windows 8 tablets to date, Acer’s Iconia W3, has gone through a long teasing process in the past couple of months, becoming official just a few weeks back and being up on store shelves starting today.
And by “up on store shelves”, we mean available in Office Depot’s brick and mortar shops, plus online via officedepot.com. The good news is the retailer has already discounted the W3, from the original recommended price of $379.99 to $349.99.
Not the biggest price cut in the history of mankind, but at least it’s something. The Iconia W3 meanwhile is still no powerhouse, packing a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 CPU (aka Saltwell), 2 gigs of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage (expandable via microSD).
A 64 GB flavor is due out soon as well, but right now there’s no exact ETA or price point for that variant. Turning our attention back to the tablet sold by Office Depot, we have to mention it runs full Windows 8 (not that RT filth), but unfortunately sports a modest 8.1-inch display with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution.
The dual 2 MP cameras are also nothing to write home about, while in terms of connectivity you do get everything you might need, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a microHDMI port. There’s no trace of that optional physical keyboard on any online retailer in the States, which is a bit of an inconvenience, but likely to make that go away Microsoft and Acer are throwing in a free copy of Office Home and Student 2013 with every W3 purchase.
Before wrapping up, even though I don’t usually do these things, I’d like to urge you to think long and hard before purchasing the 8-inch slate. Yes, it’s one of the cheapest to run Win 8, but when Staples, Amazon and all the others will start selling it (in a matter of weeks, likely), the price bar will most definitely be lowered even further. Can you picture this thing going for just 300 bucks?