Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Mobile Computing

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 10:13 AM
JD's Avatar
JD JD is offline
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 6,880

My System Specs

Default Acer A5W500 - Windows Tablet

Just curious if anybody on here owns one of these...

I've been toying with the idea of picking it up (should it ever go on sale) just to play around with and load Windows 8 DEV on it.

Also, does anyone know of certified Acer refurbished outlets? There was one listed on Shopbot a few weeks back that had this tablet for like $430 or thereabouts. I can't find it anymore though...knew I should of bookmarked it
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 12:08 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,414

My System Specs

Default

I've been running one for a couple of months now and it's pretty well all I use for my day-to-day computing. I actually went over a month without powering on my laptop after I bought this.... :)
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 03:12 PM
JD's Avatar
JD JD is offline
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 6,880

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sswilson View Post
I've been running one for a couple of months now and it's pretty well all I use for my day-to-day computing. I actually went over a month without powering on my laptop after I bought this.... :)
Oh yeah? With Windows 7?

Mind posting some pictures and further thoughts? Like how well the touch response is and stuff like that. I'd rather use it without the keyboard dock as much as possible.

Granted I'm buying it more as a "toy" than a "productivity" device, but perhaps it'll evolve ;)
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 03:26 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,414

My System Specs

Default

I'll try to get some images up for you tomorrow, I had originally intended to do a mini review, but never got around to it, so I suppose this will fill that gap. :)

As far as the touch pad goes.... It's growing on me. I almost never use the keyboard, but getting used to using standard guestures that most folks probably already know from their smart phones wasn't something I already knew so it's taking me a while to catch on.

My main reason for wanting this over an android machine was the ability to transfer over any and all of my win 7 apps... sure the C50 isn't a massively powerful dual core, but it runs all of my win 7 crap fine...... being able to run my napster service on a semi-portable device is an extra bonus as well.... :)
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 04:27 PM
MVP
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 299

My System Specs

Default

if your talking about the w500 bestbuy has them refurbed for 450$
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 04:55 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,414

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnyblazzwa View Post
if your talking about the w500 bestbuy has them refurbed for 450$

Hrmmmm.... wonder if that was related to the issues they had with some touchscreens going wonky? The symptoms appeared as if something was stuck in one of the corners of the touchscreen and acting as a mouse click..... I occasionally had the problem, but fortunately for me the firmware update resolved the issue for me. Some folks were not quite so lucky.

Acer Iconia Tab W500 Touch Screen Hardware Problem - YouTube

One thing I will say is that this thing is bloody heavy for a tablet.... It's also quite thick.
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 07:08 PM
JD's Avatar
JD JD is offline
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 6,880

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sswilson View Post
Hrmmmm.... wonder if that was related to the issues they had with some touchscreens going wonky? The symptoms appeared as if something was stuck in one of the corners of the touchscreen and acting as a mouse click..... I occasionally had the problem, but fortunately for me the firmware update resolved the issue for me. Some folks were not quite so lucky.

One thing I will say is that this thing is bloody heavy for a tablet.... It's also quite thick.
Yeah, the reviews I found said it was pretty chunky for a tablet, but that's to be expected when it's basically just a netbook without a keyboard.

I wonder if buying a refurbished unit is ideal then if the touchscreens were a bit flaky. I'd hope they would of fixed/revised that while refurbishing them.

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnyblazzwa View Post
if your talking about the w500 bestbuy has them refurbed for 450$
Good find, that puts it just over $500 with taxes...tempting...
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old October 15, 2011, 11:18 PM
MVP
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 299

My System Specs

Default

woah woah woah, hold your horses jd. mem express liquitated there a500's and w500's today(w500 for 340$). they're all sold out but the same deal might arise elsewhere
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old October 16, 2011, 10:16 AM
JD's Avatar
JD JD is offline
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 6,880

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnyblazzwa View Post
woah woah woah, hold your horses jd. mem express liquitated there a500's and w500's today(w500 for 340$). they're all sold out but the same deal might arise elsewhere
Oh man...would of totally grabbed it at that price!

Too bad all the price matching policies stipulate that the item must be in-stock at the competitor...

Wonder if Best Buy would still price match it though
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old October 16, 2011, 02:44 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,414

My System Specs

Default

Sorry... didn't get a chance to get any pics / work done on the W500 front today... spent the whole day cleaning up the man cave (really needed it... :) ) and now it's time for my evening cardio...........

I'll try to get some stuff up tomorrow.

Anything in particular you'd like pics of, or information on?
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which Tablet to Get? Magnetar Mobile Computing 10 November 12, 2011 08:12 PM
Need Advice on a tablet Chromey Mobile Computing 13 September 23, 2011 05:08 AM
FS >> Thinkpad X61 Tablet blindfury Buy/Sell & Trade 21 November 3, 2008 09:34 AM