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Are miniature Windows 8 tablets useful? Surprisingly so

Mark Hachman | July 1, 2013
The Acer Iconia W3 is the first eight-inch Windows tablet we've used. Is it the Windows version of beloved tablets like the Google/Asus Nexus 7? In a way, yes.

Acer's Bluetooth keyboard works well, although some may not enjoy working with a tablet.

There's potential here
The lack of a powerful CPU will certainly dissuade some potential Iconia W3 buyers, but Microsoft looks to be setting itself up for success: Next-gen "Bay Trail" Atom chips promise significantly improved performance at the same price, and Microsoft appears to be working out the kinks with Windows 8.1. Acer may be doing the same.

The Iconia W3 may not be the culmination of Windows tablet engineering, but it demonstrates the viability of what Microsoft has set out to accomplish, and is a convincing proof point to hold up to app developers. It's taking a while, but Microsoft is finally finding its stride. The next question worth asking is: Is a small-form-factor Surface tablet on the way?


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