Bigger numbers are generally better, but to be honest, Windows 8 hasn’t excited us much. Until now. From a development standpoint, having a matching mobile and desktop OS makes a lot of sense now that the lines between mobile devices and desktop computing are blurring. Well they were blurring. The Acer Iconia W700 just destroyed the line altogether.
Packing an Intel Ivy Bridge (aka Gen. 3 Core series) CPU, it likely has more CPU power than whatever you’re reading this article from. Also, it’s 11.1-inch IPS display (without going into details, IPS is good) with full 1080p resolution at least matches, if not exceeds, your own monitor. So what is it exactly? In it’s bare form, the Iconia W700 is an 11.1 inch tablet running Windows 8. Yawn. So why is it a big deal? With it’s beefy CPU, HDMI, USB3.0, and Thunderbolt connectivity, it can serve as a tablet on it’s own, a laptop with just a USB keyboard, or your entire desktop with a keyboard, mouse, larger monitor, and as much external storage as you’d like, via either USB3.0 or Thunderbolt. Pricing is expected to be in the $800 – $1000 neighborhood, which we agree is rather steep for a tablet. But for a tablet, laptop, and desktop, it’s quite the bargain.
For more tech details and a video of it in action, see the report by Anandtech here.