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Acer Iconia W511 Review

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Here's why we often say that when it comes to digital cameras, megapixels aren't all that matters. Although the Acer Iconia W511 comes with an 8MP auto-focus main shooter, the photos that it takes are of average quality at best, with little fine detail and rather low dynamics range. Digital noise may also be an issue, especially if shooting indoors. On top of it all, the camera is noticeably laggy unless you're shooting at a low resolution setting. But since tablets in general aren't known for their photographic skills, we don't see the 8MP camera's mediocre performance as too big of a deal. All in all, the tablet's photos are good enough for sharing on social networks, and the quality of its 1080p videos is also acceptable.

Camera interface - Acer Iconia W511 Review
Camera interface - Acer Iconia W511 Review

Camera interface



The front-facing camera is what you'll be using for video chats. It offers 2MP of resolution and the quality of its images is okay, just don't expect your self-portraits to look fabulous. In low-light conditions, the image quality deteriorates significantly due to the heavy presence of digital noise.

While the camera interface is simple and easy to use, it offers little settings to tweak and no special shooting modes. You only get sliders for brightness, contrast, and exposure adjustments, as well as a timer and a resolution setting. Nevertheless, that's okay with us since when it comes to photography, the tablet probably won't be used as anything more than a last-resort camera.

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Multimedia:

Xbox Music is your default destination for playing your tunes, but it's less of a media player and much more of an audio store built-in. It allows one to browse for and purchase new music. Naturally, the software merges whatever audio files you have stored in the Music folder with your audio library. A neat feature is the integrated radio that streams music straight to your device, free of charge. Overall, the music player works, but we're not too happy with it as it lacks in features. Also, we wish there was a simpler way of enjoying our tunes without being reminded that we should buy more of them.

The Xbox Video hub is designed in a similar manner and allows you to browse through its huge catalog of movies and TV shows. Top titles are priced at about $17, but some of them can be rented for about $5. And yes, you are free to add your video files to its database.

Xbox Music - Acer Iconia W511 Review
Xbox Video - Acer Iconia W511 Review

Xbox Music

Xbox Video


Whatever kind of video you throw at a Windows 8 device, chances are that it will play it, and even if a specific codec isn't installed, the user is free to download it manually. That's why we're not surprised to see that all our video samples are playable on the Acer Iconia W511. The Video player that's set by the Start screen, however, is unable to play back 1080p videos smoothly. For that you'll need to use Windows Media Player, which also comes installed, or a third media player of your choice.

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posted on 04 Apr 2013, 07:55 1

1. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Took really long for PA to review this it seems; But it's going for around USD $550 without the dock in my country, and despite the average rating this is the tab to go for if u r comparing this with the Surface RT simply because it runs full windows 8, not RT.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 08:27 1

2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


It nice. The design is quite good. And cheaper having windows 8 with desktop on board. I'd say good Job Acer..

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 09:43 1

3. rashsys (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Quote: "Another connectivity feature that's missing is GPS."
Wrong. The W511 is equipped with A-GPS chip. At least here, in Russia all W511's are GPS-enabled.

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Acer Iconia W511

Acer Iconia W511

OS: Windows 8 Pro
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Display10.1 inches, 1366 x 768 pixels (155 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Intel Atom Z2760, Dual core, 1800 MHz, Saltwell processor
2048 MB RAM
Size10.18 x 6.59 x 0.35 inches
(258.5 x 167.5 x 8.8 mm)
20.46 oz  (580 g)

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