Acer Iconia W3 gets its price slashed, now $299

Acer Iconia W3 gets its price slashed, now $299
The Acer Iconia W3 tablet hasn't really been out for that long. Pre-orders for it began in early June when the base 32GB version of device was offered for $380. Now – about two months after it became official – the same Iconia W3 model can already be bought for just $299, either from the Microsoft Store or from a third-party retailer.

This $80 discount can be interpreted in several ways: either Acer is trying to move stock faster in order to make room for an upgraded Iconia W3 successor, or it is just that the tablet isn't selling very well. And since the said W3 refresh has yet to be announced, our money is on the latter.

The Acer Iconia W3 was released as the first Windows 8 Pro tablet to come in a smaller package. With its 8-inch screen, the device is more compact than its 10-inch siblings, and at the same time, its dual-core Intel Atom processor should deliver adequate performance considering the tablet's price point. But the device is getting mixed reviews, which is likely putting off at least some of its potential buyers. Lots of complaints are related to the display and its underwhelming quality. Other buyers, on the other hand, appear to be satisfied with the device when its cost is taken into consideration.

So yeah, the price of the Acer Iconia W3 may be down to $299, but that doesn't necessarily make it a killer deal. To learn more about the device, check out our Acer Iconia W3 hands-on.  

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Iconia W3
  • Display 8.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Dual-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

acer needs to pay me 150 to own this piece of junk

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

$300 is great with full windows 8. But i want to wait for the successor unit with a better screen and next gen of processor.

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

my lady loves hers, all she does is surf the net and play FB games. I believe the ppl complaining are the ones wanting BMW quality but buy a Chevy

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hmmm...not bad,,,but ill wait, on the next gen... 8-)

5. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Heads up!!! Office max has a 20% off coupon that's good for tablets. I was able to pick up a 32gig Nexus 7 2013 for $215 plus tax. Should work on any tablet office max has in store.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Acer had a chance to make history with this device but Blew it by putting a cheap screen on it. the new 7 inch high def screen "Nexus 7" screen tablet has the type of screen a Windows 8.1 small tablet needs to help windows 8 smaller tablets sell. 2 more Windows 8.1 tablets are due out for sale soon. Microsoft is said to be making an 7.9 inch screen "Mini Surface" to the Public to buy. I hope they learned from Acer's mistakes and puts Samsung high def Nexes 7 screens on their "Mini Surface" and sells it well below 400 dollars. I think people will give a try because internet tech sites Testors report that you can see printed material clearly on a Nexes 7 tablet using the new Samsung mini screens for small tablets

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