Acer Backs Down from Surface Warning, Reaffirms Commitment to Windows 8 Tablets

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Swayvill

MS should "think twice" or else he shall do what ? Start bulding Android devices ?

Oh, wait a minute, aren't they already doing Android devices ? And with very limited success ?

He is the one who should think twice before making empty threats that make him look like a fool.

And I could even have taken that seriously, if Acer was not infamous for bulding low quality hardware and pre-loading it with loads of crapware.

So, sorry for the conspiracy theorists, but there is really no need for a "Microsoft squad" to explain why he is now backing down.

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kamikaji

"Acer Backs Down......." Because Microsoft probably sent a hit squad their way to "convince them".

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Neufeldt2002

I would laugh at that if it wasn't probably true. It is amazing how many companies change their tune after a visit from MS. And before any one spouts superior products, that is not always the case. It is always about the dollars when dealing with a corp.

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froggz

I would think this is similar to what Nvidia and AMD when they release a new graphic card. They have a reference card and the other OEM sell upgraded versions of the same cards. Also didn't google just do this with the Nexus 7? I would think Acer would come up with a way to compete with Microsoft

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brettskiness

Most of the tablets that the oems pump out are garbage anyway. That's probably why the ipad is doing so well, because when you buy the ipad, you pretty much know it's going to be a good product. But when you go for an android tablet, there's a much greater chance of getting a piece of junk. However, that's why we do our research before buying one. I am not an apple fanboy; in fact I would only buy an apple product if it was the last thing on earth. Their products seem fine, but I wouldn't buy anything from them because of their business practices and bullying in the marketplace. In my opinion, it's really only asus + samsung + maybe the new google nexus tablets vs the ipad. The kindles are in a slightly different category I guess, but I'm pretty sure we can all agree that Acer is probably just going to pump out more garbage in the marketplace anyway. And the funny thing is, I bet if Microsoft did make their surface tablet a competitive price for what it is instead of making it more expensive vs the other tablets, they would probably create some big problems for those such as Dell, Acer, HP, etc. However, I'm not so sure about the keyboard colours.

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froggz

I have to disagree with Acer putting out junk. The last tablet I owned was from Acer, A500 Iconia. No issues whatsoever with the hardware. The biggest issue was Android. I finally got a rom that worked great, and got that thing running perfectly until I left it on top of my car and drove off to drop off the kids at school. When I came back I found it on the road flatten. So I waited for the Asus Transformer prime and purchased it, which turned out to be the biggest junk ever made. So many issues with software, hardware and customer service. I should have stayed with Acer.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Aspire Timeline designed with inadequate ventilation for hard drive, resulting in catastrophic hard drive failure every two months. Laptop has to be operated without the bottom cover present, else hard drives will continue burning up.

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Eoraptor

my imperial evidence says otherwise, the 5610z and the 4610 I bought three years back were both junk, the 5610z spat its optical drives twice, and its frame ended up disintegrating because the plastic was too brittle, and the 4610 is the most woefully underpowered POS I've encountered in recent years, plus the track pad buttons gave out in two years.

Still, grow some balls and stand by your statements, ACER.

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Rictorhell

Acer already showed off a pretty decent Windows 8 tablet prototype at Computex, the Iconia w700. Instead of worrying about Microsoft, he needs to make sure they polish up and prepare their tablets for release so that consumers have excellent choices, other then Surface tablets, that they can turn to.

I think the design of the Surface tablets is good, but it's not as if there isn't room for competition. I think that price is a factor, but I think a lot of people actually care equally about build quality, battery life, and materials.

Maybe it will cost more for manufacturers to build high quality Windows 8 x86 tablets, but I believe people will be willing to pay if they see good products out there that they know are well designed.

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big_montana

But it's an Acer. How many Acer products do you know that are known for good quality? Maybe that is his concern, that MS quality will be well above Acers.

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AETAaAS

I've had a couple Acer laptops, and haven't had a problem with them. My current main laptop is a 1825PTZ and it hasn't gone wrong in the 2 plus years I've owned it. Before it I had an Asus G1S and before that, another Acer.
Nothing happened with any of them so I think it's the user that is typically to blame when things go wrong. I'm sure there are lemons out there but I've been having cheap and cheerful computing with this little one. :)

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Rictorhell

If that is really the case, then Acer really has problems, but I have a monitor from then that I have been using for literally years now, without any issues. I wouldn't have an issue purchasing an Acer Windows 8 tablet. They sell some really decent products, but I think their lower end, sub-$500 stuff is generally garbage. That's just my opinion though. Since I usually don't buy desktops or laptops in that price range, I can't really comment, but I know people that exclusively buy computers in that price range, and even lower, believe it or not, and they refuse to spend more, even if they can afford to and know that they should.

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Mikey109105

No, it doesn't mean he isn't concerned, it just means he's too scared to come out and actually run with it. Oh well. W8 will fail anyway, just like every other (by other I do mean every two OS's) OS from M$ has.

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big_montana

I love all the mind readers and fortune tellers coming out and giving predictions on how well Win 8 will or won't do. Everyone states it will be a failure like Vista, but Vista shipped over 60 million copies in it's first 5 weeks. That is not a dud. Vista was a very stable OS once the OEM's quit packaging beta drivers as stable final release drivers, I am looking at you Nvidia and Creative, as those two alone accounted for over 40% of Vista's BSOD's. MS did not help themselves by bowing to Intel's pressure and certifying their integrated graphics as Vista ready, or Intel would not have had any mobile products that worked with Vista. Win 8 will sell, and that is just an opinion, as OEM's roll out inexpensive tablets that run Office and other Windows software.

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Exarkun1138

I, too, think it's funny those who are already predicting Win8's demise before it's even released. I mean, we heard the same predictions before Win7 came out, some even saying that it will be "the end" of Microsoft. But I think those same people now are praising Win7 like the rest of us! I am by no means a Microsoft Koolaid drinker. I really only like one thing from them, and that's Win7. I don't even use IE; instead, I use Firefox and Chrome, Firefox more-so. I really am not a fan of Office 2010...I still prefer good ole Office 2003! LOL! Don't own an XBox, or any console, since PC gaming is superior anyways.

But, I think seeing all this media frenzy over MS's decision to make their own Tablets is hilarious! That must mean that MS's products, hardware, are so good that them making a Tablet is scary to other OEM's! To me, that actually says a LOT about MS!

As far as me switching to Win8, I won't be, not for a while. Too many things about it I don't like, and I simply love Win7 as it is, and I see nothing in 8 that I "need" to make the switch! Will it fail? I doubt it.

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