It's time to find out if Acer's Iconia Tab W500 tablet is really all that and a bag of memory chips. Expect to learn the answer soon, as the Iconia Tab just graduated from an upcoming product release to a slate that's now shipping and available for sale, provided you reside in North America. The Iconia Tab W500 will also provide some on insight on whether a Windows 7-based tablet can compete with the likes of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and other OSes designed specifically for slates.
"The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is the perfect tablet for people who want the touch capabilities that are so natural and efficient on the go, but also need a Windows environment to access productivity applications for work and school," said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing manager, Acer America. "So much of what we're doing on the go is accessing information and consuming content in cloud-based applications, such as realtors and salespeople who need access to databases and Intranet sites. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is the ultimate reflection of our lives -- able to multitask between work and fun, and ready at a moment's notice."
There are two version of the Iconia Tab W500 available, including the W500-BZ467 with Windows 7 Home Premium ($550) and the W500P-BZ841 with Windows 7 Professional ($620). Both models sport a 1280x800 LED-backlit display, AMD C-50 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 32GB SSD, microSD card slot, two 1.3MP webcams (front and back), ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and an HDMI port.