Acer's Iconia W4 is a solid Windows 8 slate with enticing features for business users. Compared to its predecessor, the Iconia W3, the W4 boasts a better display, a sleeker build and longer battery life. Meanwhile, a quad-core processor gives the updated slate a performance kick for speedier multitasking. The device runs the full version of Windows 8.1, so business users can use either Windows modern apps when on the go, or full desktop programs when at the office. Check out a full review of the $299 Iconia W4 at our sister site Laptop Mag, then read on for three features that make this slate ready for work.
In addition to the standard microUSB port and microSD card slot, the Iconia W4 also features a micro HDMI port. The port makes the Iconia a more versatile business tablet in several ways. First, it lets you connect the tablet to a larger external monitor for a serious productivity boost. The micro HDMI port also makes it much easier to connect the slate to a projector for business presentations. Competing tablets such as the Lenovo Miix 2 and Dell Venue 8 Pro lack HDMI connectivity.
Long battery life
The Iconia W4 boasts longer-than-average battery life for an 8-inch Windows tablet: about 8 hours and 25 minutes. That's about 45 minutes longer than the category average, so expect this tablet to easily last through the end of the workday. Long battery life is especially vital for business users, since a dead tablet means you can't work when you need to.
The Iconia W4 ships with a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student edition pre-installed, including the full desktop versions of Word, OneNote, Excel and PowerPoint. That's a boon for business users who need to create, edit and view documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go. While iPads and Android tablets also come with document-editing apps, those programs can't match the power of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite.