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Acer Iconia Tab 8: Is it Good for Business?

Acer Iconia Tab 8: Is it Good for Business?

Acer's Iconia Tab 8 is an affordable, compact business slate with a few key perks for business users. Those perks include a micro HDMI port, which could come in handy for showing off presentations during your company's morning meetings. It also has good performance, a sharp 8-inch display and a compact design. But in other ways, this Android tablet disappoints, with short battery life, a dim display and surprising heft. Check out a full review of the Acer Iconia Tab 8 on our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on to see how it fares as a work slate.

Pros

  • HDMI connectivity: The Iconia Tab 8 comes with a micro HDMI port on the top edge, so you can easily connect it to a projector, monitor or TV and mirror your screen. HDMI connectivity is rare on compact tablets, especially in this price range, making the Iconia Tab 8 a decent pick for anyone who regularly shows slideshows or PowerPoint presentations.
  • Good performance: Acer's tablet offers pretty snappy performance for a budget slate. It's powered by a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and it outperformed competitors like the Dell Venue 8 in our benchmark tests. Other hardware highlights include 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot to add even more storage.
  • Value: At $199, the Iconia Tab 8 is a decent value for budget-minded business users. On the other hand, the Dell Venue 8 offers longer battery life and similar hardware for the same price.

The Iconia Tab 8 ​delivers good performance, a sharp 8-inch display and a compact design.

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Cons

  • Short battery life: The Iconia Tab 8's longevity is disappointing; it ran for just 6 hours and 53 minutes on our battery life test, which involves continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's much shorter than the tablet average (8:37), and also weak compared to competing slates like the Dell Venue 8 (7:57) and the Asus MeMo Pad 8 (9:02).
  • Heavy design: Acer's tablet has a compact 8-inch display, but at 12.6 ounces, the tablet is about 1 ounce heavier than its closest rivals, making it slightly less comfortable to hold. It's still not likely to weigh you down on your daily commute, though.
  • Dim display: Although the Iconia Tab 8's display is sharp, it's relatively dim, making it hard to use outdoors.

Conclusion

Acer's Iconia Tab 8 tablet is a decent value, but its short battery life really holds it back. Other tablets also offer slimmer, lighter designs and brighter displays. But it's still worth a look for business users who want a compact, affordable Android tablet with HDMI connectivity.

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Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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