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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.