Intel had Acer W510 (Clover Trail/Atom based) and a W700 (Ivy Bridge based) Windows 8 tablets in its private press demo room at IDF. Both devices are featured in the video below. There have been some changes to what we reported on at Computex however, the big one is that the W700 no longer has a Thunderbolt port. This is a seriously disappointing change, but I do believe it was Microsoft influenced.

Both the Atom and Ivy Bridge based systems felt really fast. You can get a feel for yourself in the video below:

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  • tynopik - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    . . . those hands
  • N4g4rok - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    Looks like he lost a pretty serious game of bloody knuckles.

    That's the same mini wireless keyboard i have and i'm glad it seems to work so well for the W700 when it's docked. I wasn't sure if it was going to be too large to bring around with me, but it should work great.

    And idea what kind of graphical capabilities these things will have?
  • frostyfiredude - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    The W700 has an Ivy bridge i5 I believe, so ULV HD4000. Look at the 2012 ultrabooks and you'll get an idea.

    The W510 uses the Z2580, which has the SGX544MP2 @ 533Mhz. That should have similar performance to the iPad (2012).
  • quiksilvr - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    That makes little sense to me.
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    "Influenced" is not the same as "forced". However, it could just as well have been plain mammon.
  • ad24 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    10.1 screen, full keyboard, x86, 574 grams, fanless, stereo speakers, usb, hdmi... This is too good to be true, can't wait to get one. Knowing Acer, I expect to see a friendly price too
  • FATCamaro - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - link

    First time I have been impressed by Acer. I'm sure they'll find a way to cock it up, but it looked great in the demo. Those hands though what the fsck.
  • Visual - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    If you like it then you should have also liked the current (can even call it "old" by now) Brazos-based W500. Or the mostly equivalent MSI 110w, which has the advantage of a neat optical trackpad on the bezel.

    Unfortunately you are right on your other point though - they already cocked it up. It has no active digitizer and stylus.

    And worse, they might have done the same to the W700 too... shame, really.
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    I read somewhere that we could expect the W510 to be $600 to $800, which I find to be ridiculous. It's a netbook with a IPS touchscreen and a second battery. I really am not sure how they can justify charging that much of a premium over a base netbook price...
  • ananduser - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    Doh...MS doesn't support TB natively citing security concerns. And no Anand, although the Apple fan in you might disagree, TB is not a concern; not sure it will ever be.

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