AcerPrice: $450Pros: Good performance, slim and easy to carry, bright displayCons: Can get warm after prolonged use, inactive SIM card slot
My only real complaint is that the tablet heats up after prolonged use. At one point, I measured a peak temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the left back of the unit (probably where the CPU is). That being said, I never felt that it was uncomfortably warm.
The 9800mAh hour battery powered the system for 5 hours and 17 minutes of continuously playing YouTube videos over Wi-Fi. That should be enough to watch two movies (unless one of them is Lawrence of Arabia). The battery life dropped to 4 hours and 46 minutes when I watched videos by connecting its HDMI port with a TV. What this all means, however, is that the tablet should easily last through a full day's normal usage.
At $450, the A700 is priced on a par with the current crop of 10.1-in. Android tablets. That, along with its fine performance, great screen and long-playing battery, makes it one of the best high-tech bargains around.
Brian Nadel is a frequent contributor to Computerworld and the former editor in chief of Mobile Computing & Communications magazine.
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