Acer Iconia 8.1" 32GB Windows 8 Tablet

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Acer Iconia 8.1" 32GB Windows 8 Tablet
Price: $119.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Unknown (Thursday, Aug 21 to Tuesday, Aug 26) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
8/15/2014 - $119.99 (Woot-off) - 0 comment(s)
7/16/2014 - $119.99 - 36 comment(s)
6/9/2014 - $144.99 - 20 comment(s)

6/24/2014 - $144.99 (Woot Plus)
5/26/2014 - $144.99 (Woot Plus)
5/19/2014 - $144.99 (Woot Plus)

Is this upgradeable to Win8.1?

Wondering if anyone knows about Cortana on tablets?

Check out this “very good” review over at cnet
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W3-810 User Manual

Same price available on Amazon for refurb. Also some pretty lukewarm reviews on it. 3 Stars.

Hmmmm …

It will presumably come next year with Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold)

Windows 9 preview is expected late this year.

I bought one here at few weeks ago. While my unit worked fine, there were lots of people posting about problems with theirs.

I sold mine at a loss and bought a 64gb W4 if that tells you what I thought about it.

All devices with Windows 8 are upgradable to 8.1 for free. This includes RT devices.

Looks like it should be. Here is some info on Win 8.1 from Acer. The W3-810 is listed. Windows 8.1 is also listed as an OS option when looking for drivers as well.

Discussion from a previous sale

Over the past few years, I have not had good luck with ACER products (do not confuse with ASUS). I had a laptop, and one of their earlier tablets. However, I bought a Chromebook about 10 months ago that seems to be working fine. I would read the reviews carefully. They seem to be hit-or-miss when it comes to build and quality of components.

The procedure for upgrade is slightly different than “normal”…It can be found here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial

I have had an ACER laptop for 3 or 4 years which has worked great. It has a small hard drive but the computer has been a trooper all this time!

I would never buy this device ever again! I’m actually going to re-gift it.

The screen has the appearance that it is permanently sweating. It’s incredibly fuzzy and is extremely sub-par.

Not worth the 119 dollars.

Yeah. You are actually looking at the adhesive that binds the touchscreen to the display. It’s not supposed to be visible. The device itself is fine, but that screen is just terrible. It’s like putting a riding mower engine in a porche.

Was going to pull the trigger, but now that I read comments from the last 2 sales (not including the Woot-Off), now I’m not impressed with the refurbisher (www.liquidation.com). Here’s what I gather from prior threads:
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[]Display hazy on some … could be the liquidator introducing moisture inside.
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]Battery life dead on some … I doubt the refurbisher is testing with a burn-in.
[]Some have dead BT/wi-fi connectivity … again, motherboards not thoroughly tested by refurbisher.
[
]Windows activation keys provided with tablet are often pre-activated to another unit, meaning the refurbisher isn’t wiping SSD’s. However, all units do have the correct Windows activation key in the BIOS, so you’ll just need to use program to read that ROM area.
[]While Acer included Office 2013 Home & Student on new models, only a fraction of these units have a valid dual Win/Office key.
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]This is the worst point for me … Woot seems to have acquired the units in mid-December, which counted as the original purchase date with both refurbisher & Acer. Therefore, although the specs page indicates a 90-day warranty via Acer, anyone who attempted to solve problems through Acer were turned away, and had to resolve through RMA with Woot. :frowning:
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Hope this helps!

– Cornelius

P.S. I’ve found several Samsung Series 7 Slate (XE700T1A-) tablets off eBay in recent weeks around $200. With an i5 CPU, 4gb RAM, 64gb SSD, and 11.6" screen, you’ll have a much better experience. Even the slightly lower model with Atom CPU (XE500T1C-) & same RAM/SSD/screen specs can be B-I-N’d for $250 right now.

What is this porche you speak of? Does it come with Adirondack chairs and a pitcher of ice tea, much like my grandmother’s used to have?

I bought mine at $144.95 from a previous Woot deal. While some people have reported issues, mine has been perfect. I added an Acer cover for it as well as a speedy 32GB Samsung MicroSD card.

Just to add on to the 8.1 update/upgrade question, yes, it will take the update AND is capable of running Windows 8.1 Pro. I installed that from scratch which wound up freeing up another 2-3GB of space (no Acer bloatware). If you purchase one, you may want to get a MicroUSB to USB connector so you can connect things like mice, thumb drives, and even a keyboard (in case you want to access the UEFI Bios).