Acer is releasing a follow up to its highly regarded first Windows 8 Tablet, the Acer Iconia W700. The new device is called the Acer Aspire P3. It’s a 11.6 inch Windows 8 Tablet that comes bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard. In this article, we review the Acer Aspire P3 technical specifications, our initial impressions, and how the P3 stacks up versus the competition.
Here’s what we know so far about the Acer Aspire P3 Specs:
The Acer Aspire P3 release date is expected sometime in the summer of 2013. Acer has yet announce an exact release date. We will update this section when the date becomes official.
The Acer Aspire P3 price will be $800 for the Intel Core i3 model and $900 for the Intel Core i5. Note that these prices include a keyboard case. Most often, a keyboard accessory costs extra. The $800 price is the lowest you will likely find for a brand new Intel core based tablet. Note that the Acer Iconia W700 has been seen selling at a discount in the $700 range.
Acer Aspire P3 definitely has some things going for it. At $800, its price is at the low end of Intel Core based Windows 8 tablets. The included keyboard case enhances the value of the device, and allows the P3 to function as both a productivity tool and a consumption tool. With its pluses, the P3 also has its share of minuses. We examine the Acer Aspire P3 pros and cons below.
Her are some of the advantages and benefits the Acer Aspire P3 has versus the competition:
Here are some of the disadvantages and drawbacks the Acer Aspire P3 has when compared to the competition:
Here’s how the Acer Aspire P3 compares to other Intel Core Windows 8 Tablets:
Acer Aspire P3 vs Acer Iconia W700: For about the same price, the Acer Iconia W700 offers better performance and longer battery life over the P3. Recent versions of the W700 even include a keyboard case accessory. While the P3 is lighter, thinner, and has a ‘better’ keyboard case, the W700 is still a better buy.
Acer Aspire P3 vs Microsoft Surface Pro: The only key feature the P3 has over the Microsoft Surface Pro is the starting price of $800 which includes the keyboard case. For the additional cash, MS Surface Pro offers Windows 8 Pro, better performance, a dockable digitizer pen, better resolution, an SD card slot, dual cameras, and more.
Let me first say that I like Acer products. I purchased several Acer netbooks in the past. I purchased an Acer laptop for my nephews graduation present. I currently own the Acer Iconia W700 and I just ordered the Acer Iconia W3. I think Acer makes great products and I look forward to their future offerings.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend the Acer Aspire P3 at this time. The primary show stopper is that it doesn’t use Intel’s Haswell processor. As a result, the P3 performance and battery life suffers as a consequence. If the P3 was a re-packaged Acer W700 with a cool keyboard case, I would probably sell my W700 and order the P3. Instead, I don’t plan to buy another Intel based tablet until a compelling Haswell based device is released.
I suggest that you do the same.