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Acer Drops Price Of Iconia W500 With Keyboard

Those looking for a Windows-equivalent version of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer should rejoice as Acer has apparently slashed the price of the Iconia W500 with keyboard to £434.88, a saving of almost £100 on the suggested retail price.

The device, which is available at Amazon, is a WiFi only model and will suit those looking for a tablet that can transform into a notebook and vice versa.

The W500 comes with a dual core AMD C-50 clocked at 1GHz with an onboard Radeon GMA6250 graphics module, 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 10.1-inch LED monitor and a screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels.

Add in a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, an Ethernet port, a USB port, and a three cell battery, Windows 7 Home Premium and you end up with a pretty decent machine.

Unfortunately, you will have to put up with Acer's long list of applications including ePower & eRecovery management, Acer Clear-Fi, Crystal Eye and some trialware as well.

Acer also saw it fit to include a one year international travellers warranty for free. As for dimensions, the W500 is thicker and heavier than the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and other 10-inch netbooks we've seen in the past.

The Asus' tablet & docking station combo has been a very popular seller at Amazon, DSGi and a number of other resellers as stocks are very thin on the ground.