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Storage comes in the form of a 32GB SSD and though some may argue for a higher capacity HDD I’d rather take the hit on space in return for speed, improved power consumption and not having to worry so much about dropping it.

Acer Iconia W500

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Of course, that’s a nominal 32GB. After system requirements all you actually get is 16GB so it’s just as well there is a fully enclosed SD card expansion slot int which you can leave a card permanently.

Powering the show is a 1GHz AMD C-50 dual-core processor and integrated Radeon HD6250 graphics that takes a chunk out of the tablet's 2GB of DDR 3 memory. This is a combination that makes for a reasonably satisfying user experience with everything trotting along at a decent pace and feeling much the same as a twin-core Intel Atom netbook running Windows 7 Starter. Both 1080p H.264 video and 720p YouTube streams run sweet as a nut in full screen.

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Acer Iconia W500

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