Music and video playback are both enhanced by a particularly fine and loud pair of built-in speakers and Dolby’s Digital Plus sound modification. Hook the A510 up to a good set of headphones or a decent dock and it makes a very competent music player.
AnTuTu and Sunspider results
Acer has built the A510 around a T30S Tegra 3 chipset with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Despite having a CPU dialled-back from the 1.5GHz speeds found in some tablets it still has more than enough raw power to run the latest generation of 3D games with perfect smoothness. So potential buyers shouldn’t be too concerned about it being obsolete this time next year.
To put some numbers to that statement the the AnTuTu benchmark app returned an average score of over 8,400 while the Sunspider browser speed test came in at a more than reasonable 1,745 using Chrome.
Acer's ring: ready for poking
Thanks to the Tegra 3 chip and Android 4.0, the A510 is both fast, easy and pleasant to use. Unlike some tablet makers Acer hasn’t messed about with Android, so the version here is very close to stock ICS with only a few minor design tweaks and the Acer Ring launcher which you can disable.
Acer has a decent reputation for rolling out updates, so I suspect Jelly Bean will bounce onto the A510 sooner rather than later, even though nothing has been officially announced at the time of writing.
Dead Trigger gets an outing
The old A500 had a full-sized USB port which sadly the A510 has done away with in favour of a micro USB socket. Asus does, however, include an adapter for attaching USB storage which is commendable, as is the fact that the A510 will power external hard drives. The A510 also takes a microSD card letting you add up to another 32GB of storage.
Powering the A510 is chunky 9,800mAh battery that Acer reckons is good for 12 hours of video playback. Looping a 720p video with the screen brightness at 80 per cent it only managed 8hrs 30mins but that’s still pretty good. Unless you hammer it like a recalcitrant nail, you shouldn’t need to look for a power socket more than once every two days.
It may appear a little unexciting, but it has storage and connections aplenty
A 32GB A510 will set you back £130 more than a 16GB Nexus 7. For the extra you get a larger screen, twice the storage, an expansion slot, an HDMI port and that handy USB adapter. On the downside the screen isn’t as good as the latest AMOLED and IPS devices and it’s a bit plain and heavy. Still, until a Nexus 10 arrives – if it ever does – the Acer makes a lot of sense and represents good value for money. ®
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Re: Thanks but no thanks
If you're in the market for this machine, then chances are expandable storage is pretty high on your list of priorities. That makes any iPad a non-starter.
I do agree the price is too high though - the Nexus 7 has changed the game in that regard. At £250 it might be in with a shout (16Gb would be fine as far as I'm concerned) but £350 is too much.
Re: No Nexus 10...
I struggle to understand why there's so much antipathy to a stylus these days. It's a tool just like anything else; it happens to make certain types of operations easier and/or more accurate, especially if you're blessed with (comparatively) chunky fingers. Watching my 17-year old subconciously switching between stylus and finger operation on his Note convinces me it's not a clunky way to work...
ASUS Transformer TF300 costs £49 more and comes with a removable keyboard & extended battery. No brainer for me.
Re: Thanks but no thanks
But with half the storage, no expansion, no HDMI and a smaller screen with a lower dpi? Don't think so.
"Externally Acer could have been a little more adventurous with the design. As it is the A510 looks very similar to the Tegra 2-based A500"
They probably decided to stick with that design as it is tried and tested... Any chance could risk in a letter from Apple informing them that they've accidentally used a corner curve with a patented radius or something!