It can be safe to assume that the netbook which once looked set to take over the world by storm due to its relatively powerful computing power in a small package is now being threatened into extinction with the advent of tablets, which is a natural evolutionary step in the right direction. Of course, some companies aren’t throwing in the towel just yet and Acer is one of them, offering a tablet-netbook hybrid that intends to bridge the gap. Sporting a 10″ display while running on the Windows 7 operating system and an AMD processor with Radeon HD graphics, this tablet sports a keyboard docking station that lets you make use of the W500 in laptop mode. Already having entered the pre-order status in Germany in March, it is tipped to ship this coming April 14th across the pond, with the US to follow a day later. We do know that B&H is taking orders for the tablet for $549. Not everyone is convinced that tablet hybrids are going to do well, and neither are we – best to stick to what’s tried and tested, and with Windows 7 not being an optimized touchscreen environment, that could run into more issues than originally imagined, too.
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