Acer’s Aspire P3 is a tablet that comes with a full keyboard dock, to transform it into a flexible laptop. We had the chance to go hands-on with the tablet after Acer’s New York launch, and this is what we thought.
The Aspire P3 is 9.95mm thick by itself, and 790g – making it a bit of an arm-strainer if you hold it one-handed, and quite a chunky beast – but that increases to 19.75mm and 1.39kg when the keyboard is attached. That’s about the same as a mid-sized laptop, so bear that in mind if you’re after something more compact and portable than a notebook.
We found it to be solid and durable enough to withstand some jabbing and twisting, as much as we dared to abuse it while other journalists were watching and waiting for a turn.
Detaching the board from the tablet is simple enough, although not particularly elegant – just yank it right off. We’d have preferred a latch or something, and perhaps the fully finished version will improve on the docking method. Despite this, the tablet fits snugly in the dock and doesn’t ever feel like it could fall out of its own accord.
When the tablet is propped up, you can use it like a laptop, with the keyboard protruding at the base of the screen. It’s a stable set-up and the keyboard itself feels just as comfortable to type on as the Microsoft Surface’s. The keys are all well proportioned, and you don’t need to apply much pressure for them to register.
As for the cameras, they both seem up to the task of capturing simple shots on the go. The front-facer is easily bright and sharp enough for Skyping your contacts.
Check back soon for our full Acer Aspire P3 review!