Better late than never for Microsoft to launch an operating system that “works” on tablet computers. In this case, Acer has just the PC to help.

I had an opportunity to try Acer’s Iconia W700 tablet before it goes on sale Oct. 26. Like a freshman who did his readings before class, the W700 is set to arrive on scene well-equipped for Windows 8.

Inside the tablet itself, Acer has squeezed in an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 processor (a faster i5 chip is also available). No beefed-up mobile phone processor here, this is a proper CPU providing sufficient grunt to plow through a bulk of tasks.

The rest of the hardware is typical of an Ultrabook laptop: configure it with either a 64 GB or 128 GB SSD drive for storage. Plus, there’s a rear-facing 5MP camera if you want to take photos on-the-go.

The 11.6-inch 1920×1080 (full 1080p HD) screen looks great for basic web browsing, watching movies or even reviewing photos.

But where the W700 really shines is with its cradle. Slide it in horizontally as if you were closing a household window, and then you can use this like a normal laptop or desktop using a keyboard, mouse and any other USB accessory you could think of.

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