Since benchmarks for Windows RT are still in development and being perfected, we are very limited in the system benchmarks that we are able to run. Because of this, we have decided to hold off on the comparison between Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT devices until those benchmarks develop, and hopefully by then we will be able to get our hands on a Qualcomm based tablet as well so we can compare all three SoC vendors against each other in terms of Windows 8 performance.
As such, we are going to stick with a preliminary browser performance test. This test is Rightware’s Browsermark 2.0 test, which we have used in the past. This browser benchmark is not as involved as the BrowsingBench, but we will have that benchmark included in our overall performance test when we test CPU, memory, and graphics performance as well as the system as a whole.In this benchmark, we compared each tablet’s browsing performance against the other using IE10 since we knew that browser would be available on both tablets.
In Browsermark 2.0 the Acer Iconia W510 got a score of 2,228
and the ASUS VivoTab RT got a score of 2203
, a difference of 1.2%
(almost just the margin of error). The Acer Iconia W510 consistently reproduced this ever-so-slight edge over the ASUS VivoTab RT. What was interesting to us was how Chrome would perform against IE10 on the Acer Iconia W510 and how having browser choice due to having app freedom could affect performance. With Chrome, we were able to get a score of 2494
, a performance difference of about 12%
when compared to IE10 on the VivoTab RT.Photography and Video
Video Playback - Both tablets were both able to quickly recognize and install drivers for a USB drive that was plugged in and successfully play back a 1080P video smoothly without any issues. This video was a 35 second video shot at 30 FPS and had a bit-rate of 21Mbps, which is an extremely high bit-rate for video, putting a lot of stress on the GPU. Neither tablet displayed any form of stutter, slow-down, or dropped frames.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of video or photography with tablets, but many tablets nowadays have cameras and some people really like taking pictures and video with them because of the large displays. We decided to go to the beach and take some pictures and videos with both tablets and let you judge how they came out.Video Capture
Watching both videos you can see that both tablets are able to catch the incoming waves at a very smooth and consistent frame rate and that the ASUS VivoTab RT clearly has the sharpest and best color depth of the two tablets. The video on the ASUS VivoTab RT simply looks better in every single way. Do note that we made sure we were using both tablets default video capturing applications.Photo Capture
Acer Iconia W510 at 8MP
ASUS VivoTab RT at 8MP
Looking at the two photos we captured on both tablets, we can clearly see that the ASUS tablet has a superior camera. Even though both cameras have 8MP sensors and both cameras are being used to their full capability, it is clear that the ASUS camera has a much more vivid picture in terms of sharpness and color depth. We have not modified any of these pictures other than to make them fit within the boundaries of the webpage.
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