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Acer Iconia A1-810-L615 at Staples B&M $61.5

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I purchased an Acer Iconia A1-810-L615 at Staples B&M today for $61.50, so YMMV. They did not have any on display, but I asked the sales associate if they had any clearance tablets and this was one of them. I find that if you ask the right person at Staples, they will always come up with a great deal for you from the back room.

From Acer's website:

Android™ - 4.1 (Jelly Bean) - MediaTek MT8125 Cortex™-A7 quad-core processor (1.2GHz) - 1GB DDR3L memory - 8GB internal storage - 7.9" XGA HD IPS LED-backlit multitouch display (1024 x 768) - PowerVR™ SGX 544 graphics - front- and rear-facing cameras - Wireless - Bluetooth® 4.0 - Micro-HDMI® - Micro USB 2.0 - card reader - 9.5-hour battery life - 1-year limited warranty. Color: Smoky Gray

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/conte....L2QAA.001
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Last Edited by Sumptus June 19, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Inventory Checker: SKU 279977

Staples link: http://www.staples.com/Acer-Iconi...uct_279977
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20 off tablet coupon link - many can't get it to work. Expires 6/7 SAT
http://www.staples.com/coupons/?i...20140101:0

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Get access to Engineering Mode to adjust the speaker sound levels, among other things.

Download ExDialer from Google Play. Once installed, open it and type in: *#*#3646633#*#*
This will open the Engineering Mode window.

To adjust your max speaker volume, move two tabs to the right (select connectivity, then hardware testing), and then click the audio option.

Click the Headset_Loudspeaker Mode option. Where it says "Max Speaker", enter 160, then choose set.

Enjoy being able to actually hear whatever it is you're playing.

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Today on WikiEdit: Rooting!

-=- Only attempt this IF you have a working micro SD card available and some way to transfer software (a reader) to it. You CAN brick your tablet, and a micro sd card is the only way you can fix it yourself. -=-

Rooting the A1-810 is a good way for you to be able to make use of an external SD card to increase your storage space. Acer's existing firmware DOES NOT allow this, and they've been sitting on the patch to enable it.

So let's fix that. First, update your tablet to AV052.RV26RC06.PA.CUS1 - click on settings, scroll down to About tablet, choose system updates and let it do the update. (Tablet WILL reboot.)

If you're now on AV052.RV26RC06.PA.CUS1, Visit http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2240029 to download the Acer Iconia Toolkit v0.8.3. Once downloaded, scroll down the page to the Acer Iconia a1-810 download section, click on the button to show content.

-=- WARNING, THIS SECTION IS ONLY FOR "US" ICONIA A1-810 -=-

Scroll down to RV26RC06_PA_CUS1, click on the system.img.gz link below to download it. Now you should have the toolkit AND the new patched firmware w/root.

Now visit http://global-download.acer.com/G...ep2=ICONIA A&Step3=A1-810&OS=ALL&LC=en&BC=ACER&SC=PA_6 and download the ADB drivers for your tablet.

Install them, then reboot if necessary.

On your tablet, choose "Settings" from the apps menu, and scroll down to "About Tablet." Click the Build Number several times, until it says you're a developer. This brings up a new option on the left side of the screen, developer options. Select developer options, and on the upper right hand corner, make sure the switch is set to "ON." Once that's done, look for the "Debugging" section, and select the checkbox next to USB debugging. Go back to the main screen, and plug your tablet in. (It should pop up a screen asking what you'd like to do with your tablet, that's a good sign.)

Extract the Acer Iconia Toolkit to your desktop, then open the directory in file explorer. Take your copy of system.img.gz, and transfer it to the System_image directory. Go back to the root acer iconia toolkit directory, right click the toolkit application, and choose "Run as Administrator."

When asked which device you have, choose 2. Then choose option 1 to root the tablet.

-=- WARNING: You can brick your tablet if you disconnect during the process -=-

There is a way to fix this (usually), but this root is done at your own risk. You've been warned.

The toolkit will proceed to give you a warning and tell you it's transferring the software, press enter when asked. Once transferred, it will give another enter prompt to install the rooted software, press enter.

It will then offer the following prompt:

R............O...........O........T

Once it's fully finished, it will tell you it was a success, thank various folks, etc. You can close the toolkit at this point and disconnect your tablet. Press the power on your Acer a1-810 until it turns off, then press power to turn it back on.

-If all was successful, you'll be booted into the OS and have root, congrats! Follow the next section. -

Plug your tablet back into the pc. Open the toolkit directory on your desktop.

Right click toolkit, choose run as administrator. Choose 2 when asked what device you have, then choose 3 to allow you to use an external SD card. Follow the prompts, once they're complete, disconnect your tablet and reboot it with the SD card of your choice installed.

- IF YOUR INSTALL FAILED -

It's okay, it happens to everyone once in a while. Sure, high expectations asian father isn't thrilled but he'll get over it.

Here's how we go about fixing it. (For US A1-810s only.)

Download the PA_CUS1 firmware from Acer. You can get that here: http://global-download.acer.com/G...ep2=ICONIA A&Step3=A1-810&OS=ALL&LC=en&BC=ACER&SC=PA_6

Extract Update.zip from the firmware, and copy it to your micro-sd card. Now insert the card into the tablet (powered down), and hold the volume UP key while pressing the power key. This will boot you into Acer's recovery software.

You want to select "apply update from external storage", use the volume buttons to select it and touch the power button to hit enter. Find the update zip on the sd card, and hit the power button to apply the update.

Let the update crank along, and instead of the fallen android with the X, you should see a note saying success. Choose "Reboot" to restart your tablet.

If you still want to root your tablet, follow the directions (yes, again), and pay special attention to the sections asking you to open the toolkit with administrator rights.
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A SKU (found on the receipt) would be useful in determining stock availability in local stores.

Nevermind: this looks like it: http://www.staples.com/Acer-Iconi...uct_279977

Is your SKU also 279977?
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They are about 75.50 around this area. I've tried to use the $20 off tablet coupon but wouldn't take.
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Do you have the SKU by any chance ?
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Did you use the $20 off tablet coupon?
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They are about 75.50 around this area. I've tried to use the $20 off tablet coupon but wouldn't take.
I was just thinking about the coupon and how it would sweeten the deal. Enough that I might just pick one up just because.

I don't imagine you were given any reason for the coupon not working?
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I bought Iconia W3-810-1600 @$134.5 around two weeks ago. which one is better?
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The SKU is 279977
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Quote from misterputz View Post :
They are about 75.50 around this area. I've tried to use the $20 off tablet coupon but wouldn't take.
How is the tablet ? Doesnt look like coupon has any restrictions
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How is the tablet ? Doesnt look like coupon has any restrictions
He's a noob, so who knows what happened or if we'll get a response any time soon. I say just push the issue if they won't take it. I normally just mention Staples corporate and some state laws on coupons if they try to get cute. They have to take this coupon, or they are violating most if not all state's regulations on coupons.
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He's a noob, so who knows what happened or if we'll get a response any time soon. I say just push the issue if they won't take it. I normally just mention Staples corporate and some state laws on coupons if they try to get cute. They have to take this coupon, or they are violating most if not all state's regulations on coupons.
noob by posts, sure. by date, I've been here several years.

I tried two different stores and even got the manager to try to manually override them. Didn't take. Maybe corporate updated the systems by now to allow them. I won't know until I try again.
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If it helps, I did not use any coupons, this was just the clearance price. A coupon could certainly make the deal better. This seems like a decent tablet for the price. I bought it yesterday, so I have not gotten a chance to run it through the paces yet. There are a lot of other tablets that are better, but their price point is usually over $100, or they are used, or refurbs.
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Quote from hotmalepat View Post :
I purchased an Acer Iconia A1-810-L615 at Staples B&M today for $61.50, so YMMV. They did not have any on display, but I asked the sales associate if they had any clearance tablets and this was one of them. I find that if you ask the right person at Staples, they will always come up with a great deal for you from the back room.

From Acer's website:

Android(TM) - 4.1 (Jelly Bean) - MediaTek MT8125 Cortex(TM)-A7 quad-core processor (1.2GHz) - 1GB DDR3L memory - 8GB internal storage - 7.9" XGA HD IPS LED-backlit multitouch display (1024 x 768) - PowerVR(TM) SGX 544 graphics - front- and rear-facing cameras - Wireless - Bluetooth(R) 4.0 - Micro-HDMI(R) - Micro USB 2.0 - card reader - 9.5-hour battery life - 1-year limited warranty. Color: Smoky Gray

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/conte....L2QAA.001

Would it be possible to ask for a photo of the receipt? T
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noob by posts, sure. by date, I've been here several years.

I tried two different stores and even got the manager to try to manually override them. Didn't take. Maybe corporate updated the systems by now to allow them. I won't know until I try again.
I don't care if the machine takes it or not; they still have to. Manager override didn't work Confused I think you got taken for a ride. I'd just inform them that the state has an agency to handle this kind of fraud.
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