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The Aspire Switch 10 uses an Intel Atom Z3745 processor rather than the Intel Core-series one you really need among Intel chips, anyway for really processor-intensive tasks. It’s not too far off the popular Asus Transformer Book T100 in design terms. There are two front-facing speakers rather than the side or rear ones you get with many other tablets. There is also the option to get a Switch 10 with a keyboard module that fits in a hard drive, although we don’t know how much that’ll cost in the UK.1 and Xperia Z2 Tablet, but then doing battle with those kinds of high profile gadgets isn’t really the Switch 10’s aim.
Consequently, you can arrange the Switch 10 much like a laptop, or flip the screen around to use the keyboard part as a display mount of sorts. So far, so ordinary. There’s a microHDMI port to let you output to a monitor, a microSD memory card slot and a full-size USB port on the keyboard part that makes attaching a mouse a doddle. It’s the style of the hinge that makes the Switch 10 somewhat unusual.
1-powered convertible laptop-tablet. But its tablet part is reasonably thin at 8.1 device like this, but it’s a bit low among tablets in general. This makes it easy for Acer to make a two-way mechanism.
One thing that is a bit more accomplished than the norm is the speaker array.1 inches is typical of a Windows 8. It’s an IPS-type display so offers an experience that’s pretty similar to other mid-range and high-end tablets. More casual applications like movie-watching and web browsing are what the Switch 10 will be good at as it doesn’t have the sort of core spec that’ll worry mid-range and high-end laptops.
Acer Aspire Switch 10 Tablet and ScreenLike any 10-inch tablet with a fair bit of bezel, the Aspire Switch 10 isn’t the perfect portable tablet either. It also has just 2GB of RAM, although this is the norm for lower-cost Atom-powered devices. One of the key reasons why I rated the Transformer Book T100 so highly is that its price makes it far more accessible than most touchscreen laptops, while having a tablet-grade screen. This is seen in resolution too.
But this is true of every current hybrid of this type. And price is very important in a device like this.9mm thick.1-inch display.
Acer seems to have the price right, too.Acer Aspire Switch 10 DesignThe Acer Aspire Switch 10 looks a lot like any other convertible tablet. First ImpressionsThere’s nothing radically new about the Acer Aspire Switch 10, but versatility and price will make it attractive to many people out to buy a tablet that’s already prepped to let you do serious work on. There are some minor design and build worries, but we’ll examine these further in the full review.
As is common among Acer tablets in particular, the Switch 10 isn’t a beauty. 1,366 x 768 pixels spread across 10. The magnetism is strong enough, but it’s pretty easy to misalign the plastic guides it’s not quite kid-friendly.Next, check out our best tablets round-up.
Likely to sell for between 300-350 in the UK, it’s in the sweet spot that makes it a genuine alternative to an iPad, while offering a bit of that ‘real laptop’ flavour. Viewing angles are good and colours fairly vibrant. You can put the Acer Aspire Switch 10’s screen on back or front-forward.Where Laptop and Tablet MeetThe Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a Windows 8.
Still, as long as you manage your expectations on this front the Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a versatile little thing. The 585g weight is a way above top 10-inch tablets like the Note Pro 10. Still, display quality is decent. While nifty, I didn’t find the mechanism 100 per cent secure.
However, its clever hinge means that it can at a stretch claim to be a 4-in-1 device rather than one with just a dual purpose. It feels a bit big to use one-handed. Rather than relying solely on a click-in mechanical hinge, it uses plastic braces and magnets. You get a keyboard part and a tablet or screen part, and the latter has a 10. Let me know what you are thinking.