The Acer Aspire Switch 10E (SW3-013) has become one of the great surprises of this 2015. This 10.1-inch tablet convertible into a laptop emphasizes two points: its versatility to work in different formats and its elegant design with up to six different colors: black, gray, blue, aquamarine, orange and white. All this with the Windows 8.1 platform with Bing to squeeze all the juice out of desktop applications and the inclusion of Office 365 Personal for free. Other interesting features are a quad-core Intel Atom processor, a combined memory of 32 GB in flash format and 500 GB in hard disk format.or an HDMI connection . The Acer Aspire Switch 10E (SW3-013) is already available on the market for a price of 300 euros . We tell you all its details in a thorough analysis.
Design and display
One of the strengths with which the new Switch 10 E arrives is its design. Acer has achieved a very attractive finish in which customization prevails. And it is that users can choose up to six different shades for their equipment ( black, gray, blue, aquamarine, orange and white ). In addition, the fabric-shaped drawing of its housing seems very successful, by enhancing the feeling that we are facing a premium team. The full dimensions of the Aspire Switch 10E (SW3-013) are placed at 262 x 180 x 10.95 millimeters when we have it in tablet format, along with a weight of 630 grams . When we hook it to the keyboard the dimensions go up to262 x 180 x 25.77 mm and its weight is at 1.28 kilos . These are competitive figures that favor their use in environments such as education or when traveling.
But without a doubt, the strong point of its design is the versatility it allows. For example, we can use this model as a traditional tablet unhooked from the keyboard or as a laptop when we place the keyboard. But in addition, this model also allows us to hook the tablet in a reverse way to enjoy multimedia content more comfortably or to use touch apps or place it in a store format.
As for the screen, a panel is used IPS 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels . It is a sufficient resolution to navigate and use simple applications, but it can fall a bit short when it comes to viewing movies and videos in high resolution. The use of IPS technology favors good viewing angles of up to 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically . Acer has also done its bit with the Acer LumiFlex, which automatically adjusts the brightness under the impact of sunlight to improve content playback. In addition, with Gorilla Glass protection, the panel's resistance to bumps and scratches is improved.
Memory and power
One of the great news that this model arrives with is the use of a double memory system. On the tablet side, a 32 GB flash memory is used in which the operating system is stored and which also improves the load times of the equipment. Meanwhile, the keyboard area includes a 500 GB hard drive to store a large number of applications and personal files. This capacity can be completed through a MicroSD memory card . As for the processor, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F chip with a speed of 1.33 GHz per core is integrated . This power can be taken up to 1.83 GHzin times of greatest energy need. Along with the processor, a 2 GB RAM memory is integrated . This value is sufficient for normal use but it can be a bit short at times if we are used to working with many tabs open at the same time.
Operating system and applications
In the guts of this team the version Windows 8.1 with 32-bit Bing is integrated . The peculiarity of this special version of the Microsoft platform is that the Bing search engine is the default when searching on the Internet. However, it is a functionality that the user can change at any time. For the rest, we can enjoy all the compatible desktop applications and the Microsoft application store. But surely the big bet of this version is that it includes a free version of Office 365 Personal. An excellent opportunity to create our documents and spreadsheets, which enhances the attractiveness of this team in the environment of colleges and universities. Acer also wanted to highlight its Acer Switch Lock solution to protect the data on the hard drive housed in the keyboard in the event of losing it or being stolen.
Connections and multimedia
In the field of connections we find what is perhaps one of the great buts that can be put to this model. The absence of a high-speed USB 3.0 port . Instead, we have a full USB 2.0 port on the keyboard and a MicroUSB 2.0 port on the tablet side. Another of the physical connections is a miniHDMI port to be able to connect this model to a television or monitor and transmit the contents in high quality. As for wireless connections, it includes WiFi to connect to the Internet and Bluetooth 4.0to sync with compatible equipment. In the multimedia section, we must highlight the use of a double camera both on the front of the tablet and on its back. In both cases, the resolution is 2 megapixels and video is also recorded in 720p quality.
Autonomy, price and opinions
Another of the strengths of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E is its autonomy, which reaches a maximum of 12 hours when we use it in full format. A guarantee to use it in the classroom or take it with us on a trip. This device is already available in Spain for a competitive price of 300 euros. In short, a very mature and versatile proposal that meets what is expected of a team of these characteristics. Among the points that we liked the most is the long autonomy , the attractive design or the inclusion of a traditional hard disk with a capacity of 500 GB. This equipment only leaves us some doubt due to the lack of a USB 3.0 port, but otherwise it is a very interesting equipment for users who are looking for an affordable model with Windows 8.
Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013)
|Model||Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013)|
|Type||Laptop convertible into tablet|
Display and keyboard
|Resolution||1,280 x 800 pixels|
|Technology||IPS, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Tactile||Yes, six pressure points|
Power and graphics
|CPU processor||Intel Atom Z3735F|
|Number of cores||4|
|Power||1.33 GHz (up to 1.83 GHz)|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||Intel HD Graphics|
|Format||Flash memory + hard disk|
|Capacity||32GB + 500GB|
|Dimensions||262 x 180 x 10.95 millimeters in tablet mode|
262 x 180 x 25.7 millimeters with keyboard and hard drive
|Weight||630 grams in tablet mode|
1.28 kilos with keyboard and hard disk
|Colors||Black, white, gray, aqua, blue, orange and magenta|
|Speakers||Two stereo speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 with 32-bit Bing|
Office 365 Personal
|Wifi||WiFi b / g / n|
|USB ports||1 x microUSB, 1 x USB 2.0|
|Card reader||Card reader|
|Others||2 megapixel front and rear camera, microphone|
|Capacity||Lithium-ion, 8,060 milliamps|
|Official figures||Up to twelve hours of use|
|Figures in more intensive use||-|