It is called the Acer Aspire Switch 10 and it is a convertible laptop that allows us to also use it as a tablet , since the screen can be separated from the keyboard that is included. The device allows us to work in different positions depending on the task we are doing. We can remove the screen and use it independently, mount it as if it were a laptop or with the tent mode to watch a movie comfortably.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes standard with the full version of Windows 8.1 and has a complete and balanced technical profile. Its screen measures 10.1 inches, has an Intel Atom processor with Intel HD graphics, several connection ports and a battery with autonomy of up to eight hours . The Acer Aspire Switch 10 has passed through our hands, we tell you the keys to this team.
Design and handling
Design is the key to the Acer Aspire Switch 10, which offers several possibilities depending on how we place its screen and keyboard. The device is quite compact as its panel measures 10.1 inches diagonally, just like most large format tablets on the market. In this way we can extract the screen and use it independently just as we would with a normal tablet . The screen piece is somewhat thick compared to a conventional tablet, but it can be handled comfortably and is not too heavy. The natural position of the device is the same as that of any laptop, but we can also rotate the screento hold on to watch a movie or use the touch panel control only. Another position is Tent mode, similar to the previous one but with the screen and keyboard forming a kind of triangle.
The two pieces are held together by means of two magnetic hinges. The system is very strong and there is no danger of it accidentally coming off unless we hit it. However, although the magnets on its hinges are strong, we have noticed that sometimes they do not align well and one of the two pieces can be left out, so care must be taken to insert both pieces correctly.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 weighs about a kilo if we count the screen and keyboard, it is not too much, but it is a bit heavy for its size. Despite this, it is comfortable to transport since it takes up very little space in a backpack or bag. The chassis is made of plastic and its corners are slightly rounded, the finish is silver with a metal-like texture. The keyboard is quite comfortable to handle, with separate keys and trackpad built, although you can also connect a mouse to the USB port built into the keyboard.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 has a 10.1-inch diagonal screen with Zero Air Gap technology, a system that eliminates the gap between the panel and the glass, improving visibility by reducing reflections on its surface. The panel is IPS LCD type with LED backlighting and capacitive multi-touch technology, so it responds well to light touches.
Its resolution is 1,366 x 768 pixels and concentrates 155 dots per inch . Acer also includes a system called Lumiflex that optimizes color control so that it can be seen correctly in bright light conditions. The screen is quite sharp and its brightness enough to be able to see the content even if there are reflections.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 integrates a single camera on the front of the screen that will help us to make video calls through Skype or similar applications. The sensor captures FullHD 1080p images but its lens is not too bright, so we cannot expect outstanding quality either. Despite this, it is more than enough to make us look good or also to be able to take photos and videos in a timely manner. The camera has a built- in image editor to be able to crop it, add filters with effects or enhance the color.
Memory and power
Acer offers the Acer Aspire Switch 10 in two capacity options, to choose between 32 and 64 GB of internal memory. In both cases we are talking about an SSD disk . In addition, the memory can be expanded using its MicroSD card slot , being able to double the total capacity. Keep in mind that Windows 8.1 takes up a lot of space. In our case we have the 32 Gb model and it offers around 22 Gb free to store our data.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 has an Intel Atom processor of four cores operating at 1.33 GHz and is supported by 2 GB memory RAM DDR3 . It is not a particularly cutting edge configuration, but rather balanced, but in normal use the system runs very smoothly and the equipment starts up in just a few seconds.
Operating system and applications
As we have already said, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes standard with Windows 8.1, in its 32-bit version . The equipment offers a series of pre-installed applications that will come in handy to start using the equipment. Among these applications we find Microsoft Office, Skype, Internet Explorer, Maps or Kindle . Of course Microsoft includes more of its own utilities such as the scanner , the calculator , the calendar , the contacts , the news or the weather information . The team offers access to the storeMicrosoft application directory , where you can download many more applications that will be added to the Metro interface. Acer also contributes its part with a package of functions aimed at optimizing the equipment, handling documents or among other multimedia playback options. The user can enjoy their space in the Acer Cloud to keep their data safe and synchronized at all times.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is equipped with several physical ports on the sides of the computer, both on the screen and on the keyboard. In the case of the screen we find several pins on its right side, starting with the battery charging port . It also has a MicroUSB 2.0 port , a Micro HDMI to launch a high definition signal to external equipment and a MicroSD card slot . On the other side we find the power button , the volume controls and the 3.5 mm jack for headphones or speakers. On the other hand, the keyboard carries a full-size USB port . As for wireless connections, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 can connect to WiFi networks and also includes Bluetooth 4.0 technology .
Autonomy and price
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 integrates a dual-cell lithium battery whose autonomy is around eight hours of mixed use . In our case, we have been testing the equipment using the installed applications, installing new ones and also playing music without the load running out completely.
Acer has not confirmed the price of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 in Spain , but if we look at its cost in the United States we could be facing a team around 350 euros.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 unifies the concepts of tablet and laptop in the same team. This model could be the right option for users looking for the touch control that a tablet offers but without giving up the advantages of a laptop, the only thing they will miss is the optical drive. The terminal has a bright and clear screen that allows us to work in different positions, as it suits us at all times, in addition its keyboard is very comfortable and the user experience is the same as that of any conventional laptop, a bit small though.
|Model||Acer Aspire Switch 10|
|Processor and RAM||Intel Atom Z3745 Quad Core Processor @ 1.33 Ghz|
2 Gb LPDDR3 RAM
Intel HD Graphics
|Memory||32 / 64GB of SSD memory|
|screen||IPS LCD Active Matrix|
Capacitive multi-touch panel
Zero Air Gap Technology
HD resolution 1,366 x 768 pixels
|System||Windows 8.1 32 bit|
|Camera and Multimedia||2 megapixel front camera|
Play music, video, photos and documents
Supported formats: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8, 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM, MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR , FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV
|Controls and connections||Full keyboard trackpad|
3.5mm headphone output
USB port on keyboard
MicroSD card reader
Wi-Fi connection (802.11a / b / g / n)
|Autonomy|| 18W Dual Cell Lithium Battery|
Up to eight hours of autonomy