I have used a lot of laptops, and I have used a lot of tablets but the Acer Switch 10 is something different. The Switch is both a laptop and a tablet. It is a tablet when you want to play games and it is a laptop when you need to get some work done. The Acer Switch has a detachable keyboard which is sturdy when attached but easy to remove.
These new form factor laptops are really shaking up the consumer laptop and tablet markets because now you really don’t need to have 2 devices (unless you are me) because one device transforms into either.
The Switch has some decent specs for a low end laptop, the specs are more comparable to a mid range tablet than a laptop though with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (with SD card slot). The screen of the device is 720p which is fine for that size (1080 would be too small).
I am using the 32gb version, which I ran out of space pretty quick with 3 users set up for my family. I added a 32GB micro SD card through the expansion slot (which accepts up to 64GB). This is because the Windows installation is a lot bigger than a mobile version like RT or even something like Android.
The Aspire Switch 10 is powered by an Intel® Atom™ CPU and transforms into four distinct modes that enable you to multitask in any environment. Detach and use it as a tablet, get tasks done in laptop mode, pivot its screen to share, or flip to watch a movie when space is limited.
|Acer Aspire Switch 10||Lenovo Yoga 2 (11-inch)||HP Pavilion 11 x360|
|Price as reviewed||$429||$449||$474|
|Display size/resolution||10.1-inch 1,366×768 touchscreen||11.6-inch 1,366×768 touchscreen||11.6-inch 1,366×768 touchscreen|
|PC CPU||1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745||2.16GHz Intel Pentium N3520||2.16GHz Intel Pentium N3520|
|PC Memory||2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz||4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333||8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz|
|Graphics||32MB Intel HD Graphics||32MB Intel HD Graphics||32MB Intel HD Graphics|
|Storage||32 or 64GB SSD||500GB 5,400rpm HDD||500GB 5,400rpm HDD|
|Networking||802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (32-bit)||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)|
Windows is something that is familiar to most people. One thing that was nice to see about the Acer Switch is that it is using a normal Windows 8.1 installation and because of it’s x86 Atom processor you can run normal windows apps. I was able to install Sublime Text and even write some code on it, which was just as difficult in tablet mode as I had assumed.
With the Acer Switch you will have access to the same Windows store that you would on any Windows laptop or Surface tablet which has access to a lot of good (and not so good) software that you would expect.
The quality of the laptop is great. The primary user of this laptop is my 6 year old daughter who at the best of times is rough on the computer she is using. It is perfect for little hands and it secure when attached to the laptop dock. The keyboard is a little difficult for her to remove on her own but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The weight of the device is good for it’s size and the battery is quite good as well. The screen is nice and vibrant and doesn’t seem to show finger prints quite as much as something like my Nexus tablet. The keyboard is great for small hands but for somebody like me with big hands it can be difficult to type at top speed. It is perfect for my daughter or even my girlfriend to do some typing.
The switch is a great little laptop for somebody who either needs something portable or doesn’t use their computer as much as a power user. This wont be good for a primary computer but for a house like ours where we have a computer in every room these days it seems to be good as a couch computer or for the kids.
This laptop is in the ranger where you used to expect to see a netbook and in some sense of the name it still is that. It is good for browsing the web and good for light gaming but I wouldn’t want to do any work on it. I do recommend going for the model with more storage though because I ran out of space pretty quick.
You can grab one of these over here.
Some pictures of the Switch 10.