A 2-in-1 as versatile as you are.
Notebook/tablet hybrids rarely become a trend since most people would like something that’s both easy to carry and won’t create too much clutter. Two piece hybrid devices in the past usually disappoint and doesn’t really give benefit for the user. With the launch of Windows 8.1, more and tablets based on this design concept are becoming more popular. Once such product is Acer’s latest offering, the Switch 10.
Design and Specifications
The Acer Switch 10 is basically a Windows-based device that you can use as a standalone tablet or connect the included keyboard dock and use it like a notebook.
First up is the tablet. The Acer Switch 10’s design definitely feels good on the hands, and the while it might be slightly heavier than other mainstream tablets, it isn’t really weigh you down when using it with your hands. It has a 10.1-inch touchscreen that protected by Gorilla Glass, and you can easily see how tough the screen is when using the tablet.
With a 1366 x 768 pixel display, the Acer Switch 10 was good enough to deliver a decent viewing experience. Acer’s own LumiFlex display automatically adjusts the color on the screen to give you the best possible images – and it works. Reds are vibrant without bleeding, and black levels are impressive. The screen of the Acer Switch 10 also uses the Zero Air Gap technology that bonds the module to the touch panel. The result? Less reflections and better viewing angles, even in sunlight.
Ports are scattered all throughout the sides of the tablet. On the right side you will find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a power switch and volume rockers. On the left side you will find a microSD card slot, micro USB port, and a micro HDMI port for connecting it to a compatible display. Lastly the Acer Switch 10 also features front-facing speakers and Acer’s own Crystal Eye Full HD webcam.
The Acer Switch 10 was designed to be a mid-range Windows tablet, and its specifications are minimal. This particular unit we had includes an Intel Atom Processor Z3735F that runs at 1.33 GHz and comes with 2 GB of RAM. It also has 32 GB of eMMC storage along with Intel HD graphics. All connectivity options are present, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The included keyboard dock make up the rest of the two piece component of the Acer Switch 10. The keyboard has island-style keys for easier typing and the mouse pad was very responsive. The tablet easily docks with the keyboard using special magnets which Acer calls ‘Snap Hinge’. It holds the tablet securely into place and you can easily remove it without having to struggle unlock other keyboard docks.
The specifications of the Acer Switch 10 won’t really put it in a high-end range, but surprisingly, using the device was fast and fluid. Various apps like Microsoft Office opened without any lags and browsing was fast and easy. In the time I spent with the Acer Switch 10, I was comfortable switching from tablet to notebook without seeing it as a hassle, something that the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was also successful in doing. I only started seeing some struggles with the system when multiple tabs are open on Google Chrome, but seeing as that the components for the Acer Switch 10 isn’t exactly the top ones, the performance is acceptable.
I managed to squeeze about 6 hours of battery life from the Acer Switch 10 on 50 percent brightness and with Wi-Fi turned on. It’s pretty decent, though it falls behind other mainstream tablets like the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Since it uses a proprietary charger, you can’t really charge it using your notebook or a USB plug.
The Acer Switch 10 delivers what I has promised: a seamless experience between tablet and notebook. It may not feature the best specifications on the market, but for what it is made for the Acer Switch 10 does the job well.