The Aspire Switch 10E is the latest edition of the 2-in-1 device by Acer. Introduced at their Global Press Conference in New York earlier this year, the Switch 10E brings form, function and a punch of color. It can be used in four modes to include notebook, tablet, tent and display. While each mode serves a distinct purpose, I spent my time using only two modes; notebook mode for tasks requiring intense typing like blogging and tent mode for displaying digital content or entertainment. Tent mode was also useful for entertaining my toddler. It gave him access to the device but eliminated the need for him to hold and inevitably drop the device. My least favorite was tablet mode. The screen is equipped with the power button, a MicroUSD memory card reader, audio jack, micro HDMI port and a micro USD 2.0 port. In tablet mode, the device felt heavier than a stand-alone tablet and I never really felt comfortable using it that way.
[information]The tablet weighs 630 grams as opposed to the Apple iPad Air 2 which weighs 437 grams, Samsung Galaxy Note which weighs 540 grams and ASUS Transformer Pad weighing in at 594 grams. [/information]
Switch 10E features the new Acer Snap Hinge 2 which lets you to disassemble the device easily. Because the hinge is magnetic, I was able to detach and snap the screen to the keyboard with a simple pull or push. Changing modes literally took a few seconds.
My favorite design element of the Switch 10E is the textile-pattern casing which comes in a range of trendy colors and helps prevent scratches. The device I tested was white but the pattern alone still added visual interest. I appreciate the durable, stylish exterior and the fact that you don’t have to purchase an accessory to protect the device.
I was thoroughly impressed with the battery life of this device. Switch 10E gives you up to 12 hours of power. Nice! Switch 10E is powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. It features an HD 1280 x 800 resolution display (a lower resolution than its predecessor) and two 2 MP cameras on the front and rear of the device. At 2 MP I didn’t even attempt to take a photo. The cameras serve a basic purpose as this machine is not indicated for photography. They were fine for Skype and Google Hangouts.
This 2-in-1 runs on Windows 8.1 and comes preloaded with all of the Microsoft Office Programs you need to be productive plus Acer proprietary desktop apps.
There were no glaring performance issues. I was able to perform all of my daily activities from emailing, to blogging to heavy social media use and video chatting seamlessly. The one drawback is using the tablet in direct sunlight. As you can see in the photos, I opted for a day of work outside and the screen had an unpleasant glare. Although a bit heavier than it’s 2-in-1 counterparts, the dimensions (10.31 x 7.09 x 1.01 inches) of the Switch 10E make it an ideal travel companion. I was able to fit it into my bag easily and carry it among my other personal items. The Acer Aspire Switch 10E starts at $299 USD…a fair price for a device that’s portable and heavy on style.
Photos Courtesy of @Ms.Hadeel