Acer As­pire Switch 10

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The Acer Switch 10 is an In­tel Atom-pow­ered 10.1-inch tablet that con­nects to a dock­ing base key­board to turn into a full clamshell note­book. The dis­play con­nects to the base through Acer’s ‘Snap Hinge’ de­sign, which uti­lizes a set of pow­er­ful mag­nets, and snaps firmly into place with a sat­is­fy­ing click. It can be con­nected in stan­dard clamshell form, or you can flip the tablet around and con­nect it in re­verse, with the dis­play fac­ing out­wards, some­thing Acer calls Dis­play mode, which is use­ful for pre­sen­ta­tions or if you want the dis­play closer to you. You can also turn the de­vice up­side down and bal­ance it on its edges for a ‘Tent mode,’ although, like other de­vices that of­fer this fea­ture, we found it to be of limited over­all use.

De­sign-wise, the Switch 10 has a boxy, squar­ish build, and is mostly made of sil­ver plas­tic, with a brushed alu­minum panel fit­ted to the lid. It’s def­i­nitely not the most lux­u­ri­ous note­book out there, but it feels solid, and the over­all fit and fin­ish is rea­son­ably good.

As with most 2-in-1 de­vices, the tablet packs all of the Switch 10’s hard­ware com­po­nents, and also in­cludes most of the ports: Mini-HDMI, Mi­cro-USB, mi­croSD and the power port. On the base, you’ll find a sin­gle USB 2.0 port. The 10.1-inch dis­play has a 1,366 x 768 pixel res­o­lu­tion touch­screen dis­play, which isn’t fan­tas­tic, but is pass­able for a screen this size. While its res­o­lu­tion may not be the best, the dis­play is an IPS panel, which gives it great view­ing an­gles. Acer has also in­cor­po­rated its new Zero Gap bond­ing tech­nol­ogy on the dis­play, which helps re­duce glare and makes the screen brighter and more vi­brant.

On the Switch 10’s base, you’ll find an almost full-size key­board with a small­ish click­pad. The keys are rea­son­ably well spaced and of­fer a de­cent amount of travel, but they’re a bit soft for our taste, and there’s also some no­tice­able flex in the key­board well. With the small over­all size of the note­book, there’s not much room for the click­pad and, as a re­sult, it’s also a bit un­der­sized. Nev­er­the­less, it’s smooth and re­spon­sive, and two fin­ger ges­tures worked well.

Specs-wise, the Switch 10 is pow­ered by an In­tel Z3735F 1.3GHz pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM. For stor­age, it has both a 32GB SSD in the tablet and an ad­di­tional 500GB HDD in the dock.

Mul­ti­ple us­age

modes. Alu­minum lid panel. Key­board flex. More ex­pen­sive than sim­i­lar mod­els.

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