Acer Aspire Switch 10
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.
modes. Aluminum lid panel. Keyboard flex. More expensive than similar models.