ACER AS­PIRE SWITCH 10E

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As you might have guessed from its name, the Acer As­pire Switch 10E has a 10.1-inch touch­screen dis­play. It out­puts at a res­o­lu­tion of 1,280 x 800 pix­els, a tad low by to­day’s pix­elob­sessed stan­dards. Nev­er­the­less, im­ages and text look suf­fi­ciently sharp; the big­gest prob­lem with the dis­play is how glossy and re­flec­tive is.

The Switch 10E has an allplas­tic con­struc­tion and is fairly thick, mea­sur­ing at around 25.7mm with the key­board dock at­tached. The tablet dis­play alone is around 8mm. This means that it is eas­ily the thick­est of the trio here, and the heav­i­est too. With the key­board dock, the Switch 10E weighs around 1.28kg, while the tablet dis­play on its own is 630g.

Un­der­neath the prover­bial hood, the Switch 10E is pow­ered by a quad-core Bay Trail In­tel Atom Z3735F (1.33GHz, 2MB L2 cache) pro­ces­sor, In­tel HD Graph­ics, 2GB of RAM and a mod­est 32GB of eMMC flash stor­age.

The Atom Z3735F is an en­try-level Bay Trail Atom pro­ces­sor, so don’t ex­pect fire­works. Its eMMC flash stor­age may be no match for a proper SATA SSD much less a PCIe-based one, but it is still miles quicker than a tra­di­tional hard disk

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DE­CEM­BER 2015 drive. And while 32GB might sound lit­tle, the good thing is that Acer in­cluded a 500GB me­chan­i­cal hard disk drive within the key­board - hence the over­all thick­ness of the de­vice. The Switch 10E also has a se­cu­rity fea­ture called Acer SwitchLock, which au­to­mat­i­cally se­cure and locks the hard disk in the dock when­ever the tablet is re­moved to pre­vent unau­tho­rized ac­cess. Even if the drive is phys­i­cally re­moved, users shouldn’t be able to ac­cess its con­tents.

The tablet dis­play it­self has a sin­gle Mi­cro-USB port, MiniHDMI port, 3.5mm au­dio jack and mi­croSD card reader for ex­pand­ing stor­age, while the thick key­board dock al­lows for a full­sized USB port. The Switch 10E also sup­ports wire­less 802.11n and speeds of up to 150Mbps, as well as Blue­tooth 4.0.

In our us­age, we found the Switch 10E to be bulky, heavy and not as handy as its ri­vals. On the other hand, the large key­board dock makes up with ex­tra stor­age, keys that ac­tu­ally have room for travel, and are quite tac­tile to use and pleas­ant to type on. Ad­di­tion­ally, the track pad is well sized for a 10.1-inch note­book and is re­spon­sive to use.

The tablet dis­play has a mi­croUSB port for con­nect­ing pe­riph­er­als and a Mini-HDMI port for video out­put.

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