ACER ASPIRE SWITCH 10E
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
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.