Acer Aspire Switch 10 convertible laptop specs

If you have love for Windows 8 and tablet devices, the recent entrant into the convertible market – Acer Aspire Switch 10 is worth checking out. The machine with aluminum chassis looks suitably robust and like a miniature MacBook, shipping with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 alongside at no additional cost.

Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10

Acer Aspire Switch 10 stands out amongst other recently revealed convertible laptops owing to its detachable hinge design which allows the 10.1 –inch device functioning in tablet mode to readily switch to laptop mode. It is actually a 2-in-1 hybrid with four modes:

  1. Notebook
  2. Pad
  3. Display
  4. Tent

All the modes are possible thaks to the Acer Snap Hinge – the name given to unique HINGE DESIGN. It employs magnetic connectors that allow the display and dock to attach without the need of a lock latch. So, the display can be easily detached to function as a standalone tablet; or turned around and placed backwards on the keyboard dock to enter stand mode. The design Acer claims is and appears to anyone who is reviewing the product sturdy enough to hold the device in place. Besides, just by placing light pressure on the display and the dock, the display body can be separated.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 is incredibly portable at only 2.54 pounds, although there are minor weight balancing issues. For instance, magnetic hinge present on the rear side adds weight to the rear-end of the keyboard. Running into specifications, 10.1 inch convertible features an Intel Atom Z3745 processor. Hopefully, the Atom will give it enough performance as even Acer quad core A6 AMD V5 122P machines are horridly slow. The built also supports 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics and up to 64GB of eMMC memory.

Another important characteristic that Acer boasts about the machine is “Zero Gap” bonding, which supposedly helps to reduce on-screen glare. The screen on the Aspire Switch 10 is a 1366×768 display. However, we would have preferred to see a full HD 1080p display. In my opinion it is this entry-level screen that has likely helped Acer to keep the price low. Hopefully, Acer will respond to the queries, should there be any event of the misfortune. Track record suggests Acer Support is so as would be expected froma  company of that standing.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 is likely to hit the stores, any time now for $380.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

4 Comments

  1. Dunwithi

    Nice review, Anand!

  2. available now here in the Philippines but i think the base storage of 32GB is so small… not stating that the Office 2013 is already built in.. i doubt how much space is left. >.< the optional keyboard with expansion has 500GB storage. But it is yet to announce. i dont know. i'll have to go to the local mall to see. I also found out that this is thinner than the Sony Vaio Tap 11.

  3. ITMonster

    I bought this to do light Windows tasks, and to be an ebook reader for reference documents. This tablet was advertised as having 32GB of flash, but only 25GB of that was available, and over half of that was used for the OS and the included MS Office. So, this 32GB Windows tablet ends up with the same amount of available space as a 16GB Android tablet.
    I found a 7GB Recovery partition, followed the manufacturer’s instructions about backing it up, and tried to delete it. This would have provided some much needed space, but it wouldn’t delete, and Acer would neither help, nor provide the media necessary to resolve the issue.
    While I could have resolved this with a bit more work, I had spent far too much time on it already. My time has value. For the cost of my time to fix it, I could get a 64GB tablet from someone else.
    Recommendation: Don’t buy a 32GB Windows tablet. Minimum should be 64GB.

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