At its launch event in New York, Acer announced its new hybrid tablet and laptop with Windows 8. Here's our Acer Aspire Switch 10 hands-on review.
For starters, the device will launch in late May which isn't too far away and has a pretty reasonable price tag for a device like this – just €349. Acer will be taking on the Lenovo Yoga and other hybrids like the Asus Transformer range and Samsung Ativ Q.
Acer's chief marketing officer, Michael Birkin said, "The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a winner. A brilliant package of portability, flexibility and vibrancy."
Like Lenovo's Yoga devices, the Switch 10 can transform between four different modes: laptop, tablet, tent and display. It does this with watch Acer calls is 'Snap Hinge' which, with the help of magnets clips the tablet to the keyboard dock. It does so fairly easily although quite aggressively – the two are unlikely to separate unless you want them to.
This is the device's main selling point but the hinge doesn't fold all the way round like the Lenovo Yoga though, so don't try that unless you want to risk breaking the hinge. Instead you have to spin the tablet around 180 before folding it back down onto the keyboard, leaving it upright in display mode or standing the device in tent mode.]
The keyboard dock doesn't have a battery to charge the tablet but does come with or without a 500GB hard drive. As is all too common, the keyboard and trackpad are nothing special; the former makes for slightly fiddly typing and the latter was quite sporadic during our time with the Switch 10. Connectivity-wise, the keyboard only bring a USB port to the table.
Overall, the Aspire Switch 10 feels a bit chunky but sturdy at the same time. The tablet alone is 8.9mm which isn't bad but at around 1.8kg when the device is docked to the keyboard is pretty heavy for a 10in laptop.
As you can gather from the name, the Aspire Switch 10 has a 10.1in screen which has good viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. The touchscreen display is bright and colours pop nicely. It uses a 1366 x 768 resolution which is normal for a laptop but a little low for a tablet.
Acer touts a 'zero air gap' design which means the panel is right next to the glass front. It also says 'LumiFlex' helps with outdoor viewing but we couldn't take the device outside without worrying security.
Inside is an Intel Atom Z3745 (Bay Trail T) quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Performance seems decent during our hands-on time but we'll test it out further when we get a review device. There's a choice of 32- or 64GB of internal storage and a 2Mp front facing camera for video calls. It's also refreshing to see front facing stereo speakers which we'll test out properly in a more suitable environment.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a nice little hybrid laptop and tablet. Although the design is a little chunky, it seems like you get a decent amount for your money here. Look out for a full review soon.