- CPU: Intel Atom Z3735F @ 1.33GHz
- RAM: 2GB DDR3 RAM
- Storage: 64GB
- OS: Windows 8.1 Professional
- Display: 10.1-inches @ 1,280 x 800
- Weight: 152g
- Great build quality
- Mediocre performance
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 8 (Home): 1,348 points
- PCMark 8 (Creative: 1,232 points
- PCMark 8 (Work): 1,520 points
A Versatile 2-in-1
In the past few years, mobile computing has seen a variety of changes in terms of form factors and usage patterns. Users are now given the opportunity to choose from an assortment of specs when looking for a portable machine. Be it one that provides the performance of a high-end desktop computer, to another that provides a little of everything without breaking the bank.
The new Acer Aspire Switch 10, is the perfect match for everyday use. The 2-in-1 convertible device can be utilised for both, work and play! Powered by Intel’s 1.3GHz Atom Z3735F processor, it also packs 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The display portion of the Switch 10 sports a microUSB and micro-HDMI port, as well as a microSD card reader. As for the display itself, the Acer Switch 10 comes fitted with with a 10.1-inch IPS display at 1,280 x 800 pixels, strengthened by Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 3 screen.
The keyboard portion of the Switch 10 is very well built, with keys spaced aptly along with a decent travel depth to boot. The dock features magnets that firmly snapthe display portion in place. The Snap Hinge as Acer calls it, is very sturdy ensuring that it doesn’t disconnect even when the device is held without supporting the dock when it’s connected.
We commend the Switch 10 for its multifunctional set up. The device can be used in its traditional notebook form factor, on its own as a tablet, and even hooked backwards on its tablet dock to form a convertible
Performance-wise, the Switch 10 is not all shabby when it comes to editing document and web-browsing on the move. The only issue faced when using the device, is its tendency to be sluggish when too many applications are in use as it only comes provided with 2GB of RAM. The battery life of the Switch 10 lasted the better part of six hours during test. We feel that Acer may have missed an opportunity to improve on this by placing additional batteries inside the keyboard dock.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 notebook is the device for users who are on the move and in need a device that allows you to work and play all at once. Its detachable form factor allows you to use it as a notebook, a tablet or a propped up display depending on your usage needs.
(previously published in issue December 2014)