The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a solid Windows 8.1 hybrid consisting of a decent tablet and solid keyboard dock. The current generation Atom processor is a good performer and runs Windows well.Read the full review →
Acer's latest hybrid is the Switch 10, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet featuring an Intel Atom processor and detachable keyboard. That might sound pretty generic, but the Switch 10 has a bit of a twist (or flip) to it. The keyboard dock has a built-in hinge that lets you use the tablet in various modes, similar to the Lenovo Yoga line. The resulting product is divisive, but still good enough to satisfy the low-end Windows tablet market.
The main selling point of the Switch 10 is its multi-mode design, with magnetic clips placed inside the frame to connect the tablet and keyboard. But Expert Reviews says the "process of connecting the two can be fiddly," and Slashgear finds the clips "flimsy" and "can cause you to mis-align the two." The weight of the screen also creates a bit of an issue when the two are connected, as Liliputing says it will "tip over" when you push the screen too far back. But Wired still praises the Switch 10's magnetic design, calling it "one of the most seamless and speedy" connection methods for a hybrid tablet they've ever used.
… show more On the performance side of things, the 10.1-inch display has a pretty average resolution of 1366x768 -- standard for tablets of this size. The editors at Computer Shopper are "not great fans" of this resolution, but still find it to be one of the "best" displays they've seen at this size. The Intel Atom processor powering the Switch 10 doesn't hit high marks either, but PC Advisor says "you'll be able to do regular day-to-day tasks" though you can't "expect the device to cope with anything remotely strenuous." The Atom chip should allow the Switch 10 to squeeze a little extra life from the battery, but most critics were disappointed by its five hours of battery life -- average for the category.
While the Switch 10 may seem like it's competing with the Lenovo's Yoga line due to its multi-mode setup, its real rival is the price-comparable Transformer T100. The two are close in regards to display and performance, but the T100 does a much better job in the battery life department. This doesn't make the Switch 10 a bad device, just an underachiever. The T100 is one of the top 12 recommended tablets in the Engadget Buyer's guide, but the Switch 10 is a good alternative if you need more folding options.
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The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.Read the full review →
A little more polish—perhaps a better screen and a beefier battery that offers more than the sub-6 hours of life you get here—and Acer could have a minor masterwork on its hands.Read the full review →
Acer has locked in on what many budget buyers will be looking for. Although thrills and spills lack, when it comes to a budget buy the Switch 10 is a definite device for the shortlist.Read the full review →
As a tablet, it’s an adequate performer. As a computer, it’s a more netbook than anything else. We like it for those on a budget, and on the go.Read the full review →
Although the Acer Aspire Switch 10 is very affordable, it's another hybrid which is neither great at being a laptop nor a tablet.Read the full review →
Acer delivers flexible tablet/laptop/presentation productivity—and takes on the best-selling Asus Transformer Book T100—with a dazzling detachable hybrid for $429.Read the full review →
It offers decent performance in a compact package, and it’d be easy to recommend… if the Asus Transformer Book T100 didn’t do all of those things as well, while offering longer battery life.Read the full review →
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a fun, useful laptop/tablet, but only if you're looking for an inexpensive device to do word processing, web browsing, watching shows or playing tablet-oriented games on. You'll even get great battery life to boot.Read the full review →
A decent convertible, but its poor keyboard and lack-lustre performance makes the Asus T100 a better buy.Read the full review →
In the hand, the Switch 10 felt solid, without the plastic flimsy feel of so many low-cost Windows systems, but it's design was also boxy and squared off. A more tapered design might help it feel even thinner.Read the full preview →
The design takes the detachable hybrid concept, which pairs a standalone tablet with a docking keyboard, and remixes it with a docking hinge that can be attached facing forward or back. We got some hands-on time with the Switch 10, and have some first impressions to share.Read the full preview →
The Switch 10 is an example of how hybrid device makers are trying out a variety of designs. But in a stagnant PC market desperate for innovation, companies are hoping one of these designs will become a hit.Read the full preview →
Overall the Aspire Switch 10 looks to be a well balanced product. Windows 8.1 on a budget with a screen that's usable and a hinge system that's effective. We just wish the overall design was a bit more inspirational. But for this price point it's hard to complain.Read the full preview →
The price is reasonable. But the durability and built-in design kind of disappoint me. And the problem with ACER is they get slower with time, it does happen with me.Read the full review →