- Mar 30, 2019
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ACER ASPIRE SWITCH 10 REVIEW: FEATURES, SPECIFICATIONS & PRICE
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a hybrid tablet that comes with a 10.1 inch screen as well as a detachable keyboard lock. It comes with the 32-bit version of full fa Windows 8.1, this will let you run any x86 application. And yeah, it can either be fully operated via touch or docked. It can also be used with a physical keyboard ad trackpad.
This hybrid tablet is based on Intel’s Bay Trail platform, which for a tablet provides reasonably high performance. The processor is a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 with a clock frequency of 1.33GHz. Let’s go no further in this intro; here we have the review for the Acer Aspire Switch 10. Read along.
ACER ASPIRE SWITCH 10 REVIEW: FEATURES.
From the moment you remove the Switch 10 from its packaging, you're reminded that Acer's goal has been affordability over anything else. There's a huge ugly sticker right on the front bezel, with an Intel Inside logo and diagram to show how many operating modes the tablet supports. Its removal should be the first thing any self-respecting Switch 10 owner does.
The silver plastic shell looks okay, but it's made from plastic that feels cheap and hollow. When the keyboard and tablet are docked together, and closed shut, like a laptop, it's not particularly thin or light. Both the tablet body and keyboard dock bend easily with a minimal amount of pressure applied to them, and the trackpad feels clunky, and it almost wobbles under your finger. It does, however, let you swipe through the Modern UI screens in Windows and through web pages.
And the screen is fairly good for an affordable tablet. Bright and vibrant, with good colours and wide-angle viewing, when the machine first powers on, you'll perhaps forget the questionable build quality when you see how good the Windows desktop looks.
The desktop resolution is only 1366 x 768, so it isn't high-DPI like the iPad or high-end Android tablets, but that's actually welcome, given how Windows 8 doesn't always behave itself when running desktop software at super-high resolution on small screens. The bezel around it is unfortunately quite large, with both a black border and the outer shell taking up space.
There's five-point multitouch, and the Switch 10 flicks through the modern UI screens and apps absolutely fluidly. A tap in the top left switches through the open apps without any delay, and pinch-to-zoom is nicely responsive.
The keyboard is undoubtedly superior to the trackpad, with a reasonable key travel distance that makes typing relatively pain-free. The keys are a bit small though, one of the complaints many people had regarding netbooks.
The extra thickness of the dock accommodates a single full-sized USB 2.0 port, but on the tablet there's not enough space for one, so instead you get a microUSB port on the right-hand side, for which you'll need an adaptor, with microHDMI as well.
Finally, there's a microSD card slot and microphone. The power button and volume controls are located on the left-hand side.
As expected from Acer, there's plenty of bloatware installed on the device, including their own App Store in Modern UI. On the 32GB Switch 10 I received, Windows reports the C drive as 22.3GB, with only 7GB remaining for the user's programs and media.
Acer apparently describes the device as being at the intersection between content consumption and creation. Content creation can mean different things to different people though. Obviously, this is not the best form factor for heavy Photoshop work – neither the performance nor screen size are up to it. But when docked with the keyboard, it's more than suitable for essay writing, entering data into a spreadsheet or working on Powerpoint presentations.
In terms of media consumption, the Switch 10 performs perfectly well with HD video. Avatar played absolutely fine in 1080p from an external USB hard disk.
ACER ASPIRE SWITCH 10 REVIEW: SPECIFICATIONS.
Here's the specs sheet of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-155X SW5-011-18R3.
1366×768 pixels (HD)
Other Display Specs
IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)
Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core 1.33-1.86GHz 2MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 16)
System Memory (RAM)
DVD Optical Drive
Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (User Benchmark GPU score: 1 – 2)
Non-backlit keyboard without numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and Audio
Mobile Broadband (3G, 4G LTE)
1 x micro USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
1 x micro HDMI
Media Card Reader
Detachable keyboard included
Free Copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013
2-Cell Li-Polymer, "8-hour" battery life
Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)
ACER ASPIRE SWITCH 10 REVIEW: PRICE.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 goes for N30,000 only (UK Used) in our store. You can simply walk in to our office or order online.