Acer Aspire Switch 10 Laptop Review

When I first saw the concept of this laptop, I was truly amazed by it’s concept. The $430 Acer Aspire Switch 10 (starting at $380) is more than just a hybrid. This attractive Windows 8 convertible device will offer you several modes of use, with a stunning display and enough power to surf the Web, chech your email and write a paper and this laptop is basically the best laptop for Architects.

The device has an attractive device, the aluminum lid has a subtle crosshatching with a slightly raised, diamond-cut chrome Acer emblem in the center. The edges are straight and the corners rounded. The 10-inch display is bordered by a strip of silvery aluminum, and beneath the screen sits a pair of speakers. The tablet is light, weighing 1.2 pounds and measuring 10.3 x 7 x 0.3-inch, but when you atach the keyboard dock, the weight jumps at 2.4 pounds. It is the same as the ASUS Transformer Book T100 and lighter than Lenevo Yoga 2, which is a convertible whose screen doesn’t detach.

The 10-inch panel on Switch 10 offers details so sharp that it’s hard to belive you look at a 1366 x 768 display. Viewing angles are almost ridiculously wide, allowing you to sit on the side of the tablet without a noticeable color degradation. Also, if you want to take the tablet out to the park, Acer has added its LumiFlex display technology. This feature gives the display an extra pop of color, preventing image washout in direct sunlight. However, in an indoor setting the colors can look oversaturated.

The Switch 10 has more modes of use than many deatachable hybrids. In addition to the tablet and laptop modes, Switch 10 offers a presentation mode, also good for watching movies or videos. Just flip the tablet around. You can even make a tent mode by turning the device upside down. The device doesn’t have a mechanical latch to separate tablet from keyboard, but  utilizes powerful magnets to connect the two halves. Thanks to the strong grip and flexible hinge, the newly formed laptop will remain connected despite receiving several hard shakes, but don’t worry it will be easy to take apart.

Packed with a 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 2 GB of RAM, the switch 10 will offer you great performance for the basic daily usage. You won’t be able to play the newest games on the market like “Watch Dogs”, but you will be able to view high definition videos and images.

The battery lasted 6 hours and 30 minutes, less than the category average  of 8 hours, but over 1 hour more than the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2.

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is the latest hybrid to cross the borders between laptops and tablets. For $430 you get a device that can convert from a laptop to a tablet or a presentation mode with just a flip of the screen. The Switch 10 might not be the most powerful device on the market, but for the light-productivity and multimedia users this device is a great choice.