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Acer Aspire Switch 10 E: Time to switch

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E: Time to switch



10.1″ 1280 x 800 WXGA IPS Multi-Touch LCD


Windows 8.1


Intel Atom Z3735F processor


64GB (tablet) + 500GB HDD (keyboard dock) internal storage, 2GB RAM


2MP rear, 2MP front


Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth, microSD, microUSB, microHDMI, 3.5mm audio jack


262 x 180 x 11mm, 128g




Ready to jump into the hybrid rage? the stylish, compact, and flexible Acer Aspire Switch 10 E is a good, pocket-friendly 2-in-1 device for students, young individuals, and users with basic performance needs. But if you’re looking for speed and power, and can spare a few extra bucks more, you should probably look elsewhere.

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Because of technology’s constant need to innovate and meet the ever-changing demand of consumers for productivity solutions, these past few years have seen the steady rise in number of hybrid devices. Among these hybrids are 2-in-1 tablet-meets-laptop devices, which perfectly marries the computing performance of a laptop and the portability of a tablet.

However, many people remain unconvinced of the advantages of using hybrid devices, believing that the cons outweigh the pros. I say: perhaps, you haven’t found the right hybrid device for you.

This year, Taiwanese tech giant Acer released a new tablet-laptop device—the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E. Speed reviewed the Aspire Switch 10 E to help you decide whether it’s time for you to switch to [this] hybrid.


The Aspire Switch 10 E is essentially a 10.1-inch tablet that switches into a laptop when attached to its keyboard dock.

Despite having a plastic shell, the Moonstone White unit (other variants available are in blue, purple, red, pink, and black) I reviewed doesn’t look cheap at all. Adding to the Aspire Switch 10 E’s appeal is the patterned outer casing, which breaks away from the usual smooth metal finish of most laptops available in the market. The textured exterior cover of the Switch 10 E also gave me a good grip on the device when I carried it around.

I certainly didn’t miss the weight of my old laptop while using the Switch 10 E. With dimensions akin to a 500-paged text book, I was able to slip this tablet-laptop inside my bag and bring it with me most of the time.


Detaching and reattaching the Switch 10 E tablet to its keyboard base didn’t require too much effort and attention, thanks to Acer’s new Snap Hinge 2 mechanism. This hinge technology uses a soft magnetic connection to keep the two parts of the device solidly together. I never had any issue where the tablet accidentally detaches from the dock, even when I experimented holding the device upside down.

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The tablet weighs more than the keyboard dock, however, so the Switch 10 E toppled backwards whenever I tilt the screen too far in laptop mode. Good news is that the tablet never disconnected from the dock in those instances either. The Snap Hinge 2 also allowed me to use the other viewing/working positions of the Switch 10 E aside from the laptop and tablet modes. I personally prefer the laptop mode when I’m working, while the display mode is my best choice when reading, watching content, or playing tap-based games.


To accommodate the compact size of the Aspire Switch 10 E, Acer had to maximize every available space of the condensed keyboard by pushing the keys almost right out of the edges.

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I’m used to working on a bigger laptop with larger keys, so I had to familiarize myself first with the Switch 10 E’s small QWERTY keyboard. But overall, it was pleasant to use. The keys required just minimal pressure; the tiny precision touchpad was responsive and perfectly situated where you can easily tap or touch it while typing.

The keyboard also houses the only USB port on this laptop-tablet device. Having just a single USB port frustrated me sometimes. It can be taxing to transfer files from one external device to another because you have to plug and unplug several times.


The Aspire Switch 10 E is average at best performance-wise. This is something I (and you should, too) have already anticipated upon seeing the device’s price and the specs.

But don’t dismiss this 2-in-1 device just yet. Simple tasks are executed well; I was able to open up to seven different programs—mostly productivity and media playback apps—and at most 10 active tabs on the browser at the same time before the Switch 10 E started to act up. Want to play around from photo and video editing programs to Web browsing and Web-based apps? You should take my advice and look elsewhere.

Clearly, the Switch 10 E is not targeted for heavy-duty users. This device is more for light to medium use such as watching or listening to multimedia content, moderate Web browsing, and viewing or creating documents.


At 1280 x 800 resolution, the Switch 10 E may not have the highest resolution offering but it could qualify at least as an HD display.

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The screen is bright and provides impressive color reproduction, and the viewing angles are reasonable. Using it in bright lighting conditions, though, can be a bit frustrating because of the awful glare. Even at full brightness, you can still see some glare on the screen.

As with any other hybrid devices, the Aspire Switch 10 E was able to maximize the touch-friendly, versatile Windows 8.1 operating system. The touch display was responsive and worked smoothly.


A 2MP front camera may still be accepted by today standards, but surely a 2MP rear camera could be considered a major let down.

The only time I used the main snapper was when I got the test unit and had to check if all the features were working, after that I never used it anymore. Don’t expect clear, vibrant images from it. The front shooter, on the other hand, was very handy for video calls with friends and family.


The tablet part of the Aspire Switch 10 E carries its battery, which Acer promised to deliver a maximum of 12 hours battery life in a single full charge. That’s quite impressive considering the size of this device. The truth, however, is another matter. Fully charged at the beginning, my test unit was only able to run for a good six hours with the screen and Wi-Fi on all the time. Good thing that I can charge the tablet with a high-capacity power bank through the microSD port, so the device’s portability isn’t totally compromised


Aside from the USB port on the keyboard dock, all other ports can be found on the tablet of Switch 10 E. The power button, volume key, and the Start Menu  key are on the tablet as well.

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There’s a microSD card slot should you prefer to expand the 64GB storage space or transfer file directly from your phone to the Aspire Switch 10 E. The audio jack was very useful as I usually use my headphones when listening to music or watching movies or TV series. That and the audio of this hybrid is not that impressive.


One of the better selling point of the Aspire Switch 10 E is its price. Compared with other hybrid devices out in the market, the Switch 10 E offers the flexibility of a hybrid in a slightly affordable price. If you’re still testing waters with 2-in-1 devices and don’t want to shell out too much cash, you may consider the Switch 10 E your entry hybrid device.

Review by Pat Calica
Photographs by Antonio Jose Galauran

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