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Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review

This little 2-in-1 notebook doesn't measure up

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review

I found the Aspire Switch 10 E to be very light and portable. I traveled for hours with it tucked in my backpack and hardly noticed it, even during lengthy walks. That said, our initial impressions found it to be heavier than competing 2-in-1 notebooks, and this is true when the optional keyboard is attached.

The tablet by itself weighs 1.39 pounds (0.63 kg), which is a little lighter than the Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 (1.6 pounds or 0.73 kg), but a tad heavier than the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi (1.25 pounds or 0.57 kg).

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review

However, adding on the keyboard will bump the weight of the Switch 10 E up to 2.82 pounds (1.27 kg), which makes the Switch 10 E considerably heavier and thicker compared to its competitors. Though, I consider it a fair trade, considering the 500GB hard drive inside – plus, it acts as a nicely weighted base.

Specifications

Here is the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

Spec Sheet

  • CPU: 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F (quad-core, 2MB cache, 1.83 GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Screen: 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS 10 multi-touch display
  • Storage: 64GB SSD (tablet), 500 GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive (keyboard)
  • Ports: (On tablet) Micro USB 2.0 Port, Micro-HDMI port, MicroSD memory slot, Headphone jack. (On keyboard) USB 2.0 Port.
  • Connectivity: 802.11n Dual-Band Wireless LAN w/ MIMO Technology, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera: 2MP front-facing camera; 2MP rear-facing camera
  • Weight: 1.39 pounds; 2.82 pounds with keyboard
  • Size: 10.31 x .43 x 7.09 inches (W x D x H); 10.31 x 1.01 x 7.09 with keyboard

You probably aren't expecting much from a $349 system, and in this case you'd be right not to. The notebook falls short in most areas, particularly with its low resolution (1,280 x 800) screen. Add a paltry 2GB of memory, an Intel Atom 1.33 GHz processor, a 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, and a single USB 2.0 port built into the keyboard (the tablet half has a Micro USB 2.0 port), and you have a ridiculously under powered system.

Only the 32GB model is available in the UK right now, which retails for £279, and the notebook is not yet available in Australia. Instead, Aussies can pick up the higher-end model Aspire Switch 10 (minus the "E"), which packs a higher-resolution 1,920 x 1,200 display and a fancier Gorilla Glass 3 shell, for AU$649.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review

The Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi is similarly priced for $349 (£349, AU$399). It also has comparable, if not better, performance, and includes a high resolution (1,920 x 1,200) screen. Considering how the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi offers more power and goes for around the same price, it's hard to justify putting up with all the Acer Switch 10 E's shortcomings for a bit more storage.

As much as I like the Switch 10 E's keyboard storage solution, you'd do just as well picking up a fuller featured 2-in-1 for the same price and shelling out some extra money for an external hard drive.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E review

The Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 is the most expensive of the group, with a price tag that starts at $699 (£599, AU$1,350) without a keyboard, but has a better set of hardware and features.