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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

The intentions behind the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E are admirable. It's a budget 2-in-1 notebook that emphasizes portability and long-battery life. But it sacrifices much in the way of performance and features for some modest gains.

Perhaps the underpowered hardware would be forgivable if the notebook itself were more usable. But with the low resolution of the screen coupled with high glare, weak speakers, limited ports and long recharge time, the Switch 10 E isn't exactly a go-to device for work or entertainment, especially for students who need a rig ready to go.

We liked

My favorite part of the notebook is the detachable keyboard. While it isn't even really part of the system, the detachable keyboard adds an integral 500GB hard drive tucked inside. I also like the solid typing experience and how it gives the notebook a relatively sturdy base – just don't tilt the screen too far back.

We disliked

The laptop offers subpar performance compared to some of its competitors, and is pretty light on features. Its screen has a terrible glare that makes it hard to use under many lighting conditions, and its built-in speakers are pretty weak, making the Switch 10 E a less-than-ideal choice for watching videos. Worst of all, the notebook doesn't come close to delivering on its "12 hours of battery life" promise.

Final verdict

When it comes down to it, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E doesn't offer performance or enough features to make it a worthwhile. Its low-brow hardware, an Intel Atom processor and barely HD display don't measure up against its competitors. Beyond that, the battery, which is supposed to last for 12 hours, is beaten in benchmarks by the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi , and it takes forever to recharge.

There are a lot of 2-in-1 system out there, many with better performance and features for almost the same price as the Switch 10 E. The added storage built into the detachable keyboard gives the system a small advantage, but a little extra hard drive space isn't anything to brag about.

While the little notebook is handy to have around when you're on-the-go, it simply doesn't measure up, and it's not worth a second glance.