Acer Aspire Switch 11 V review

An almost-there 2-in-1 that could use a makeover

Acer Aspire Switch 11 V review

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While it may not be the most powerful and energy efficient 2-in-1 in its class, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V does provide a particularly unique and enjoyable user experience. If you can get over its looks, the 11 V has a lot to offer for its price.

We liked

Many 2-in-1's in its price range aren't nearly as convertible as the Aspire Switch 11 V – and those that are don't move between tablet, laptop and tent mode as smoothly (or as enjoyably) as the 11V. Its hinge is a delight.

Its keyboard, trackpad and touch screen deserve praise as well. For a device in this price range, its input devices are surprisingly responsive.

We disliked

As much as the 11 V's hinge is a delight, it also gets in the way. It makes lap use uncomfortable, acts as a potentially disastrous pivot point and hurts any kind of aesthetic appeal the 11 V may have. Acer got the mechanics of the hinge right, it's unfortunate they couldn't do the same for its looks.

The battery is also a disappointment. Despite its Core M chip, the 11 V can't even muster 4 hours of unplugged usage. While not a disaster, it's certainly a big drawback for a device this small and underpowered.

Final verdict

Acer's Aspire Switch 11 V is no runway model, but devices in its budget category rarely are. It's function over form here and the 11 V is as functional as they come.

Yes, its battery is terrible, but its easy convertibility and rock-solid inputs more than make up for it. If you don't have a lot to spend (and you don't mind your devices a little homely), then the Aspire Switch 11 V is a 2-in-1 worth considering.