“Along with the normal laptop and tablet mode, the Aspire Switch 10 offers two more positions”
The lines are blurring between tablets and laptops, so much so that many users prefer to use a slate rather than a notebook because of convenience and portability. Manufacturers are also taking a note of this shift and modifying their offerings to cater to changing needs of customers. Taiwanese brand Acer is the latest to foray in the hybrid device segment with the Aspire Switch 10.
The name says it all – the Switch is a laptop that can ‘switch’ to tablet mode. This is possible because it has a magnetic keyboard dock to connect to the display. Along with the normal laptop and tablet mode, the Aspire Switch 10 offers two more positions. Since the magnetic dock is reversible, the hybrid can be used in a ‘tent mode’ where the display and keyboard are kept in a slant positions and a ‘display mode’ where the display is simply rotated to face the other side.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 features a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The company has used a ‘Zero Gap’ bonding technique to ensure a glare-free display and a ‘LumiFlex’ technology will help to set the brightness automatically. The device is powered by Intel’s Bay Trail-T quad-core processor, the Atom Z3745, to be precise. It has 2GB of RAM and will be available in 32/64GB storage versions. In case the included storage isn’t enough, you can also opt in for a dock equipped with 500GB hard-disk. The laptop claims to give a battery life of up to eight hours. The magnetic keyboard dock has a USB port, microSD card slot and a mini-HDMI port.
The convertible will start shipping in May for approximately Rs 23,000 ($379), though there’s no info about its availability in India. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 will be competing against Asus Transformer Book T100 and Lenovo’s Yoga / Flex series of notebooks, though its four-in-one mode and affordable pricing gives it an edge.