Aspire Switch 10 Eby Acer

  • Aspire Switch 10 E
  • Aspire Switch 10 E
  • Aspire Switch 10 E
  • Aspire Switch 10 E
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VERDICT
Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
60%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • For a small laptop, the Switch 10 E keyboard is comfortable to type on.
  • Despite its plastic chassis, the Switch 10 E feels solid in-hand.
  • It can last for up to 12 hours of use on a single charge.

CONS

  • With just 2GB of RAM and an older Intel Atom processor, the Switch 10 E is not the fastest cat on the block.
  • When paired with its keyboard dock, the Switch 10 E is thicker and heavier than its competitors.
  • The screen resolution on this 10.1-inch touch-screen display is nothing to write home about.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E is a budget hybrid device that runs full Windows on an Intel Atom processor and lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge. While not the thinnest or the most powerful 2-in-1 on the market, the Switch 10 E offers a decent variety of expansion slots including a full-sized USB 2.0 port, as well as a netbook-sized keyboard dock with built-in trackpad, making this device good enough for all your basic computing needs.
NameAspire Switch 10 ESatellite Click 10Nextbook Flexx 11Chromebook C100 Flip (2015)Pavilion x360 (11-inch)
ManufacturerAcerToshibaE-FunAsusHP
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Hardware wise one could say this product is dated, since it is built on hardware launched more than a year ago and bundled on 10-inch slates…

Hardware wise one could say this product is dated, since it is built on hardware launched more than a year ago and bundled on 10-inch slates in 2014.

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78%

For such a low cost device it's really quite good although those of you with larger fingers will have to take a little care as the keys aren…

For such a low cost device it's really quite good although those of you with larger fingers will have to take a little care as the keys aren't full width or height. Consider this a very good netbook-style keyboard.

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70%

If you're a fan of table-rattling beats or loud audio in general, this is not the system for you. The Switch 10 E's bottom-mounted speakers …

If you're a fan of table-rattling beats or loud audio in general, this is not the system for you. The Switch 10 E's bottom-mounted speakers barely filled my small bedroom with sound.

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Programs that require a lot of muscle (exporting photos, video encoding, etc.) are slow on the Switch 10 E. But keep in mind, this little la…

Programs that require a lot of muscle (exporting photos, video encoding, etc.) are slow on the Switch 10 E. But keep in mind, this little laptop/tablet isn't made for heavy-duty computing in the first place.

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The trackpad is the same—high quality, but extraordinarily tiny. Luckily you also have an extremely-responsive touchscreen accessible at all…

The trackpad is the same—high quality, but extraordinarily tiny. Luckily you also have an extremely-responsive touchscreen accessible at all times, so when you get fed up using the ant-sized trackpad you can just stick your grubby finger on the screen instead.

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What's supposed to make the Switch 10 E worthwhile is its battery life, which is rated to last up to 12 hours, depending on use. However, ou…

What's supposed to make the Switch 10 E worthwhile is its battery life, which is rated to last up to 12 hours, depending on use. However, our benchmark tests show that it doesn't nearly live up to that promise.

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Unfortunately, the lone full-sized USB port on the Switch 10 E is only available when the keyboard is attached, so if you want to plug in a …

Unfortunately, the lone full-sized USB port on the Switch 10 E is only available when the keyboard is attached, so if you want to plug in a keyboard and mouse, you’ll need to be in stand or standard laptop mode, or use Bluetooth.

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The latch-free design manages to achieve an ideal level of resistance so that the tablet can be quickly detached, but also provides enough r…

The latch-free design manages to achieve an ideal level of resistance so that the tablet can be quickly detached, but also provides enough resistance so that the tablet won’t disconnect from the base accidentally.

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The 10.1in display uses an IPS panel which produces excellent viewing angles, but the lowly 1,280x800 resolution betrays the Switch 10 E's b…

The 10.1in display uses an IPS panel which produces excellent viewing angles, but the lowly 1,280x800 resolution betrays the Switch 10 E's budget price.

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Of course, that lethargy is reflected in the price – you can’t expect this to keep up with a Surface.

Of course, that lethargy is reflected in the price – you can’t expect this to keep up with a Surface.

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[T]he tablet's textured shell looks a bit like a 3D-printed chassis. It's an unusual look, but an eye-catching one.

[T]he tablet's textured shell looks a bit like a 3D-printed chassis. It's an unusual look, but an eye-catching one.

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It's also a shame that it's still pretty chunky and heavy – 11mm and 630g for the tablet alone then 22.9mm and 1.2kg when docked to the keyb…

It's also a shame that it's still pretty chunky and heavy – 11mm and 630g for the tablet alone then 22.9mm and 1.2kg when docked to the keyboard. That's worse than last year's model.

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