In 2015 hybrids seem to gain more market share. When I say hybrids, I am of course referring to the 2 in 1 (tablet + laptop). Manufacturers such as Sony, Asus, Acer and even Allview have entered this relatively new niche.
We had the opportunity to test a 2 in 1 from Acer, a new 2015 model, namely Switch 10 the SW5-012-176D version. It is a tablet with detachable keyboard, with an exceptional screen, tablet that comes with Windows 8.1, and Office preinstalled.
Design and screen
The tablet looks and feels very good. It has a metallic appearance, is well finished and fitted together. It benefits of Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The keyboard is detached easily, and is as simple to reattach, the dock is magnetic and very accurate. One can easily transform it into laptop, tablet or the keyboard can act as a support for working on the touch-screen.
On one side of the tablet are arranged the connection jacks, and on the other side we have physical buttons for volume, shut down, and also a physical Home button for Windows. As use mode, we have a multifunctional. We can use it as laptop, a tablet, in tilt or tent mode.
Basically it covers both the classic use through the keyboard, and also facilitates the use of touch-screen, the tablet’s positions ensuring that it does not need support with one hand, which translates into better ergonomics and productivity.
Because we talk about the screen, we can say that the 10.1 inch IPS is one of the strengths of this device. Contrast is very good, it has excellent viewing angles and vivid colors – all these are the recipe for an exceptional screen, that responds well to touch commands, even in desktop mode. Even in bright light, like that from the outside, Acer Switch provides a view above average. A problem occurs in use on tent mode (as in the picture) when the image appears slightly blurry and the pixels appear to have a shade, especially noticeable on text.
Acer Switch 10 has about the whole range of necessary connections. Micro-USB port, HDMI mini port, micro-SD card slot and audio jack.
This model is designed for the average user, for multimedia, Office, browsing, and similar tasks. The Intel Atom Z3735F processor, a Quad-core at 1.33 GHz is a 2014 generation completed by 2GB of RAM. Storage space is an EMMC type, and has a capacity of 64 GB. Of course some are already occupied by Windows 8.1. Overall, the Acer Switch provides an ok experience, both working with relatively simple programs (Office, Utorrent, Kmplayer, etc.) and also accessing in the browser popular sites like Facebook, Youtube, etc. It even supports Photoshop photo editing, if we apply simple filters, and playing Full Hd movies poses no problems – the multimedia playback part is perfect.
It is an issue that concerns us very much because eventually we talk about a portable device. This is the area where Acer Switch differs from the title of netbook the 5700 mAh battery ensuring an autonomy of 8-9 hours of use. It is more than enough for most of us, I think.
It’s the year of this type of devices. After laptops, netbooks and tablets, 2 in 1 hybrids bring a plus in productivity. Acer Switch 10 is a model that brings quality, portability and performance at a decent price. Ideal both the multimedia and Office activities and other programs usual hybrid from Acer are doing very ok. For those who need more, significantly increasing the budget, but ultimately cost performance especially when we want to pack good portability and autonomy?
The advantages of this model are the crisp design and multiple modes of use and very good price for a device of this type.
As we cannot say too many minuses. We would have liked the 2015 hybrids and tablets have 4 GB of RAM, but we are again limited by the 2 GB that fitted this model. The weight could also be reduced, and the problem mentioned above, regarding a slight feeling of blur mode screen tent, would complete list of minuses at first.
- Display - 90
- Performance - 70
- Battery Life - 80
- Overall - 80