On Tuesday Acer revealed a number of new products at a global launch in New York, one of which is the 2-in-1 Aspire Switch 10. This is a notebook and tablet combined into one form factor, providing four modes: notebook, pad, display, and tent. The device will be available in the States in late May with prices starting at $379.99.
According to the company, the Aspire Switch 10 is one of the thinnest 2-in-1 devices on the market, measuring less than 0.35 inches in tablet mode and 0.44 inches with the keyboard dock. By itself, the tablet portion weighs just 1.29 pounds and only 2.58 pounds with the keyboard attached, making this product ideal for road trips.
The Aspire Switch 10 features a 10.1-inch IPS display with up to 178 degree viewing angles and a 1366 x 768 resolution. This screen includes Acer’s Zero Air Gap technology providing more “vibrant and crisp” images, while the LumiFlex solution further optimizes screen visibility during outdoor activities, even under sunlight.
Powering this screen is an Intel Atom “Bay Trail-T” quad-core SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of internal storage. The tablet also has a magnetic detachable Snap Hinge design for easy transition between modes, latch-free keyboard docking, and optional additional storage capabilities. Windows 8.1 is the operating system of choice, packed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 at no additional expense.
“The Precision Touchpad enhances sensitivity and accuracy for the same visual experience as using a touch screen and supports six core Windows 8.1 Touchpad gestures for improved navigation and smooth gestures,” reads the PR. “The spacious keyboard ensures comfy and productive typing, while an optional keyboard dock with integrated hard-disk offers additional storage of up to 500 GB.”
Unfortunately, Acer isn’t detail-heavy on the hardware specs. However the company points to its AcerCloud service, which offers compatible apps real time information, data management, and data security across multiple devices for immediate synchronizing.
“The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a winner,” says Acer Chief Marketing Officer Michael Birkin. “A brilliant package of portability, flexibility and vibrancy. It is a stunning addition to the Acer portfolio of Connected Devices － putting you in control of your world － work or play.”
For more information about the new Aspire Switch 10, head here.
UPDATE: Check out our hands-on video below!
You don't need tha kind of res on a 10" screen, it wasted processing power and battery and you don't get much advatange from the extra pixel density when its already more than adequate.
I assume you're going to bring up the Surface PRO so let me just state right away that I was talking about the standard RT version. First off, the Atom SoC is much faster than the Tegra 4 and provides the ability to use full x86 applications. Next, it's $170 less than a Surface with keyboard dock. ($70 less than without it). Not only that but you get a full clam-shell style dock which makes a lot more sense because you can use it on uneven surfaces. RAM is the same.