Range of computing devices is gradually filled with hybrid laptops. These gadgets have been many well-known manufacturers. Do not stay aside and the company Acer, which previously represented the like, for example, Aspire R7. Now, in the spring of this year she showed a rather interesting transformer Acer Aspire Switch 10, working on Windows 8, and with extensive capabilities. Despite the fact that the appearance of the gadget has similarities with another device of the manufacturer – Acer Iconia Tab W510, it is in its own unique and remarkable. Particularly interesting from the perspective of Switch 10 multimode. So, let’s get to know him, you never know, maybe in front of us a high-flying bird.
Design – Acer Aspire Switch 10
Considering the appearance of the transformer, just pay attention to the cover, which is made very attractive. It is provided with a mean normal, but at the same time entertaining the geometric pattern produced by the intersection of thin straight lines. For its application technology was used Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL). In the center is the company’s logo. With regard to the area of the display, then you can see the camera lens is located traditionally at the top, while the bottom – the button for Windows.
The reverse side of Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a single panel screwed to eight screws again. Also, there are two large rubber feet that do not give the device to slide on the surface of the table.
As for the docking of two parts transformer, the doubt on the reliability is not necessary. The transition from one mode to another (console, tent, tablet) going well, with fixing problems is not observed. Is that the full twist hinge does not provide, so you have to remove the tablet from the dock, deploy, and put him in his place.
It is important that the mechanical latch for connecting the keypad and display are not provided, all based on magnetic mount Acer Snap Hinge. However, during the raising of the laptop or turn, no disconnects. The only thing with a strong disclosure Switch 10, he is not so confident will be able to stand on a flat surface.
It should be noted that the structure is made of aluminum (lid) and plastic. Gloss is not used, there are only matte surface. Can such a decision some seem somewhat modest, but the device will not really slide in your hands. By the way, the main body portion Acer Aspire Switch 10 is unobtrusive silver coloring, ranging from light to darker shades, in addition, meets and black (keyboard buttons). Lovers of simplicity and minimalism, style and elegance all this does not leave indifferent. Especially that transformer looks entirely harmonious.
Of course, this hybrid is not the thinnest, but in general, it is quite compact with a width of 261 mm and a depth of 177 mm. Also all the Acer Aspire Switch 10 is not thicker than 20 mm, and on the tablet part accounts for 9 mm. Transformer weighs about 1.17 kg, of which the weight of the tablet is 590 grams. To hold with one hand is not so much, and, accordingly, is not too hard.
Display, audio, web camera – Acer Aspire Switch 10
Unlikely screen Acer Aspire Switch 10 will greatly surprise, especially if the 10.1-inch diagonal its resolution is 1366×768 pixels. In general, sparsely, but at the same time very good for workloads.
Incidentally, the brightness and the contrast is also small, though using technology Zero Air Gap transmitted color display brighter than usual, and highlights are much smaller. In addition, it uses IPS-matrix, which is much better visibility TN-screen. Of course, the touch screen, protected glass Gorilla Glass 3, it supports up to five simultaneous touches.
The speakers are located in the part of the tablet, they are hidden under neat grids and does not overlap. Sounds good gadget: moderately loud and with a predominance of high frequencies. Perhaps most want to plug in your headphones, although there are those who are of the acoustics will be entirely sufficient.
In Acer Aspire Switch 10 has a front webcam with a resolution of 2 megapixels, which is quite a good idea not only to talk on Skype, but also for photo and video. But main camera is not available.
Keyboard and Touchpad – Acer Aspire Switch 10
Location for the keyboard, compact, flanked by the working platform is almost no remaining centimeters, because of what the key could not be too small. However, despite the island location of the buttons, the distance between them is not as great as we would like, it is quite dense.
All the keys have a rough surface, pressed with a short stroke and a decent return. Number of function keys labeled in blue, and the layout is standard, so does not cause discomfort. The only thing that turnout block made quite small, and therefore can be mistakenly press adjacent keys.
The touchpad is located directly under the [Space]. He is not very big and is not the most perfect in the work, in terms of sensitivity. Area allotted for the mouse buttons, works fine, but pressed tugovato, what at first have to get used to.
Performance – Acer Aspire Switch 10
On Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-011-17WL) preinstalled 32-bit operating system Windows 8.1. Processor, standing in Transformers, is Intel Atom Z3745 with a frequency of 1.33 GHz and a cache level 2 in the amount of 2 MB. Based on the specifications, the chip is built on norms of 22-nanometer technology, has four processing cores, and, at the same time, quite a low power consumption – 2 watts. Computational abilities Atom Z3745 enough for many tasks, if not the most difficult.
The hybrid graphics card is built-in Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) . It supports DirectX 11, as well as a number of codecs: H.264, MPEG2, MVC, VC1, VP8. Moreover, the graph can be connected via HDMI to two monitors. At the same time, for today’s most demanding games it is not the best one. Is it that you can play with toys of 2011-2012 and it is not on the highest settings.
Tablet has 2 GB of RAM standard DDR3-1066 MHz and 64 GB of built-in, which is enough for a device of this type. Unfortunately, this volume eMMC maximum (there is only an even smaller – 32 GB), so in addition we may use and cards microSD.
Ports and Communications – Acer Aspire Switch 10
Speaking about the device interfaces, it is worth to note that they are provided as part of a tablet and the dock keyboard. In particular, the left side of the tablet busy audio jack and two buttons (power / lock and adjust the sound level). And here on the right are Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, microSD card reader and a socket for recharging. By the way, the lower bound of the tablet contains special mounting and docking connector of the tablet with the keyboard unit. In the dock is only a full-size USB, so, in fact, everything.
As for wireless, then it provides a module Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.
Battery – Acer Aspire Switch 10
Lithium-polymer battery, which stands in the Acer Aspire Switch 10 has two sections, and the capacity of 5700 mAh, which allows the device to video playback with maximum display brightness confidently hold about 7 hours. It’s quite a decent result. Unfortunately, the battery is only a part of the tablet, in the case of additional docking keyboard battery not.
Conclusion – Acer Aspire Switch 10
Yes, Acer Aspire Switch 10 is not enough stars in the sky, but it is practical, functional, high-quality assembled, good enough for the operating unit and, most importantly, multi-mode. The cost of it (with keyboard) is $ 500 and is not too high, because at this price, in addition to the above, you get a transformer with a variety of ports, IPS-screen, stylish design and good autonomy.
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