Portables that run either Microsoft, Apple or Google Android operating systems and which include detachable tablet computer screens can be be very useful in meetings, classroom or conference room settings.But choosing the right platform depends heavily on the strength or dependence on applications.
Obviously, if someone believes they need Microsoft applications, the Windows platform would seem a better fit than a system running Android. but for the hybrid portable to really work for a user, the underlying hardware (including an integrated keyboard -- has to be well engineered.
To be successful, the unit needs to be easy to use right out of the box, have all-day battery life, a bright crisp screen and a keyboard that can be used instinctively.
Lenovo, Dell, HP, SOny and more recently, Acer are among the PC makers now offering small form factor hybrid convertibles. Recently I was supplied an Acer Aspire Switch 10 for review purposes.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is one of the newest hybrid convertibles s to hit the US market.
the Switch 10 is an good travel companion.It’ measures 10.3 x7.57 x. 38 inches and at just under 2.58 pounds it’s not burdensome.
The Switch 10 has a 1366 by 768 10.1-inch screen . this hybrid portable uses an Intel Atom Quadcore 1.33 GHz processor and Intel core logic, including its video controller.
Other standard configuration features include 2GB of system memory and it boots Windows 8.1 from a 64GB SSD.
I like the Wifi ( 802.11a through n standards and supports dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHZ connectivity of the Acer Aspire Switch 10. It’s wireless adapter worked well on each of the five networks I connected it to, including one in a crowded lecture hall where about 100 other people were hooked up.
I like the fit, finish and construction of this hybrid. It’s burnished aluminum case has rounded corners, which reduces the risk of snagging the case as it’s taken in or out of a bookbag, backpack or other carrying device.
One of the few complaints I hgave with the Switch 1-’s desig is i’s on and off switch which is located on the left side of the display case. I don’t think it’s intuitively positioned.
SO what’s it like to use the Switch 10? Its connectivity is well above par for this class of machines, it’s battery life gave me all day performance in classrooms and screen has the brightness and resolution needed for a good viewing experience. the micro USB 2.0 and full size USB 2.0 port provides all the expansion most users will need.
Finally, The design of this hybrid convertible may require it’s users adjust the machine to a location where the heavy screen case could cause the system to tip over.
The screen case attaches to the base of his system using a combination of magnets and plastic posts. It makes for a solid connection and you have to steadily exert force to separate the two halves. I like this attachment technology.
Keyboard and trackpad are located in the bottom system case.Even though I have large hands, i was able to use the reduced size keyboard with its island style keys without making many typos.
It’s battery life averaged just under 8 hours,which is above par for a tablets thst use two-cell batteries.
Disclosure: Because i’m handicapped and have reduced fine motor control on my left side, I prefer to keyboard input when I use hybrid convertible portables. But in one lecture setting, where all of the information was presented in a one-way setting, I found this Windows machine to be very easy to use for conventional tablet computing tasks,I think support of pen input ( like on the Sony Duo, which has a larger screen and costs almost five times more than this Acer unit) would be a great addition.
The Switch 10 may have one shortcoming for anyone who needs to use to write, or review large Microsoft Office files.It’s minimalist standard 2GB system memory configuration could limit the capabilities of this convertible. As supplied to me by Acer for this review, the Aspire Switch 10 has retail price of $249, which is less than some of its competitors offered by Dell, Lenovo or other companies.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes with a one year warranty.--jim Forbes, September 29, 2014