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Detachable 2-in-1 Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16AA Laptop (32GB)

While it has been on the market a few we never really had the chance to look at the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16AA which as been touted as a great little device that while not perfect is worth taking a look at if you are in the market for a 2 in 1 device.  The Switch 10 from Acer is just one of the detachable Windows tablets from Acer.  Currently they are set to launch the Switch 12 and they already have the Switch 11 out.  The small slates come with docking keyboards that give you the best of both words.  You have the mobility of having a tablet and you also get the comfort of setting it up like a laptop.

When is comes to the Aspire Switch 10 a person looking for a tablet laptop combo for that on-the-go Windows experience at a decent price this is worth a look.  The design of the Switch 10 is one that is sleek and modern.  You get that magnetic latch and hinge that allows the user put the tablet in two different orientations.  From those to positions you can put the Switch 10 into four different use modes such as notebook, tablet, tent, and display mode.

The Acer Switch 10 tablet weighs in at just 1.3 pounds making it very light and portable while it measures 10.3 x 7 x 0.4 inches.  Aluminum covers that back and a premium looks is displayed with the grey finish that have a crisscrossing stroke. The display is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect the IPS 1,280 x 800 resolution screen.  The screen quality isn’t’ the best but will do and offers five point touch. Funny though the webcam actually captures image resolution of 1,920 x 1090 which is higher than that of the display.

Detachable Acer Aspire Switch 10
Aspire Switch 10 from Acer in Silver

If you pair the tablet with the docking keyboard you get a machine that still weighs in at 2.6 pounds and is less than a inch thick when closed.  Though only a little smaller than a full size keyboard the one on this Switch 10 from Acer does leave your fingers feeling a little cramped.  The design of the new hinge and latch is one of the brighter sides and its called Snap by Acer because of the way the tablet snaps when you put it into place.


With this Aspire Switch most of the ports and connections on actually on the tablet itself.  If you take a look on the right side you will notice the microSD slot, micro USB 2.0 port, and a micro-HDMI out port.  You will also find the power connection as well.  Then on the left side are the buttons for both volume and power as well as the headset jack.  At the bottom edge you will notice the port for docking and the slots for the tabs on the docking hinge.  The docking keyboard itself only has one port for a full size USB 2.0.


  • Screen Size 10.1 inches
  • 1280 x 800 max screen resolution
  • 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor
  • 32GB hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • SW5-012-16AA model number
  • Windows 8.1 operating system
  • 1.3 pounds weight
  • 10.30 x 6.97 x 0.35 inches (L x W x H)
  • Silver color
  • 1 Lithium ion batteries
  • LED-backlit IPS with 5 point screen
  • Built-in HD Webcam
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2 cell lithium polymer battery 5910mAh

When it come s to the heart and soul of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 it comes with the Intel Atom Z3745 1.33GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of low powered DDR2 memory very similar to what you would get from the ASUS Book T100TA.  This Switch comes with Windows 8.1 and a battery life that’s good for up to 7 hours and 40 minutes.  If you take it to the office, school or just use it a home that is almost enough for the entire 8 hour day.  The 1.33 Atom is more than enough firepower for this tablet laptop.  Many notice a slight lag when starting up which could be caused by the 30 day trail of McAfee.  If you want a smoother more responsive feel try uninstalling the 30 day trial.

If you are looking for a detachable tablet laptop the Aspire Switch 10 from Acer is a safe choice.  While some still prefer the ASUS Transformer BooK T100TA simply because you can get it at a lower price and its deem better the Acer Switch 10 is not a bad choice.  For a nice quick reliable tablet and laptop capability you will find this makes for a great gift or purchase for the family.

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