Apparently 2-in-1 computers which offer tablet and laptop modes are old hat, because there are a growing number of multi-mode machines hitting the market. Lenovo’s Yoga line of devices offer laptop, tablet, and tent modes. Toshiba showed off a 5-in-1 PC concept at CES in January. And now Acer appears to be working on a 3-in-1 device called the Acer Aspire Switch 10.
The Switch 10 is a touchscreen tablet with a 10.1 inch display and Windows 8.1 software. Add a keyboard dock and you can use it as a laptop. But here’s where the switch comes into play: pop out the tablet, turn it around so it’s facing away from the keyboard and attach it to the dock again and you’ve got a presentation mode device.
The tablet has an aluminum case and the keyboard dock has a smart hinge and hooks, but no latch.
Unfortunately specs, pricing details, and launch dates aren’t yet available. The tablet looks a lot like the Acer Iconia W510 Windows tablet introduced in 2012. That model had an Intel Clover Trail processor and Windows 8 software. It’s likely that the new model will have a Bay Trail or faster CPU.