Acer’s Aspire Switch 10 is a Windows 8 tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. It’s also a 10 inch laptop thanks to the detachable keyboard dock which comes with the tablet.

The company introduced the Aspire Switch 10 in April, and now it’s available for purchase in the United States. The Microsoft Store is selling the Switch 10 for $349.

Acer Aspire Switch 10

What you get for that price is a tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid sate storage, up to 8 hours of battery life and a keyboard dock.

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 features Windows 8.1 32-bit software and comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

The tablet measures 10.3″ x 7″ x 0.35″ and weighs about 1.3 pounds. Add the keyboard and you’ve got a system that measures 10.3″ x 7.6″ x 0.8″ and weighs 2.6 pounds, which isn’t bad at all for a portable notebook.

When I got a chance to check out the Aspire Switch 10 in person I was pretty impressed with the keyboard dock. It has a magnetic hinge which feels very sturdy. Connect the tablet to the keyboard and you can hold it upside down without worrying that the screen will fall out. But give the tablet a bit of a tug and it’ll slide right out.

You can also use the dock as a sort of stand. Just flip the tablet around so it faces away from the keyboard and connect it to the dock and you can stand the tablet up like a touchscreen monitor or tiny all-in-one computer.

Acer also plans to offer a higher-priced model with 64GB of storage and there will be an optional keyboard dock with a 500GB hard drive built in.

Overall, the Aspire Switch 10 seems to be a decent alternative to the Asus Transformer Book T100 which launched in late 2013… but Asus recently launched a new model with a faster Atom Z3775 CPU.

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12 replies on “Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 tablet now available for $349”

  1. I bought one but the batterry isn’t impressive, acer promises that the battery life is up to 8hours but it is not.

  2. When will 64gb model with 500gb be out? Have an aunt who wants to get a smartphone and tablet. Do you think the acer will be good? Or rather get her an ipad or amdroid tablet? Chromebook? She isn’t really computer literate. Also she wants a purple smartphone so I was thinking moto x since it has a bigger screen than the iphone and pure android is simpler than oem versions.

  3. I wonder if OEMs are aware how much of a turnoff for consumers it is to see that Metro tile-mashup screen on product photos?

  4. I have the Asus Transformer Book T100 and I love it a lot. This looks really attractive but it seems like it only has a USB 2.0 port.

  5. Does it have wimboot? OEMs should be implementing that by now for all its advantages.

    1. It’s mainly for the upcoming low cost Windows devices that’ll have 1GB of RAM and 16GB or less storage capacity…

      But with a little work you can implement WIMBoot yourself, some people have already done so to their Asus T100’s for example…

      Mind, there’s a trade off as you may gain a lot more free space but it puts a little extra load on the system and you may have to do extra long term maintenance as updates accumulate and may take up more space than a non-WIMBoot install… Also, since it doubles as the recovery image that also means you may need to occasionally update the WIM file to keep a more up to date image…

      1. I think 32gb is a good start for wimboot implementation. I wrote the wimboot tutorial for the dell venue 8 on G+, Its not something for average customers to do. That’s why I say OEMs need to do it from the factory

        1. Maybe, I don’t disagree, but OEM’s don’t really have enough pressure to prompt them to do so at this point…

          1) OEMs want you to get the larger capacity version because they make more profit off that version…

          2) There’s less pressure now to provide space now that Windows 8.1 Update 1 has helped reduce the minimum system requirements and new systems will have about 3-4 GB more free than systems released before the update…

          3) Many companies have already starting promoting Cloud Storage and many have financial incentives to help promote those services…

          4) WIMBoot is primarily for helping to push the newer low cost Windows devices that will dip below $250…

          So, I seriously doubt we’ll see 32GB models employing WIMBoot… even though I agree that they would benefit… but demand would have to be a lot higher than it is now to really force the OEMs to do so…

  6. This device absolutely shames the vast majority of chromebooks at similar price points…w/8 in it’s latest update is like getting two operating systems in one device. The quality of the screen is especially refreshing wit IPS and no air gap bonding to reduce glare, try to find that on a similarly priced Chromebook or those” Androidbooks”!

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