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.
This tablet is great for people that need this kind of functionality. I prefer a Yoga, I don’t need it to detach as long as it tucks away neatly. I wouldn’t worry about the form factor. I hope they put a strong processor because that is what the user is going to notice first if it is too weak.
A reversible detachable tablet is many times better than Lenovo’s Yoga idea. Dell tried to make it better but instead made it worse by having a flat keyboard. If Acer doesn’t make their usual low quality (both visibly and build) then I may get this. I’d like a quad core Bay Trail or even better an Intel ULV User upgradeable RAM, storage and battery would be nice too but won’t be a deal breaker.
i think you hadnt seen acer s7 , w700 etc last years acer laptop/ tablets where well built
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