Saturday, November 5, 2016

Product Review: Acer Switch One 10 #productreview #technology

This unit, an Acer Switch One 10,  has a very compact form factor, and has all the versatility of a 2-In-1, just with a little bit of a twist from the design stand point. It's name Switch, defines how to get to it's versatility. The display disconnects from the keyboard and becomes a tablet, or turns around so the keyboard can tuck in below it, or reverses so you can have the display first for watching
touch functions, or in a tent mode for watching videos, or navigating your favorite rss feeds via the touch functions.

This unit is perfect to take with you, and not have to lug around a full size laptop. At just under 1.5 lbs, it is ultra portable. Typing this review on it's compact keyboard is easy, even with my porky fingers and without an illuminated keyboard, it's layout is what you would expect.

Here are this units specs:

  • Screen size: 10.1"
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Windows 10 Home (32bit)
  • Intel Atom Quad Core x5-z8300 (1,44Ghz)
  • 1280 x 800 Resolution Display w/ IPS technology
  • 32GB  hdd
  • Micro SD slot (for expanded storage)
  • Dual Cameras
  • Keyboard Dock
  • Micro HDMI Output (Mini)
  • 2GB Ram
  • 10 Point Touch

I appreciate the feel of metal on a tablet or any portable device, this tablet or top half is surrounded by metal, which gives it  a more durable or higher end feel. Its display is layered in glass as well, the keyboard/base on the other hand, feels cheap and almost toy like. It's keyboard is too light. When in the laptop mode, if  you tip the screen too far back, the whole unit will rock back on it's displays back. The touch display lags a little when using it, but other than that it is quite accurate. I was disappointed that this device came with a proprietary charger, one that actually seems a bit small and flimsy for daily charging, but was then impressed to see they also included a micro USB connection that will also charge and allow more flexibility if you forget the factory power-pack. The fact this unit only had 32 GB limits what software you can add to it, being that almost half of it is already taken up by it's Windows operating system, again Acer offers a solution for this by allowing you to install a Micro SD card and Windows 10 actually has an option to install any further software directly to it, which  was a missing option in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. I consume a ton of Podcasts, both audio and video. This unit had a hard time with some of my video podcasts that were high definition, with buffering issues. 

I would suggest this unit to a friend as long as this was not going to be their daily laptop, and with a side note that you get what you pay for. You can grab this Acer Switch one 10 over at BestBuy for $199.99. I'm not sure this is the exact model I reviewed, but I will update the post as soon as their site reflects the latest model. **Update** the link above does take you to the correct product that was just released.

Thanks for visiting my blog and reading this review. Stay tuned, there are couple of exciting Product Reviews coming up. If you have a moment go the the comments section and tell us what pc you use daily, whether it be a laptop, desktop, or even a mobile device.

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

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