Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a Detachable Hybrid with Four Modes of Operation

Paul Lilly

A flexible hybrid with a detachable display

Acer on Tuesday unveiled what it's calling a 2-in-1 Aspire Swtich 10 . The 2-in-1 designation is based on the Aspire Switch 10's ability to function as a laptop or a tablet, though that's a bit of an undersell here. Acer could have marketed the device as a 4-in-1 if choosing to focus on its four modes or orientation, which include the traditional laptop setup, tablet mode, display mode, and tent mode.

Comparison's to Lenovo's Yoga line are probably inevitable, but what's different here is that you're able to completely detach the display from the keyboard dock. The "Acer Snap Hinge" features a magnetic detachable design for latch-free docking and two hooks to connect the tablet to the keyboard, plus a two-way connector to hold the tablet for two-sided viewing.

Acer claims the Aspire Switch 10 is one of the thinnest 2-in-1 devices available, measuring less than 8.9mm (0.35 inches) thin in tablet mode and 20.2mm (0.44 inches) with the keyboard dock, and weighing 0.59kg (1.29 pounds) and 1.73kg (2.58 pounds) in tablet and keyboard modes, respectively.

The Aspire Switch 10 features a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1366x768 resolution, Intel Atom (Bay Trail T) quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, Windows 8.1, and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 pre-loaded at no additional cost.

Acer says the Aspire Switch 10 will be available in late May starting at $380.

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