Acer Aspire Switch 10: 10-inch Windows 8 tablet with detachable keyboard coming in May for $379 (hands-on)

/ Updated: April 29, 2014 12:09 PM PDT

The most high-profile of Acer's 2014 back-to-school systems is the Aspire Switch 10. This 10-inch hybrid borrows a lot of familiar ideas from existing hybrids, but adds a couple of unique touches as well.

004acer-aspire-switch-10-product-photos.jpg Acer says the Switch 10 is built to work in four distinct modes. That may be a somewhat generous description, but it's similar to what other detachable or Yoga-style hybrids can do. There's the traditional clamshell mode, then the screen pops off and can be replaced facing outwards, forming a kind of kiosk mode which Acer calls "display" mode.

The kiosk/display shape can be flipped upside down to form a table tent, a form commonly cited by PC makers, but one that I've never seen a hybrid owner use in real life. Finally, the screen can fold down from that mode to a full tablet mode (or actually just work as a standalone slate-style tablet).

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The 10.1-inch screen attaches via something Acer calls the Snap Hinge. It's essentially the same two-pronged connector found on many detachable hybrids, but instead of snapping together with a physical switch, fairly powerful magnets pull the two halves together and keep them attached, even when I held the system by the screen and shook it.

Being a smaller hybrid, the Switch 10 has similar components to what we've seen in recent eight-inch and 10-inch Windows 8 tablets. In this case, that's an Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM, and up to a 64GB SSD for storage.

In the hand, the Switch 10 felt solid, without the plastic flimsy feel of so many low-cost Windows systems, but it's design was also boxy and squared off. A more tapered design might help it feel even thinner.

The Switch 10 will be available starting late May 2014, from $379.

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Acer Switch 10

Part Number: SWITCH10

MSRP: $379.00

See manufacturer website for availability.