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Acer's Switch 2-in-1 notebooks take aim at the budget-conscious

The Taiwanese company is offering two new inexpensive convertible notebooks that run Windows 10 with the touch- and keyboard-friendly Continuum feature.

The Switch V 10 showing both faces.

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Acer is aiming for the lower end of the market with two new notebooks announced just ahead of Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. The Switch V 10 and One 10 are both designed with students and the budget-conscious in mind, conveniently priced to compete with Chromebooks, another stab at cornering the wallet-friendly convertible market.

Unlike the Chrome OS software that runs on Chromebooks, the Switch notebooks will come with Windows 10 and Continuum, the feature that allows seamless switching from touch control to a traditional keyboard and mouse interface. Handy on a device that converts from a traditional laptop to a tablet with a touchscreen, no? (In case you hadn't guessed, both 10-inch Switches will convert from notebook to tablet thanks to a removable keyboard, also offering a "tent" mode for when you need a built-in kickstand.)

Available in Q3 of 2016 and starting at $249 (around AU$350 or £170), the V 10 is the big brother of the two, and you'll pay a little extra for more features. The $199 (roughly AU$275 or £135) One 10 will be released in the US in July.

The One 10 and V 10 notebooks feature:

  • 10-inch touchscreen display
  • Windows 10 with Continuum
  • Intel quad-core Atom processors
  • Removable keyboard with magnetic hinge design
  • 32GB and 64GB models

The slightly more upmarket V 10 will also pack in:

  • USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer and video output
  • Fingerprint reader
  • An optional keyboard dock with 500GB of storage and two USB Type-A ports
  • Corning Gorilla Glass screen

Exact specifications, prices and availability for other regions are yet to be confirmed.

Expect more details to come from the Computex show floor. You can follow CNET's coverage here.

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