"A unique hybrid with less hassle"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
A unique hybrid with less hassle
Have we found a Windows pull apart two in one hybrid that actually kind of works?
I'm Dan Ackerman, and this is the Acer Aspire Switch 10.
It's another one in an endless stream, it seems, of hybrid systems, those are Windows laptops that also transform into tablets and maybe have some in-between modes.
Unlike a lot of those other guys, I actually have a fairly positive view of the switch cam.
I find it shockingly easy to use.
It doesn't have a big clunky button or hooks that you have to detach in order to, to remove the tablet screen or twist it around.
It's basically two little sticks that come up with a magnetic cache.
I'll show you.
You just kinda hold it like this, regular clamp shell laptop.
And then you just lift it up on this part and comes right off.
And then you can use it as a tablet reasonably thin Windows 8 tablet.
And then you can just slide it back on.
It's not the, it's not, you're not gonna get 100% every time, but I got it better percentage of getting the tablet on in the first take, on this system than I have with a lot of other hybrids.
I also like that you can flip it around like this.
And put the screen backwards.
And that gives you, what I call, kinda that kiosk mode, like this, for like presentations.
Or you can fold the whole thing down and have kind of a thicker tablet.
I don't know why you would want that, but it's kinda the yoga style.
And you can of course just carry around just the tablet with it.
So the switch kinda boards the biggest problem with these hybrids, in that you can actually put the two parts together fairly easily.
It's not a huge, clunky hinge mechanism.
Now as a small [UNKNOWN] laptop, it's okay.
The keyboard is acceptable, not fantastic.
The touchscreen response is actually really good.
This has got an Intel Atom processor in it, so it's not super speedy.
It's almost, you'd call this netbook-level performance.
But for a small screen, or just for a table, especially if you're gonna use the, Windows8 tile interface where these apps, it's actually fine.
Now, how much are you gonna pay for all this?
You can get this version, which has a 64 gig SSD hard drive, that's kind of small really, for about 399.
If you cut it down to 32 gigs.
You can find this for 350 frankly I'd spend the extra 50 bucks and get yourself a little bit of extra hard drive space.
I think the 32 is probably too small for most people to use.
Just for storing the basic stuff they use all the time.
I'm [UNKNOWN] and that's the Acer Aspire Switch 10
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