The Acer Aspire Switch 10V takes the new 11V design and shrinks it down a little to make an overall improvement on the original Switch 10. There’s an Atom X5 (Z8300) on the inside along with a Full HD screen. Hands-on video at the base of this article.
The Acer Switch 10 was a good netbook 2-in-1. The recent Switch 10E is good too. The new Switch 11V seems to be hitting the mark and now the Switch 10V takes the original and updates it with features that will take it through 2016. There’s a new design, larger trackpad, sturdier keyboard, revised hinge and full HD display along with an Atom X5 which will give the platform a good GPU boost, full 64-bit Windows support and the possibility of a 4GB RAM option.
The USB 3.0 port on the keyboard will be welcome although the internal eMMC speed is likely to be the bottleneck if you’re doing transfers from a fast USB 3.0 SSD.
A USB-C port on the tablet is nice to see but it’s unknown whether it can be used for charging as there’s a separate charging port.
I tested the keyboard (see the video below) and it felt quite good but the touchpad remains unknown until it can be tested properly.
The casing is unmistakably plastic but it seems to be solid and has good friction thanks to the patterned finish,
Overall it looks like Acer have done a good job with the Switch 10V and if the price is right (I don’t have official pricing but I assume it’s going to sit about $50 above the Switch 10E at $349 for an entry-level model.) it’s going to be a popular model. As always, fingers crossed for the 4 GB and Atom X7 option.