Are you really interesting with a hybrid laptop technology but on the tight budget? If you are not too concern about games performance and the price is the big concern, we think you should consider to buying Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-18R3 10.1 inch convertible laptop tablet. Yeah, this is not a powerful machine but with a magnetic ‘snap hinge’ that offers four different modes and Acer’s zero-gap display technology that promises more stunning viewing experience, the Aspire Switch SW5-011-18R3 4-in-1 hybrid laptop is a really great machine, especially for sub-$400 convertible laptop class.
Similar to HP Pavilion 11-n011dx 11.6 inch hybrid laptop, Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-18R3 promises user better viewing experience, play experience and work experience with four modes of usage, thanks to Acer “Snap Hinge” magnetic hinge. You can easily transform this machine into display mode, tent mode, tablet mode or laptop mode for handle daily office works by flip the display into different position.
Of course, as a hybrid machine, the latest Acer Aspire Switch 10 series also comes with great portability and light profile. Measures only around at 7.6 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches with weighs only at 2.6 lbs or around at 7 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches and weighing only at 1.26 lbs without detachable keyboard, this machine still feels light to hold in one hand and perfect for companion at home, office, coffee shop or when you on the occasional trips. Inside, the 2-cell Lithium Polymer 5910 mAh battery claims will gives more than eight hours of battery runtime on single charges, longer than the HP Pavilion 11 hybrid laptop.
Powered by the latest Intel Bay Trail-T platform that designed for a tablet and offers maximum clocked rates at 1.8GHz, the Intel Atom Z3745 quad core processor as the heart, this machine still delivers enough performance for daily office productivity and simple multimedia entertainment tasks, such as read/edit document, streaming video, photo and light video editing and play some casual Windows games in low settings. Combining the 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8.1 as the operating system, Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-18R3 hybrid laptop is not designed to running most demanding Windows applications, but still offers fairly smooth and seamless performance for daily use.
The 10.1 inch High Definition Active Matrix TFT Color LCD display and paired with Intel HD Graphics provides maximum internal resolution around at 1366 x 768 pixels. Yeah, this is an entry level device but with LumiFlex technology and Acer’s zero-gap technology, the touch screen IPS display that supports 5-point touch capabilities provide more brightness, better color and more vibrant display than its competitor on its price. Unlike common hybrid laptop on its class, the Acer hybrid laptop’s bring a HDMI port, so you can share and watch your favorite video in the 1080p HD resolution on the bigger HDTV.
Like conventional laptop, Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-18R3 only equipped with a front facing HD web camera. Paired with internal microphone, user can keep in touch with family or co-workers via Skype chats. Of course, the Acer 10.1 inch hybrid laptop still shipped with few essential port and connectivity features, such as 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB 2.0 port, USB 2.0 port, media card reader, latest Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n with Acer Nplify and MIMO technology.
Unfortunately, the Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-18R3 only equipped with a 32GB of internal Flash storage, so you should upload your multimedia files or buy an external microSD card slot for memory expansion (support up to 32GB card). Yeah, this is not the best hybrid laptop on the market, but if you only need a hybrid machine for simple office and multimedia tasks, the $379 Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-011-18R3 10.1 inch is still a great device and offers many strengths that hard to beat. So, what do you think? If you think the computing performance is a disappointed and you have more budget, we suggest you to take a look at the HP Split x2 13-f010dx hybrid laptop that powered by Intel Core i5-4202Y processor and integrated with Intel HD Graphics 4200.