The first generation Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-011) clear out sale started today, before the second generation Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) is released over the next couple of weeks, starting next week in Europe. (UPDATED: Now available in the US too)
So from now on the Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-011) 2-in-1 Windows 8.1 tablet can be had for around $299, although a price cut doesn’t change the fact that this computer have had its share of problems.
There are two new Aspire Switch 10 tablet models to chose between from now on. One is a regular HD model while the other one is Full HD model. The official launch price of the entry HD model is $299.
For that kind of money you get specs that are near identical to its predecessor, although the processor have been changed from a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3745 processor to a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor.
With the exception of the screen, the rest of the hardware specs are as before, with 2GB DDR3L RAM, 32GB/64GB storage options, plus optional 500GB HDD keyboards. So the only real difference is the choice between a 10.1-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IPS display with HD resolution of 1280 x 800, or if you’ll spend your money on a Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution model. The predecessor had a resolution of 1366 x 768, so either way it will be different from before.
I’ve been told by Acer that the price for the Full HD model with 32GB should be $379, and that the Full HD model with 500GB HDD in the keyboard will have a price of $479, while the entry HD model with 32GB of storage is $299.
The battery life will max out at 8 hours on the HD model, and 7 hours on the Full HD model.
Both of them have a 2MP front webcam with Full HD 1080p video recording support. The tablet of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 weighs 585 gram, while the combined weight of the tablet and keyboard is 1.17 kg. The tablet is 8.9 mm thick, while the combined thickness with the included keyboard is 20.2 mm.
It otherwise operates with Microsoft Windows 8.1, and comes with Microsoft Office 365 Personal.
I like the price of both new Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) 2-in-1’s, but I can’t recommend them before they been tested properly due to some of the flaws its predecessor had. This tablet category is very lucrative at the moment, which is evident by the main rival Asus Transformer Book T100 currently being the 2nd bestselling computer in the US at the moment after the iPad.
– Jim Miller