The Acer Aspire 10E: Unparalleled Versatility
Boasting of over 8 hours of battery life, the hybrid Acer Aspire 10E can go practically the whole day on a single charge. Although lightweight and a bit on the small side, the device can adequately handle most multimedia and productivity tasks. Its best feature is its versatility – the Aspire 10E can easily part from the dock and transform into a tablet. It also has the capability to create various modes that distinguishes itself from typical flip-around models in the market.
· OS: Windows 8.1
· Processor: Intel Atom Z3745 1.33 GHz Quad-core
· Screen Size: 10.1″ (25.7 cm)
· Display: Multi-touch screen
· Standard Memory: 2 GB
· HD Capacity: 500 GB
· Flash Memory: 32 GB
Pros and Cons
· Solid performance
· Long battery life
· Four different modes of use
· Muddy and quiet audio
· Less attractively designed compared to other similar models
Overall, the pros easily outweigh the cons.
At 2.5 lbs., the Aspire Switch 10E is a bit heavy, just like a standard laptop. After all, when in its clamshell configuration, it really does look like a laptop – with its plastic/brushed metal casing, greyish color, and all. The difference is that the weight of the Aspire 10E is distributed almost evenly between the base and the lid, compared to a typical notebook or laptop where the weight is mostly concentrated on the base.
Because the 10E also functions as a tablet, it is understandable that a lot of the internals are on the “lid.” As such, it is top-heavy and may have the tendency to fall over backwards; and that is to be expected of a hybrid. However, compared to other “convertibles,” the 10E is better designed since its hinges are magnetic; it doesn’t use the usual hinges that mechanically click together.
The magnetic hinges allow for a more solid grip. Thus, you can try turning the unit upside down while waving it around; the Aspire 10E is guaranteed to stay in 1 piece. That’s how strong the grip is.
Aside from its normal functions as a regular notebook, there are various convenient and useful modes that the Aspire 10E can be maneuvered into.
· Pad Mode – A quick upward pull will release the tablet from the magnetic hold of the dock. It can then be used independently from the keyboard/dock.
· Display Mode – Flip the slate around and then reattach to the dock to achieve this mode. This can be quite convenient when watching movies or presentations.
· Tent Mode – Bending the hybrid over into tent mode is useful when you find yourself in tight spots such as an airplane.
· Various wallpapers are launched, depending on the chosen mode.
· Battery life is impressive. It can last for more than 8 hours on one charging alone.
· The 10E hybrid can decently handle productivity tasks such as creating documents and spreadsheets, and multi-media work such as streaming movies and TV shows, and some light image editing.
While the Acer Aspire 10E may have some flaws, specifically in the aesthetics department, it has a number of advantages that are not easy to overlook. These include the impressive battery life, solid performance, and the various modes it can be transformed into.