Acer announces new Windows 8.1 PCs, including Switch 10

While Acer said in August it planned to release fewer Windows 8.1 products, the company doesn't seem to have slowed down on that front in the least. Today, the company announced quite a few new Windows 8.1 PCs including a new hybrid-notebook product called the Switch 10.

Acer's press release says that the Switch 10 can be used exclusively as a 10.1 inch touchscreen tablet, but it also comes with a magnetic keyboard dock. What's really interesting is that once the keyboard is attached, it can also flip around on a hinge, in a manner similar to Lenovo's Yoga notebooks. 

Combined, the keyboard and tablet on the Switch 10 weighs just 2.58 pounds. Inside there's an Intel Atom processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on an SSD; there's also another optional keyboard dock that adds an additional 500GB of storage.

Acer will offer a pre-loaded copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 with every unit of the product but there's no word yet as to the battery life of the device. Acer will begin selling the Switch 10 in late May for the starting price of $379.99.

Acer also announced some more conventional Windows 8.1 notebooks today, including the Aspire E 14 and E 15 with prices starting at $299.99. It also will sell two new small 11.6 inch laptops, the Acer Aspire V 11 and E 11, with prices starting at $269.99. Finally, the company will launch a new all-in-one PC family, the Aspire U5 series, with a budget version selling for $599.99 and a higher end model selling for $999.99.

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How come everyone is all about hardware to make a windows laptop / tablet get great performance?
Is Windows a greatly optimized, not resource hungry, slimmed down OS?
Can't Microsoft do something to make the battery last longer or the HW spec not to be high?
just wondering why no one or very few comment on the OS and always about the hardware.
just wondering.

That price tag is VERY nice for a computer like this. I usually buy more powerful computers but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to a lighter user. Hopefully they offer a version with 4GB RAM for a small upcharge.

Acer has one of the worst product quality specially in audio department. I had purchased Acer laptop and sound was horrible, even at full volume sound was like coming from headphone. I returned it and got ASUS which has much better build quality and sound technology in ASUS laptops are phenomenal.

Anyway, I am personally not interested in these hybrid devices. They are too cluncky to be a tablet and too small screen size to be a real productive laptop. A dedicated laptop with minimum screen size of 15.6" is ideal for a productive work and also portability. Anything less than that people will be better off with pure tablets rather than these hybrid stuff. Many people will disagree with this but they should buy what works for them as long as we all have choice.

Yeah, 1080p resolution should be coming standard in laptops now but given the price of less than $500, 768 resolution is not bad.

Asus also is king in making idiotic decisions on the internal design of their laptops and such.

Like forcing users to unscrew every component down to the entire motherboard to access a fan.

You are right in that part. The new laptop which I purchased does not have removable battery or any cut out to easily upgrade RAM or HD. I replaced HD with SSD and I had to open the whole back case which has around 9 screws and they all are of different size so you have to remember which screw goes where.

I think they did it to make it look like ultrabooks because it is very slim as compared to other conventional laptop but still I don't see much hassle to ASUS to provide detachable battery and some kind of cut out to easily replace HD or update RAM. But I don't think many users will be really in to doing hardware upgrades or opening their laptop for the sake of cleaning fan. My laptop is still new but does not make much noise or generate much heat though. So it is good so far from internal design perspective though.

Auditor said,
You are right in that part. The new laptop which I purchased does not have removable battery or any cut out to easily upgrade RAM or HD. I replaced HD with SSD and I had to open the whole back case which has around 9 screws and they all are of different size so you have to remember which screw goes where.

I think they did it to make it look like ultrabooks because it is very slim as compared to other conventional laptop but still I don't see much hassle to ASUS to provide detachable battery and some kind of cut out to easily replace HD or update RAM. But I don't think many users will be really in to doing hardware upgrades or opening their laptop for the sake of cleaning fan. My laptop is still new but does not make much noise or generate much heat though. So it is good so far from internal design perspective though.

They also do it to mess with the user. The UX21E I have has a proprietary PCIe SSD config that noone makes aftermarket drives for. The only way to upgrade my SSD is to fork out >$350 for 128gb of 3 year old SSD technology.

JonathanMarston said,
With that 1366x768 10.1" display I'm not interested. 1080p should be the minimum for a 10" screen these days...

you know that Apple sells the Macbook Air 11" with the exact same resolution, but with a 900$ price tag?

on a 10" screen, 1366x768 is good enough, especially for $380.

JonathanMarston said,
With that 1366x768 10.1" display I'm not interested. 1080p should be the minimum for a 10" screen these days...
I bet it'll be another five years before my standards match up with your current standards. And I hope that makes you cringe.

I agree. Hybrid devices are getting better and better but they're still not there if you expect premium specs like those that purpose-specific devices can give you. Once you get used to a 300 dpi tablet that weighs 470g, it's hard to go back to something that is at least 100g heavier and offers only 1366x768...

Color me interested. This seems like a step up from previous Acer efforts: metallic body, zero-gap IPS and it's not just a typical 2 in 1 but accepts all 4 positions. For the price… I'm genuinely interested in this thing, as tent and movie mode are abilities I've been intrigued by in the Yoga devices, but those don't allow you to snap the tablet off… If battery is up to snuff, I might consider getting this Switch as the price seems quite right.

Edited by Xabier Granja, Apr 29 2014, 5:34pm :

Xabier Granja said,
Color me interested. This seems like a step up from previous Acer efforts: metallic body, zero-gap IPS and it's not just a typical 2 in 1 but accepts all 4 positions. For the price… I'm genuinely interested in this thing, as tent and movie mode are abilities I've been intrigued by in the Yoga devices, but those don't allow you to snap the tablet off… If battery is up to snuff, I might consider getting this Switch as the price seems quite right.

battery life is typically between 8 and 10 hours for atom tablets.

too bad it doesn't have an extra battery in the keyboard dock like the Acer w510 had.
that would bring the battery life around 14hours.

My Surface RT lasts for about 8-10h and that's good enough to get me through the day, if this Switch holds up similarly it's a strong candidate for me. It's the sturdier keyboard, non-dependence on a kickstand and the 4 positions that do it for me. Also, it'll cost way less than a Surface 2.

Anyway, OEMS keep it coming. It was only a year ago most of them had no innovation. Now we're finally seeing what Windows 8 is doing.

suprNOVA said,
Anyway, OEMS keep it coming. It was only a year ago most of them had no innovation. Now we're finally seeing what Windows 8 is doing.

I think it had a lot to do with intel holding them back.. now with the new chips they can finally make awesome "laptablets".. all it took was a drop in CPU and OEM windows pricing..