Netbook 2.0, the Switch 10 E Acer hides his game! With 10 hours of battery life this camera half tablet, half PC can take anywhere without risking fuel.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013-12U1) : la promesse

Announced at a conference in New York last April , the Aspire Switch 10 I came to the lab for testing. This small notebook, whose 10.1-inch screen separates the keyboard part, to turn into Windows 8.1 tablet is offered at a very aggressive price call: from 299 euros. This is also the price of our test version, which reference is SW3-012-12U1 and which is the model found on the Web.

Acer promised a more robust hinge and better endurance compared to the Aspire Switch 10 first name . Let’s see it immediately.

The new Aspire Switch 10 E, the left would it be cheaper and more enduring than the first switch (right)?

Test of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 e

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013-12U1) reality

For the summer and the autumn, Acer Switch 10 is available in two versions. The one we tested last year, but that adds white color to her wardrobe, and the new model “E”. The latter is a less expensive variation of small convertible notebook from Acer, fuel Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 migration possible. Touchpad 10.1 inch keyboard on one side and the other, the duo gets enough for you: whether you like slate, classic notebook PC, “stand” mode or in “tent” mode it fits. A well-known concept and used the Yoga March 14-inch Lenovo , for example.

Fewer pixels on the screen, a larger hinge

Switch between 10 and Switch 10 E, what differences? What is obvious: the plastic of the camera body is textured on the model E. Thus, a light grid in the form of irregular furrow and more or less deep as appears on the underside of the machine on the back of the screen.

The rear of the Acer Aspire switch 10 eThe IPS screen of the Aspire Switch 10 E displays an image definition slightly lower than the first generation Switch 1280 against 1366 by 800 pixels by 768 pixels. However, this does not hinder the use of the machine. This being thought and calibrated for surfing in high doses on the Internet, viewing photo and video or the office.

Note also the tilt of the keyboard, the most important model E on the first switch, caused by the design of the hinge. And, indeed, it knows some changes. On the form, first, there is indeed a difference since the welcoming of the keyboard screen now forms an “L” in the hollow where the tablet is positioned.

The keyboard of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 eBy force of magnets and form attachments, the weight of the slate seems better distributed. To recall, the Switch “classic”, the tablet simply based on the fasteners, flat, and is magnetized to the base. They are constantly solicited when opening and closing the device as a notebook. On the E hinge cash part of the weight of the tablet and the mechanism should be more resistant over time.

By force of magnets and form attachments, the weight of the slate seems better distributed. To recall, the Switch “classic”, the tablet simply based on the fasteners, flat, and is magnetized to the base. They are constantly solicited when opening and closing the device as a notebook. On the E hinge cash part of the weight of the tablet and the mechanism should be more resistant over time.

Screen/keyboard connectors on the Acer Aspire SwitchOn the merits, nothing moves however. Dissociate the two elements is always so easy. Screen in one hand, the other key: it draws the one opposite the other and voila. To return to Laptop mode, the panel automatically positions soon enough we approach the close ties.

Under the hood, nothing new or almost

Recall that the components are installed in the shelf portion. The hardware configuration evolves fractionally between Switch. Only the exchange Atom processor: the Z3745 is replaced by a 3735F, but both have exactly the same number of cores (4) and the same operating frequency (1.33 GHz). In RAM, storage and connectivity, nothing moves: 2GB and only 12 GB free on the announced 32, but thankfully expandable via microSD. A video output microHDMI, a micro USB jack and a microphone / headphone jack located on the left side of the slate.

A camera and a 2 megapixel image sensor are each appointment, respectively installed on the front and back of the tablet. The quality is not really to go, but we do not expect wonders. Finally, also add the USB 2.0 full keyboard format and we have done the trick. Clearly, same remark as for the Switch 10, do not expect to run big apps or storing documents galore on this unit, it is not its role.

Connections on the side of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 EWeight, thickness and autonomy up

Slightly thicker (2.4 against 2.2 cm), a little heavier as (1.2 against 1.1 kg), the switch E 10 is intended especially more durable than its big sister. We passed it so our autonomy tests and the result is clear, Acer keeps its promise. Continuous video playback, version E wins 4 hours on the previous version, bringing autonomy to 9 h 45 against 5:47 on the model released last year. And lowering the screen brightness, we blithely exceeds 10 hours.

In versatile endurance, we have the score of E because we do not do this test it last year. A little office, surfing, video, photo viewing and some refreshments heavy internet pages later, the result falls: 8:00 21. This leaves the possibility for more workers will not necessarily be burdened mini charger sector for a whole day.

The Office suite for a year

For as the Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint fans or large marathoners Word presentations, Acer offers one year subscription to Office 365 with the Aspire Switch 10 E. A welcome gesture usually reserved for smaller devices sizes, between 8 and 9 inches.

And your best friend to enter, calculate and move the blocks images and texts, the physical keyboard. Small, it uses exactly the same buttons and layout as the model of Switch 10. The strike is easy and becomes natural after a few hours of use. Unfortunately, it can not be said of the touchpad. Reactive, it is handicapped by buttons clicks very capricious. Difficult to chain double clicks without false notes … very nervousness.

Microsoft Office suite provided for one yearcer,

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013-12U1)

THE TEST VERDICT

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013-12U1)

Cheaper and more enduring than the classic model of the Switch 10, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E is a pleasant surprise. Provided they do not require the impossible, it can be a very good second or third machine for office use, both on the couch in the train, or to put in the hands of young people. At 299 euros, it is difficult to firmly demand a little more storage space. Using a memory card is in our view inevitable.