Living day-to-day with Acer’s 2 in 1 notebook
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I do a lot of work and planning on the go and after a few weeks living with the Acer Switch 10, which is powered by Windows 10, I’ve grown rather attached.
Firstly, if you’re in the market for a budget 2-in-1 Notebook, you’re onto a winner, because you can pick it up for under £250, which is a complete bargain – you can barely buy a decent mobile for that price, let alone a tablet-come-laptop.
The textured, almost rugged outer casing makes the device easier to grip, which means you can lay it on your lap without fear of it slipping off your lap on the train. It’s also similar in weight to a MacBook Air, which is no mean engineering feat.I’ve already sung its praises about how versatile it is and it continues to impress me. Every morning I’ll chuck it in a laptop sleeve and barely notice I’m lugging it round.
The really long battery life is impressive which means, if you are out and about you don’t have to take cables or chargers which saves on weight. I have to mention the Snap Hinge, enabling you to clip and unclip the keyboard allowing you to use the 10-inch screen as a stand-alone tablet.
It’s great to use in tablet form for watching movies on the go and then adding the keyboard for when I need to write some notes or emails on the train.
The speakers aren’t too shabby with headphones plugged in – something I did on my commute, but adding some Bluetooth speakers at home gives it an extra boost.
More and more often, I found myself bypassing the keyboard and going straight for the tablet and touch features to delve into Windows 10. The mix of a touchscreen and physical keyboard is a winning combination, in my eyes.
The addition of Windows 10 software allows you to use the Live Tiles, so everything is at your fingertips. You can check the weather, get news updates and browse your social media feeds. If you want to Skype your mates, you can do it within seconds.
If you need to use it as a productivity tool you can dig into Office 365* to use Word or Excel. What I like about it is you don’t feel you have to go looking for updates, which makes it a really immersive piece of tech. The Action Centre gives you all the notifications and connectivity options you’ll need.
With its portable size, it could easily work as a secondary device, with a larger screened, heavier-specced piece of hardware back at home.
All-in-all, it’s a pukka piece of kit.
To find out more on how to upgrade to Windows 10, visit windows.com.
*Microsoft Office sold separately