Hands-on: Acer Aspire Switch 10 E 2-in-1 Laptop in Malaysia

ACER Aspire Switch 10 E
ACER Aspire Switch 10 E
ACER Aspire Switch 10 E

Aspire Switch 10 E, Acer’s latest 2-in–1 laptop, was launched in Malaysia on 28 April 2015. The launch was held at Acer’s latest concept store at Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

The second generation Acer 2-in–1 laptop won the Red Dot design award and features Acer Snap Hinge 2 with a guiding plane design. It works in 4 different modes: laptop, tablet, display and tent.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E modes
Acer Aspire Switch 10 E modes

I tested the Acer Snap Hinge 2 and it works well, easy to attach and detach. Once attached, it holds the pad and keyboard dock firmly together and does not fall off.

Aspire Switch 10 E features textile pattern on the top cover and underside to prevent scratches, fingerprints and provides better grip.

The 2-in–1 is powered by Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor and 2GB DDL3L RAM. It runs full version Windows 8.1 and free upgrade to Windows 10 when it is ready. Also, you get free Microsoft Office 365 Home & Students license with every Aspire Switch 10 E.

ACER Aspire Switch 10 E
ACER Aspire Switch 10 E

Comparing to 1st generation Acer Aspire Switch 10’s 1366 x 768 pixel display, Aspire Switch 10 E display has a lower resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels. Maybe it is an ideal resolution for the 10.1-inch display?

New Aspire Switch 10 E has dual 2M camera on the rear and front, supporting 720p HD video recording. It is an upgrade from the single front camera of last year Aspire Switch 10.

 

For connectivity, the tablet part of Aspire Switch 10 E has a microUSD memory card reader, headphone/speaker jack, micro HDMI port, a micro USD 2.0 port. The dock has a normal size USB 2.0 port.

Aspire Switch 10 E has two configurations in Malaysia: SW5–013 with 32GB eMMC + 500GB hard drive and SW5–013 with 64GB eMMC.

The 32GB eMMC + 500GB configuration has Acer SwitchLock build-in hard drive protection to safeguard your data when the keyboard dock is lost or stolen. Data in the hard drive is not accessible without the tablet.

Aspire Switch 10 E has Blue Light Shield to reduce the blue-light emission to protect your eyes. Switch to “Long Hour Mode” for less strain on your eyes and maximizing12 hours battery life.

ACER Aspire Switch 10 E side view
ACER Aspire Switch 10 E side view

The tablet weight 630 gram only but attaching keyboard dock will double its weight to 1.28KG for the dock with hard drive and 1.20KG for dock only. Acer Aspire Switch 10 E is still bulky when docked, especially when you view it from the side.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E price in Malaysia is RM1,399 (32GB eMMC + 500GB) and RM1,099 (64GB eMMc). It is available in 5 colours: Moonstone While, Shark Grey, Peacock Blue, Magenta Pink and Coral Red.

Photo gallery: Acer Aspire Switch 10 E

Acer Concept Store @ Quill City Mall

Acer Concept Store at Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Acer Concept Store at Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur

The 1,195 square feet Acer Concept Store is managed by Brightstar. Acer will have new concept stores at Mid Valley Megamall and the Mines.

Acer is aiming to open more concept stores and to uplift existing stores for better customer experience. Currently, Acer has 16 service centres nationwide via Highpoint Service Network Sdn Bhd.

Acer is No. 1 brand for both PCs and laptops in Malaysia. The total PC shipment in Malaysia for 2014 was 414,841 units or 18.51% market share, total shipment for laptops was 319,375 units or 26.1%. (IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, February 2015).

Visit Acer Malaysia Facebook or call Acer Product Infoline at 1800–88–1288.

New Dell XPS 11 and XPS 15 Haswell Laptops with Super-high Resolution Display (Late 2013)

XPS 11

XPS 11

Dell launches new XPS 11 2-in–1 and XPS 15 laptop with 4th generation Intel Core processor (Haswell) and super-high resolution displays (Quad HD and Quad HD+).

Learn the specs and price for XPS 11 and XPS 15, plus tip to use high-DPI Windows device.

Dell XPS 11 (late 2013)

Dell XPS 11 is a compact 2-in–1 Ultrabook (11–15mm thin, 1.13KG) with a 360 degree rotating hinge design and solid surface (read: flat) backlit touch keyboard. You can rotate the display completely to the back of the laptop to switch to “tablet mode”.

Quad HD (QHD or WQHD) used on XPS 11 is a 16:9 aspect ratio 2560 x 1440 pixels display resolution. It is exactly 4 times more pixels than 720p HDTV, hence the name.

It is the highest resolution display in 11.6-inch 2-in–1 today, more pixels than Apple iPad’s retina display, same pixel count with Apple’s Thunderbolt Display and 27″ iMac.

XPS 11 Specs

  • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i3 or i5
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 Single Language/Pro
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3L-RS 1600Mhz
  • Video card: Intel HD Graphics 4200
  • Display: 11.6 inch LED backlit touch display QHD resolution (2560 x 1440)
  • Storage: Up to 256GB SSD
  • Wireless: WiFi, WiDi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Dimension: 11–15mm x 300mm x 201mm
  • Weight: 1.13KG
  • Battery: 40WHr build-in battery
  • Webcam: Widescreen HD webcam with dual array digital microphones
  • Ports: USB 3.0 x 2, HDMI, headset jack, 3-in–1 media card reader

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Dell XPS 15 (late 2013)

Dell XPS 15 is high-end laptop with 15.6-inch touch QHD+ display, Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics option. Storage configurations available are hybrid drive (500GB/1TB + 32GB SSD) and 512GB SSD drive configuration options.

QHD+ (WQXGA+) is 3200×1800 pixels resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. It is 4x as many as HD+ (1600×900 pixels) resolution.

XPS 15 specs

  • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 Single Language (64-bit)
  • Memory: 16GB (8GB x 2) DDR3L-RS 1600Mhz
  • Video card: Intel HD Graphics 4400 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2GB GDDR5
  • Display: 15.6 inch LED backlit touch display – Full HD (1920×1080) / QHD+ resolution (3200 x 1800)
  • Storage: 500GB + SSD / 1TB HDD + 32GB SSD / 512GB SSD
  • Wireless: Dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi, NFC
  • Webcam: Widescreen HD webcam with dual array digital microphones
  • Dimensions: 8-18mm x 372mm x 254mm
  • Weight: 2.01KG
  • Battery: 61WHr 6-cell battery
  • Ports: USB 3.0 x3, USB 2.0 x1, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, LAN port, headset jack, 3-in–1 media card reader
  • Security software: McAfee LiveSafe 12 Month Subscription

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Availability and Pricing

Dell XPS 11 price starts from RM 3,899 and Dell XPS 15 price starts from RM 4,899. Both are now available on Dell

Tip: How to use Windows 8.1 devices with high DPI

Generally, text and objects on screen will become tiny on high DPI (dot per inch) display. That’s truth before Windows 8.1.

One of the new features in Windows 8.1 is “high-dpi and dpi scaling support”. You have an option to scale DPI up to 200% (make text and other items on desktop bigger).

READ ALSO: 16 Best Features of Windows 8.1 You Want to Know

If supported by your software, the result will be sharper text and images. Else, images will become blurry. Yes, it is similar to Apple MacBook Pro Retina display.