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.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade: Everything You Need to Know

Windows 10 free upgrade

Windows 10 free upgrade download will available on 29 July 2015. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can reserve now and start the download before the release date.

Windows 10 free upgrade
Windows 10 free upgrade

Good news! Finally, Microsoft officially announced the Windows 10 release date – July 29th, 2015! The new Windows operating system will be available in 190 markets globally.

All existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are eligible for FREE Windows 10 upgrade. You can download and install Windows 10 free of charge within 1 year after the release date (before 29 July 2016). You still have a lot of time to consider whether you want to upgrade or not… (check out new Windows 10 features below)

Reminder: It is a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. Free. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Microsoft want everyone install Windows 10!

Get Windows 10

Windows users are getting “Get Windows 10” icon in their system tray to reserve free Windows 10 upgrade.

Screenshot: Get Windows 10
Screenshot: Get Windows 10 (hat tip: weilian)

Click on the “Get Windows 10” icon to read how the reservation work. Basically, your computer will automatically download Windows 10 (3GB download size) as soon as it is available. You will then receive a notification when Windows 10 download is completed and you can choose a time to install Windows 10.

Click “Reserve your free upgrade” button to proceed. You need to confirm your email address so that Microsoft can send you a notification when Windows 10 is ready.

Why do you need to reserve while Windows 10 is a free upgrade? By reservation, you confirm your computer is compatible with Windows 10. Your computer must run Windows 7 Service Pack 1(SP1) or Windows 8.1. No Windows 10 upgrade for Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1, sorry.

Upgrade files will be downloaded to your PC before the release date to make final installation faster, no need to fight for the download bandwidth with millions of users after July 29, 2015.

You can turn off the Windows 10 upgrade notification by clicking “Customize” in the System Tray and turn off the Get Windows 10 app notifications in the menu.

You will still get free Windows 10 even you do not reserve. Don’t worry. Visit Windows 10 Q&A for more questions and answers.

Refer to the following Windows 10 upgrade edition table to see which Windows 10 edition you will getting.

Windows 10 upgrade editions
Windows 10 upgrade editions

Windows 10 system requirements

Basically, if your computer can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then it will run Windows 10. You can check to see if your computer meets the requirements by using “Check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

Here are the Windows 10 system requirements:

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024×600

Windows 10 features

Windows 10 brings back the Start menu combining with Windows 8 live tiles to easily find your files, applications, and favorites.

Windows Hello enables you to unlock Windows with your face or fingerprint (requires an infrared camera or iris detection or fingerprint reader).

Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, is included in Windows 10 to provide recommendations, information and your todos with reminders.

Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer to be the Windows 10 web browser. You can write notes directly to web pages in Edge and share with your friends. It also built-in “reading view” and Cortana.

Xbox on Windows 10 brings Xbox Live gaming network to PC, enable you to compete against Xbox console players, and stream games from Xbox One console to Windows 10 at home. (Check Xbox Live Countries) Windows 10 supports DirectX 12 games for better gaming experience.

Other Windows 10 apps including Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, Photo app, Music app, and more.

Windows 10 price

In case you missed the Windows 10 free upgrade period (1 year, duh!) or want to upgrade from older Windows, you can buy Windows 10 Home with $110USD. Windows 10 Pro will cost you $199USD. Windows 10 Pro Pack that upgrade Home edition to Pro edition is $99USD.

Will you upgrade to Windows 10? Why?

Dell InnoLifestyle Bloggers Boot Camp #DellAIOcampaign

Dell Inspiron 23 all-in-one desktop

Dell Inspiron 23 all-in-one desktop

LiewCF is invited to Dell InnoLifestyle Bloggers Boot Camp (hashtag: #DellAIOcampaign) on 30th April 2015 to discover the different usage perspectives of Dell latest series of Inspiron 23 7000 All-in-One (AIO) desktops. All the right features, all in one.

Dell Inspiron 23 7000 series is 23-inch all-in-one desktop with one-cord setup, no annoying cable clutter. The computer ports are built into the desktop base. It is powered by Intel Core i7 processor with latest Intel RealSense Technology.

Intel RealSense 3D camera refines the way you interact with computer. It can understand your hand natural movements, head movements, even your facial expressions. For example, you can play a game by waving your hand in the air and execute commands with hand signs. Also, Intel RealSense 3D camera allows you to experience 3D scanning at home — scan real-life object then share the digital version or print a copy using 3D printer.

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Dell Inspiron 23 7000 series features new aluminum and steel design.  Its flexible arm can adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees to give you the choice of vertical or horizontal viewing.

Dell InnoLifestyle Bloggers Boot Camp to be filled with informative and entertaining programs. It is my honor to be invited to the event. Did I tell you that I will get to meet celebrity host Baki Zainal too?

For more information, please visit Dell Malaysia (facebook).

Windows XP End-of-Support: What Does It Mean to Your Business?

Windows XP support count down
Windows XP support count down
Windows XP support count down

Is your company computer still using Windows XP? Please tell your boss that Microsoft will end the support for the 11-year old operating system on 8 April 2014. It means you will no longer receive security updates, fixes or technical support for computer that still running Windows XP.

“While XP was one of the most popular operating systems in Microsoft’s history, it was not designed to handle the challenges of today, such as the increased exposure to cyber-attacks and demands for more data privacy, unlike our newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8.”, said Danny Ong, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer of Microsoft Malaysia.

According to StatCounter (March 2013), Windows XP still makes up 20.39% of PCs in Malaysia, which equates to over 3.6 million PCs. The data also shows that 60% PCs in Malaysia are running Windows 7, which was launched in October 2009.

Check out the infographic below (click to enlarge):

Windows XP EOS Infographic
Windows XP EOS Infographic (click to enlarge)

According to Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report, Volume 13, released in June 2012, Windows XP with SP3 is 3 times more vulnerable than Windows 7 SP1. Also, there are increasing security threats such as Malware, hacktivism, fake virus alerts in the last decade. Plus, the risk of system failure and software/hardware issues also increase because compatibility issue with Windows XP.

Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahad, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia, commented, “Whether you’re an SMB or consumer in Malaysia, the dangers of continued use of XP are real and the risks should not be under-estimated. Windows XP is three generations behind Microsoft’s most modern operating system so continuing to use PCs with XP is similar to driving a car without a seat belt or a motorbike without a helmet. The risks are real and the only way to protect yourself and the organization is to upgrade.”

Windows Upgrade Offer

Microsoft launched the Windows Upgrade Centre website to help SMBs understand the risks, get migration helps, as well as special offers for Windows 8.