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Acer Aspire Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 02/20/2017

A convertible laptop for home. Acer wants about 250 Euros (~$265) for their new 10.1-inch convertible Windows laptop: the Switch One. The few hundred bucks will get you a silent computer with long battery life - and a surprisingly bright, contrast-rich IPS display.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's Switch One is an inexpensive convertible Windows laptop with a 10.1-inch screen. The little computer is equipped with an Atom processor from the Cherry Trail generation. The device's competition comprises other hybrid laptops like the Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310 and the HP x2 210 G1.

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Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ (Aspire Switch Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Core: 300-500 MHz, Single-channel, 20.19.15.4352
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3, Single-channel, Memory soldered
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel 149 PPI, Capacitive, 10 touch points, Active stylus supported, MS_9001, IPS, glossy: no, detachable screen
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 47 GB free
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8723BS (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.7 x 259 x 192.6 ( = 0.81 x 10.2 x 7.58 in)
Battery
8200 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 32 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 2 MPix HD
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.26 kg ( = 44.45 oz / 2.78 pounds), Power Supply: 112 g ( = 3.95 oz / 0.25 pounds)
Price
259 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case and Connectivity

The Switch One's coal-colored case is made almost entirely of plastic. Only the backside of the tablet consists of brushed metal. In the area of manufacturing, the convertible laptop revealed no weaknesses. The tablet component proved exceptionally stable and hardly twistable. The keyboard dock is a different story: we were able to bend and twist it easily.

The device comes with the usual array of connections. The tablet component houses both a micro HDMI port and a micro USB (2.0) port. The keyboard dock is outfitted with another USB 2.0 connection (Type A). Acer chose to leave out the newer USB 3.0 technology. The built-in WLAN module contains a Realtek chip (RTL8723BS) that supports the WLAN standards 802.11b/g/n, but not the fast ac standard.

The Switch One comes loaded with the 32-bit version of Windows 10 Home. Because this version is more conservative with its system resources, manufacturers often install this OS on machines with less performance power at their command. As a result, the computer is incapable of running 64-bit applications, though this fact is immaterial. Nearly every application is available in a 32-bit version.

Size Comparison

264 mm / 10.4 inch 182 mm / 7.17 inch 19.84 mm / 0.781 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs262 mm / 10.3 inch 188 mm / 7.4 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs259 mm / 10.2 inch 192.6 mm / 7.58 inch 20.7 mm / 0.815 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs246 mm / 9.69 inch 173 mm / 6.81 inch 18.2 mm / 0.717 inch 1.1 kg2.43 lbs

Connectivity

Left side: Audio combo, Micro-USB, Power connection Micro-HDMI, Memory card reader (MicroSD)
Left side: Audio combo, Micro-USB, Power connection Micro-HDMI, Memory card reader (MicroSD)
Right side: USB 2.0 (Type A)
Right side: USB 2.0 (Type A)
The top side of the tablet component houses the power button and volume rocker.
The top side of the tablet component houses the power button and volume rocker.

Input Devices

The flat, slightly roughened keys on the unlit chiclet keyboard have a short travel length. The click point is somewhat spongy, and we wish the keys offered a little more resistance. Due to its construction, the keyboard buckles a little during typing, though not to a bothersome degree. All in all, Acer's keyboard is suited for home use, but prolific typists are likely to be dissatisfied. The multi-touch capable ClickPad measures about 9 x 5 cm (~3.5 x 2 inches). Fingers glide easily over the pad's smooth surface. The pad has a short travel length and a clear click point.

The touchscreen supports 10 touchpoints. It functions flawlessly and reacts instantly to input. It can be operated with fingers or an active stylus. We tested the latter functionality with a stylus manufactured by Hama.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The Switch One's 10.1-inch touchscreen display has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels. Acer surprised us with this bright (311 cd/m²) and contrast-rich (1086:1) screen. Unfortunately, at 70 percent brightness and below, PWM flickering occurs at a frequency of 52 Hz. It does not take a high degree of sensitivity to develop a headache and/or eye problems with exposure to that kind of flickering.

303
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
MS_9001
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 343 cd/m² Average: 311 cd/m² Minimum: 28.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 271 cd/m²
Contrast: 1086:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.78 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 7.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
77.9% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 49.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
HP x2 210 G1
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Response Times
533%
13%
-9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 (17, 22)
29 (8, 21)
26%
31.6 (13.6, 18)
19%
43 (21, 22)
-10%
Response Time Black / White *
22 (5, 17)
25 (9, 16)
-14%
24.8 (6, 28.8)
-13%
25 (10, 15)
-14%
PWM Frequency
52 (70)
877 (90)
1587%
69.4
33%
50 (60)
-4%
Screen
12%
-8%
1%
Brightness middle
315
270
-14%
251.9
-20%
313
-1%
Brightness
311
239
-23%
233
-25%
295
-5%
Brightness Distribution
82
82
0%
83
1%
84
2%
Black Level *
0.29
0.21
28%
0.348
-20%
0.21
28%
Contrast
1086
1286
18%
724
-33%
1490
37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.78
3.01
56%
6.35
6%
6.79
-0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.61
4.63
60%
11.15
4%
14.11
-22%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.7
7.66
1%
7.09
8%
6.78
12%
Gamma
2.23 99%
1.45 152%
2.02 109%
2.26 97%
CCT
8676 75%
6665 98%
8590 76%
6708 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
49.9
49
-2%
52.69
6%
41
-18%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
77.9
76
-2%
63
-19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
273% / 132%
3% / -3%
-4% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 52 Hz ≤ 70 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 52 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 70 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 52 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9365 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

In factory default state, the display's DeltaE 2000 color difference is 6.78. Manufacturers should strive for a difference of less than 3. The screen also suffers from a blue cast.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

The Switch One's IPS panel has stable viewing angles, allowing the user to view the screen content from any perspective. The display's reflective surface is often prohibitive in outdoor use - especially in direct sunlight.

The Switch One in outdoor use (shot taken on an overcast day)
The Switch One in outdoor use (shot taken on an overcast day)

Performance

Acer's Switch One is a 10.1-inch convertible laptop. The hardware only has enough performance power for simple office and internet-related applications. Our test device is priced at around 250 Euros (~$265). Acer also offers other versions of the hybrid computer with different hardware components.

Processor

The Switch One is powered by a quadcore Intel Atom x5 Z8300 (Cherry Trail) processor. The CPU's performance power is sufficient for ordinary office and internet-related applications.  The Atom processor runs at a base clock speed of 1.44 GHz. With turbo, the clock rate rises to up to 1.84 GHz. The computer does take advantage of its turbo: it completed our CPU tests at 1.6 GHz (multithread) and 1.6 to 1.84 GHz (single thread).

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
910
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2933
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1877
Help
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
999 Points ∼9% +10%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
910 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
884 Points ∼8% -3%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
855 Points ∼8% -6%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
3130 Points ∼5% +7%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
2933 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2575 Points ∼4% -12%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
2135 Points ∼3% -27%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2332 Points ∼3% +8%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
2157 Points ∼3%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
796 Points ∼16% +7%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
745 Points ∼15%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
45.774 Points ∼13% +12%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
44.024 Points ∼13% +7%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
41.008 Points ∼12%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
6531 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
6343 Points ∼12% -3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
6122 ms * ∼10% -6%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
5769.3 ms * ∼10%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

As long as the SoC is not overtaxed, the computer's behavior is fluid and stable. The SoC's weak performance is noticeable when it loads websites that are heavy with ads or multimedia elements, as the device needs some time to complete tasks of that nature. Because the system runs the 32-bit version of Windows 10, its PC Mark 8 Home score is low compared to many of its competitors. There is no way to increase the system's overall performance.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1315 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1520 Points ∼25% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1419 Points ∼23% +8%
HP x2 210 G1
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1391 Points ∼23% +6%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1315 Points ∼22%

Storage Devices

The system's mass storage medium is an eMMC module with a capacity of 64 GB. In factory default state, about 47 GB remain available to the user. Some preinstalled applications and tools can be removed to free up a little more storage space. The transfer rates are normal for an eMMC drive. The storage space can be expanded with a microSD card.

64 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 169 MB/s
Sequential Write: 109.8 MB/s
512K Read: 163.2 MB/s
512K Write: 105.6 MB/s
4K Read: 18.95 MB/s
4K Write: 23.33 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 29.17 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 37.32 MB/s
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
64 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
64 GB eMMC Flash
HP x2 210 G1
64 GB eMMC Flash
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-19%
-31%
-32%
Write 4k QD32
37.32
33.93
-9%
13.18
-65%
11.84
-68%
Read 4k QD32
29.17
23.81
-18%
29
-1%
35.31
21%
Write 4k
23.33
12.38
-47%
12.26
-47%
10.06
-57%
Read 4k
18.95
12.58
-34%
9.35
-51%
15.79
-17%
Write 512
105.6
91.51
-13%
58.05
-45%
57.69
-45%
Read 512
163.2
136.2
-17%
144.5
-11%
112.9
-31%
Write Seq
109.8
101.1
-8%
87.29
-21%
66.09
-40%
Read Seq
169
153.9
-9%
151.9
-10%
134.1
-21%

Graphics Card

Intel's Cherry Trail generation HD Graphics GPU supports DirectX 12 and runs at speeds of up to 500 MHz. The results in the 3D Mark benchmark are normal for this graphics core.

3DMark 11 Performance
338 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
358 Points ∼1% +20%
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
298 Points ∼1% 0%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Intel Atom x5-Z8300
298 Points ∼1%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Intel Atom x5-Z8300
291 Points ∼1% -2%

Gaming Performance

For modern 3D games, the computer's Cherry Trail SoC is much too weak. Users who want to play games on this convertible laptop should stick with the casual games available in the Windows Store.

low med. high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 96.122.9fps

Emissions and Energy

The Switch One is passively cooled, meaning there is no fan present to make noise. None of the other components generate background noise either.

Temperature

The Switch One in the stress test
The Switch One in the stress test

The convertible laptop completed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running simultaneously for at least an hour) in the same way in both AC power mode and battery mode. The CPU (480 MHz) and GPU (400 MHz) both ran at low speeds from start to finish. The device never got especially warm. The surface temperature only surpassed 40°C (104°F) in one spot.

Max. Load
 37.3 °C
99 F
33.1 °C
92 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 31.5 °C
89 F
30.2 °C
86 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 29.5 °C
85 F
29.3 °C
85 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
30.1 °C
86 F
33 °C
91 F
44.3 °C
112 F
30 °C
86 F
31 °C
88 F
31.5 °C
89 F
29 °C
84 F
30 °C
86 F
30.2 °C
86 F
Maximum: 44.3 °C = 112 F
Average: 32.1 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  36 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.3 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.7 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.4 °C / 88.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-2.5 °C / -4.5 F).
Heat development front (load)
Heat development front (load)
Heat development back (load)
Heat development back (load)
Heat development front (idle)
Heat development front (idle)
Heat development back (idle)
Heat development back (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are housed on the bottom edge of the backside of the tablet. Their maximum volume is fairly low, and they produce a tinny sound that suffers from a serious lack of bass. Users will need to rely on headphones or external speakers for a better auditory experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.43735.42536.63436.63136.430.736.44035.436.935.4503731.1376338.730.838.78039.13039.110037.828.537.812539.225.339.216040.225.540.220042.825.942.825042.623.742.63154523.94540046.622.146.650050.521.450.563057.520.557.580064.32064.3100069.519.369.5125064.818.764.8160058.418.258.4200061.11861.1250069.817.969.8315065.317.865.340006717.867500070.517.970.5630065.517.865.580005417.9541000050.717.750.71250046.917.546.91600042.817.642.8SPL77.831.177.8N37.71.637.7median 54median 18.7median 54Delta11.22.211.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 10.2% higher than median
(-) | highs are not linear (15.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 81% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequenzdiagramm im Vergleich (Checkboxen oben an-/abwählbar!)

Power Consumption

In terms of energy consumption, the Switch One holds no surprises. Under every level of load, the computer's energy consumption rate is normal for a device with this hardware. The power supply is rated at 15 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.06 / 0.36 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.1 / 5.1 / 5.5 Watt
Load midlight 10.4 / 10.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our WLAN test - designed to simulate normal, everyday use - uses a script to keep the system busy by regularly loading new websites. The "balanced" profile is active, the device's energy saving functions are deactivated, and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Switch One's battery lasted 8:53 h in this test.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
8h 53min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310-10ICR
Z8350, HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 33 Wh
643 min ∼24% +21%
HP x2 210 G1
Z8300, HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 33 Wh
550 min ∼21% +3%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Z8300, HD Graphics (Cherry Trail),  Wh
533 min ∼20%
Acer Switch V 10 SW5-017-196Q
Z8350, HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 28.2 Wh
493 min ∼19% -8%

Pros

+ Bright, high contrast IPS display
+ Runs silently
+ 64 GB storage

Cons

- Very unstable keyboard dock
- Only one year warranty
- No USB Type-C port
- No ac WLAN support

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ. Test model courtesy of Notebook.de
In review: Acer Aspire Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ. Test model courtesy of Notebook.de

Acer's 10.1-inch convertible Windows laptop has a Cherry Trail processor on board, designed to run simple office and internet-related applications. A decoder integrated into the GPU lightens the CPU's load while the computer runs videos in any of the usual formats. The device runs silently and hardly warms up at all. One pro: Our test device is equipped with a 64 GB eMMC module. Acer also has models on the market with only 32 GB of storage space. We do not recommend models with such little storage, no matter the manufacturer. 32 GB is simply too little for a Windows 10 system. Of the Switch One's 64 GB, around 47 GB remain available to the user. The hybrid laptop's keyboard is suited for home use. The computer has a good battery life, and its IPS display offers stable viewing angles, high brightness and rich contrast - great features for a device in this price range.

Acer's Switch One is a reasonably good convertible Windows laptop, though it has its weak points.

The device deserves some criticism for its lack of USB Type-C ports. The dearth of USB 3.0 ports is also a drawback. Additionally, Acer is only offering a one-year warranty - a step backwards for the manufacturer.

Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ - 02/11/2017 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
33 / 80 → 42%
Weight
72 / 35-78 → 86%
Battery
91%
Display
84%
Games Performance
31 / 68 → 45%
Application Performance
44 / 87 → 51%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
44 / 91 → 48%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
66%
78%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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