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Parents who are beginning to consider buying their child their first computer and are overwhelmed with the number of options on the market should consider the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E. This affordably priced machine is a combination tablet and laptop that features a detachable keyboard, runs Microsoft Windows 10 home, has a durable screen made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and models are priced under $400.
1. No Need to Decide Between Tablet or Laptop
The combination tablet/laptop system gives kids the best of both worlds because it can be both a tablet and a laptop computer as desired. The overall design is similar to some of the high-end hybrid laptop/tablets on the market, but at a much more family-friendly price.
The base connects to the tablet thanks to the Acer Snap Hinge™ 2, a magnetized set of pins and plastic guides that connects the two with a snap.
It is easy to remove the base of the unit and use it purely as a tablet when you don’t need the bulk of the keyboard. The Switch 10 E can be used as a laptop while at a desk or on the go. By detaching the keyboard, kids can watch a movie while lying comfortably on the couch or in bed. The tablet can be attached to the base facing forward or backwards, allowing the base to act as a stand both in “display” and “tent” modes.
When disconnecting the tablet from the keyboard base, it automatically offers to switch to tablet mode.
2. Perfectly Sized for Smaller Laps
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E features a 10.1” screen. The overall size and shape of the unit is similar to that of a netbook except that the base detaches and becomes a tablet, giving you versatility for both work and entertainment. Kids will find the tablet is a good size for reading e-books, streaming shows, watching YouTube videos, or practicing writing skills by emailing friends and loved ones. It’s even a perfect size for building and playing in your Minecraft world!
3. Sufficient Computing Power
When families ask me about the type of computer to get their child as their first machine, I always ask them how their child will be using it before diving into numbers related to processor speed, hard drive size, etc. to ensure they’re buying something that will support their needs. One might think that the budget-friendly price of the Switch 10 E would make it a lesser machine but honestly, I was surprised when looking at the product specifications.
The monitor/tablet of the Switch 10 E contains the main processor and all of your ports, a micro SD slot, mini HDMI port, and a headphone jack. The keyboard base of the unit houses a full-sized keyboard but also contains an extra hard drive, giving you substantially more storage than comparable systems on the market.
The review unit I received had an Intel Atom X5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB flash drive, and a 500GB hard drive inside the keyboard-base, allowing you to store your life’s collection of movies, photos, and Hollywood movies. Not bad for models that are all priced under $400!
The Switch 10 E also runs Windows 10 home, a full-featured version of Windows with compatibility for all of your desktop applications. The unit has 2 cameras, one inward facing, good for selfies and video conferencing; and another one on the back of the tablet, good for taking photos and videos of the kids.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E feels sturdy and solid as a tablet should. The rear case has decorative, textured plastic to make it easier to hold. I also appreciate that it has a screen that’s made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Gorilla Glass, Corning’s toughest cover glass on the market, is featured on 13 Acer products including smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers like the Switch 10E.
It allows the Switch 10E to be sleek while providing exceptional damage resistance to the scratches and bumps of everyday use. Parents and kids alike will appreciate how responsive the glass is when using the most sophisticated touch applications. It’s also easy-to-clean thanks to a special coating that makes it easy to wipe fingerprints off screens that are constantly being touched by small fingers.
5. Convenient for Streaming Movies or Shows
Studies show that this generation of kids prefers to stream movies or their favorite television shows on a digital device rather than watching them on a television, and the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E certainly provides convenience for consuming content. It features a 10.1-inch screen with 1280×800 HD resolution and the two display configurations allow viewers to watch their favorite shows and movies on the monitor with the keyboard out of the way. By having the base still attached, the tablet is held at an adjustable angle, and kids can still access the base’s giant hard drive, perfect for storing photos, videos, and movies.
6. Helps Reduces Exposure to Blue Light
With so much time spent in front of screens, the blue light that they emit is a growing concern among health professionals. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E features Acer VisionCare™, so you can switch on Acer BluelightShield™ to reduce stress-causing blue light when you need to look at the screen for long periods.
Concerned about blue light and not sure what it is, why you should be concerned, or how to reduce your child’s exposure to it? My posts, What Parents Need to Know About Blue Light and 5 Ways to Help Reduce Your Child’s Exposure to Blue Light from Digital Devices can help answer your questions and give you strategies to prevent eye strain from screens that emit blue light.
7. Fun Color Choices
While you might not be letting your child choose the exact computer they’re getting, you can make them feel part of the decision making process by allowing them to select the color of the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E. Younger kids who want a device that reflects their personality will have fun choosing between gray, teal, and purple.
8. Budget Friendly
Models of the Aspire Switch 10 E are priced between $279-$379.
Even though the Acer Aspire Switch 10E is an affordable device, rest assured that you’re not sacrificing quality when purchasing a budget-friendly machine. Coming with Microsoft Office 365 pre-installed, it is well equipped for email, word processing, homework, web surfing, and watching videos. It isn’t a machine you would want to use for editing videos, but for day-to-day activities, and as your child’s first computer, it’s definitely a fine product to consider in the endless lineup available.
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This post and giveaway was sponsored by Acer who provided me with the Aspire Switch 10 E for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.