When I started my blog exactly two years ago, I had no idea how time consuming it would in terms of the time I’d spend online… with blog post writing, emails and multiple social media platforms. When it comes to writing my blog posts, I use my laptop which is practically a brick and definitely not something I can carry around, so I’ve been looking into getting a more portable, lightweight option. I have my iPad Mini which I love, but it does have its flaws as a blogging device.. It’s extremely difficult to blog on, commenting on blogs is so time consuming and I can’t transfer my photos from my DSLR into posts very easily, so I tend to just use it for managing my social media accounts and email. A few weeks back I was contacted by ACER, to see if I’d like to review their Aspire Switch 10 which if I’m brutally honest, I’d never heard of but after researching online, I knew it had potential to be the lightweight and portable device I was looking for. The ACER Aspire Switch 10 £299* is really quite unique as it’s essentially a computer in a 10.1″ tablet form, with an attachable keyboard allowing you to use it as either a tablet on its own or with the keyboard.
Setting up the Switch 10 was incredibly easy, and only took a matter of minutes after I’d charged it up for the very first time, straight from the box. I’m really impressed with how solid the tablet feels, it feels so much sturdier and robust compared to my iPad Mini and it fits comfortably in the hands.
Obviously it’s a lot bigger than my iPad mini as its 10.1″ but this is actually the perfect size at night when you’re sitting up in bed, as it lays across my lap comfortably. The keyboard feels slightly less solid than the tablet, but that’s to be expected as the battery and processor are all in the tablet.
I was initially worried that the keys on the keyboard may be a little too cramped for my sausage fingers which would make typing difficult, but they’re really not, and I can type comfortably and easily.
To attach the keyboard to the tablet, there are two plastic connectors which slide into the base of the tablet thanks to strong magnets, which makes attaching (and removing) the keyboard very quick and easy which I love. What makes the Switch 10 stand out, is that it has a USB 2.0 port on the keyboard, and it has a mini USB port on the tablet, so you can attach external hard drives, printers, cameras etc with ease which you can’t do with an iPad.
I can upload images directly from my camera onto the Switch 10 which again I couldn’t do with my iPad which is seriously frustrating. There’s no disc drive on the device, but you can go to the website of the brand of your camera, phone, or printer etc to download a link to install it onto the system so it’s really no issue not having a disc drive.
The operating system on the ACER Aspire Switch 10 is Microsoft Windows 8, and it even comes with Microsoft Office which is amazing as it’d cost you around £80 to purchase that alone so to see it on the Switch 10 is really impressive.
The interface is really easy to use, maybe even more so than a conventional laptop as you’re able to use the keyboard or the touchscreen, or you can use a combination of both which I really like doing, especially when blog reading/commenting as you can scroll much quicker than say using the mouse track pad.
I am genuinely so impressed with everything about the ACER Aspire Switch 10, and there’s nothing that I don’t like. It really is the perfect blogging device that makes writing posts, reading blogs, commenting, social media and emails incredibly easy especially as it’s so lightweight with a battery of upto 8 hours which is so much better than my laptop so it’s ideal for taking out and about.
If I was made to give the Switch 10 back tomorrow, I’d definitely purchase it for myself as it makes blogging so much easier, and amazingly I rarely even turn my proper laptop on now, as the Switch 10 does everything that my laptop does but it’s quicker, much more lightweight and compact as well as being extremely user friendly. The ACER Aspire Switch 10 would make for the most perfect Christmas present for anyone, but this really is the dream device for bloggers…