A while back I was looking for affordable Windows 8.1 tablets when I stumbled upon the Acer Aspire Switch 10 FHD. While I was pretty happy with my 10″ Android tablet there were numerous occasions when I really wished I had a Windows notebook. But on the other hand I wasn’t really interested in getting a full-blown notebook. But a 10″ Windows tablet with a proper keyboard seemed to be a perfect fit for me.
After doing some research I found out everything I ever wanted to know about the Aspire’s strengths and weaknesses. One of its strengths is definitely its 1920×1200 display which looks extremely sharp and has vibrant colors. Its biggest weakness is the detachable keyboard. While the keyboard itself is ok, the trackpad is definitely not that great. But since you can plugin a mouse or just use the touchscreen, this is luckily not that much of a problem after all.
Usually you pay about €430 for the 64 GB version, but I got one from Amazon Warehouse Deals for about €210. I just had to get it! Since then I have used it almost daily and several times I was impressed how well it ran. Of course you can’t play modern games on it, but some of the older games I got on GoG.com ran fine. The Aspire Switch 10 also runs the latest Microsoft Office without any issues. Full-HD videos are no problem as well. I played videos on Youtube, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. For the latter I used the Windows app, which is actually pretty nice. The tablet also has a micro-HDMI output which allows me to connect it to my TV.
One of the first things I tried when I got this tablet was Steam In-Home-Streaming. To my surprise it worked extremely well. Before I got the Aspire Switch I considered getting a Steamlink to be able to play games in my living room, but the tablet seems to be a viable alternative. So what do I use the tablet for? Basically I use it for everything I used my Android tablet for: Listening to music, browsing the web, watching movies on Youtube and Netflix, reading PDFs, listening to audiobooks, and some gaming. By the way, the quality of the speakers is pretty good for a tablet.
If you are now tempted to get one yourself, I have a few pieces of advice:
- Make sure you do some research. Perhaps there’s another device more suited for your needs. For me having a Full-HD display was very important, but you may be happy with a 1280×800 one.
- Get the 64 GB version. And even then you should considering getting a MicroSD card to add even more memory. Windows 8.1 takes up a lot of memory, and the Aspire Switch comes with a pre-installed version of Office 365, so there’s not that much space left for your programs and data.
- Get a nice case and perhaps a few accessories. Since the keyboard has only one USB slot (and there’s only one micro-USB slot on the tablet) you should consider a USB hub. I also recommend getting a micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable if you want to connect the tablet to your TV. And an external HDD never hurts. 😉
Overall I didn’t regret buying the Acer Aspire Switch 10 FHD – not even for a second. It’s a pretty cool device for a good price (if you don’t pay full price, like me). If you have any questions, feel free to post them below!