Acer's new Aspire Switch 10 Pro aims to replace a laptop and tablet

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Acer's new Aspire Switch 10 Pro aims to replace a laptop and tablet

The Acer Switch 10 Pro has Anthony Caruana considering switching from a laptop and tablet to a single device.

Every time I've tried to use a tablet for serious productivity I've eventually gone back to a notebook computer. However the Acer Switch 10 Pro could be the sort of device that gets me to switch to a single device.

One of the handy features of Acer's new 2-in-1 Switch 10 Pro with Active Pen is that it's easy to separate the display from the keyboard so you can have a true tablet or laptop experience.

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 Pro, which comes with 64GB of storage and costs $749. That's $50 less expensive than an iPad Air with the same storage and includes a keyboard, slightly larger screen and full desktop operating system so you can use your familiar applications such as Microsoft Office.

The keyboard completely separates from the screen via a magnetic, detachable hinge. As well as being useful for mobile productivity, there are decent speakers and the 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 screen can display movies in high definition. 

The display is protected with the latest anti-scratch Gorilla Glass 3.

Without the keyboard, the Switch 10 Pro is less than 9mm thick - marginally thicker than an iPad Air.

By combining the Switch 10 Pro with a pen, Acer has created a device that's useful for many applications. For example, completing forms on the screen is easy and you can use the pen for drawing or modifying images. This is very handy for designers and tradespeople trying to show clients images, plans and other graphical information.

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