Two-in-one hybrids are designed to be good for both work and play, letting you snap a keyboard onto your tablet when it's time to get down to business. But many hybrids don't make the transition very easy, with finicky hinges and awkward pin connectors.
Acer is hoping to correct that issue with the new Aspire Switch 11 V, which features a new magnetic hinge mechanism. Connecting the keyboard to the tablet is a snap, especially compared with the original Aspire Switch 11 from 2014. That model features a two-pronged connector that had to be lined up precisely, making it tough to snap the keyboard on and off the tablet.
The new model also comes with a zippy Intel Core M processor, which should provide the hybrid tablet with plenty of power for daily business tasks. And it runs on a new Intel Core M processor that's more power-efficient than the chip used in last year's model, which might help the Aspire 11 V achieve the 8 hours of battery life that Acer is promising.
That would be a welcome change compared with the original Acer Aspire Switch 11, which ran for a meager 6 hours and 5 minutes on our battery life test — 2 hours less than the average ultraportable notebook. Poor battery life can be a deal-breaker in a machine you depend on for work, after all.
The Switch 11 V offers a vibrant 1920 x 1080-pixel display with wide viewing angles, though at just 11 inches across it might feel cramped depending on your needs. Other hardware highlights include a sturdy, attractive design and a comfortable keyboard with keys that offer plenty of feedback. You also get an impressive amount of internal storage via the machine's zippy 128GB solid-state drive (SSD).
Exact pricing and release-date details for the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V haven't yet been announced, but check back for a full review as soon as we can get our hands on the device.