For people who can’t decide exactly what type of device is right for them, there are convertible notebooks: Computers that can take the appearance of a notebook one moment, a tablet the next, and something else entirely after that. For instance, look at Acer’s latest design, the Aspire Switch 12 – it boasts no fewer than five unique modes.
Slated for release in Q1 2015 (so it won’t be available for the holidays), the device can switch between notebook (like a traditional laptop), tablet, desktop (propped up with the laptop detached), pad, and tent modes (the latter two use the hinged display to create ideal viewing angles for videos).
As the specs show, though, the Acer Switch 12 is more than just its shape-shifting capabilities. The device’s 12.5-inch screen offers full high definition, powered by an Intel Core M processor. Corning Gorilla Glass has been used for the screen itself. Acer promises that this will enhance power usage compared to previous models, as the Switch 12 is expected to last up to 8 hours on a single charge.
As mentioned, the Acer Aspire Switch 12 won’t come out until early next year, so no price information has been released yet. But if you’re in the market for a convertible notebook, this may be worth a look if you can wait until 2015. That said, we won’t be able to recommend it fully until we can test it ourselves.