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As a new school year begins, parents and students are looking for budget laptops and tablets.

By Otto Mergen

As a new school year begins, parents and students are looking for budget laptops and tablets. In this article, we would like to compare two Windows 2-in-1 budget tablets for you: Acer Switch 3 and Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320. Both laptops have all modern conveniences but are built for budget users. 

Although, Acer has several 2-in-1 laptops in its portfolio, Switch 3 is the least expensive one. Its dimensions, 0.39 x 11.6 x 7.9 inches, are almost identical to Surface Pro and larger than Lenovo IpadMiix 320. However, its weight is considerably heavier as well (2.76 lbs vs 1.98 lbs with keyboards). For both laptops attaching/detaching keyboards are very easy. Switch 3 has better screen resolution and graphics than Miix 320 and its viewing angle is more adjustable as well (165 vs 125 degrees). 

In terms of performance, one should not expect too much from these budget laptops, but they both get job done. Their storage and RAM are comparable, but Miix 320 has a faster processor. Miix 320 has longer battery life lasting up to 10 hours comparing to Switch’s 8 hours. Both laptops feature descent speakers and a plenty of outlets for connectivity.

Overall, in terms of hardware and performance Switch 3 and Miix 310 are in the same league, though Switch is a slightly larger and a little bit pricier. If you are not looking for expensive 2-in-1 laptops, then both laptops could serve your casual daily activities like browsing, text editing and music equally well.
 

Specs

 

Acer Switch 3

 
Image result for Acer Switch 3
Photo Source: acer.com
·       Weight: 2.76 lbs (without dock, 1.98 lbs)
·       Display: 12.2 inches
·       Resolution: 1920 x 1200 Pixels
·       OS: Windows 10 Home
·       Processor: 1.1 GHz Intel Pentium Quad-core N4200
·       RAM: 4 GB LP DDR3
·       Storage: 64GB eMMC
·       Camera: 5MP rear, 2MP front
·       Battery: 2-Cell (30 Whr)
·       Ports: 1 USB 3.1 type A, 1 USB 3.1 type C, 1 MicroSD, audio
·       Color: Dark Grey
·       Price: $449 at acer.com
 

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320

 
Designed for your always-on, interconnected world.
Source: lenovo.com
·       Weight: 2.2 lbs (without keyboard: 1.2 lbs)
·       Display: 10.1 inches
·       Resolution: 1920 x 1020 Pixels
·       OS: Windows 10 Home
·       Processor: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350  
·       RAM: 4GB
·       Storage: 64GB eMMC
·       Camera: 5MP rear, 2 MP front
·       Battery: 2-Cell
·       Ports: 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB type C, 1 Micro HDMI, 1 Micro SD, 1 audio
·       Color: Silver
·       Price: $349 at lenovo.com




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