Tech firms are still trying to crack the hybrid laptop/tablet category and Acer's latest effort is the Aspire Switch 10Read: The 25 best tablets of 2014.

The Switch 10 is of the Windows 8.1 variety and can be picked up for £289 – cheaper than rivals including the Lenovo Yoga and Samsung Ativ Q. It's certainly affordable but the price along doesn't mean it's a good deal.

Like Lenovo's Yoga devices, the Switch 10 can transform between four different modes. This is down to Acer's Snap Hinge which uses strong magnets to attach the tablet to the keyboard dock.

It does so fairly easily although quite aggressively – the two are unlikely to separate unless you want them to.

The way in which the Switch 10 transforms is one of its strong points. There are four different modes which you can use the device in.

Laptop mode is exactly what you expect and tablet mode is simply minus the keyboard dock. The hinge doesn't fold all the way back so spinning the tablet around gets you into display mode and flipping the device on its head achieves tent mode.

Unfortunately, there's a bit of a design flaw in that the device will fall over if you push the screen back too far.

The Switch 10 is compact but bulky in design. The keyboard is fiddly to use due to the small key size and the trackpad is of poor quality so you'll want to make use of the USB port found on the keyboard dock.

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There are no other ports on the dock but you can opt to have a 500GB hard drive inside. Build quality is distinctly cheap and plastic but things are better when it comes to the tablet. It feels solid and the brushed metal rear cover is a nice touch for a device as affordable as this.

For your money you get a 10.1in IPS screen which is bright and has great viewing angles. It uses a 1366 x 768 resolution which is about right but chunky bezels leave us wanting a larger display – 11.6in would fit by our measurements.

Inside is an Intel Atom Z3745 (Bay Trail T) 1.33GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Performance is reasonable and you'll be able to do regular day-to-day tasks like web browsing and word processor on the Switch 10 but don't expect the device to cope with anything remotely strenuous.  

There's a choice of 32- or 64GB of internal storage and our 32GB review sample has just 10GB free out-of-the-box. That hard drive built into the keyboard dock might come in handy and there's also a microSDXC card slot on the side.

The tablet also has a couple of handy ports in the form of microUSB and Micro HDMI. There's also a 2Mp front facing camera for video calls.

On the battery life side of things we measured 6 hours 15 minutes in our looped-video rundown test. A reasonable result which means the device should get you through a day of varied use.

Although the Acer Aspire Switch 10 is very affordable, it's another hybrid which is neither great at being a laptop nor a tablet. It's both bulky and fiddly. We like the IPS screen and the multi-mode ability thanks to the magnetic hinge (minus the top heaviness). However, the keyboard and trackpad are lacklustre and there really nothing to get excited about in terms of specs and performance.