Acer Aspire Switch 10-SW5-011-17WL
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 10-SW5-011-17WL
Source: PC Mag
With the Aspire Switch 10, Acer has introduced a fine detachable tablet, making it a safe purchase for anyone in the market for a portable Windows tablet without giving up the productive capability of a clamshell design. The Asus Transformer Book T100TA remains our top pick given its lower price, longer battery life, and slightly more impressive feature set, but the Acer Aspire Switch 10 comes in a close second.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 59% features: 62% display: 70% mobility: 51%
Source: Computer Totaal NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Erenumerique FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Metal aluminum case; good and loud sound; decent battery life; decent performance. Negative: Only 1 USB port; relatively low resolution of the display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2014
Source: Ferra.ru RU→EN
Positive: Quite stylish design; impressive display; good speakers position; decent performance; good cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2014
The Acer Aspire Switch 10-SW5-011-17WL is aiming at those looking for a more affordable tablet laptop hybrid. Thus a few corners needed to be cut to reduce the price. Its 10.1 inch display only comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution, while not as sharp as a lot of other devices, the IPS display gives good viewing angles and sharp colors.
It's powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 that can run up to 1.86 GHz on turbo. These chips are usually found on cheaper netbooks due to less heat production and low power consumption, which increases the battery life; but all of these are to the expense of performance so don't expect to do anything more than web browsing and typing documents.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics has less power than the ones used in standard laptops. So, only very undemanding games can be played. As it only features 2 GB of RAM, multitasking will bring performance down. The 64 GB eMMC flash memory is slower than regular SSDs, but the performance is good enough for simple tasks. Memory is expandable with a microSD card.
With the dock, the Acer weighs in at 1.1 kg, making it easy enough to carry given the size. The battery life is good for 6-8 hours of mixed use. So it is suitable for on-the-move. This device is only apt for you if you're looking for a web browsing device.
Series: The Acer Aspire Switch Series is a series of portable and hybrid laptops. The design of the laptop models is stylish thanks to their attractive looking aluminium lids. The hinge of the Windows systems allows users to flip, rotate and even detach the screen from the keyboard in a snap. Each model in the Switch Series has different processors ranging from 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 up to Intel Core i5-6200U processors. There are also different options for the graphic card ranging from Intel HD Graphics up to Intel HD Graphics 5300.
In terms of storage, Acer offers two different options; 32 GB and 64 GB. There are 10.1-inch and 12-inch models. The displays are Full HD, IPS and they provide good contrast and colors from all viewing angles. In addition, they are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for additional damage and scratch resistance. The tablet part of the laptop has a USB 2.0 port, a micro HDMI port and a headset jack, while the keyboard dock has an additional USB 2.0 port. The weight of the laptop starts from 1.05 kg up to 1.6 kg depending on the model the user selects.Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail):
Integrated GPU for tablet and notebook Bay Trail SoCs. Based on the Ivy Bridge GPU with four Execution Units and support for DirectX 11.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Z3745: Soc with an integrated quad core Atom processor clocked at up to 1.86 GHz (Turbo), an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a dual channel LPDDR3-1067 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
76.25%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.