Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-13DP
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-13DP
Brillant. Acer's smallest convertible is now available with a Full-HD display. The price difference is only 30 Euro (~$37) and seems to be well worth it. But is the battery life is shorter than before and how fast is the new CPU? In our review, we try to answer both questions and take a detailed look at the display as well.
Source: NDTV Gadgets
In many ways, this is a current-day netbook. It serves its purpose and has a very reasonable price tag, but it isn't entirely satisfying to use. You cannot really enjoy videos on this screen and even basic tasks require some adjustment. The keyboard is handy, but you can forget about typing long documents on it unless you're a hunt-and-peck two-finger typist anyway.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% display: 40% mobility: 60% workmanship: 60%
Source: T Break
The Switch 10 is an easy to use device that allows you to properly use it in tablet mode without a physical keyboard annoying you at the back. Switching between tablet and laptop use is easy, but the downside is that when it comes to actual performance, there are enough hiccups to make it a less than enjoyable experience, which is a shame. Still, the Switch 10 does get points for its portability factor, and is a good option for someone who wants the freedom to switch between a tablet or a laptop in a snap.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 64% price: 60% performance: 60% features: 65% workmanship: 70%
Source: Good Gear Guide
The simple notch and magnet design for holding the tablet to the base is a good one, though we can’t help but feel as though there should be more to this product. As a notebook, it leaves you wanting a better typing and touchpad experience, and it can be frustrating when the device leans back on its own due to the weight of the tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Pocket Navigation DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2015
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 79% features: 69% display: 80% ergonomy: 84%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/13/2014
Source: Tabtech DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 100% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN
Positive: Full HD display; good performance; flexible design. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2014
Source: Geeks.hu HU→EN
Positive: Good price; excellent display; good keyboard. Negative: Mediocre performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/19/2014
Model: The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is trying to be both a tablet and a touchscreen laptop. The unit feels very nice with gray or black brushed aluminum finish. The 10.1 inch Full HD Display (1920 x 1200, 16:10 aspect ratio) is protected with Gorilla Glass 3. The hardware consist of a Intel Atom Z3735F clocked at 1.83 GHz and an Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail). The detachable keyboard allows 4 different modes for the device. It is attached with Acer's Snap Hinge, which uses magnetism to provide a latch-less docking solution that lets you smoothly remove and re-attach the keyboard.
The available interfaces are two USB 2.0, an HDMI port, a 3.5 mm audio jack (headphone and microphone) and a MicroSD card reader. The tablet itself is 8.9 mm high and weighs just 1.17 kg. The 24 Wh battery should last about 7.5 hours during normal WiFi use. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a great performer with its decent specs, great display and build quality, but its relatively low battery life is a downside. While other tablets easily exceed the Switch 10's battery life, this might be the right device for you if you require higher performance.
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).
Z3735F: SoC with an integrated quad-core Atom processor clocked up to 1.83 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a single channel DDR3L-RS-1333 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.
73.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.