Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-14HK
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-14HK
Source: Comp Reviews
Acer's entry in the 2-in-1 market provides a very functional tablet that can also convert into a tablet system. Its small size obviously means that there are compromises to it compared to a hybrid laptop but those knowing these limitations may be surprised at what it has to offer. Just be warned of some issues with weight distribution in the docked modes.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: The Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-14HK is a tablet with Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit. An Intel Atom Z3735F quad core clocked at 1.33 GHz and 2 GB of RAM work inside. Onboard there is 64GB of flash memory storage, which is sufficient for most users. On top of that, there is a memory card reader, which can be used to expand the storage capacity. The 10.1 inch multi-touch screen features a resolution of 1280 x 800.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics uses shared memory and is sufficient to handle regular tablet usage and watching videos. Certainly, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported. In addition, there are a keyboard dock and a TouchPad which provides seamless input. A 2 cell Li-Polymer battery with 5700 mAh, which can provide hours of use, powers the tablet on-the-move. Finally, the device weighs about 1.2kg and is a maximum of 10 mm thick. Overall, this Acer tablet is built to serve its purpose as a crossover between laptop and netbook.
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.
70%: 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.