Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-111-187P
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-111-187P
Just as happened when I tested its predecessor, my feelings about the Switch 11 changed during use. The initial grumbles at the low benchmark scores were put to one side when it handled a 1080p video with ease, bearing in mind the price tag is still lower than Apple's starting price for a 16GB iPad Air 2.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/07/2015
Rating: Total score: 50%
Acer has a winner with its new Aspire Switch 11. This laptop is attractive to behold, and the screen quality is excellent. Both of these are coupled with a solid design allowing the machine to be the best of both worlds -- when using it as a laptop, you'd hardly realize it's really a tablet attached to a keyboard. And when used as a tablet, it stands out among many Windows slates with thanks, again, to its design.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/23/2015
Source: Cool Smartphone
Sure, there’s some parts of the Acer Switch 11 which don’t feel quite as “tight” as they should be. The trackpad didn’t seem to be as sensitive as I’m used to and the build quality in some areas could’ve been slightly better, but at the price, for what you’re getting here, it’s really rather good. I’ve got the full Windows 8.1 OS, I’ve got a neat touch-screen interface and the full-fat desktop OS. There’s 32GB of storage to play with, but you can slot in memory sticks and use cloud storage if you want to store files elsewhere and it operated quickly and quietly, without complaint.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 84% display: 85% mobility: 90% workmanship: 71%
The Aspire Switch 11 isn't the most exciting device. It has a dull design and middling internal specifications, and offers the average performance you'd expect from a sub-£400 device. That said, there are a few positives, chief of which are the robust design and above average battery.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Trusted Reviews
It’s worth considering if you’re in the market for a cheap, versatile machine that lets you casually browse the web and watch TV shows and movies without issue. As hybrids go, it’s relatively unremarkable, but the multi-mode hinge is a killer feature lacking in similarly priced and even more expensive models, and battery life is good.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60% ergonomy: 60% emissions: 90%
Source: Computer Totaal NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: Bringing a laptop and tablet around is rather troublesome, and Acer Switch tries to solve this issue with a laptop tablet hybrid. The Switch series comes with a unique mechanical design that is able to detach the screen part of the laptop and use it as a tablet, and the Switch 11 is no exception.The Switch 11 is a slightly larger version of the Switch 10, with a dimension of 11.6 inch compared to the 10.1 inch Switch 10.
There are several specifications for the Switch 11, and the SW5-111-187P configuration is a more affordable build targeting mainstream consumers. This particular model uses a 1366 x 768 resolution touchscreen, while better models have resolutions up to 1080p FHD. The Switch 11 is also slightly on the heavy side at 1.6 kg, with the detachable tablet alone weighing 838 g.
The specifications are rather mediocre. With an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, integrated Intel graphics card and 2 GB of RAM, which is sufficient for casual and work use. The 32 GB SSD slightly improves performance, but the low capacity means that users will have to depend on an external hard disk or cloud storage almost completely.
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 screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
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.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
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.
66.6%: 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.