Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-31U3
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Borderline case, part 2. Acer has combined an 11.6-inch Windows tablet with a keyboard dock, trying to win over buyers who do not want to decide between a tablet or a notebook. A passively cooled Core i3 processor provides the necessary computing power.
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Positive: Good FHD IPS display; decent performance. Negative: Bulky; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2015
Model: The Acer Aspire Switch is a combination of a Windows tablet with a keyboard dock for those who don't want to decide between a tablet and a notebook. Certainly, the Switch 11 delivers more than enough performance for everyday use as it is equipped with an Intel Core i3 dual core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and 4 GB DDR3 dual channel RAM. As for storage, the Switch 11 comes with a Lite-On-IT 64 GB SSD with 40 GB free.
It also has a glossy 11.5 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels driven by a standard Intel HD Graphics card. Additionally, the tablet-laptop hybrid comes with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader. For connectivity, it comes with an Atheroes Wireless Network Adapter for WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. It also features a FullHD front-facing webcam, a chiclet keyboard in the keyboard dock without backlight and a 32 Wh Li-ion battery which can last up to 5 to 6 hours.
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 4200: Processor graphics card in some of the ULV Haswell CPUs with 20 EUs (GT2). Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
4012Y: Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz (no Turbo Boost). Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4200 and a dual channel DDR3 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 very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 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.
77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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