Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-325N
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-325N
Source: PC Mag
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171-325N) is an excellent detachable-hybrid tablet. We really like the Switch 11 because of its versatile magnetic hinge, lack of bloatware, and 1080p IPS touch screen. Its no-nonsense magnetic hinge is the real deal, and makes it one of the best implementations of a flexible, removable tablet. It is a more stable and usable solution than the one on rivals like the Asus Transformer Book T200TA-C1-BL and Toshiba Satellite Click 2 L35W-B3204.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 with a Core i3 processor is a reasonably powerful, reasonably compact computer that’s available for a reasonably good price (at least when it’s on sale for $450). It features more memory, more storage, and a faster processor than you’d find in many other affordable 2-in-1 tablets. But the Switch 11 also has some shortcomings.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/21/2015
Source: Laptop Mag
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is neither a slayer of notebooks nor of tablets, but a fairly good compromise between the two. For $649, you get a hybrid with solid performance, a nice 1080p display and a speedy SSD. It's $180 cheaper than the base model of the Surface Pro 3 when equipped with a keyboard cover.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Computer Shopper
However, the Switch 11 falls short in two areas key to any compact laptop: flexibility and battery life. The device works well as a tablet, but its top-heavy design causes it to tip over whenever you use it in laptop mode on an uneven surface. And while its battery life is enough to get you through most of the workday, other convertibles will take you further.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2015
Model: The Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-325N is another good example of devices catered to the all-in-one market segment. The key factor is for a device to assume multiple roles normally form a traditional laptop to a more portable table and to do it well. Beautifully designed, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-325N does just that with good secure hinges and a slim profile with a modern look. The silver hybrid device has clean lines and a black tile keyboard contrasting the rest of the body.
Display on the Windows 8.1 device is an 11.6 inch Active Matrix TFT panel with IPS technology with touchscreen function while the rear cover is textured with cross-brush metal. On-board is an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor clocked at 1.50 GHz, 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 4200 and a 128 GB SSD. Other capabilities include a microSD card reader, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2 USB ports.
Available also on the Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-325N is a webcam and microphone to allow video communication and the occasional picture snapping. The device weighs at around 3.42 lb (1.55 kg) making it easy to log around even with the attached keyboard dock. Power to the devices is provided by a 3-cell Lithium-Ion pack rated at 2850 mAh and the compact AC adapter included.
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.
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 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.