Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB
Source: Tech Advisor
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a more attractive device than the Switch 10 with a larger screen and better specs. However, we're still not convinced by the chunky, top heavy design and the device let itself down with poor battery life. It might be more affordable but there are much better hybrids out there.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 50% features: 70% workmanship: 60%
Source: Tabtech DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Model: The Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB is a light and thin hybrid tablet that can function as a laptop with full Windows 8.1 capability. Elegantly designed with clean lines and curved edges, the 3.42 lb (1.55 kg) device is a joy to use on the go. Stylish with a silver chassis and dark grey fine-textured cover, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB is able to flip its screen facing away from the keyboard dock acting as a stand. The detachable tablet is a perfect standalone device for users looking to go bare minimum. At the heart of the device is an Intel i3-4012Y dual core processor clocked at 1.50 GHz, 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4200 with shared memory.
There is a 128 GB SSD and users have the option to use a microSD card to increase the storage capacity further. The Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-39LB comes with a beautiful 11.6 inch Full HD Active Matrix TFT color LCD with IPS technology. Other technology includes Bluetooth 4.0, 2 USB ports on the keyboard dock, a tactile keyboard and responsive touchpad. Battery life is satisfactory with a 3-cell Lithium-Ion pack rated at 2850mAh with should allow users to be fully mobile when most needed.
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.
69%: 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.