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Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T Convertible Review

Sebastian Jentsch, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/26/2015

Rarity. The conventional hard drive in the dock makes Acer unique in the market. However, other features are disappointing, and thus, a list of controversial pros and cons evolve. Is it a master of its category or leading a lost battle?

Bigger and faster, but also better? Acer Aspire Switch 11V.
Bigger and faster, but also better? Acer Aspire Switch 11V.

For the original German review, see here.

A new take! A year ago, in late 2014, we tested the Aspire Switch 11 Pro with a 128 GB SSD + hard drive in the keyboard unit extensively. The 11.6-inch device presented an exquisite configuration from a technical point of view: FHD screen (IPS), genuine SSD, Core i5, keyboard and hard drive - the bundle primarily appealed to buyers who mainly use their convertibles for professional purposes. They need a decent keyboard, a very good screen, at least moderate computing power, and plenty of storage if possible.

Our verdict concerning the Switch 11 Pro at the time: A successful bundle composed of (fanless) performance, very good screen (digitizer display including stylus), and practical connectivity. The drawback was the build quality for the 900 Euros (~$994) price range; we were not happy with the stability, feel and feedback of the chassis and input devices.

Now Acer is going into the second round with the Aspire Switch 11V SW5-172-614T. The FHD IPS TFT remains, but the digitizer pen has been omitted, and the entirely reworked chassis is now based on the Broadwell Core M (also fanless). Can Acer uphold the old virtues while eliminating the drawbacks? Find out in this review update.

Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T (Aspire Switch Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5300, Core: 300-800 MHz
Memory
4096 MB 
, dual-channel
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 10 fingers, AUO305D B116HAN03, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-Y PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G, 128 GB 
, and WDC WD5000LPVX-22V0TT0, 552 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: line + mic, Card Reader: microSDHC, Sensors: ambient light
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21 x 300 x 207 ( = 0.83 x 11.81 x 8.15 in)
Battery
34 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells, 4550mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 megapixels (front), 1.0 megapixels (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 45W power supply, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.569 kg ( = 55.34 oz / 3.46 pounds), Power Supply: 263 g ( = 9.28 oz / 0.58 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The precursor: Switch 11 Pro from late 2014 - many modifications in details.
The precursor: Switch 11 Pro from late 2014 - many modifications in details.

The tablet's body is made of metal and plastic, which gives a very robust and stable impression. Thanks to the brushed aluminum on the back, the feel is cool and high quality. The lid is  patterned with a rather sleek plastic edge that conceals the radio antennas.

Although the base is made of plastic,  it is decently stable and robust but sounds slightly hollow. The hard drive is installed here, and a USB 3.0 port supplements the tablet's downscaled interfaces. Unfortunately, the dock does not have a power socket.

Acer uses a new version of the click-in hinge. The basic concept of the magnetically supported mount without a locking lever is the same as in the former Switch 11 Pro of late 2014. However, the tablet is now located deeper into the hinge and thus has more support. This solution without a locking lever has a disadvantage: During the test, the tablet accidentally fell out of the dock 2 - 3 times while picking it up for changing our location. This can be a catastrophe when the tablet shatters if it falls to the floor from a height of 1.5 meters (~5 ft). The user will have to be careful.

The dock does not fall off when the only tablet is lifted. The magnetic connection is strong, though not powerful enough for all cases of gravity.

Connectivity

While the old Switch 11 Pro was thicker and the tablet unit featured a full-sized USB 3.0 port Type A, Acer has downscales downscaled the latter to micro USB (sleep and charge), and installs installed a USB 3.0 Type A in the dock. Otherwise, Tthe ports are otherwise identical, including the microSD MicroSD reader.

Intel's Wireless-AC 7265 now transmits in dual-band (formerly Atheros AR5BWB22 b/g/n), but falls short of the 40 40-meter (~131 ft) point in the manual test outside the building. Approximately 50 % of our review samples accomplish that, and only a few transmit beyond that point.

Both webcams produce even worse pictures than the Facing camera of the Switch 11 Pro. Acer has now installs installed a 2.0 0-megapixel rear-facing camera that does not shine with great photos, but rather with blurry outlines and intense noise especially in low light. Too bad: in many cases, users will be better served with their smartphone cameras in many cases.

 

 

 

2.0 megapixels (rear) 1920 x 1080
2.0 megapixels (rear) 1920 x 1080
(Rear) cannot focus at larger distances
(Rear) cannot focus at larger distances
(Rear) intense noise, distorted colors
(Rear) intense noise, distorted colors
(Rear) blurry outlines particularly at the edge
(Rear) blurry outlines particularly at the edge
1.0 MP (facing) clear photos, but exagerrated, 1280 x 720
1.0 MP (facing) clear photos, but exagerrated, 1280 x 720
 

Input Devices

Keyboard: hard, hollow-sounding stroke, clear drop & pressure point; Touchpad: very short drop, stiff & loud pressure point, almost 12 cm diagonally
Keyboard: hard, hollow-sounding stroke, clear drop & pressure point; Touchpad: very short drop, stiff & loud pressure point, almost 12 cm diagonally

Display

11.6 inches, 1920 x 1080, multitouch, glare, IPS
11.6 inches, 1920 x 1080, multitouch, glare, IPS

The FHD IPS screen has not been changed, but some differences are found in detail. The panel now comes from AUO (AUO305D B116HAN03) rather than Chi Mei Innolux (CMN1133). The extremely high brightness clearly increases its usefulness. The screen is not only brighter than that of the Switch 11 Pro, the contrast of 1349:1 has also increased considerably. This results in crisp colors alongside first-rate viewing angles - there is no cause for complaining here.

421
cd/m²
469
cd/m²
437
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
449
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 472 cd/m² Average: 447.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 366 cd/m²
Contrast: 1349:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.33 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 6.76 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
70% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 46% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.33
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
FHD IPS
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
FHD IPS
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
WQHD IPS
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD TN
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD IPS
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
FHD IPS
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD IPS
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD IPS
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD IPS
Screen
-10%
4%
-39%
-9%
-12%
4%
-17%
-10%
Brightness middle
472
279
-41%
368.1
-22%
261
-45%
337
-29%
207
-56%
249
-47%
285
-40%
316.1
-33%
Brightness
448
251
-44%
375
-16%
248
-45%
327
-27%
205
-54%
239
-47%
285
-36%
294
-34%
Brightness Distribution
89
83
-7%
92
3%
90
1%
86
-3%
89
0%
84
-6%
88
-1%
85
-4%
Black Level *
0.35
0.38
-9%
0.458
-31%
0.3
14%
0.35
-0%
0.14
60%
0.28
20%
0.4
-14%
0.327
7%
Contrast
1349
734
-46%
804
-40%
870
-36%
963
-29%
1479
10%
889
-34%
713
-47%
967
-28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.33
3.48
45%
4.36
31%
12.64
-100%
6.24
1%
7.98
-26%
1.96
69%
6.39
-1%
6.18
2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.76
4.55
33%
2.63
61%
13.75
-103%
5.74
15%
8.36
-24%
1.35
80%
5.41
20%
5.51
18%
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.39 92%
2.08 106%
2.88 76%
2.26 97%
2.21 100%
2.44 90%
2.76 80%
2.01 109%
CCT
6214 105%
6330 103%
6743 96%
17914 36%
7214 90%
7768 84%
6622 98%
6082 107%
6510 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
46
66.94
46%
36
-22%
43
-7%
41
-11%
45
-2%
40
-13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
70
57
-19%
67
-4%
64
-9%
64
-9%

* ... smaller is better

Naturally, we found something: DeltaE is now worse. This rate indicates just how accurate the colors are compared to the sRGB reference. Classic poor DeltaE rates are roughly 12, very good ones < 3. The Switch 11 settles at a satisfactory position. The TFT reproduces only 46% of the AdobeRGB space, and thus the screen is roughly on par with all comparison convertibles in the chart. However, the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards are only important for professional image editors. Although the Switch 11V will strike the user's eye when the TFT is not calibrated, it does not exhibit a bluish tint that is common in many laptops. Rather, the opposite is true; the colors shift to warmer tones.

AdobeRGB (1998) color space: 46 %
AdobeRGB (1998) color space: 46 %
sRGB color space: 70 %
sRGB color space: 70 %
CalMAN: Grayscale - no bluish tint
CalMAN: Grayscale - no bluish tint
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps - shift to warm
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps - shift to warm
CalMAN: ColorChecker - acceptable DeltaE
CalMAN: ColorChecker - acceptable DeltaE
 

The PWM assessment responded. The AUO panel thus utilizes the pulse width modulation for dimming the LEDs in every brightness level - except maximum. The LEDs are switched on and off at an extremely fast speed. The IPS screen's response times are very different with 4/20 milliseconds (rise/fall - black/white) and 21/17 (gray 80/50). Rise is above average (@ black/white), fall is on the average level for IPS/TN displays.

PWM, except in max. brightness, here @137 cd/m²
PWM, except in max. brightness, here @137 cd/m²
Black/white time rise 4 ms
Black/white time rise 4 ms
Black/white time fall 20 ms
Black/white time fall 20 ms
Gray time rise 21 ms
Gray time rise 21 ms
Gray time fall 17 ms
Gray time fall 17 ms
Viewing angles: AUO305D B116HAN03, IPS, FHD 1920 x 1080
Viewing angles: AUO305D B116HAN03, IPS, FHD 1920 x 1080
Thanks to high brightness - throttled only marginally to 366 cd/m² in battery mode - ...
Thanks to high brightness - throttled only marginally to 366 cd/m² in battery mode - ...
... the screen remains well-legible outdoors (overcast).
... the screen remains well-legible outdoors (overcast).

Performance

An old acquaintance in form of Intel's Core M 5Y10c is inside the slim tablet. The 4.5-watt SoC (Broadwell) debuted at the IFA 2014, and was installed in the Aspire Switch 12 and Lenovo Yoga 3 11 among other devices later. It is the most frugal Broadwell core that has been developed for tablets and especially slim, fanless form factors. Alongside the internal Intel HD Graphics 5300 graphics card and a fast storage device, it has enough power for Windows 10, office tasks or entertainment. However, more demanding calculations should not be expected from the SoC; the waiting times are simply much longer than laptops based on a 15-watt ULV SoC or 37-watt standard mobile processor. Users who deal with real-time audio recording will prick their ears upon hearing latencies. LatencyMon discovered some.

System info: CPUZ - CPU
System info: CPUZ - Cache
System info: CPUZ - Mainboard
System info: CPUZ - Memory
System info: CPUZ - Grafik
System info: CPUZ - HD 5300
Latencies discovered

Processor

Cinebench R15 multi start 1.8 & avg. 1.6 GHz
Cinebench R15 multi start 1.8 & avg. 1.6 GHz

The performance ranges roughly on the level of the Haswell 4202Y (11 watts), but has a lower TDP (max. 6 watts). The charts show that the Transformer Book T300 Chi with a 5Y71 has a clear edge on the review sample. This might be due to a higher base clock of 1.2 GHz (vs. 800 MHz) or a higher configured TDP in the Asus.

Manufacturers can configure the TDP according to the form factor and cooling options. 3.5 to 6 watts are possible. We are curious as to what Asus has made possible here. Initially, the processor performed the multi-CPU test of Cinebench R15 at 1.7 to 1.8 GHz, but then calculated stably at 1.6 GHz. That was regardless of whether the system ran in AC or battery mode, both the clock rate and the resulting scores remained identical. The bars clearly show the inferiority of a Celeron N3050 (TDP: 6 watts) as used, for example, in the low-cost model Aspire R11 R3-131T.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
75 Points ∼34%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
74 Points ∼34% -1%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
108 Points ∼50% +44%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
35 Points ∼16% -53%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
82 Points ∼38% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
33 Points ∼15% -56%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
164 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
165 Points ∼4% +1%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
209 Points ∼5% +27%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
48 Points ∼1% -71%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
157 Points ∼4% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
133 Points ∼3% -19%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
0.91 Points ∼37%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
0.87 Points ∼36% -4%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
1.35 Points ∼55% +48%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
0.38 Points ∼16% -58%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.31 Points ∼13% -66%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
0.94 Points ∼39% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
0.41 Points ∼17% -55%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
1.78 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
1.84 Points ∼7% +3%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
2.64 Points ∼10% +48%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
0.79 Points ∼3% -56%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1.07 Points ∼4% -40%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
1.71 Points ∼6% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1.57 Points ∼6% -12%
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
3035 Points ∼28%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
4430 Points ∼41% +46%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
779 Points ∼7% -74%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
946 Points ∼9% -69%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
955 Points ∼9% -69%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3102 Points ∼29% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1130 Points ∼10% -63%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
713 Points ∼7% -77%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3035
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.91 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.78 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
16.72 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
75 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
164 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
20.28 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

Two PCMarks summarize the application performance. Although the 7 version benefits from the fast SSD, it cannot outperform the somewhat higher computing power of the Transformer Book T300 Chi. However, the Transformer Book T300FA is defeated. PCMark 8 sees the T300FA-FE001H in the lead, but a fast SanDisk SSD i110 is installed here. Disregarding the Celeron or Atom powered convertibles, the performance of the Core M systems are close together. Therefore, potential buyers should not care too much about which Core M model is a few percent faster, but rather look at criteria like screen, battery life or input devices.

PCMark 7
Productivity (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
1796 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
1930 Points ∼18% +7%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
2267 Points ∼21% +26%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
1036 Points ∼10% -42%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
935 Points ∼9% -48%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
927 Points ∼9% -48%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
1690 Points ∼16% -6%
Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
3868 Points ∼45%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
4061 Points ∼47% +5%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
4386 Points ∼51% +13%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
2535 Points ∼30% -34%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2350 Points ∼27% -39%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2335 Points ∼27% -40%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3604 Points ∼42% -7%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
2348 Points ∼27% -39%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
3294 Points ∼51%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
3629 Points ∼56% +10%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1008 Points ∼15% -69%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3576 Points ∼55% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1355 Points ∼21% -59%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
2244 Points ∼37%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
2002 Points ∼33% -11%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
2717 Points ∼45% +21%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
911 Points ∼15% -59%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
2514 Points ∼41% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1360 Points ∼22% -39%
PCMark 7 Score
3868 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2244 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3294 points
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Storage Device

CrystalDiskMark WDC WD5000LPVX-22V0TT0 in the dock
CrystalDiskMark WDC WD5000LPVX-22V0TT0 in the dock
HD-Tune WDC WD5000LPVX-22V0TT0 in the dock
HD-Tune WDC WD5000LPVX-22V0TT0 in the dock

The LiteOn SSD (L8H-128V2G) and Western Digital HDD (WD5000LPVX-22V0TT0) result in an effective pair in terms of speed and storage capacity. Roughly, 552 GB is available on both storage devices in total at the state of delivery. The HDD can be replaced since it is situated inside the dock that can be opened after releasing some screws. The WD5000LPVX (WD Blue Mobile) with a height of 7 mm (~0.27 in) is connected to SATA 6 GB/s via USB 3.0 controller in the dock. This leads to fast read/write rates. 118 MB/s in read/write are extremely fast for a simple 5400-rpm model. That was very different in the Switch 11 Pro: The HDD achieved only 33 MB/s in the same test. Consequently, files can be moved between both internal storage devices quickly, and programs are loaded from the HDD at the speed that we are used to from laptops.

The LiteOn L8T-128L9G (128 GB) cannot be exchanged. It is not quite as good as the 128 GB SATA SSD in the former Switch 11 Pro, but it can easily outrun the other competitors with an eMMC. Apart from the Transformer Book T300FA, all rivals have been configured with the low-cost, yet slow eMMCs. Choosing a genuine SSD is a big plus point for the former and the new Switch 11.

Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
128 GB SATA SSD
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HBG3e 32G eMMC
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
32 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
SanDisk SSD i110 64 GB
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
Hynix HBG4e 32 GB eMMC
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
51%
-62%
-64%
-61%
-74%
-55%
-84%
-61%
Write 4k
66.29
72.64
10%
9.46
-86%

8.37
-87%

8.925
-87%
16.23
-76%
10.26
-85%
14.68
-78%
1.234
-98%
10.69
-84%
Read 4k
26.29
32.82
25%
16.49
-37%

15.56
-41%

16.19
-38%
12.35
-53%
9.12
-65%
14.28
-46%
0.528
-98%
15.2
-42%
Write 512
128.4
338
163%
66.45
-48%

46.4
-64%

36.68
-71%
25.57
-80%
38.17
-70%
48.58
-62%
60.23
-53%
67.21
-48%
Read 512
369.2
386
5%
150.6
-59%

83.91
-77%

149
-60%
245.2
-34%
86.06
-77%
249.6
-32%
44.58
-88%
107.5
-71%
AS SSD
47%
-33%
-50%
Score Write
194
391
102%
49
-75%
32
-84%
Score Read
301
410
36%
85
-72%
84
-72%
4K Write
59.85
60.22
1%
11.61
-81%
8.7
-85%
4K Read
24.22
29.2
21%
10.75
-56%
10.35
-57%
Seq Write
140.75
321.5
128%
277.24
97%
159.11
13%
Seq Read
505.57
487.22
-4%
446.42
-12%
430.01
-15%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
49% / 49%
-62% / -62%
-64% / -64%
-47% / -44%
-74% / -74%
-53% / -52%
-84% / -84%
-61% / -61%
Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
Sequential Read: 532.6 MB/s
Sequential Write: 146.8 MB/s
512K Read: 369.2 MB/s
512K Write: 128.4 MB/s
4K Read: 26.29 MB/s
4K Write: 66.29 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 219.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 73.25 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 5300 graphics card is no guarantee for gaming power or the best OpenGL support. Quite the contrary: The performance has even decreased compared with the Switch 11 Pro (Haswell). As mentioned before, it also involves a considerably lower TDP (approx. 4.5 vs. 11 watts). The 3DMark benchmarks show - on a very low level - that the HD Graphics 5300 is not at all the weakest computing unit. It allows smooth gameplay in lowest details. A ThinkPad Yoga 11e (Celeron) is easily outperformed the same as the Transformer Book, which might be due to the dual-channel memory. The HD Graphics benefits from that.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
690 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
1060 Points ∼2% +54%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
181 Points ∼0% -74%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
395 Points ∼1% -43%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
885 Points ∼2% +28%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
180 Points ∼0% -74%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
600 Points ∼1% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
219 Points ∼0% -68%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
181 Points ∼0% -74%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
777 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
211 Points ∼1% -73%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
435 Points ∼1% -44%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
973 Points ∼3% +25%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
210 Points ∼1% -73%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
658 Points ∼2% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
257 Points ∼1% -67%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
210 Points ∼1% -73%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
4156 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
3807 Points ∼2% -8%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
2175 Points ∼1% -48%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
4235 Points ∼2% +2%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1186 Points ∼1% -71%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
3262 Points ∼2% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1450 Points ∼1% -65%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
3316 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
3027 Points ∼5% -9%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
1523 Points ∼3% -54%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
3529 Points ∼6% +6%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1156 Points ∼2% -65%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
2667 Points ∼5% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1467 Points ∼2% -56%
3DMark 11 Performance
777 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
30606 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3316 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
452 points
Help
Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
19.8 fps ∼3%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
16.3 fps ∼3% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
8 fps ∼1% -60%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
39.9 fps ∼6%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
31.5 fps ∼5% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
15.5 fps ∼2% -61%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
15.6 fps ∼4%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
9.77 fps ∼3% -37%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
28.15 fps ∼6%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
17.35 fps ∼4% -38%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 39.919.812.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 28.1515.613fps

Emissions

A noiseless system - though not quite, since a hard drive is in the dock. However, it is quickly disabled when not in use, and the system is then really noiseless. We measured 31.9 dB(A) at a distance of 15 centimeters (~6 in) when the 5400 rpm drive spins, which is the base noise of the storage device. The very subtly clacking read and write heads only produce 32.2 dB(A).

Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GVNU
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
Noise
6%
-7%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29.6
29.6
-0%
33.3
-13%
Idle Average *
31.9
29.6
7%
33.3
-4%
Idle Maximum *
31.9
29.6
7%
33.3
-4%
Load Average *
31.9
29.6
7%
34.1
-7%
Load Maximum *
31.9
29.6
7%
34.1
-7%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 31.9 / 31.9 dB(A)
HDD
32.2 dB(A)
Load
31.9 / 31.9 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The fanless tablet discharges the SoC's waste heat over its surfaces. As expected, this functions without any problems in idle mode. The tablet does not even get lukewarm, and the temperatures do not exceed 30 degrees Celsius (~86 degrees Fahrenheit) anywhere. Under load during Prime95 and FurMark stress test, the hot spots generate temperatures of about 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) on the casing's left. The rear is affected the most, probably because the aluminum is used for discharging the heat.

The HD Graphics 5300 (300  to 800 MHz) clocks at 450 to 500 MHz in the stress test. This is rather at the lower end of its potential, and is caused by the processing load of the CPU core. The latter clocks at 900 to 1000 MHz, which is also clearly below its potential of a maximum of 2 GHz. However, our stress test simulates a consistent load of both graphics card and processor over a prolonged period of at least one hour. The temperatures on the chip never got critical; the sensors recorded 60 degrees Celsius (~140 degrees Fahrenheit). Has Acer perhaps been too conservative with the temperature tables? Not at all. After all, we are dealing with a 9 mm (~0.35 in) slim tablet, and we would not like to hold it in our hands with a casing temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (~122 degrees Fahrenheit).

Idle SoC @50 degrees Celsius
Idle SoC @50 degrees Celsius
Stress test CPU @900 MHz, GPU @450 MHz
Stress test CPU @900 MHz, GPU @450 MHz
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71, SanDisk SSD i110 128GB
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10, SanDisk DF4128
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3736F
Heat
-5%
2%
-12%
-6%
-14%
-1%
12%
-13%
Maximum Upper Side *
39.4
47.5
-21%
40.5
-3%
43
-9%
43.4
-10%
47.6
-21%
38.3
3%
34
14%
44.6
-13%
Maximum Bottom *
42.7
45.7
-7%
42.5
-0%
48.1
-13%
43
-1%
47.6
-11%
47.4
-11%
36.5
15%
45.4
-6%
Idle Upper Side *
29.9
29.1
3%
28.2
6%
32.3
-8%
32.4
-8%
35
-17%
29.5
1%
27.3
9%
35.8
-20%
Idle Bottom *
29.9
28.2
6%
28.3
5%
34.8
-16%
31.6
-6%
32.4
-8%
29.4
2%
27.4
8%
34
-14%

* ... smaller is better

 29.5 °C
85 F
27 °C
81 F
25.2 °C
77 F
 
 29.9 °C
86 F
26.6 °C
80 F
25.5 °C
78 F
 
 29.1 °C
84 F
28.5 °C
83 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 29.9 °C = 86 F
Average: 27.6 °C = 82 F
25.7 °C
78 F
27.3 °C
81 F
29.9 °C
86 F
25.3 °C
78 F
27.1 °C
81 F
29 °C
84 F
25.6 °C
78 F
27 °C
81 F
28.8 °C
84 F
Maximum: 29.9 °C = 86 F
Average: 27.3 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.4 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 23.1 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.4 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.7 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.2 °C / 93.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-5.2 °C / -9.4 F).

Speakers

The speakers are situated unobtrusively on the tablet's lower edge. They are not covered when in the dock. Their sound is strong and loud, but not inevitably pleasing. It will be sufficient for background music when working at the desk, but they emphasize the mids. The trebles and low ranges are not differentiated. Good: The small membranes do not scratch at maximum volume and render everything impeccably as far as their modest possibilities allow. Overall, the sound makes a rounded impression for a tablet of small dimensions without a subwoofer.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We added a detailed overview of the power consumption in the category comparison. The Switch 11V does not do as good a job as expected: We measured 6.5 to 10 watts while idling with the keyboard dock connected (HDD off). This is considerably more than its precursor or even its rivals consume. This does not change significantly without the dock. The power requirement very rarely drops to just below four watts. The reason for the high idle consumption is not the screen's brightness that cannot be dimmed down as far as in the competition. The circuit analyzer still displayed the mentioned idle rates when we had completely disabled the TFT's light via the dedicated function key (idle min. 6.2 watts). The extreme power savers among convertibles are the low-cost Bay Trail systems, such as the Switch 10E or Satellite Click Mini. They are also satisfied with lower battery capacities.

Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
HD 5300 5Y10c
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
HD 4200 4202Y
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
HD (Bay Trail) Z3735F
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD (Braswell) N3050
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
HD (Bay Trail) Z3735F
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
HD 5300 5Y10
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD (Bay Trail) N2930
Power Consumption
10%
44%
43%
50%
24%
6%
Idle Minimum *
6.5
3.2
51%
2.1
68%
2.8
57%
1.8
72%
3.7
43%
4.6
29%
Idle Average *
7.9
6.6
16%
4.2
47%
4.7
41%
3.2
59%
6.1
23%
7.8
1%
Idle Maximum *
9.9
7.7
22%
5.1
48%
4.9
51%
4.4
56%
6.4
35%
8.9
10%
Load Average *
15.3
17.7
-16%
11
28%
9.9
35%
10.8
29%
14.3
7%
14.8
3%
Load Maximum *
15.6
19
-22%
11.3
28%
10.6
32%
10.6
32%
13.6
13%
17.8
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.5 / 7.9 / 9.9 Watt
Load midlight 15.3 / 15.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Runtime

The Switch 10E SW3-013 achieved 390 minutes with its 28.7 Wh lithium polymer battery in the Wi-Fi test. Our Switch 11V needs 34 Wh for 302 minutes. However, buyers looking for a similar performance class with better runtimes will not find anything in this convertible category. Neither the Transformer Book T300 Chi nor the T300FA significantly exceed 300 minutes. The weaker Atom convertibles from the low-cost sector for newcomers reach runtimes of up to 680 minutes in the real world Wi-Fi test. Acer's Aspire R11 R3-131T is right up front here. Switch 11V owners can only dream of this battery life since Acer has unfortunately not utilized the option of an additional battery in the dock.

Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
 
428 min ∼84%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
 
472 min ∼93%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
 
722 min ∼142%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
 
min ∼0%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
 
943 min ∼185%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
 
1066 min ∼209%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
 
620 min ∼122%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
 
min ∼0%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
 
509 min ∼100%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
 
302 min ∼66%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
 
351 min ∼76%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
 
236 min ∼51%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
 
680 min ∼148%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
 
390 min ∼85%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
 
600 min ∼130%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
 
311 min ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
 
297 min ∼65%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
 
460 min ∼100%
Load (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T
 
153 min ∼70%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
 
116 min ∼53%
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
 
150 min ∼68%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
 
min ∼0%
Acer Aspire Switch 10E SW3-013
 
min ∼0%
Toshiba Satellite Click Mini L9W-B-102
 
251 min ∼115%
Asus Transformer Book T300FA-FE001H
 
137 min ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
 
min ∼0%
HP Pavilion x2 10-n013dx
 
219 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire Switch 11 Pro 128GB HDD-Dock
 
260 min ∼100%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 08min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 33min

Pros

+ high-quality, solid casing
+ swift SATA SSD
+ storage capacity with HDD
+ IPS screen with wide viewing angles
+ USB 3.0
+ fast HDD in dock
+ high brightness in AC mode

Cons

- keyboard's hard feedback
- comparatively short battery life
- slightly dimmed brightness in battery mode
- poor webcam / microphone
- risk of falling: tablet sometimes accidentally unlocks from dock

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire Switch 11V. Test model courtesy of Acer Germany
In review: Acer Aspire Switch 11V. Test model courtesy of Acer Germany

A total rating of 76% does not seem to point to a premium convertible; the older Switch 11 Pro (128 GB + HDD dock) achieved the same rating. Rivals like Asus' Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible hold tight to a rating of 83% and block the top lists. By the way, the Top 10 convertibles currently range from 83 to 85%.

However, quite a lot has been modified, although not enough. The casing is now sturdier, of higher quality and slimmer. The screen is considerably brighter and has a higher contrast. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not really better, and using the touchpad is rather painstaking than zestful. Acer has equipped its 11-inch device with a rear-facing camera, but unfortunately, the photos are virtually useless. The hard drive in the dock has been clearly accelerated via USB 3.0, but regrettably Acer does not use the available room for additional ports, such as a second USB Type A or a standard SD card reader.

The computing power of the Core M is decent and creates a work-suitable system as well as the fast SSD. The Celeron or Atom newcomers for 300 to 500 Euros (~$331 to ~$552) cannot compete with that.

Potential buyers will discover that despite this apparently low rating, a convertible from this performance category with a good FHD IPS screen, USB Type A and hard drive in the dock is not found in any rival. Asus' Transformer Book T300CHI is certainly the hottest competitor that is available starting at 715 Euros (~$790) in the FHD version. The WQHD version costs almost 950 Euros (~$1049). The T300CHI features an outstanding, extremely thin casing (7.6 mm!/~0.3 in), and both its keyboard and touchpad are better. However, its keyboard dock does not provide additional features (no hard drive) or ports; USB Type A like in Acer's review sample is not installed.

Acer Aspire Switch 11V SW5-173-614T - 10/14/2015 v4(old)
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
60%
Pointing Device
58%
Connectivity
50 / 80 → 63%
Weight
68 / 35-78 → 77%
Battery
88%
Display
84%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 88%
Application Performance
70 / 87 → 80%
Temperature
89%
Noise
95%
Audio
63 / 91 → 69%
Camera
29 / 85 → 34%
Average
69%
76%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2015-10-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)