Acer Aspire Switch 12
Average of 4 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch 12
Source: Trusted Reviews
If you’re after a Surface Pro 4, but don’t have quite enough cash, then the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a solid choice. The basic Intel Core i3 model I reviewed offers fantastic value for money. For a modest £600 Acer’s offering the main tablet section plus an attachable keyboard and active stylus – two add-ons for which most companies charge as much as £150 extra.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 60% emissions: 80%
The major thing going for the Acer Aspire Switch 12, is definitely its form factor. The detachable keyboard which can still be used to control the 2-in-1 is something unique, as so far the 2-in-1s we have seen require that the keyboard be connected to the tablet portion and the electrical contacts maintain the communication. Detaching the keyboard lets you place the keyboard at any place close to the Aspire 12 that is convenient for you and not constrict yourself to the limitations you would face when the keyboard had to be attached. This of course has some disadvantages, chief among them being limited lappability.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 65% features: 60% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 75%
Source: Trusted Reviews
Brightness aside, the display is good, as are the speakers and battery life. The ability to use the Switch 12 in multiple positions is, of course, central to its appeal too, though I'm not sure that’s enough to earn it a recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 55% emissions: 70%
Source: Laptop Media
Aspire Switch 12 is not only well built, it is smartly built. The design is functional, but nothing too special. Also the construction feels sturdy, a bit heavy, but overall compact. The hinge seems to be a bit loosened at times, but it packs an extra 3-pin port for keyboard charging and features a USB 2.0 port. The display has a quality 12.5-inch panel that packs a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and considering the stereo speakers, Acer didn’t leave out the multimedia. It also offers a fairly good protection with Gorilla Glass 3.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/12/2015
Source: Computerbild - Heft 08/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 84%
Source: c't - Heft 07/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/16/2015
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Good design; good autonomy; decent performance; excellent IPS display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/16/2015
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Interesting and practical design; comfortable keyboard with TrackPoint; full HD IPS display. Negative: Only 64 gigabytes SSD; no USB 3.0.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/10/2015
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/24/2015
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Functional and clean design; comfortable keyboard with good workmanship; FHD IPS display; relatively good battery life; good performance. Negative: Unstable hinge; poor touchpad buttons; brightness of the display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/24/2015
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 5300: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in Core M processors from the Broadwell Y-series (4.5 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
5Y10a: Broadwell-based ULV dual-core processor for tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5300 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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.
71%: 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.