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Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0 Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 07/03/2016

Flexible. Acer's Switch 12S is a 12.5-inch detachable equipped with a bright, contrasty display and optional pen input. The Switch costs 1200 Euro (~$1330) - way too much in our opinion.

For the original German review, see here.

2-in-1 notebooks are quite popular right now. At least part of popularity can be attributed to Microsoft's Surface Pro models and almost all manufacturers now have detachables in their lineup as well. Unlike most of the competitors, Acer's Switch doesn't use a 3:2 aspect ratio,  but a 16:9 aspect ratio instead. The convertible comes with an additional unique feature: the tablet portion can be attached to the keyboard dock two different ways, so the Aspire has several usage modes. The 2-in-1 comes with Skylake Core m CPUs. Users who need better performance can opt for the Aspire Switch 12 Alpha, which comes with water-cooled Core i processors. This model is not based on the same chassis, however. Competitors of the Switch 12S are the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S.

Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0 (Aspire Switch Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 515, Core: 300-850 MHz, Dual-Channel, 20.19.15.4331
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Dual-Channel, soldered on
Display
12.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 176 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, AU Optronics B125HAN01.0, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Lite-On CV1-8B128, 128 GB 
, 90 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: audio combo-jack, Card Reader: MicroSD, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, TPM 2.0
Networking
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.3 x 313.4 x 206.1 ( = 0.68 x 12.34 x 8.11 in)
Battery
34 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam (2 MP)
Primary Camera: Real Sense 3D
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Foxit PhantomPDF, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 246 g ( = 8.68 oz / 0.54 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Back in 2015 we reviewed a previous version of the Aspire Switch 12. The predecessor has nothing in common with the new version: the Switch 12S is a 12.5-inch detachable. The tablet and the keyboard dock are attached via magnets without the aid of a mechanical locking mechanism. The tablet can be inserted in both directions, which enables different modes akin to Lenovo's series of Yoga-models. This is possible thanks to the large, gold-colored contact point on the hinge (Snap Hinge Gold). Not only does the contact hold the tablet in place, but also serves as the connection point between the tablet and the keyboard. When the Switch 12S is opened, the keyboard raises towards the user.

The build quality is without any flaws - something that should be expected given the price point. The sturdiness is pretty decent as well: although the tablet can be twisted a little, it does so within reason. The keyboard could be a little stiffer though.

Both sides on the keyboard dock are home to one USB 3.0 (type A) port each with no other connectors offered. The tablet itself houses a MicroHDMI, a audio combo-jack, and a Thunderbolt 3 port. This "universal" port functions as a USB 3.1 port, but can also be turned in a DisplayPort via an adapter.

Left side: USB 3.0, reset button (recessed), Windows key, volume rocker switch, power button
Left side: USB 3.0, reset button (recessed), Windows key, volume rocker switch, power button
Right side: audio combo-jack, card reader (MicroSD), MicroHDMI, Thunderbolt 3, power jack, USB 3.0
Right side: audio combo-jack, card reader (MicroSD), MicroHDMI, Thunderbolt 3, power jack, USB 3.0

Communication

The Switch 12S comes with a WLAN module from Atheros/Qualcomm (QCA6174). In addition to the standards 802.11 a/b/g/n, the QCA6174 also supports the faster ac standard. We had no issues with connectivity during our time with the convertible - no matter if we were close to the router or two floors below it. Cable-bound Ethernet is not available, although a USB adapter might be an alternative. 3G/LTE is not on board either and there's no option for it, either. 

Cameras

The 2-in-1 comes with 3 cameras total: one webcam (0.9 MP; 1280 x 720) for video conferencing, one camera (2 MP; 1920 x 1080) for photos, and one 3D camera (Intel Real Sense). The resolution capabilities of the two cameras mentioned first are meager at best. We certainly expect more from a device costing 1200 Euro (~$1330). The resulting photos are not impressive at all. The 3D cameras allow the creation of three-dimensional objects.

Webcam (0.9 MP)
Webcam (0.9 MP)
Camera (2 MP)
Camera (2 MP)
Reference (12 MP; Canon Powershot SX220 HS)
Reference (12 MP; Canon Powershot SX220 HS)

Accessories

The Switch comes with the usual accessories consisting of a quick-start guide and warranty information.

Maintenance

The back of the tablet portion can be removed. We didn't proceed to avoid causing any damage. Expandability is restricted anyways - only the SSD (M.2) could be swapped out if so desired.

Warranty

The Switch 12S is only covered against defects for a period of 12 months - too short considering the high price.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard dock features backlit chiclet-style keys. The backlight (on/off only) is controlled by a function key. The flat, smooth keys feature short travel and good feedback, although the resistance could be slightly higher in our opinion. The keyboard flexes slightly, although it's not enough to be of concern. The typing experience is generally good and all in all comparable to the attachable keyboards of the competitors.

Touchpad

The multitouch-capable clickpad measures 10.6 x 6 cm, which offers more than enough room for gestures. The smooth surface allows fingers to glide easily and recognizes inputs even in the corners. Travel is short and the actuation of clicks clear and precise.

Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock

Touchscreen

The touchscreen supports 10-finger inputs and translates them promptly without any problems whatsoever. The touchscreen is also compatible with the second-generation Acer Active Stylus Pen, which is available as an accessory and costs 40 Euro (~$45).

Acer Active Stylus
Acer Active Stylus

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Switch is equipped with a 12.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Brightness (377.9 cd/m²) and contrast ratio (1126:1) are very good and PWM flickering is not an issue at any brightness level.

388
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
382
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 388 cd/m² Average: 377.9 cd/m² Minimum: 14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 383 cd/m²
Contrast: 1126:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.8 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
64% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 41% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.25

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9439 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Aspire vs. sRGB
Aspire vs. sRGB
Aspire vs. AdobeRGB
Aspire vs. AdobeRGB

As shipped, the display has a color DeltaE deviation of 4.8. The goal value here is less than 3, so the Aspire is almost on target. The display is free of a bluish hue and can not reproduce the professional color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB at 41 and 64 %, respectively.

Calman - Color Checker
Calman - Color Checker
Calman - Graylevels
Calman - Graylevels
Calman - Saturation
Calman - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40.2 ms).

Acer decided on an IPS panel with good viewing angle stability. The display content is visible almost from all positions. Contrast and brightness are adequate for outdoor use, but the glossy surface and the resulting reflections does make it more difficult to venture outside. We recommend using the Switch when the skies are cloudy or in the shade.

The Switch 12 S outdoors
The Switch 12 S outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
IPS, 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
IPS, 2160x1440
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
IPS, 1920x1280
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
sAMOLED, 2160x1440
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
IPS, 2736x1824
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
IPS, 2736x1824
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
IPS, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
IPS, 2160x1440
Response Times
-5%
-30%
-78%
-79%
-35%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
25 (10, 15)
30 (11, 19)
-20%
33.2 (15.2, 18)
-33%
46 (17.2, 28.8)
-84%
46 (17.2, 28.8, plateau, spikes in between)
-84%
20 (5, 15, detail 5 schraffiert)
20%
Response Time Black / White *
18 (4, 14)
16 (4.4, 11.6)
11%
22.8 (10.4, 12.4)
-27%
31 (6, 25.2)
-72%
31.2 (6, 25.2, Spikes in between)
-73%
34 (15, 19, [email protected]% mit/ohne PSU)
-89%
PWM Frequency
200 (18)
50 (50)
50 (50)
1000 (100)
Screen
-18%
-22%
120%
17%
11%
-15%
-19%
Brightness middle
383
341
-11%
322
-16%
363
-5%
389.2
2%
413
8%
385
1%
345
-10%
Brightness
378
318
-16%
319
-16%
378
0%
392
4%
396
5%
352
-7%
328
-13%
Brightness Distribution
92
87
-5%
97
5%
90
-2%
92
0%
87
-5%
85
-8%
91
-1%
Black Level *
0.34
0.36
-6%
0.42
-24%
0.03
91%
0.27
21%
0.36
-6%
0.48
-41%
0.38
-12%
Contrast
1126
947
-16%
767
-32%
12100
975%
1441
28%
1147
2%
802
-29%
908
-19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.8
6
-25%
6.02
-25%
4.8
-0%
3.61
25%
3.09
36%
4.3
10%
8.4
-75%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.77
10.06
-15%
6.91
21%
11.9
-36%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.8
8.12
-190%
6.29
-125%
5.04
-80%
3.8
-36%
3.92
-40%
3.73
-33%
4.3
-54%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.23 99%
2.4 92%
2.57 86%
2.16 102%
2.3 96%
2.66 83%
2.63 84%
CCT
6676 97%
7011 93%
7712 84%
7255 90%
5969 109%
7333 89%
6785 96%
7368 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41
63.4
55%
47.8
17%
73
78%
63
54%
61
49%
62
51%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
64
97.4
52%
73.2
14%
97
52%
97
52%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-12% / -16%
-26% / -23%
120% / 120%
-31% / -1%
-34% / -5%
-15% / -15%
-27% / -22%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Acer's Aspire Switch 12S is a 12.5-inch detachable. Power is adequate for word processing and Internet use. Our review notebook - at the time of writing also the least expensive model - costs 1200 Euro (~$1330). Other, differently-equipped versions are available as well.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The Aspire is equipped with an Intel Core m3-6Y30 (Skylake) dual-core processor, which offers more than enough performance for word processing and web browsing. Thanks to the low TDP of 4.5 watts, the processor can be cooled passively. The CPU operates at a base frequency of 900 MHz, although the Turbo can overclock both cores to 2 GHz and a single core to 2.2 GHz. Because the Switch is cooled passively, high speeds are only temporary in nature. After a cold start, the CPU performs the Cinebench benchmark at 1.5 to 1.6 GHz (multi) and 2 to 2.2 GHz (single). Even after five passes we observed no further changes.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5890
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6194
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3422
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
19.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.04 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
23.26 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
172 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
91 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
122 Points ∼100% +34%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
114 Points ∼93% +25%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
111 Points ∼91% +22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
99 Points ∼81% +9%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
91 Points ∼75%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
88 Points ∼72% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
86 Points ∼70% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
306 Points ∼100% +78%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
289 Points ∼94% +68%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
255 Points ∼83% +48%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
206 Points ∼67% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
204 Points ∼67% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
200 Points ∼65% +16%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
180 Points ∼59% +5%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
172 Points ∼56%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1.4 Points ∼100% +35%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
1.26 Points ∼90% +21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1.06 Points ∼76% +2%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1.04 Points ∼74%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
0.98 Points ∼70% -6%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
0.96 Points ∼69% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3.4 Points ∼100% +75%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2.7 Points ∼79% +39%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2.27 Points ∼67% +17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2.08 Points ∼61% +7%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
1.98 Points ∼58% +2%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1.94 Points ∼57%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4656 Points ∼100% +36%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4235 Points ∼91% +24%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3690 Points ∼79% +8%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3422 Points ∼73%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3286 Points ∼71% -4%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
10558 Points ∼100% +70%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
8731 Points ∼83% +41%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
6994 Points ∼66% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
6340 Points ∼60% +2%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
6194 Points ∼59%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
6419 Points ∼100% +49%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
5522 Points ∼86% +28%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5189 Points ∼81% +20%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4309 Points ∼67%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3085 Points ∼100% +30%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2837 Points ∼92% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2588 Points ∼84% +9%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2381 Points ∼77%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
284 ms * ∼100% -99%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
164 ms * ∼58% -15%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
143 ms * ∼50%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
122.4 ms * ∼43% +14%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
104.5 ms * ∼37% +27%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
97.8 ms * ∼34% +32%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
95.4 ms * ∼34% +33%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
2012 ms * ∼100% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1873 ms * ∼93% -20%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1556.5 ms * ∼77%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1556.2 ms * ∼77% -0%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
1445.2 ms * ∼72% +7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1311.8 ms * ∼65% +16%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
1305.7 ms * ∼65% +16%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1178 ms * ∼59% +24%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
29991 Points ∼100% +63%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
26885 Points ∼90% +46%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
26727 Points ∼89% +45%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
23339 Points ∼78% +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
18576 Points ∼62% +1%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
18444 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
16560 Points ∼55% -10%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
15625 Points ∼52% -15%
Peacekeeper - ---
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
3151 Points ∼100% +65%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2998 Points ∼95% +57%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2555 Points ∼81% +34%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2295 Points ∼73% +20%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2216 Points ∼70% +16%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1912 Points ∼61%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

PC Mark 7
PC Mark 7

The system operates quickly and we didn't encounter any problems during the review period. The results of the PC Mark benchmark are good and on par with those of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which is equipped with the same processor. The performance of the Aspire can't be improved any further.

The detachable can handle office-type tasks and web browsing with ease. Our review notebook comes with a Core m3 processor, although models with Core m5 CPUs are available as well. The performance difference day in and day out is likely negligible. In addition, the Core m3-6Y30 CPU in the Switch doesn't quite reach the full potential during multi-threaded tests when compared to the Surface Pro 4 with the same processor. We don't expect that to be different for the Core m5 equipped version. For that reason, we think that paying more for the Core m5 version isn't advisable in most cases.

PCMark 7 Score
4173 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2536 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2819 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3596 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
3281 Points ∼100% +29%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2983 Points ∼91% +18%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2770 Points ∼84% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2733 Points ∼83% +8%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2536 Points ∼77%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2426 Points ∼74% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2217 Points ∼68% -13%
PCMark 7 - Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5229 Points ∼100% +25%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4808 Points ∼92% +15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4518 Points ∼86% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4274 Points ∼82% +2%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4173 Points ∼80%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
4112 Points ∼79% -1%

Storage Device

The Aspire Switch 12S comes with an SSD from manufacturer Lite On. The M.2 SSD has a capacity of 128 GB with about 90 GB of usable space, with the rest being taken up by the Windows install and the recovery partition. The transfer rates are pretty good.

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
AS SSD
AS SSD
Lite-On CV1-8B128
Sequential Read: 445.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 179.9 MB/s
512K Read: 330.6 MB/s
512K Write: 181.6 MB/s
4K Read: 12.17 MB/s
4K Write: 19.09 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 137.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 106.5 MB/s

GPU Performance

Graphics duties are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and operates at up to 850 MHz. At no point can the graphics card deliver its full performance. The Aspire doesn't score as well as the Surface Pro 4 when running the 3D Mark benchmarks. The RAM is not to blame, as both the Aspire as well as the Surface Pro have RAM operating in dual-channel mode. Microsoft does allow the CPU of the Surface Pro to run at a higher TDP, so it's GPU is always faster than the same GPU in the Switch.

The Skylake GPU includes a decoder, which is designed to relieve the CPU when playing back videos - including H.264 and H.265 formats. The CPU utilization during playback of our test video (4k, 60 fps, H.265) was clearly under 10 %. For our playback test, we used the native Windows 10 movie and TV app.

3DMark 06 Standard
4968 points
3DMark 11 Performance
814 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
32704 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3278 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
453 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
1585 Points ∼100% +95%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1565 Points ∼99% +92%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1344 Points ∼85% +65%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
1334 Points ∼84% +64%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1109 Points ∼70% +36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1077 Points ∼68% +32%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
814 Points ∼51%
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, 128 GB SATA SSD
762 Points ∼48% -6%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
844 Points ∼100% +86%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
740 Points ∼88% +63%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
739 Points ∼88% +63%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
630 Points ∼75% +39%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
558 Points ∼66% +23%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
453 Points ∼54%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3046 Points ∼100% +65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2316 Points ∼76% +26%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1843 Points ∼61%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5853 Points ∼100% +79%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
5608 Points ∼96% +71%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4943 Points ∼84% +51%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4604 Points ∼79% +40%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3936 Points ∼67% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3684 Points ∼63% +12%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3278 Points ∼56%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
51010 Points ∼100% +56%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
47242 Points ∼93% +44%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
42046 Points ∼82% +29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
38523 Points ∼76% +18%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
32704 Points ∼64%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
7912 Points ∼100% +59%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
7733 Points ∼98% +56%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5842 Points ∼74% +18%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4968 Points ∼63%

Gaming Performance

The Aspire Switch 12S is unsuitable for modern 3D games. The SoC could possible handle a few games - if it wasn't for the fact that it never runs at full power, which in turn means that the frame rates don't reach their theoretical limit. Users who want to occasionally play games should stick to casual games available from the Windows Store.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 32.316.912.15.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 2613.711.83.8fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 17.712.48.52.3fps
Need for Speed 2016 (2016) 8.45.9fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
58.1 fps ∼100% +123%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
54.4 fps ∼94% +109%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
52.42 fps ∼90% +102%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
44.1 fps ∼76% +70%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
33.1 fps ∼57% +27%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
26 fps ∼45%

Emissions

Temperature

The Aspire during the stress test
The Aspire during the stress test

The Switch 12S handles the stress test in similar manner regardless if it is plugged in or not. When plugged in, the CPU and the GPU run at 800 to 900 MHz and 300 to 500 MHz, respectively. On battery power, we recorded 900 MHz for the CPU and 300 MHz for the GPU. The detachable doesn't get very warm: we only saw temperatures above 40 degrees C in one area.

Max. Load
 28.7 °C
84 F
32.1 °C
90 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 28.6 °C
83 F
31.6 °C
89 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
 35.1 °C
95 F
35.4 °C
96 F
38.9 °C
102 F
 
Maximum: 40.2 °C = 104 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
27.4 °C
81 F
26.9 °C
80 F
26.2 °C
79 F
25.7 °C
78 F
25.1 °C
77 F
24.7 °C
76 F
23.9 °C
75 F
23.4 °C
74 F
23.6 °C
74 F
Maximum: 27.4 °C = 81 F
Average: 25.2 °C = 77 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.7 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.4 °C / 94 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 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 27.4 °C / 81 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.8 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 38.9 °C / 102 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-9.9 °C / -17.8 F).
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
5Y10c, HD Graphics 5300
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Heat
-14%
-15%
-35%
-24%
-51%
-16%
-28%
Maximum Upper Side *
40.2
38.6
4%
39
3%
42.5
-6%
43.6
-8%
52.3
-30%
43.6
-8%
46.7
-16%
Maximum Bottom *
27.4
40.8
-49%
41.2
-50%
44.6
-63%
45.2
-65%
51.4
-88%
43.4
-58%
51
-86%
Idle Upper Side *
28.6
30.4
-6%
29.5
-3%
36.6
-28%
32.4
-13%
43.2
-51%
27.5
4%
29.5
-3%
Idle Bottom *
27.1
28
-3%
29.8
-10%
38.6
-42%
29.6
-9%
36
-33%
27.6
-2%
28.6
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperatures top (load)
Temperatures top (load)
Temperatures bottom (load)
Temperatures bottom (load)
Temperatures top (idle)
Temperatures top (idle)
Temperatures bottom (idle)
Temperatures bottom (idle)

Speakers

Dolby Digital Software

The stereo speakers are located at the lower edge of the tablet portion. The sound is actually decent enough even for longer listening periods. Bass is lacking to a large extent. The pre-installed Dolby Audio Software allows the user to tweak the sound if so desired. Compared to the review detachable, the output of Switch 12 Alpha lacks timbre in the upper range.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.434.435.431.42532.832.934.832.83135.23333.935.24031.231.231.731.2503534.734.135632928.729.3298028.327.429.328.31002930.734.62912534.237.642.234.216035.941.546.335.920037.241.546.737.225031.135.439.631.131538.643.448.138.6400535862.25350053.758.362.753.763055.96164.955.980052.557.461.652.5100056.461.265.256.4125055.760.765.555.7160056.961.966.856.9200056.761.766.256.725005661.365.856315053.859.263.453.8400053.258.36353.2500056.961.766.356.9630059.664.46959.6800054.759.864.354.71000046.451.255.746.41250043.848.853.443.8160004246.651.242SPL67.672.677.167.6N22.530.740.422.5median 53.2median 58.3median 62.7median 53.2Delta88.27.5831.331.733.430.429.528.926.227.234.531.237.939.536.646.749.358.665.465.259.863.261.764.464.862.763.767.274.668.855.446.97868.73921.8median 59.810.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Switch 12S proves to be fairly power-hungry during idle with a maximum of 12.3 watts - quite a bit more than the competitors. During the stress test, the power draw only increases to 19 watts, since both the CPU as well as the GPU experience throttling early on. The competitors are not any different in this aspect, however. Our table indicates that some devices have a much higher maximum power consumption - but the CPU and the GPU only run at high speeds for a short period. The power adapter is rated at 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 1.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.3 / 9.4 / 12.3 Watt
Load midlight 18.6 / 19 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
5Y10c, HD Graphics 5300
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Power Consumption
-4%
1%
28%
7%
20%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
6.3
4
37%
3.7
41%
3.4
46%
4.4
30%
4.1
35%
7.3
-16%
Idle Average *
9.4
8.6
9%
6.8
28%
8
15%
9
4%
8
15%
10
-6%
Idle Maximum *
12.3
9.3
24%
7.6
38%
9
27%
10.7
13%
9.3
24%
10.15
17%
Load Average *
18.6
18.6
-0%
22.5
-21%
12
35%
19.6
-5%
16.3
12%
25.2
-35%
Load Maximum *
19
36.3
-91%
34.5
-82%
16.1
15%
19.9
-5%
16.8
12%
29.3
-54%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Acer lasted about 5 hours and 43 minutes during the WLAN test. Here, we simulate browsing load using a script with the balanced profile active and the display brightness set to around 150 cd/m². Video playback resulted in a similar run time of 5 hours and 37 minutes. Here, we use the short file Big Buck Bunny (H.264 codec, 1920 x 1080 pixels) and let it run in a loop. The wireless modules are turned off and power-saving functions disabled. Once again, we set the display to a brightness of 150 cd/m². 

In general, the battery life isn't a very compelling feature. Most competitors exceed the run times of the Switch 12S, which suffers from high power consumption in combination with low battery capacity. We conducted our tests with the keyboard dock attached.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 50min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 37min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 25min
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
34 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
41 Wh
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
37 Wh
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S W700N
39.5 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
38 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
38 Wh
Acer Aspire Switch 12 SW5-271-61X7
37 Wh
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
37 Wh
Battery Runtime
33%
21%
72%
29%
24%
29%
8%
Reader / Idle
530
861
62%
732
38%
1110
109%
791
49%
899
70%
771
45%
640
21%
H.264
337
450
34%
432
28%
515
53%
378
12%
468
39%
WiFi v1.3
343
440
28%
443
29%
525
53%
488
42%
427
24%
321
-6%
Load
145
157
8%
130
-10%
138
-5%
111
-23%
112
-23%
WiFi
360

Pros

+ bright display with lots of contrast
+ noiseless
+ fast SSD
+ keyboard dock

Cons

- only 12-month warranty
- CPU and GPU throttling
- average run times

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire Switch 12 S. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Acer Aspire Switch 12 S. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Acer's Switch 12S is a 12.5-inch detachable. The Switch is equipped with a Skylake-generation Core-m processor, which offers enough performance for word processing and web browsing. The convertible is noiseless, only gets moderately warm and is - thanks to a fast solid state disk - quite speedy. We like the display, as it is bright with lots of contrast and good viewing angle stability. Compared to the competition, Acer decided to use a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the more common 3:2 ratio. The touchscreen translates inputs immediately and can optionally be operated with a stylus.

Our review detachable sells for 1200 Euro (~$1330) - too high in our opinion. The system suffers from too many drawbacks for the price point.

First of all, the battery life is just average, with most of the competitors offering better run times. Acer could've integrated a secondary battery in the keyboard dock. A stylus isn't included either - the much less expensive Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700 does include both a keyboard dock as well as a pen. Lastly, the Switch is only covered by a one-year warranty. Considering that Acer Germany covers even low-end notebooks for 24 months, this doesn't make any sense. Users who are interested in a notebook similar to the Switch 12S might be better off with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700 or the Acer Aspire Switch 12 Alpha. All of them are more attractive at a lower price point.

Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0 - 06/23/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 73%
Weight
70 / 35-78 → 81%
Battery
85%
Display
84%
Games Performance
45 / 68 → 67%
Application Performance
69 / 87 → 80%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
54 / 91 → 59%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
73%
83%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-07- 3 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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