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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM

Specifications

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM (Aspire Switch Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-6200U 2 x 2.3 - 2.8 GHz, Skylake, two cores TPM 15 W
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 930 MHz, 20.19.15.4454
Memory
4 GB 
, DDR3L
Display
12.00 inch 16:9, 2160 x 1440 pixel 216 PPI, capacitive, multitouch, native pen support, Panasonic VVX12T041N00, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2, 256 GB 
, 128 GB SATA 3.1
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: micro-SD, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11 x 291 x 201 ( = 0.43 x 11.46 x 7.91 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720pSecondary Camera: 1.44 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, keyboard, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.29 kg ( = 45.5 oz / 2.84 pounds), Power Supply: 330 g ( = 11.64 oz / 0.73 pounds)
Price
800 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 81.61% - good
Average of 14 scores (from 24 reviews)
price: 69%, performance: 87%, features: 70%, display: 86% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM

85.6% Acer Aspire Switch 12 Alpha SA5-271-56HM Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Absolute silence. A liquid cooling system in a convertible does not work? Of course it does! For the first time ever, Acer has installed a silent cooling technology in a high-performance convertible based on Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors. This innovation is not the only reason that it is going to get rough on the competition.
80% Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Bang for your buck
Source: Gadgets Now English Archive.org version
All in all, Acer Switch Alpha 12 a fairly good 2-in-1 that works well both as a laptop and a tablet. It's quite premium looking and at a price tag of Rs 53,990, we think is quite a good deal. Some of the notable features include Windows 10, Liquid cooling. The included stylus and keyboard folio further enhance user experience. But just in case you're looking for alternatives and are willing to shell out more money, you can go for the HP Elite x2, which starts at a price of Rs 91,449.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Mobile Tech Review English Archive.org version
We're really impressed at the power and value Acer offers with the Switch Alpha 12. Yes, like other competitors, it's a Surface Pro 4 clone, but that's not a bad thing: Microsoft created the Surface line to inspire and spur manufacturers to create exciting and compelling 2-in-1 Windows convertible designs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Digital Trends English Archive.org version
The Huawei MateBook wanted to be an affordable 2-in-1 tablet. But if that’s what you want, ignore the Matebook: Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 is what you’ve been looking for. Sure, it’s not beautiful like the Matebook, but it offers more power for the same price, and includes the keyboard case instead of charging extra.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/05/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
A tablet that can actually replace your notebook
Source: Laptop Media English Archive.org version
As Acer accurately advertised, the device is capable of handling more demanding tasks and the performance is on par with a normal 15-inch laptop. The LiquidLoop cooling system is excellent and withstood our extreme test quite well. Apart from raw performance, the device offers good multimedia experience too. The display covers almost all of the sRGB gamut, it has high contrast ratio and it’s bright enough for outdoor use. And despite the pixel-packed QHD panel, Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 delivers excellent battery life, particularly on web browsing test. We can’t miss to mention, though, that the display uses PWM – except at 100% brightness – and the frequency of the emitted light is relatively low and thus has a bigger impact on one’s eyesight. Nevertheless, this can be avoided when using our Health-Guard profile.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2016
Acer Switch Alpha
Source: Liliputing English Archive.org version
Acer promised us a tablet with laptop-class performance and a fanless design… and the company delivered on that promise. I’ve spent the last two weeks testing the Acer Switch Alpha 12, and I really did find myself using it as a notebook replacement for most of that time. Occasionally I picked it up to read an article or eBook or to test the pen input.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/04/2016
70% Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
With a gorgeous display, solid performance and future-proof ports, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 comes frustratingly close to being one of the best 2-in-1s you can buy. But this system falls down hard in one critical area: battery life.To get a higher-resolution screen, better battery life and stronger performance, you should splurge on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

86% Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271 (NT.GDQEG.004)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 21/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Tablet Blog German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2016
88% Das neue 2-in-1 mit Liquid-Cooling
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 75% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 92%
Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/15/2016
75% Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271 (NT.GDQEG.004)
Source: Connect - Heft 9/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
86% Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271 (NT.GDQEG.004)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 14/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271 (NT.GDQEG.004)
Source: c't - Heft 14/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2016
90% Convertible mit Flüssigkeitskühlung
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/23/2016
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% features: 80% display: 80%
Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/09/2016
Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/08/2016
90% Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271 (NT.GDQEG.004)
Source: Alles Beste - Heft 7/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Recensione Acer Switch Alpha 12 by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/08/2017
Rating: price: 80% features: 90% display: 90% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90%
83% Acer Switch Alpha 12: non chiamatelo tablet
Source: Webnews.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 83%
79% Acer Switch Alpha 12 la recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 65% workmanship: 82%
Recensione Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Notebook Italia Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Impressive design; fast and silent system. Negative: Short battery life; uncomfortable keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2017
Nagyon jó lett az Acer csúcstabletje!
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2016
Nagyon jó lett az Acer csúcstabletje!
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good look; passive cooling; decent battery life; very good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2016
90% Test: Stærk i begge roller
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% performance: 100%

Comment

Model: The Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM is a convertible laptop designed for users who are looking for doing some work and play on-the-go. The chassis is made out of brushed aluminium and has good craftsmanship. It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition, has a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor, an Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic card, 4 GB DDR3L RAM and a 128 GB SSD. It features a 12-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels and multi-touch capability. Pictures and text look sharp and detailed on the display and the viewing angles are good, but the display can be highly reflective. Thus, it is not suitable for use in the sun.

The keyboard is comfortable, easy to type on and facilitates working in the dark and low lighting conditions thanks to its backlight. The touchpad is responsive, easy to use and it supports Microsoft Windows 10 gestures. In addition, the keyboard can be detached from the screen anytime to allow the screen to be used as tablet. The connectivity includes a USB 3.1 port, a USB 3.0 port, a headphone/microphone audio combo jack and a MicroSD card reader. The laptop weighs 1.2 kg with keyboard and 900 g without it. Its battery life can last up to 5:21 hours based on Wi-Fi web surfing.

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 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


6200U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


12.00":

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.


1.29 kg:

In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.


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.


81.61%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2016-06-25 (Update: 2016-06-25)