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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ

Specifications

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ (Aspire Switch Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-6500U (Intel Core i7), dual core; TPM: 15 W
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 930 MHz, 20.19.15.4454
Memory
8192 MB 
, Dual Channel DDR3L
Display
12 inch 16:9, 2160 x 1440 pixel 216 PPI, capacitive multi-touch, native pen support, WST KL.1200W.002 WST2216, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB, 512 GB 
, 433 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: MicroSD, 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): 16 x 291 x 201 ( = 0.63 x 11.46 x 7.91 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, keyboard, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.29 kg ( = 45.5 oz / 2.84 pounds), Power Supply: 330 g ( = 11.64 oz / 0.73 pounds)
Price
1270 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 85.05% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 81%, features: 39%, display: 86% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ

85.3% Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Better take the entry-level model with i5. This update will reveal why the expensive i7 model does not pay off for typical buyers. In addition, we will compare the test model to the popular Surface Pro 4, MateBook, Miix 700 and Spectre x2 12 convertibles.
Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Tech Smart English
The Alpha 12 ticks many important boxes. It's well made from high quality materials, making it feel equally premium. The 2-in-1 notebook also features a sumptuous display up front, great for work and home. Added to this is a range of solid specifications that delivers speedy and unerring performance, along with staying very cool under heavy use thanks to Acer's Heat Pipe cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2016

Foreign Reviews

88% Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271 (NT.LCDEG.002)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - 01/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 88%
80% Günstigere Surface-Pro-Alternative Mit Viel Power
Source: Ubergismo Deutsch German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Klon Surface'a w niskiej cenie: test tabletu Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good price; impressive design; decent hardware and performance; new cooling system Acer LiquidLoop; quality workmanship; long battery life. Negative: Mediocre ergonomy; weak speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/13/2016
84% Обзор Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12. Почти бескопромиссный трансформер
Source: Ferra.ru RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 84%
90% Acer Switch Alpha 12 [Test]: Stærkt alternativ til Surface
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80%
83% Test Af Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%

Comment

Model: The Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ is a convertible laptop. It features an Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz processor, an Intel HD Graphics 520, 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3L RAM and a 512 GB Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 SSD. Its glossy 12-inch capacitive IPS touchscreen features a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels, an 16:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 216 PPI and supports multi-touch input and native pen input. The display can be detached and used as a tablet. The laptop measures at 16 x 291 x 201 mm (0.63 x 11.46 x 7.91 in) and weighs at 1.29 kg ( = 45.5 oz / 2.84 pounds).

The Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 bit system features a lithium ion battery with 3 cells rated at 37 Wh. For networking, it has Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 adapter. In addition Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH makes for high definition audio. The connectivity includes two USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1 ports, a docking port, audio combo jack and a microSD card reader.

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.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  
6500U: 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":

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:

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.


85.05%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Lenovo Miix 510-12IKB-80XE0006SP
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6006U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-5011
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P-35BD
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 7200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-38H6
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6006U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-50YK
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-3639
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6100U
Lenovo Miix 510-12ISK-80U1009DRK
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Lenovo Miix 510-12ISK 80U1000NGE
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-12ISK-80U1000WGE
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6100U
Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-57QF
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-80U10006GE
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-5485
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-53HB
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-38KL
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6100U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-524K
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-54AT
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-5623
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Lenovo Miix 510-80U1000AGE
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-31YN
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6100U
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U

Devices with the same GPU

HP Spectre x360 13-4100nw
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U, 13.3", 1.45 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-33RRB
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6006U, 13.3", 1.6 kg
Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303UA-GN046R
HD Graphics 520, Core i5 6200U, 12.6", 0.79 kg
Lenovo Yoga 510-14ISK-80S7005JRK
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6100U, 14", 1.8 kg
Asus Transformer 3 PRO T303UA-GN050R
HD Graphics 520, Core i7 6500U, 12.6", 0.84 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-32T3
HD Graphics 520, Core i3 6006U, 13.3", 1.6 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2016-09-13 (Update: 2016-09-13)