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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P


Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P (Aspire Switch Series)
Intel Core i5-6200U 2 x 2.3 - 2.8 GHz, Skylake
Graphics adapter
8 GB 
12.00 inch 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixel, glossy: yes
1.25 kg ( = 44.09 oz / 2.76 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 80.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: 80%, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P

80% Acer Switch Alpha 12
Source: PC Mag English version
The Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 represents a strong value, standing as one of the fastest midrange tablets we've tested, but coming in at a reasonable price. The screen is sharp with a high resolution, and the USB-C port is a welcome addition to the single USB 3.0 port. There are some letdowns with the overall design, though, like the cheap hinge and the average keyboard. Given that the Acer's speed boost over the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 is modest and we like that tablet's design a bit more.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% A hybrid for all reasons
Source: CNet English version
For its price class, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 delivers excellent performance in a well-thought-out design, and it includes a great keyboard. While the display is good, it's not as contrasty or vivid as the OLED models on other 2-in-1s. And it's got a middling pen system. The Acer Switch Alpha offers a surprisingly great design and feature set in a 2-in-1 for the money without sacrificing power.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% The Acer Switch Alpha 12 Is the Best 2-in-1 Notebook for the Price
Source: Best Products English version
The most notable rival to the Switch Alpha 12 is the better looking and hugely capable Microsoft Surface Pro 4. However, with a $899 starting price tag (for an Intel Core m-equipped device), it is considerably more expensive than similarly equipped Acer devices. The excellent keyboard for the Surface costs additional $130.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

80% Acer Switch Alpha: Kraftfull och knäpptyst Surface-utmanare
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%


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.


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.

1.25 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.

80.75%: 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, 2016-09-27 (Update: 2016-09-27)