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Acer Switch 7 Series

Acer Switch 7 SW713-51GNP-89JDProcessor: Intel Core i7 8550U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Display: 13.5 inch
Weight: 1.55kg, 1.6kg
Price: 2000, 2100 euro
Average Score: 67.5% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 15 reviews)
: - %, performance: - %, features: - %, display: - %
mobility: - %, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

 

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition

Www.heise.de dubs the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition the top model of the Switch family of Convertible notebooks from 2017. Other than the models from the Spin family, this 2-in-1 device features a detachable keyboard. Www.techradar.com describes it as “The most powerful, liquid-cooled Windows tablet in the world”. Its graphics performance profits from a discrete graphics card, while its liquid cooling system ensures that it still runs completely silent. According to uk.pcmag.com the Acer Switch Black Edition could “give Microsoft's Surface a run for its money”. Other competitors are the Asus Transformer Book Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy Book 12.

Design and Connectivity

The design has improved from the predecessors. Www.techradar.com reports that completely rounded edges had replaced the half blocky and half curved aesthetic in place since the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12. The entirely jet black device features an anodized aluminum backside and front cover glass. However, uk.pcmag.com writes that would not feel quite as high-end as the Surface Pro's metal build. Size and weight are even more important for a 2-in-1 device than for a laptop. The Switch 7 features a 13,5-inch display. Hence, it will not set records here. According to uk.pcmag.com it is still pretty light, weighing just under 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) without the keyboard. As for the kickstand, Acer uses their patented “AutoStand” method. Www.windowscentral.com describes that the kickstand deploys and retracts automatically depending on how you place or remove the tablet portion in relation to a flat surface like a table. Www.techradar.com suggests that the kickstand has a few clever tricks to make this one of the easiest tablets to use. According to them one-handed use is effortless. In contrast, www.pocket-lint.com found that the stand, which was meant to pop-out of its near-flush position ready for use, “was reluctant to do so” and suggest that some tweaks are needed. On the other hand, www.engadget.com claims that the kickstand would feel “feels nigh-unbreakable”.

Input Devices

According to www.techradar.com the detachable keyboard feels “significantly more solid than Acer’s previous 2-in-1 attempts”. However, they regret that the keycaps have not gotten any larger despite the 13-inch device offering so much more room than smaller models. Www.notebookreview.com also complains that the keys are still a little too small. Uk.pcmag.com reports, “The keys on the detachable keyboard had a nice feel and good key travel, particularly for this type of keyboard”. An advantage is that the keyboard features backlit keys (www.parts-people.com, www.pocket-lint.com). Www.engadget.com summarizes, “As for the keyboard, it's actually one of the nicer versions we've tried in this form factor for a while, thanks to good key travel and keycap spacing.” The 13.5-inch touchscreen can not only be used with the finger, but also supports a Wacom stylus with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support for angle and width levels. The stylus can be hidden in the body of the device. This is an advantage, since it can prevent easily losing it. Www.windowscentral.com writes the stylus is “identical to the Surface Pro (2017) pen, at least on paper”. Moreover, the stylus is battery-free. In the opinion of Www.engadget.com, “It certainly won't replace your Cintiq, but it'll do the job for folks who spend a lot of time inside Windows Ink and Illustrator.” However, www.notebookreview.com would wish for the stylus being a bit longer. Www.techradar.com explains that the Switch 7 Black Edition’s stylus is closer in size to the one that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rather than an ergonomic digital pen you would use on a Surface, since it can be tucked away. But, they would rather take a smaller stylus than having to find their pen loops again. In their opinion, the stylus also felt large enough to comfortably write and draw with. Uk.pcmag.com writes that the fingerprint sensor is a nice inclusion. It is said to support Windows Hello for sign in and also packs a useful Power on Authentication, which makes it possible to power the device on and be signed in with just a touch. According to www.notebookreview.com, the fingerprint sensor is located on the display’s rim instead of the keyboard.

Display

The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition comes with a big and bright 13.5-inch display with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels. It uses the IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Www.techradar.com writes that the display is “gorgeous to look at”. Uk.pcmag.com confirms that the picture quality is crisp and vibrant, plenty bright even in a well-lit room, and the touch technology was responsive. Also www.engadget.com feels that the display is certainly big and bright enough.

Performance and Emissions

The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition features an 8th generation Intel Kaby Lake i7 processor and a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. The latter is essentially a mobile version of the GT1030. Other specifications include 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Www.parts-people.com expects that “things are going to run smooth like butter, quite ideal for intensive tasks, media streaming, and creating content”. The discrete graphics card does not turn the 2-in-1 device into a gaming laptop. However, www.notebookreview.com confirms, “This GPU will ensure a great experience for graphically demanding applications like video editing and video-based presentations” and writes “it’s safe to say the Switch 7 Black Edition will exceed expectations compared to other 2-in-1 devices that use Intel integrated graphics.” Uk.pcmag.com shares this opinion, “The Nvidia GeForce MX150 […] is able to play simpler or less demanding titles better than systems with integrated graphics, and importantly can speed up other multimedia tasks that rely on 3D capability”. Because of its liquid cooling system, which passively removes heat from the notebook, the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition works completely silent. Such a cooling system is more energy efficient than an active cooling system with fans, which can also have a positive impact on battery life. In my opinion, information about long-term performance, possible throttling, and surface temperatures would be interesting. But apparently such information is not yet available in online magazines.

Battery Life

Acer predicts a battery life of about 10 hours. Apparently, further battery life tests are also not available yet.

Summary

The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition appears to be an interesting device for those looking for a Microsoft Surface alternative. Its highlights are a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 and the liquid cooling system. It remains to be seen how this 2-in-1 device performs under prolonged heavy load. Www.techradar.com summarizes, “The question is whether you really need all that power and are ready to spend $1,699.” According to Www.notebookreview.com it “is one of the most attractive, powerful and surely the quietest 2-in-1 notebooks to challenge Microsoft’s Surface Pro and the premium price reflects this reality”. Press Review by Martina Osztovits

Specifications

Acer Switch 7 Black EditionNotebook: Acer Switch 7 Black Edition
Processor: Intel Core i7 8550U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2048 MB
Display: 13.5 inch, 7:5, 2256 x 1504 pixels
Weight: 1.55kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section

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Acers Switch 7 met heatpipes bekeken
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; good cooling system; fast fingerprint sensor; smart stylus pen. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2017
RECENZE: Acer Switch 7 Black Edition - výkonný 2 v 1 tablet / notebook pro práci i občasné hraní
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Excellent performance; fast system; quiet operation.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/01/2018
TEST Acer Switch 7 Black Edition – Tipul acela de computer 2-în-1 unicat
Source: Playtech.ro →EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; nice display; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/28/2018

 

Acer Switch 7 BE SW713-51GNP

Specifications

Acer Switch 7 BE SW713-51GNPNotebook: Acer Switch 7 BE SW713-51GNP
Processor: Intel Core i7 8550U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2048 MB
Display: 13.5 inch, 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixels
Weight: 1.6kg
Price: 2100 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section

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Average Score: 63.33% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 11 reviews)

 

60% Acer Switch 7 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Acer Switch 7 isn’t good enough to justify its high price tag. It’s especially let down by the battery life, which is a shame, as it has the potential to be a good alternative to the Surface Pro 6. Both build quality and design are excellent, but the overall performance is just so-so.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Acer Switch 7 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Acer Switch 7 isn’t good enough to justify its high price tag. It’s especially let down by the battery life, which is a shame, as it has the potential to be a good alternative to the Surface Pro 6. Both build quality and design are excellent, but the overall performance is just so-so.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition review:
Source: CNet English
The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition packs a lot inside a fanless slim tablet frame, including liquid cooling and a GPU, but most importantly, doesn't charge extra for a keyboard and stylus.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/12/2018
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition review
Source: CNet English
The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition packs a lot inside a fanless slim tablet frame, including liquid cooling and a GPU, but most importantly, doesn't charge extra for a keyboard and stylus.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/12/2018
70% Acer Switch 7 Review
Source: Techspot English
Whether you should buy the Acer Switch 7 comes down to one simple thing: if you want the performance offered by a Core i7-8550U and discrete GeForce MX150 graphics, in this tablet + keyboard form factor, this is the best option on the market.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition preview: Unrivalled power from this mighty 2-in-1
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is a ultra-powerful portable 2-in-1 with heaps of exciting features, such as discrete graphics, an embedded under-glass fingerprint scanner, integrated stylus, 8th gen Intel Core i7 power and a super-sharp screen resolution.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/04/2017
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition
Source: PC Mag English
The Switch 7 Black Edition looks to be a thoughtfully designed, powerfully equipped detachable tablet that can give Microsoft's Surface a run for its money.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2017
Hands on: Acer Switch 7 Black Edition review
Source: Techradar English
Acer’s liquid-cooled tablet gets even better with discrete graphics and now packs in a storable stylus to give you plenty of ways to use all that power. However, the price might give you pause.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2017
Acer Switch 7 Quick Review: Skinny, Fanless 2-in-1 With Discrete GPU
Source: Unbox English
Acer’s Switch 7 will be arriving later this year in December in the US, with an expected price of $1,699. No local pricing has been set as of yet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/30/2017
Premium-Tablet mit Stylus
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2017
Lüfterlos trotz Nvidia-GPU
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2017

 

Acer Switch 7 SW713-51GNP-89JD

Specifications

Acer Switch 7 SW713-51GNP-89JDNotebook: Acer Switch 7 SW713-51GNP-89JD
Processor: Intel Core i7 8550U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Display: 13.5 inch, 3:2, 2256 x 1504 pixels
Weight: 1.6kg
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section

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Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Acer Switch 7 [TEST]: Toptunet 2-i-1’er
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/10/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Comment

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.


With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce MX150: Pascal GP108 based laptop graphics card and mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. Offers 384 shader cores and usually 2 GB GDDR5 with a 64 Bit memory bus. Manufactured in 14nm.» 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.  

8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.
13.5:

This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.55 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.

1.6 kg:


67.5%: 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.

Devices with the same GPU

HP Spectre x360 15 (OLED 2019)
GeForce MX150, Core i7 8750H, 15.6", 2.17 kg
Dell Inspiron 15 7586-2379
GeForce MX150, Core i7 8565U, 15.6", 1.99 kg
Dell Inspiron 17 7786-PKCJ3, 2-in-1
GeForce MX150, Core i7 8565U, 17.3", 2.94 kg
HP Envy x360 15-cn0101ng
GeForce MX150, Core i5 8250U, 15.6", 2.2 kg
HP Envy x360 15-cn0004ng
GeForce MX150, Core i5 8250U, 15.6", 2.14 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-1WN-5979
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 13.5", 1.6 kg
Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315-1H
HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200, 15.6", 1.7 kg
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-1WN-39C5
UHD Graphics 620, Core i3 8130U, 13.5", 1.5 kg
Acer Spin 1 SP111-32N-P1PR
HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200, 11.6", 1.25 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-85LZ
UHD Graphics 620, Core i7 8550U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52NP-870E
UHD Graphics 620, Core i7 8550U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
Acer Spin 3 SP315-51-34CS
HD Graphics 620, Core i3 7100U, 15.6", 2.3 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52NP-583A
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-1WN-54GA
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 13.5", 1.5 kg
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 CP713-1WN-55HT
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 13.5", 1.5 kg
Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315-1H-P75Z
HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200, 15.6", 2.1 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-55NV
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 13.3", 1.5 kg

Devices from the same Manufacturer

Acer TravelMate X3 TMX3410-M-50QD
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 14", 1.55 kg
Acer Swift 5 SF515-51T-552D
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8265U, 15.6", 1 kg
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-960K
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Core i9 8950HK, 17.3", 4 kg
Acer Aspire 3 A315-53-33P6
HD Graphics 620, Core i3 7020U, 15.6", 2.1 kg
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R98U
Vega 8, Ryzen 5 2500U, 15.6", 2.4 kg
Acer Chromebook C523NA-IH24T
HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200, 15.6", 1.43 kg
Acer Aspire A515-51G-34TP
GeForce MX150, Core i5 8265U, 15.6", 1.8 kg
Acer TravelMate X3 TMX3410-M-50NL
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8250U, 14", 1.6 kg
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-557V
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), Core i5 8300H, 15.6", 2.1 kg
Acer Swift 5 SF515-51T-7828
UHD Graphics 620, Core i7 8565U, 15.6", 0.99 kg
Acer Aspire A515-53-330E
UHD Graphics 620, Core i3 8145U, 15.6", 2 kg
Acer Aspire A515-53-50ZD
UHD Graphics 620, Core i5 8265U, 15.6", 2 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2017-09-22 (Update: 2017-09-22)