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Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the price and design are on the whole positive. The keyboard and screen also get good feedback, whereas reviews about the performance and portability are different. There are some negative views about the energy efficiency and durability.

usability, screen, keyboard, design, price

battery, durability, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Britta O'Boyle (pocket-lint.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 11 hands-on: Hybrid offers multiple positions and uses - Pocket-lint

 

Acer announced the Aspire Switch 11 during its press conference at IFA 2014, bringing another multi-positional laptop-meets-tablet device to its portfolio.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Sami Mughal (oxgadgets.com)

Review: Acer Aspire Switch 11

 

Acer have been producing laptops for a long time. Since the advent of Windows 8, they have been a bit more adventurous, bringing to an already very saturated market some[...]

If it isn’t clear already, I absolutely loved this device. It brings great portability at a very good price, and that ticks two major boxes for me.

Mar, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171-325N)

 

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a midrange detachable tablet that gives you the option of leaving your keyboard behind and still having a fully functional Windows 8.1 PC.

Can be used as both a laptop and a slate tablet. Versatile magnetic hinge. Full 1080p HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen. No bloatware. Nice price.

Top-heavy. Weak volume on speakers. Aggressive adaptive brightness.

Conclusion The Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171-325N) is an excellent detachable-hybrid tablet. We really like the Switch 11 because of its versatile magnetic hinge, lack of bloatware, and 1080p IPS touch screen. Its no-nonsense magnetic hinge is the...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : David Eitelbach (computershopper.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 11 Review and Ratings

 

Acer's latest detachable hybrid delivers gorgeous full HD visuals and a flexible design, but its battery life could be better.

Attractive design ; Lush 1080p display ; Impressive audio ; Comfortable keyboard

Top-heavy ; Limited port selection ; Below-average battery life

Finally, after fully recharging each laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171)

 

Great display innovative, switching method light weight the micro hdmi and usb 3 very handy

light keyboard means the device flips horrible plasticky tracker pad

May, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171)

 

very well made good screen sdhc card slot an advantage proper usb connector cheaper than a microsoft surface

operating system (windows 8.1) means its not a good tablet nor a good netbook. sometimes freezes during startup

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171)

 

tablet and pc combined

too many preloaded apps or programs I don't use

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Wong Power Supply, great device foe the refurb price.

 

1080P screen vs 1366x768 found on most budget 2-in-1's ; 128 SSD - Around 450MB/sec READ, 350MB Write ; 4 modes of use. Have been using this unique modes more than I expected ; 4GB of RAM vs 2GB found on most this price ; Nice full size...

Battery life worse than expected, even knowing beforehand that it wouldn't be great. this is the biggest bummer on this device, and might make me return it ; Bulkier/heavier that other 2-in-1's ; Somewhat cheap feeling "hollow" keyboard dock. Would...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

Nifty device

 

In addition to the obvious amazing form-factor and versatility of touch screen and tablet capabilities, it's an overall excellent device with a beautiful display.

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:2850
Battery life (max):6.5
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

Front Camera: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Grey, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Product colour:Silver
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:29.5
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):850
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x402
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4200
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4

Networking

3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Display Technology:IPS
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4200
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Operating System Version:64-bit

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC

Performance

GPS (satellite): No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4202Y
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4.5
Stepping:D0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:76610
Processor code:SR190
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
UART: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N
Fingerprint Reader: No

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8.1

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Solid-state drive interface:SATA, Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:628

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.2
Height :1.06
Weight:850
Width:29.8