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Acer Switch 5 (SW512-52)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Acer Switch 5 (SW512-52). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the battery and design. The keyboard and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the touchpad. The durability and screen get less positive comments.

usability, performance, keyboard, design, battery

screen, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Switch 5 (SW512-52) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Switch 5

 

Acer Switch 5 review: A bog standard convertible

Sharp screen ; Decent performance ; Reasonable connectivity

Low maximum brightness ; Bulky body ; Little different compared to other convertibles

A great value, but distinctly average, Windows 10 convertible.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Acer Switch 5 review: The silent Surface killer?

 

All in all, there are a number of positives to find in the Acer Switch 5. But as a £1,000+ device it doesn't quite astound, which leaves us leaning

Totally silent operation ; Great battery life ; Keyboard and stylus included ; Interesting one-handed stand adjustment ; USB 3 and Type-C

Screen brightness isn't quite there ; Anticipated to be expensive in some territories ; Design can't rival the Microsoft Surface Pro

The Acer Switch 5 is a largely successful progression of the series, with decent battery life, silent operation, ample power, plus other great features such as the one-handed stand adjustment and the fingerprint scanner being built into the power button.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Acer Switch 5 hands-on review

 

Acer is gunning to unseat Microsoft's Surface with this helpfully hinged hybrid

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Nick Rego (techradar.com)

Acer Switch 5 review

 

Switch it up

Competitively priced ; Good performance ; Excellent for basic drawing

Cumbersome hinge ; Weak display brightness ; Weak speakers

Despite a few flaws, the Acer Switch 5 combines portability and performance in one sultry package, making it a budget-friendly alternative to a Surface Pro.

Jul, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Acer Switch 5 review: Finally, a worthy Microsoft Surface Pro rival

 

Not the very best 2-in-1, but its price and overall design make it a better buy than Microsoft's Surface Pro

Runs silent ; Bundled keyboard and stylus pen ; Impressive screen resolution

Average battery life ; Display quality

If you’re in the market for a 2-in-1 device and want to save yourself £200 over even the discounted Surface Pro 4, get the Acer Switch 5, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a worthy Expert Reviews Best Buy award winner.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Hands-on: Acer Switch 5 review

 

A hands-on review with the Acer Switch 5. A new 2-in-1 Windows tablet to rival the Surface Pro 4 and probably the Surface Pro 5.

We certainly like the Switch 5 which is essentially an improved version of the Alpha 12. However, it’s the price that’s really the sticking point here so look for the Switch 3 if it’s out of your price range.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Ryan Redfield (kitguru.net)

Acer Switch 5 Review – Convertible Tablet with Liquid Cooling

 

If you're reading KitGuru, chances are you're familiar with the Microsoft Surface Pro. While it was is this new Acer machine better than the iPad and Surface Pro?

Decent design.

IPS display is somewhat sub-par compared to rivals.

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Lacey Dearie (oxgadgets.com)

Review: Acer Switch 5 2-in-1 Notebook and Tablet

 

In the box Acer Switch 5's box there's an AC adaptor, the tablet and keyboard dock, which easily separate and then pair together, a battery and a stylus.

Nov, 2017

IT Pro Value

Expert review by : Dale Walker (itpro.co.uk)

Acer Switch 5 review: Not quite a Surface killer

 

While not quite a match for the Surface Pro, Acer's newest 2-in-1 offers serious value for money

Entirely silent; Keyboard and stylus included; Generous spec for the price

Poor display performance; Average battery life

With a spec to rival the Surface Pro, and some accessories thrown in, the Switch 5 offers a decent 2-in-1 experience at a great price point. Unfortunately, woeful display performance and an average battery life hold it back from being a true challenger...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Acer Switch 5 and Switch 3 2-in-1s don't need fans to stay cool

 

The Windows 10 tablet PCs do just enough to stand out from the crowd of Surface clones coming this year.

Apr, 2017
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4870
Battery capacity (Watt hours):37
Battery life (max):10.5
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.8
Number of battery cells:2

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1600 x 1200
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Front camera signal format:720p
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5

Design

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Display diagonal:30.5
Display Resolution:2160 x 1440
HD type:Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Docking station

Docking station included:Y

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:Italian
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y

Memory

Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1866

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Interface adapters included:USB Type-C male - HDMI female
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Stylus pen:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y
Stylus pen:Y

Performance

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Electronic compass:Y
Gyroscope:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:N / Y
DVI port:N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.10 / 3.5 / 3.50
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.50 / 2.7 / 2.70
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-7200U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Socket:BGA 1356
Processor threads:4
Stepping:H0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:95443 / 95451
Processor code:SR2ZU / SR2ZV
Processor package size:42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Fingerprint Reader:Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
SSD capacity:256
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:201.7 / 201.8
Depth (tablet mode):20.1 / 20.2
Height :12 / 15.9 / 16 / 9.6
Height (tablet mode):1.02 / 9.6 / 9.65
Weight:1.27
Weight (tablet mode):900 / 920 / 920.8
Width:292.9
Width (tablet mode):29.2 / 29.3