Acer Switch Alpha 12 Review and Specifications

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Overview

Acer manages to roll premium body and smart design, better-than-average efficiency, good battery life and an outstanding keyboard into a fairly priced 2-in-1 tablet. The Acer Switch Alpha 12, makes a compelling bargain for folks who need adequate power for performance and gaming but don’t need top-level stylus performance, a stellar display or a great camera.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 (begins at $650, $800 as tested), company is selling you on complete silence; it’s the first liquid-cooled 2-in-1 laptop available out there on the market. The laptop also ships robust performance and comes with a stunning, vibrant Quad-HD 2160 x 1440 display. Plus, unlike the Surface Pro 4, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 consists of a keyboard cover in the box. Of all the models attempting to compete or improve on the Microsoft Surface’s design, I think this one gets best. The system feels high quality and strong. One of the significant new features of the 2-in-1 is its fanless, liquid-cooled architecture. Sadly, the battery life on this convertible is even shorter than the Surface Pro 4.

Acer Switch Alpha 12

[Check our Full Review on Acer Switch Alpha 12 here.”]

Acer Switch Alpha 12 – Specifications


Display12-inch Quad-HD (2160 x 1440 pixels) IPS display
Dimensions11.5 x 7.9 x .6 inches
Weight2.82 pounds/ 2.01 pounds without keyboard
Processor2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U CPU
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home
RAM8 GB DDR4
Storage256 GB Serial ATA/600
Secondary Storagenone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 520
Video Memoryshared
Networking
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
AudioStereo
Ports
  • 1 micro-SD
  • 1 USB 3.1 with Type-C
  • 1 USB 3.0
  • Combo Headphone/Mic Jack
Optical drivenone

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Features
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz (Up to 2.8GHz)
  • 12" QHD Touchscreen (2160 x 1440), Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 8GB LPDDR3 Memory, 256GB SSD, No Optical Drive
  • USB 3.1 (Type-C) port
  • Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz (Up to 3.1GHz)
  • 12" QHD Touchscreen (2160 x 1440), Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 8GB LPDDR3 Memory, 512GB SSD, No Optical Drive
  • USB 3.1 (Type-C) Port
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Binding
Personal Computers
Personal Computers
Brand
Acer
Acer
Color
black
black
Hardware Platform
PC
Unknown
Label
Acer
Acer
Number Of Items
1
1
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows 10
Package Quantity
1
1
Product Group
Personal Computer
Personal Computer
Publisher
Acer
Acer
Size
Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD
Studio
Acer
Acer
Warranty
One-year International Travelers Limited Warranty (ITW)
One-year International Travelers Limited Warranty (ITW)
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Expert Reviews

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-55WD 2-in-1 with Acer Active Stylus comes with these high level specs: 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.8GHz, Windows 10 Home, 12.1" QHD 2160 x 1440 resolution, LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology with integrated 10-point multitouch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation (16:9 aspect ratio), Intel HD Graphics 520, Acer TrueHarmony High-Performance Sound System, 8GB of LPDDR3 Onboard Memory, 256GB SSD, MicroSD memory slot, 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP front-facing HD camera, 5MP rear-facing Full HD camera (2592 x 1944), 1 - USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Tablet), 1 - USB 3.0 port (Tablet), 2-Cell Li-Ion (4870 mAh), Up to 8-hours Battery Life, 2.76lbs. | 1.25 kg (Tablet & Keyboard) (NT.LCDAA.021)

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-71NX 2-in-1 comes with these high level specs: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.1GHz, Windows 10 Home, 12.1" QHD 2160 x 1440 resolution, LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology with integrated 10-point multi touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation (3:2 aspect ratio), Intel HD Graphics 520, Acer True Harmony High-Performance Sound System, 8GB of LPDDR3 Onboard Memory, 512GB SSD, MicroSD memory slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP front-facing HD camera, 5MP rear-facing Full HD camera (2592 x 1944), 1 - USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Tablet), 1 - USB 3.0 port (Tablet), 2-Cell Li-Ion (4870 mAh), Up to 8-hours Battery Life, 2.76lbs. | 1.25 kg (Tablet & Keyboard) (NT.LCDAA.009)

Barcodes
  • EAN: 0888863965205
  • MPN: SA5-271-55WD
  • UPC: 888863965205
  • Model: SA5-271-55WD
  • Part Number: SA5-271-55WD
  • EAN: 0888863730124
  • MPN: SA5-271-71NX
  • UPC: 888863730124
  • Model: SA5-271-71NX
  • Part Number: SA5-271-71NX
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8 Total Score
Summary

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a 2-in-1 with liquid cooling, strong performance, and a bright display, but its battery life is too short.

Design
9
Keyboard and TouchPad
8.5
Display
9
Graphics and Audio
8.5
Hardware and Performance
9
Heat
8.5
Battery Life
6.5
PROS
  • Useful ports
  • Bright and vivid display
  • Strong performance
  • Helpful Stylus
CONS
  • Poor battery life
  • Too much bloatware
  • Lackluster front camera
  • Warm back
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