Acer this week unleashed a number of computing devices designed for mobility and performance from desktop to convertibles, while this devices are mainly top-notch, one stands out from the rest at it combines almost every features from all the ranges while keeping them portable and quite.
Acer hands in the new Switch 5 and its smaller sibling the Switch 3 as the company’s latest 2-in-1 offering:
The two new devices are set on a head-to-head competition with none other than Microsoft’s Surface tablets and in fact comes with a the same familiar snap-in Keyboard cover as the Surface and the stiff U kickStand which helps the Switch 5 and Switch 3 devices to fluidly slides up to an angle of 165-degrees. This kickstand’s mechanism is soft enough that users can change their desired display angles with a single finger.
Acer Switch 5
The new device is the latest generation of the company’s portable computing devices which started with last year’s Switch Alpha 12. Like its predecessor, the new Switch 5 is a fanless machine that uses a liquid-looped cooling system, this results to a noiseless and thinner footprint while keeping out with efficiency and portability.
The device uses the latest generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors depending on which model that users are going to get. It comes with an 8GB of DRAM and either a 256GB or 512GB of solid-state drive. The display is a 12-inch IPS panel with 2160 x 1440 display resolutions is handled by an Intel integrated HD Graphics.
Additionally, the Switch 5 comes with Windows Hello and has a fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the power button for a secure log-in and day-to-day operations. There’s also a support for Acer’s Active Pen for note-taking and Sketching, something that becomes a must have accessory for touchscreen displays if you’re up into it.
The device is made of an anodized Aluminum and weighs around 920 grams with a thickness of 9.6 mm. With its keyboard cover attached, the whole system measures 15.24 mm in thickness and weighs around 1270 grams. It comes with a front and back facing cameras, stereo speakers, a built-in microphone, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB-C port, 1x USB-A type port and a microSD card slot.
The new Acer Switch 5 is targeted to high-performance tasks that doesn’t give any chance to compromises.
Acer Switch 3
The Acer switch 3 on the other hand is the entry-level of Acer’s new Switch line-up but you think this is Acer’s offer to the lower end segment, you are wrong as Acer shifted its focus on a more practical mid-range market while maintaining the price of its device being affordable. Like its higher-end sibling, the Switch 3 is also a fanless designed device with Acer’s reliable Liquid Loop liquid cooling technology.
Powered by either an Intel Kaby Lake Pentium or Celeron processors, the Switch 3 optimizes its performance with the help of 4GB RAM and up to 128GB eMMC solid-state storage. It comes with a fraction bigger IPS touchscreen display than the Switch 5 at 0.2-inch which equates to 12.2-inch viewing angle but has a lesser resolution of 1920 x 1200. There will be no fingerprint sensor on this device but it supports Windows Hello nonetheless and a support for Acer’s Active Pen input for everything else writing into the screen.
Other features on the tablet is mirrored from the Switch 5 including a front and back facing cameras, stereo speakers, microphone and a standard 3.5mm audio jack. For connectivity, the Switch 3 also got a fast Wi-Fi 802.11ac controller with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB-C port, 1x USB-A type port and a microSD card slot.
The device is a bit thicker compared to the Switch 5 but surprisingly it is much lighter at 900 grams than the Switch 5.
Pricing and Availability:
The Acer Switch 5 will be available in North America and EMEA this coming June at prices starts at $799 depending on the configuration. In China, the 2-in-1 device will go on sale this July with a starting price of CNY 7,499.
For the Acer Switch 3, it should hit Europe and the U.S. in June with a starting price of $399 and this coming July in China with a price starting at CNY 4,999.