The Acer Switch 5 is another Windows 10 tablet that directly competes with Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It has a major advantage though. Unlike most competitors, it does not require loud fans. Instead, it uses a liquid cooling system. Let’s take a closer look at the Switch 5, its specifications and more.
Acer Switch 5 Highlights
- High-resolution 12-inch screen
- Intel Core i with liquid cooling
- Keyboard cover and kickstand
- Stylus support – the pen is optional
Acer Switch 5 Design
The Acer Switch 5 looks very similar to the cheaper Switch 3 and the Switch Alpha 12 from the previous year. The build quality is not as good as we get with a Surface Pro. While we get a back aluminum cover, the bezels are plastic.
On the back is a U shaped aluminum kickstand. You can stand up your tablet in different angles. The camera on the back has a resolution of 5-megapixel only.
The front camera offers 2-megapixel. As you might expect, the Switch 5 has a USB Type C port but a full-size USB 3.0 port as well. There’s also a display port and a microSD card reader.
You connect the included keyboard cover to the tablet magnetically. The keyboard looks and feels very similar to Microsofts Type Cover. You can angle it up a bit and it features backlighting.
Acer Switch 5 Display and Hardware
While the Acer Switch 5 has a 12-inch display as well, it is not as high-resolution as with some competitors. It’s an IPS panel with 2160 x 1440 pixel. In my opinion, it is still high enough though.
As mentioned earlier, you can use an active stylus with the touchscreen. You might be able to find bundles but usually, the pen is not included.
Inside the Switch 5 runs an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chip of the latest 7th Kaby Lake generation. Unlike some competitors, the tablet does not have active, loud fans. Instead, it relies on liquid cooling. Acer calls this technology LiquidLoop.
You’ll be able to get it with 8GB of RAM and an SSD with a capacity of 256GB or 512GB. Acer might be offering different versions in the future.
|Tablet||Acer Aspire Switch 5|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Display||12-inch IPS with 2160 x 1440|
|Processor||Intel Core i5, Core i7 U 7th gen|
|Storage||256GB or 512GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||USB Type C, USB 3.0, Display Port|
|Security||no fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions||292,9 x 201,8 x 9,6 mm|
Acer Switch 5 Reviews
I didn’t review the Acer Switch 5 yet. But I did have the chance to check it out at Computex 2017. Here are my first impressions.
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Obviously, the main competitor is Microsofts Surface Pro. While it offers similar specifications, the design is much more premium. The Surface Pen supports more pressure points as well.
Other alternatives are tablets like the ASUS Transformer Pro T304. If you want to go the cheap route, you can also check out the Acer Switch 3.
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