The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is one of the first Windows tablets with a dedicated graphics card. While it’ll be quite expensive, it’s taking the fight to Microsoft with a similar design but with an integrated NVIDIA GeForce MX150. It comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 and is completely liquid cooled. Other features include a keyboard cover and an active stylus. Let’s take a closer look at all the important details.
- NVIDIA GeForce MX150
- 8th generation Intel Core i7
- Liquid Cooling
- High-resolution 13.5-inch screen
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition: The Basics
As you’ve probably guessed from its name, the Acer Switch 7 Back Edition is completely black. Its body is made out of aluminum and is quite heavy at 1150 gram. One of its design-highlights is the integrated kickstand on the back which has a U-shape. With this tablet, Acer is introducing a feature called “AutoStand”. Once you place it on a tablet, the kickstand flips out automatically.
The tablet has a couple of nice premium features. One of them is a fingerprint reader which is built into the glass next to the screen. We’re also getting an 8-megapixel main camera, a USB Type C port, and a standard USB 3.0 connector.
With 13.5 inches, the Switch 7 Black Edition is much bigger than other Surface competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Book 12. It offers a resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixel. That’s certainly not the highest pixel density, but pretty nice.
Acer is shipping it with an active Wacom stylus that supports 4096 pressure points. Unlike most competitors, the pen fits into the tablet. So you won’t lose it easily.
Hardware: Very Powerful
Inside the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition runs an Intel Core i7 8th generation quad-core processor. That’s quite impressive. Other specifications include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Oh, and, as I mentioned, we’re also getting a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce M150 graphics card.
Usually, tablets like these need a lot of active cooling. That means loud fans. But, in fact, there are no fans at all. Instead, Acer is shipping the Switch 7 Black Edition with two liquid cooling systems. One is cooling the CPU and the other prevents the GPU from overheating.
As of now, Acer is going to release the tablet with the mentioned specs only. There might be a “normal” Switch 7 in the future, but nothing is confirmed so far.
|Tablet||Acer Switch 7 Black Edition|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Display||13.5-inch IPS with 2256 x 1504|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 8th gen|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||USB Type C, USB 3.0|
|Weight||1.15 kg with keyboard|
If you are looking for a Windows tablet with a dedicated graphics card, you don’t have many options. At least right now. You could take a look at the Microsoft Surface Book 1 or 2. While you can get both with a dedicated graphics card, they are in the keyboard dock only. So if you want to use it as a tablet only, it’s not a fair comparison.
Obviously, there are a lot of other, cheaper alternatives tough. The Acer Switch 5 is much more affordable and quite powerful as well. Other competitors are the ASUS Transformer Book Pro, Samsung Galaxy Book 12 and – who would have guessed – the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Availability & Price
As of now, the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is not available anywhere yet. At a press event in September 2017, they announced to release it just before the holidays. Target markets are the United States, most European countries and probably a couple of Asian countries including Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Prices start at 1999 Euros – including all accessories.
Acer Switch 7 Black Edition Reviews
The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is not available anywhere yet, so you won’t find any real reviews. But I was locked into a room with the tablet after its announcement. Here are my first impressions in a video:
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