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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-55Q6 12” QHD 2-in-1 Tablet & Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
- Windows 10 Home
- 12 '' QHD IPS Touch Display
- 256GB Solid State Drive
- 8GB DDR3 Memory
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This lightweight 2-in-1 uses a space-age heat pipe cooling system to cool its high-performance CPU, so you get powerful computing without ever hearing the whine of a fan. Sporting a powerful 6th generation Intel Core processor, the Switch Alpha 12 is the perfect blend of productivity, portability and flexibility.
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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-55Q6 12” QHD 2-in-1 Tablet & Laptop
Slim, Light and Flexible
At the intersection of versatility and innovation resides the Aspire Switch Alpha 12, delivering a knockout combination of productivity, portability and flexibility. Its innovative fan-less liquid-loop cooling system is the world’s first to support high-performance 6th Gen Intel Core processors in a 2-in-1 device and keeps the system cool and quiet. This thin and light device features a 12" QHD touch display with a stylish kickstand and snap-on/off wireless backlit keyboard that transforms to meet your needs and maximize productivity. Simply put, this masterfully crafted dynamic device is boundless!
- 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.8GHz
- 12" QHD 2160 x 1440 resolution, high-brightness, LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology with integrated 10-point multi-touch screen
- 8GB of LPDDR3 Onboard Memory & 256GB SSD
- Acer TrueHarmony High-Performance Sound System
- Two built-in front facing speakers
- 1 - USB 3.1 (Type C) port supporting USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), DisplayPort over USB-C, USB Charging 5 V; 3A, DC-in port 20 V, 45 W (Tablet)
- 2-Cell Li-Ion Battery (4870mAh), Up to 8 hours of battery life
- Windows 10 Home
Take Your Office With You
Travel freely with the Aspire Switch Alpha 12, an intuitive 2-in-1 device that transforms easily from a tablet to a laptop. This thin and light device slips into your bag and disappears, only to reappear when you need to get work done. It can be the workhorse you need at your desk when facing a tough deadline, the efficient study buddy in class, or a stunning display for presentations, e-books and browsing. Whatever your use, with up to 8 hours of battery life, you have the entire day to do what you want without being interrupted.
Quickly snap on the full-size keyboard to the tablet, via a magnetic hinge, and turn this tablet into a full powered laptop! The full-size keyboard is backlit and features widely spaced keys for comfy and accurate typing and folds over as a cover for easy transport and screen protection. The U-frame kickstand can adjust up to 165 degrees so you can tilt the screen to the exact angle you need, yet its sturdy enough to hold the device stable when touched.
The optional Acer Active Pen (sold separately) adds another dimension to the device’s dynamic productivity features -- facilitating fast, precise input for writing, drawing or just plain doodling. It’s great for everything from annotating documents to making quick notes in your diary.
Clean up your office with the Acer USB-Type C Dock (sold separately) enabling a tangle-free workspace. A perfect mix of productivity and convenience, the dock transforms the Aspire Switch 12 Laptop into a workstation with connections for up to 2 external monitors and other USB devices and peripherals. With multiple ports on the side and back, including a USB Type-C, the dock unites everything in one place for your laptop.
Cool, Quiet and Powerful
The Aspire Switch Alpha 12 is the world’s first 6th Gen Intel Core processor-based fanless 2-in-1 device giving you the best of both worlds – the premium performance and great battery life of a laptop, plus the portability of a tablet. Edit photos one minute, watch movies the next and go from spreadsheets to gaming in a flash. The innovative fan-less liquid-loop CPU cooling system effectively cools the powerful CPU under its hood. The result is a cool and quiet PC.
The Aspire Switch Alpha 12 brings speed to another level. Equipped with the latest 802.11ac wireless featuring MU-MIMO technology, experience up to 3x faster performance, when connected to an 802.11ac based router, making everything from online gaming to streaming video both faster and more reliable.
This 2-in-1’s powerful capabilities are extended seamlessly to external devices via a USB 3.1 Type-C port. This impressive port transfers data super-fast and streams high-res video to premium displays without a hitch. You can also recharge external devices like smartphones via this port.
Windows 10 Home is the best combination of the Windows you already know, plus lots of great improvements you’ll love. Technologies like InstantGo* let you boot up and resume quickly and everything runs fast and smooth; all Windows 10 devices now have Battery Saver to automatically conserve power – so you can work longer and play harder. (*Hardware-dependent)
Impressive Audio and Visuals
The striking 12" touchscreen display with 2160 x 1440 pixel resolutions shows everything in incredibly fine detail making editing, creating and presenting easier. Whether sharing a movie or a presentation enjoy consistent color and viewing from any perspective thanks to the IPS display. Two front-facing speakers provide fuller, more immersive stereo sound for music and video enjoyment when using as a tablet or as a laptop.
Want some face time? Enjoy high-quality video conferencing or capture a selfie to share with the 2MP HD front-facing camera presenting quality images so you look your best. A 5MP rear facing camera lets you take stunning photos or video with the tablet. Cortana* Ready To Talk improves the accuracy and quality of speech for the Cortana interaction with Windows 10 experience. And with Cortana, you have a personal digital assistant who works across all your Windows 10 devices to help you get things done. (*Cortana available in select global markets at launch. Cortana experience may vary by region and device.)
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Off / On button (on left side) is a bit annoying because you plug things in on the right side (USB, Headphones, Power.) When you do so, I have a tendency to grab the left side, thereby inadvertently turning it off. On a single push puts the device to sleep, but a long (3 second) push wakes it up. Then you have to log back in. Just a bit of a pain.
Other than that, pretty happy with the device.
Works great with Windows 10. I confirm the battery last a bit short as mentioned in the review but charging time is quick. I like silent cpu and keyboard feel great!
Negatives, adjusting to the screen size, compromise between portability and functionality, it is the best of both worlds.
Battery run time, is lower than advertised, some reviews reported this and I accepted this might be the case.
In the end bought a second unit