Acer has expanded its 2-in-1 notebook line with the new Aspire Switch 11 series of 11.6-inch models and a new Switch 10 that boasts a 1080p Full HD 10.1-inch display. The Aspire Switch 2-in-1 lines combine a full Microsoft Windows-based notebook and tablet in one device.
Acer Aspire Switch offers four modes for touch, typing, viewing, and sharing. The magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge has two hooks to connect the tablet to the keyboard and a 2-way connector that holds the tablet for two-sided viewing.
Aspire Switch 11 Series
The new Aspire Switch 11 notebooks, featuring 11.6-inch displays, are outfitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help safeguard the screens from damage and scratches. They’re also protected with an anti-fingerprint coating to reduce fingerprints and smudges. In addition, the notebooks include a Chiclet keyboard and two front-facing stereo speakers.
Two models are available in this series. The Aspire Switch SW5-171 features a Full HD 1080p display, a HD webcam, and up to a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor. It’s also outfitted with 4GB memory and up to a 128GB SATA hard drive. Connectivity to external storage, peripherals, and other digital devices is provided via full-sized USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
Designed for mainstream users, the Aspire Switch SW5-111 is outfitted with a 1366 x 768 resolution display and a 2.0MP front camera with Full HD 1080p audio/video. It offers an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor, 2GB memory, and room for archiving data with up to 64GB eMMC storage. Two USB 2.0 ports –- one full sized and the other micro –- provide connectivity to peripherals and digital devices.
Both models include Microsoft Windows 8.1 for full PC productivity, micro HDMI for connecting a full-size display via just one cable and MicroSD for reading a wide variety of SD cards. Wireless connectivity is enabled with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Aspire Switch 10 Series
The Aspire Switch 10's new model, the SW5-012, features a full HD 1920 x 1200 or a HD 1280 x 800 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the screen from scratches. It measures less than 8.9 mm thin (0.35 inches) in tablet mode and 20.2 mm (0.44 inches) with the keyboard dock, and weighs 0.585 kg (1.29 lb.) for the tablet and 1.17 kg (2.58 lb.) for the combined tablet and keyboard.
The SW5-012 offers a battery life of up to 8 hours (HD) and 7 hours (Full HD) for almost a full day of computing. This model provides up to 32/64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and an Intel Atom quad-core processor. It includes a 2MP HD webcam with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 1080p Full HD audio/video recording. The Switch 10 SW5-012 also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 8.1 along with Microsoft Office 365 Personal at no additional cost.
Additional features of the Aspire Switch 10 and 11 series include:
- Zero Air Gap technology helps to deliver sharp images, while Acer LumiFlex optimizes screen visibility during outdoor activities.
- IPS technology provides wide viewing angles and accurate colors from edge to edge.
- Built-in Acer BYOC Apps offer real time information, data management, and data security across multiple devices.
- Optional accessories include an Acer Active Pen for those who prefer to handwrite notes, an Acer Snap Case that protects and packs the tablet and keyboard for easy carry, and a micro USB cable that serves as a connection and charging hub.
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 series will be available in October in Pan America with prices starting at $399 (USD), and the Aspire Switch 10 series will be available in September in Pan America with prices starting at $329.99 (USD). For more information, visit Acer’s website.