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Acer Expands Switch 2-in-1 Line with Powerful yet Silent Models

Editors' Summary

  • Leading performance with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and silent Acer LiquidLoop™ fanless cooling system, makes the Acer Switch 5 the ideal 2-in-1 for demanding tasks, presentations and entertainment on the go
  • Patented auto-retracting kickstand allows the Switch 5 to be easily adjusted with just one hand
  • Switch 3 provides first-rate and fanless design at a budget-minded price
  • Flexible design lets customers fluidly transition between notebook and tablet modes; attachable keyboard included
  • Acer Active Pen boosts effectiveness at work, school and for fun; makes the most of Windows Ink

NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Acer today expanded its popular Switch 2-in-1 notebook line with two new models -- the Switch 5 and Switch 3 -- featuring Windows 10, with versatile, highly-mobile designs for work, school and fun.

Both new Acer Switch 2-in-1 notebooks can be used with an Acer Active Pen[1] on the touch screen to sketch, take notes or annotate documents or photos with Windows Ink.

The Acer Switch 5 builds on the industry-leading innovations of its predecessor, the Switch Alpha 12, providing a fanless, quiet experience through Acer LiquidLoop™ cooling, and excellent performance with up to 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors. Acer's patented auto-retracting kickstand allows for easy one-handed adjustments to the viewing angle. It also supports Windows Hello with a fingerprint reader for fast and secure access.

The Acer Switch 3 features a 2-in-1 design that is well-balanced with a large 12.2-inch display, Intel processors and a quiet, fanless design.

"Customers have embraced the flexibility of 2-in-1 designs to help them get more done throughout the day in both notebook or tablet modes," said James Lin, General Manger, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. "Acer's Switch line is now able to reach more customers, whether they are looking for something that provides the latest in performance and features, or if they need a more accessible option for studies, work and play."

Fanless Switch 5 is Performance-Minded, Quiet, and Reliable

The Switch 5 is Acer's first 2-in-1 to be offered with 7th Generation Intel® Core® i7 and i5 processors to deliver the top-rated performance needed for serious tasks, presentations and entertainment on the go. The built-in fingerprint reader on the power button authenticates users and provides quick access to their projects. Users can be assured their information will remain secure and private when using the fingerprint reader for logging on thanks to Windows Hello.

With Acer's patented auto-retracting kickstand, the Switch 5's viewing angle can be easily adjusted one-handedly, providing added convenience in any scenario. Also, the Switch 5 uses Acer's proprietary LiquidLoop™ fanless cooling system to keep it running efficiently without fan noise, making it ideal for shared spaces such as meetings and open offices. Plus, the LiquidLoop cooling system doesn't require venting that can compromise reliability due to airflow issues and dust accumulation. The fanless design supports powerful 7th Generation Intel Core processors to deliver excellent performance and day-to-night 10.5-hour battery life[2].

"New, innovative, 2-in-1 PC designs continue to drive category growth," said Chris Walker, Vice President, Client Computing Group at Intel Corporation. "The 2-in-1's draw is its versatility, but we know people who own one also want a full PC experience. With options of 7th Generation Intel Core, Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron processors inside, the Acer Switch 5 and Acer Switch 3 devices offer a complete package of versatility, long battery life and true PC performance across a range of price points."

The Switch 5 has an anodized aluminum chassis that is elegant and modern. With a vibrant 12-inch wide-view FHD+ touch display with IPS technology, the Switch 5 provides an impressive 2160 x 1440 resolution with support from Intel HD Graphics 620. Customers will enjoy vivid color and crisp detail on the display for video and fun that can be shared on wide 178-degree viewing angles. Acer TrueHarmony™ and Smart Amplifier provide enhanced audio performance for clarity and robust volume to complement the exceptional display.

Switch 3 Delivers 2-in-1 Flexibility on a Budget

The Switch 3 brings excellent usability and performance to students, families and anyone looking for an excellent all-around value. The device runs on Intel® Pentium® and Intel® Celeron® processors that deliver solid every day performance and up to 8 hours of battery life[1]. The 12.2-inch display is designed to deliver incredible precision and a responsive 10-point touch experience. It has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and 1920 x 1200 FHD resolution with IPS technology[3]. The front-facing speakers complement the stunning visuals with enhanced volume and quality for rich, expressive tones. The sleek metallic top cover has a distinctive yet subtle design with complementary etched edging.

The Acer Switch 3 has won a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017, one of the most prestigious product design awards.

Versatile 2-in-1 Design is Sturdy, Comes with Attachable Keyboard

Both the Acer Switch 5 and Acer Switch 3 come with an attachable keyboard that snaps on with ultra-secure magnets and can be adjusted to an ergonomic angle for customer preference. The Switch 5's keyboard is backlit for added convenience while working in darker environments. Measuring just 5.85 mm thin, the keyboard delivers 1.4 mm of travel to ensure comfort and productivity while typing. Plus, the keyboard protects the screen and ensures easy transport. The large trackpad supports convenient and intuitive navigation with Precision Touchpads supporting Windows 10 gestures to provide a smooth and responsive experience.

The versatile and stable U-shaped kickstand holds up the display and can be adjusted fluidly to any angle up to 165 degrees. The anti-slip design holds the display upright when customers touch or write on the display. Plus, the Switch 5 can be adjusted effortlessly with a single hand thanks to the auto-retracting kickstand. Both systems work with the Acer Active Pen[1], which enables accurate and detailed direct-to-screen digital ink input for a natural pen-on-paper experience that's perfect for notetaking, sketching and capturing ideas and taking advantage of Windows Ink. The Acer Active Pen provides palm rejection and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity.

"We hear from customers they want new ways to interact with their devices, and we've delivered this in the Windows 10 Creators Update," said Peter Han, Vice President, Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft Corp. "Great software needs great hardware, and it is wonderful to see new devices like the Acer Switch 5 and Switch 3 light up features like Windows Ink to provide amazing experiences at an affordable price."

Both the Switch 5 and Switch 3 have front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and capturing memories. Both systems' front webcams provide 720p Full HD video recording.

Optional USB Type-C Dock Facilitates Business Use

For commercial customers, the Acer Switch 5 can be purchased with the Acer USB Type-C Dock that transforms the device into a powerful workstation. This compact dock enables high-speed video, audio and data transfer and keeps the work area clutter-free with immediate connectivity to an additional display and other devices. It includes the ports and connections commercial customers need: DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and three USB Type-A ports, as well as audio input for microphone and audio output for speakers.

Slim, Lightweight Designs; Ready to Connect

The Switch 5 and Switch 3 are available with ample storage and memory options. The Switch 5 supports a 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM[4]. The Switch 3 supports 32GB, 64GB or 128GB eMMC memory and up to 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM[4]. Both models can access additional files through the MicroSDXC slot. The devices both feature a thin and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port for fast data transfers of up to 5Gbps from connected peripherals, to share video and also to power other devices. Both lines also have an additional USB 3.1 Type-A port and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Acer Switch 5 is thin and light, measuring just 292 (W) x 201.8 (D) x 12 (H) mm (11.5 x 7.94 x 0.47 inches) and weighing 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 5 tablet alone measures just 9.6 mm (0.38 inch) in height, and weighs 0.92 kg (2.03 pounds). The Switch 3 measures just 295 (W) x 201 (D) x 16.3 (H) mm (11.61 x 7.91 x 0.64 inches) and weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 3 tablet alone measures just 9.95 mm (0.39 inch) in height, and weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds).

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Switch 5 will be available in North America in June starting at $799; in EMEA in June starting at EUR1,099; and in China in July starting at RMB7,499.

The Acer Switch 3 will be available in North America in June starting at $399; in EMEA in June starting at EUR499; and in China in July starting at RMB4,999.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or authorized reseller via

The new Acer Switch 5 and Switch 3 were unveiled today at the next@acer press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit

About Acer

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[1] Optional for Switch 3
[2] Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features.
[3] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products.
[4] Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes).

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