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Overview

The Acer Aspire Switch 12 runs on Intel's Core-M platform with the HD 5300 GPU. This hybrid device has a detachable keyboard and can be used as a tablet or as a laptop. It has 4GB of RAM and 60GB/128GB of SSD storage. Note that the detachable keyboard does not feature a touchpad but offers a trackpoint and can operate remotely via RF. A total weight of 1.4KG is not the best in class but pricing looks attractive so this may be an option for those looking for a low-cost hot-desking solution. The Acer Aspire 12 is slightly heavier than some of the other 12.5-inch 2in1 devices but starts at a slightly lower price. Good SSD speeds. A large range of usage scenarios are enabled by the design.

Acer Aspire Switch 12 Price. (RRP. See below for latest prices.)
USA:$64919 Feb 15
Germany:€69919 Feb 15
Available from $499.99

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Specifications for the Acer Aspire Switch 12

Specifications (base version)
Manufacturer Acer
Model name Aspire Switch 12
CPU type Intel Core M 5Y10c
CPU speed 800 Mhz
Graphics Intel HD 5300 (Core M)
OS Microsoft Windows 8.1
Display Size
12.5" 1920 X 1080
Screen Type
LED-Backlit LCD
Touch Technology
Touch with Digitizer
RAM 4096 MB
SSD 60 GB
Battery capacity 36 (Wh)
Weight 1200g / 42.3 oz.
Size (w/h/d mm) 317/221/16.5 mm
Size (w/h/d inches) 12.5/8.7/0.6

Physical Interfaces
DC-in
HDMI (Micro)
USB 2.0
SDXC Micro
USB 3.0 (Micro)
Headset i/f (Mic+Line)

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 a/b/g
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11ac
BT 4.0
No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
AC Adaptor
Accelerometer
Keyboard
Stand
Stereo speakers
WebCam 2.0Mp
Microphone

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Latest Acer Aspire Switch 12 News

Latest NewsTrack product
Notebookcheck Review: Acer Aspire Switch 1222/11/15
Full review of Acer Aspire Switch 1218/02/15
Acer Aspire Switch 12 first impressions (English, Notebookcheck)16/02/15
Acer Aspire Switch 12 Review (Bulgarian)05/02/15

Product Notes
Total weight 1400 grams (3 lbs.) WiFi is dual-band. Micro USB port is USB 3.0. A 128GB model exists with the Core M 5Y10c CPU (Aspire SW5-271-64V2) at $50 more. USA entry level price is $649. A digitizer layer is included but no pen is included in the package (that we tested.) Total weight with included case and PSU is 2.1 KG. Update: Some users are reporting having the pen in the retail package. Battery is in base/stand. SSD is M.2 (long) and upgradeable. Digitizer is Synpatics.

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