There’s hardly anything to fault with the Aspire Switch 11 V, which is why it comes highly recommended if you’re looking for a perfectly functional detachable notebook. SETTINGTHE STANDARD
Acer Aspire Switch 11 V
Display 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) IPS LED-backlit TFT LCD touchscreen // Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5300 // I/O Ports 1x power port, 1x USB 3.0 (on keyboard dock), 1x Micro-USB 2.0 port, 1x Micro-HDMI port, 1x microSD card reader, 3.5mm audio combo jack // Battery 4,420mAh 2-cell Li-polymer battery // Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 // Dimensions 299.5 (W) x 206.7 (D) x 21 (H) mm // Weight 1.46kg // Warranty 1-year // Contact Acer Sales and Services Sdn Bhd // Telephone 1 800 88 1288 // URL www.acer.com.my Remember how we mentioned last month that convertible notebooks are going to take the world by storm? Well, we were wrong, because they're gradually being superseded by the 2-in-1 hybrid notebooks that are commonly referred to as detachable notebooks instead – with one such example being the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V.
Like most 2-in-1 hybrid notebooks of its kind, the Aspire Switch 11 V isn't exactly blessed with potent hardware. It has a modest Intel Core M-5Y10C processor, Intel HD Graphics 5300 integrated GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 60GB SSD. While we expected the Aspire Switch 11 V to deliver an uninspiring performance as a result of its lackluster hardware, we were quite surprised to find out that it delivered where it counts.
As a matter of fact, we were actually quite impressed by the Aspire Switch 11 V's performance. Applications were amazingly quick to boot up – thanks to its SSD, no doubt – and we didn't experience any slowdowns despite deliberately attempting to bog the Aspire Switch 11 V with a jumble of media-laden Google Chrome tabs and background programs.
If there was one thing that we particularly liked about the Aspire Switch 11 V, it would be its keyboard, which was an absolute joy to type on. Its keys had plenty of travel, required a decent amount of force to actuate, and provided an assuring amount of tactile feedback; making it by far one of the best notebook keyboards we've had the pleasure of typing on.
Compliments are also in order for the 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) IPS LED-backlit touchscreen for being able to showcase deep black levels as well as vibrant colors. If you intend to use the Aspire Switch 11 V primarily as a tablet, you'll be glad to know that its display was highly receptive to our touch inputs – at no point did we need to repeatedly mash it with our fingers before it could register our touch.
Like the Acer Aspire R11 convertible that we reviewed last month, we weren't able to run our regular suite of synthetic benchmarks on the Aspire Switch 11 V, possibly due to hardware or softwarerelated incompatibility issues.
It would be safe to conclude that the Aspire Switch 11 V will be able to cope with Valve's Source-engine powered games – namely Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive – better than the Acer Aspire R11 could, thanks to its slightly beefier Intel HD Graphics 5300 integrated GPU. You can probably expect to be able to play the three aforementioned games on the Aspire Switch 11 V with an average frame rate of 30fps on low to medium graphical settings.
The exterior of the Aspire Switch 11 V is designed with a ‘cross-hatched textile pattern’ that exudes a sense of premium quality.