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

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Pe­ter Chu

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

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.

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