Acer Switch 5

Acer Switch 5

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Nickey Ross

As mu­ta­ble note­books are all the rage, Acer's Switch 5 is a sturdy de­vice that stands out from the crowd. The Switch 5, seen as a con­tender to Mi­crosoft's Sur­face Pro, has all the mak­ings to be one of Acer's most pow­er­ful por­ta­ble PCs. It is pow­ered by a 7th gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5-7200U pro­ces­sor, along­side 8GB of LPDDR3 mem­ory. It has a Quad HD (2,160 x 1,440) res­o­lu­tion dis­play, and is pre-in­stalled with Win­dows 10 Home edi­tion.

The Switch 5 is bun­dled with a de­tach­able back­lit key­board and Acer Ac­tive Sty­lus, so you get the best bang for your buck. In fact, the key­board comes with a handy lit­tle holder to its side for slid­ing in the Ac­tive Sty­lus. Touch­ing on de­sign, the 2-in-1 note­book isn't as thin as we thought it would be, though we wouldn't say it's hefty, ei­ther. Connectivity-wise, it pro­vides one USB 3.0 port, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, and a mi­croSD card reader, too.

The Switch 5 comes with a deckchair hinge that is easy to op­er­ate, but it makes a

con­clu­sion The acer Switch 5 is a fab­u­lous and func­tional con­vert­ible note­book.

sur­pris­ingly loud sound as you flip it back into place, which was rather alarm­ing. There­fore, we rec­om­mend putting the kick­stand back in place as gen­tle as pos­si­ble. The Switch 5 comes equipped with a 1MP front cam­era and a 2MP aut­o­fo­cus rear cam­era. With that be­ing said, they both serve their pur­pose ad­e­quately, but don’t ex­pect too much from the im­age qual­ity. A no­table fea­ture of the con­vert­ible note­book is that it has Acer’s Liq­uidLoop cool­ing sys­tem that min­i­mizes noise, hot air emis­sions, and dust. In other words, sashay away, cool­ing fan.

Fol­low­ing our usual pro­to­col, we bench­marked the Switch 5 with PCMark 8, PCMark 10, and 3DMark. With PCMark 8's Work Con­ven­tional test, the Switch 5 re­ceived a score of 2,768. With PCMark 10, the 2-in-1 note­book ac­quired 2,758. Fi­nally, the Switch 5 scored 360 in 3DMark's Time Spy. In terms of per­for­mance, we found that the Switch 5 runs pretty smoothly, and its bat­tery life proves to be sus­tain­able as well.

In a nutshell, Acer's Switch 5 is de­signed for ver­sa­til­ity, and of­fers a seam­less tran­si­tion from tablet to note­book in mere sec­onds. We were most cer­tainly pleased dur­ing our time with the con­vert­ible. The Switch 5 is priced at RM3,999, which is ap­pro­pri­ate, con­sid­er­ing that it comes with a de­tach­able key­board and an Ac­tive Sty­lus.

The deckchair hinge can be ad­justed at a va­ri­ety of an­gles.

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