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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-57DS Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30 GHz) 8 GB Memory 128 GB SSD 12" Touchscreen 2160 x 1440 Detachable 2-in-1 Laptop Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

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  • Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30 GHz)
  • 8 GB Memory 128 GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 12" Touchscreen 2160 x 1440
  • Detachable
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 11.50" x 7.93" x 0.62" (Tablet & Keyboard Dock) 2.76 lbs. (Tablet & Keyboard)
  • Stylus Sold Separately

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Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop


Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

Model Name: SA5-271-57DS
Part Number: NT.LCDAA.004

This lightweight 2-in-1 uses a space-age heat pipe cooling system to cool its high-performance CPU, so you get powerful computing without ever hearing the whine of a fan. Sporting a powerful 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor, the Switch Alpha 12 is the perfect blend of productivity, portability and flexibility.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

Windows 10 Home

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

2.30 GHz
Intel Core i5 processor

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

12"
2160 x 1440

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

8 GB
Memory

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

128 GB
Solid State Drive Capacity


Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

IPS (In-plane switching)
Colors stay true no matter what angle you're viewing from. Share what's on your screen with friends and family.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

Wireless 802.11ac Up to 3X
Enjoy wireless data transfer rates of up to three times faster than those of 802.11n.



Portable & Versatile

A portable form factor, adjustable display and full-sized keyboard help you stay productive on the go.


A Silent Performer

A liquid cooled CPU and great fundamentals give you superb performance.


Adjustable Kickstand

Adjust the kickstand up to 165 degree and get the perfect screen angle. Its rubber anti-slip strip ensures the screen stays put.


Full-Sized Keyboard

The full-sized magnetic snap-on keyboard is raised for comfy typing and doubles as a screen cover.


Backlit Keys

Type comfortably in dimly lit environments with an optional backlit keyboard.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

Take It to Go

This device slips into your bag and disappears, only to reappear when you need it.


Quiet and Powerful

Fan-less Acer LiquidLoop cooling keeps CPU performance up and won’t generate whining fan noise.


Heat Pipe Cooling

Heat pipe cooling has it’s origins in space exploration. It uses the evaporation and condensation of liquid to dissipate heat.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

The Perfect Port

Transfer data super-fast, stream high-res video to 4K displays and power up with USB 3.1 Type-C.


USB Type-C

This is a new standard that uses cables with reversible plug orientations. In other words, it doesn’t matter which end of the cable you plug in, or if it’s upside down.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

Great Audio and Visuals

Videos will look and sound perfect thanks to a 12" touchscreen with 2160x1440 resolution and 2 front-facing speakers.


For the Professional

Transform the Switch Alpha 12 into a PC with desktop-grade performance via an optional USB Type-C Dock.


WiGig Dock

An optional WiGig Dock lets you leverage WiGig, a new standard that uses 60GHz frequency band to deliver faster wireless speeds for shorter range transmissions.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop

Acer Active Pen

An optional Acer Active Pen allows for pressure sensitive drawing, and easy access to functions using the hover feature.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Laptop


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Very happy

Pros: 1. Travels well.
2. Plays lots of games (see below).
3. Nice aesthetics, good looking.
4. Keyboard is much more robust than it looks.
5. Screen is beautiful, sharp and bright.
6. Fast boot.
7. Beefy processor.
8. Prop stand has nice adjustment range.
9. USB-C--why doesn't everybody use this?!
10. Connects to external monitors/peripherals without pitching a fit.
11. Micro SD card slot, so no need for adapter.
12. 8 GB of RAM, so it doesn't hang.
13. Intuitive placement of external buttons and ports.
14. Satisfying snap and strong magnet for keyboard connection.
15. Runs MS Office without any problems at all.
16. You can actually use this as a productivity machine and not just a toy for goofing off in meetings like every other tablet out there.
17. Has a Del key on the keyboard (this is really important to me).

Cons: 1. Short battery life, but that's what you trade for size and power on this unit.
2. Bulky power cord.
3. Does not sit on my lap like a laptop does (I know, it's not a laptop).
4. Fitting it onto your lap or moving it around can make it think the keyboard is separating, and it may jump between tablet & laptop mode--but this does not interrupt its performance.
5. If you're a middle-aged geezer like me you may need your reading glasses.
6. You'll need to buy a USB-C to HDMI adapter.
7. It has made me fiercely resent the micro-USB standard.
8. Out of stock at Newegg. I wanted to buy a second one but I cannot.
9. Not a lot of covers available that custom-fit this unit.
10. Power cord does not have a magnetic connection.
11. The back of this thing gets really hot. I guess that means it's conducting heat away from the processor like it's supposed to.
12. 128 GB HD fills up fast.

Other Thoughts: 1. I tested the following games and found excellent performance:
A. MInecraft
B. War Thunder (which, wow, it works on this unit)
C. Steam games including:
i. Subnautica
ii. Dirty Bomb
iii. ShellShock Live
iv. Terraria
v. Kerbal Space Program
vi. Duck Game

2. I'm upgrading my kids (ages 12 & 14) from refurb/entry level machines that I'm "ok" with them banging around. I hope this unit is durable and they can take care of it appropriately.

3. It does not come with a stylus, but the vendor is honest about that; you just have to pay attention to the overview/specs.

4. I'm really bummed I have to buy this somewhere else and not at Newegg.

5. 4/5 stars because nothing is truly perfect (yes, pedantic of me, I know).

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice machine, has potential.

Pros: Hi-res screen, aspect ratio of 1.5, NOT 1.78 (16:9). But I never tried to see if the touchscreen works.

Cons: 1) Screen is 12", too small for what I need. I would prefer a 13" or 14" screen with this same aspect ratio.
2) Windows 10. I have not found anything about Windows 10 that I like. Microsoft wants you to do everything while connected to the internet, store all your files in the cloud, and so on. I refuse to do that.

Other Thoughts: All I want is a nice little laptop where I can do everything offline as if the internet doesn't exist. If I need to do anything over the internet, I will do that on my desktop machine. I am mostly interested in taking notes, drawing sketches, and so on. I am not interested in watching videos or visiting chatrooms.
I do not like laptops that have wide screens in 16:9 aspect ratio, that is why I bought this one. (I had a 15.6" laptop once and used it for only about three months then switched back to my desktop because I got tired of it. Also because it was big and heavy.) An aspect ratio of 16:10 is tolerable, but I still prefer 15:10 if I can find one in a larger screen size. Perhaps a tablet only model would do as I can always use my bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
I am returning this for a refund solely because it is small and has Windows 10 and not for any other reason.

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