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Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1038 reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012). The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the price and screen are generally positive. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the energy efficiency. Reviews about the touchpad and reliability are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and size. The keyboard and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some critical comments about the touchpad.

performance, usability, keyboard, size, portability

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88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 10.1-inch Convertible Tablet PC (Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB Memory, Windows 8.1)Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 10.1-inch Convertible Tablet PC (Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB Memory, Windows 8.1)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 314 user reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the energy efficiency and reliability.

performance, usability, price, portability, size

reliability, energy

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16AA Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (32GB)Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16AA Detachable 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (32GB)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the battery and durability. The price and screen also get good opinions. There are some negative opinions about the usability.

keyboard, screen, price, durability, battery

usability

88% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Switch 10, SW5-012-19RC, Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-core, 1.33 GHz, 10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800), 2 GB, 32 GB SSD - Free Windows 10 UpgradeAcer Aspire Switch 10, SW5-012-19RC, Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-core, 1.33 GHz, 10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800), 2 GB, 32 GB SSD - Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 Full HD Convertible Review Update

 

Brillant. Acer's smallest convertible is now available with a Full-HD display. The price difference is only 30 Euro (~$37) and seems to be well worth it. But is the battery life is shorter than before and how fast is the new CPU? In our review, we try...

good ergonomics for this type of device (keyboard, trackpad, display), good multi-mode design with a solid hinge, vivid, bright FHD panel, nice quality speakers, price

plastic used for the chassis feels a little cheap

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Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Brittany A. Roston (slashgear.com)

Three things to know about the Acer Aspire Switch 10 Special

 

Acer has a new Switch laptop in its catalog, and it features an extra durable display thanks to the inclusion of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The machine is a hybrid — the display pops free of the hinged keyboard for extra portability whenever you'd like....

Oct, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (SW3-013-11N8)

 

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E is a detachable-hybrid tablet that offers versatility, ample storage, and more than 13 hours of battery life at a very affordable price.

More than 13 hours of battery life in testing. Bright In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen with wide viewing angles. Included keyboard also adds hard drive storage. Solid connectivity. Dual-band Wi-Fi.

Top-heavy design. No USB 3.0 ports. Micro-HDMI port requires adapter. 32-bit OS. Some bloatware.

Conclusion With its long-lasting battery power, more storage than its rivals, and the extra versatility you get with a keyboard dock, the Acer Aspire Switch 10 E a winning entry-level tablet. We gave the Asus Transformer Book T100TA a slightly higher...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 10

 

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a detachable Windows tablet that offers a mix of new and exciting features, and while it's not perfect, it's worth a look for its flexibility.

In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3. Multiple-position dock allows four different use modes. Comes with free activation code for Microsoft Office.

Short battery life. Top-heavy design.

Conclusion With the Aspire Switch 10, Acer has introduced a fine detachable tablet, making it a safe purchase for anyone in the market for a portable Windows tablet without giving up the productive capability of a clamshell design. The Asus Transformer...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Acer Switch 10

 

Acer says its Switch 10 hybrid is especially flexible and built to work in four distinct modes. That may be a somewhat generous description, but it's similar to what other detachable or Yoga-style hybrids can do. There's the traditional clamshell mode,...

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 has a hybrid mechanism that actually works, and it has a decent keyboard and touchpad for such a small body.

The component-filled top half makes the system top heavy and prone to tipping over backwards. Performance feels sluggish for all-day use, and the default 32GB SSD will be too small for many.

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review

 

There are many 10-inch and 11-inch hybrids to choose from right now if you've got about $400 to spend and realistic expectations of performance and storage capacity. Recent versions from Lenovo, Dell, and HP all offer Atom or Pentium-powered...

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 has a hybrid mechanism that actually works, and it has a decent keyboard and touchpad for such a small body.

The component-filled top half makes the system top heavy and prone to tipping over backwards. Performance feels sluggish for all-day use, and the default 32GB SSD will be too small for many.

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Michelle Mastin (pcworld.com)

Acer Switch 10 review: Right idea, wrong execution

 

Acer's Switch 10 convertible truly has a split personality. Its button-free release mechanism is a great idea, but the rest of the device doesn't match up as well.

Easy-to-detach display ; Keyboard faces back of display in tablet mode; faces up in presentation mode

Lots of bezel surrounding the display ; Stiff keyboard keys ; Mediocre battery life

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a novel take on the 2-in-1 notebook/tablet hybrid, but both the tablet and the keyboard halves of the equation are mediocre, and the tablet's battery life is too short.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Wired (wired.com)

Two Cool

 

I don't know if anybody is actually buying these things, but Little Windows Tablets are proving themselves to be quite the capable category of on-the-go productivity devices. Available for just a few hundred bucks, they're rapidly becoming the netbooks...

Solid price point and feature set on a capable Windows tablet. Keyboard attachment and release system is best-in-class. Great portability

Would like to see a higher-resolution display. No rear-facing camera included; selfies only. With weight predominantly in the slate, design becomes top-heavy and prone to tipping over backwards when working in “laptop” mode

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 Review

 

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 offers impressive versatility and portability with a lovely display, at a wallet-friendly price point.

Lightweight, versatile design; Sharp, bright display; Affordable; Good performance for the money

Mediocre battery life; Below average audio

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 offers impressive versatility and portability with a lovely display, at a wallet-friendly price point.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Nate Swanner (slashgear.com)

Acer Aspire Switch 10 review: 2-in-1 utility with a tablet price tag

 

The 2-in-1 isn't a new platform, but it is a questionable one. Do you need a computer that snaps off into a tablet? The genre has its use cases, and Acer hopes to make a strong entry into the forum with their Aspire 10, a tablet-cum-computer offering...

With the Switch 10, you have a series of choices to make. If you want a tablet/keyboard combo that go together naturally, here you go. The Switch 10 basically amounts to a netbook that can have its screen slipped off and used as a tablet. If you want...

Jun, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:22 / 30 / 5700 / 5910 / 5930 / 8060
Battery capacity (Watt hours):22 / 30
Battery life (max):12 / 7 / 8 / 9
Battery performance:5700 / 5910 / 5930 / 8060
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.8
Number of battery cells:2 / 3

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:ACPI 5.0
Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Black / Aluminium, Grey / Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / Black, Silver, White / Black, White / Grey / Grey, Silver / Metallic, Silver / Metallic, White / Silver / Silver, White / Titanium / White
Form Factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Plastic
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:10 / 10.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1200
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IGZO / IPS / TFT
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Docking station

Docking station included:Y

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:10 / 18

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1080
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of execution units:12
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 311
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:500 / 646 / 778
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):500
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 32
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2 / 64
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):2
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2

Networking

2G standards:EDGE,GPRS
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA+,WCDMA
4G:N / No / Y
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0+HS
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,1000,100
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD
Display Technology:IPS / LCD/TFT
Graphics:HD Graphics
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Keyboard:Y
Operating system version:32-bit
USB version:2.0

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC / AC, USB / USB / Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite): No
Gyroscope: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
Mini VGA ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:10 / 18

Processor

Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
PCI Express configurations:1x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:x5-Z8300 / Z3735E / Z3735F / Z3745
Processor boost frequency:1.83 / 1.84 / 1.86
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Bay Trail / Cherry Trail
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Intel Atom / Intel® Atom™
Processor frequency:1.33 / 1.44
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:x5-Z8300 / Z3735E / Z3735F / Z3745
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Atom x5 series / Intel Atom Z3700 series
Processor socket:BGA1380 / BGA592
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):2 / 2.2
Stepping:C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):2
Tjunction:90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Yes
Execute Disable Bit: No
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:80270 / 80273 / 80274 / 87383
Processor code:SR1SP / SR1U9 / SR1UB / SR29Z
Processor package size:17
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot: No
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office 365 Personal / Office 365
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro / Windows 8.1 with Bing

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSDXC / SD / SD, SDXC
Flash drive interface:Flash
Flash memory:32 / 64
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:32
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:32 / 64
Storage media:Flash / HDD / HDD+Flash / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1032 / 32 / 320 / 500 / 532 / 564 / 64

Technical Details

Display Technology:IPS
Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.35 / 4.61 / 5 / 6.97 / 7 / 7.01 / 7.09 / 70
Depth (tablet mode):4.61 / 6.97
Height:0.35 / 0.354 / 0.398 / 0.402 / 0.445 / 0.587 / 0.795 / 0.807 / 0.937 / 0.996 / 1 / 6.97 / 8.9
Height (front):0.35
Height (tablet mode):0.315 / 0.35
Weight:2 / 2.4 / 2.58 / 2.6 / 2.65 / 20.6 / 20.8 / 21
Weight (tablet mode):20.6 / 21
Width:10 / 10.3
Width (tablet mode):10.3