Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the design and price. The screen and keyboard also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the energy efficiency and durability, while comments are divided on the portability.

usability, keyboard, screen, price, design

battery, durability, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

See all Acer Laptops

Review analysis

(Based on 25 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 14 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 13 of 14 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (11)

Consumer review ( review summary for Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on People really like the sound. The screen also gets good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability.

size, screen, sound


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Switch 11 FHD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (Intel Core i5-4202Y, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1) SW5-171-80KMAcer Aspire Switch 11 FHD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop (Intel Core i5-4202Y, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1) SW5-171-80KM

May, 2018

Expert review by (

Acer Aspire Switch 11 V 2015 Review


Windows 10 was made to be used on both tablets and laptops, and Acer's Aspire Switch 11 V gives you both for $500. Powered by an Intel Core M processor, this 2-in-1 has a solid, responsive keyboard for your work life, and a bright, full-HD, 11.6-inch...

Nov, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171-325N)


The Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a midrange detachable tablet that gives you the option of leaving your keyboard behind and still having a fully functional Windows 8.1 PC.

Can be used as both a laptop and a slate tablet. Versatile magnetic hinge. Full 1080p HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen. No bloatware. Nice price.

Top-heavy. Weak volume on speakers. Aggressive adaptive brightness.

Conclusion The Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171-325N) is an excellent detachable-hybrid tablet. We really like the Switch 11 because of its versatile magnetic hinge, lack of bloatware, and 1080p IPS touch screen. Its no-nonsense magnetic hinge is the...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by (

Acer Aspire Switch 11


The quest for the ideal hybrid continues. The Aspire Switch 11 is a 2-in-1 ($597 as tested) that gives you a laptop and tablet in a single device, complete with a Core i3 processor, 128GB SSD and full HD touch display. We like how easy it is to change...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : David Eitelbach (

Acer Aspire Switch 11 Review and Ratings


Acer's latest detachable hybrid delivers gorgeous full HD visuals and a flexible design, but its battery life could be better.

Attractive design ; Lush 1080p display ; Impressive audio ; Comfortable keyboard

Top-heavy ; Limited port selection ; Below-average battery life

Finally, after fully recharging each laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Britta O'Boyle (

Acer Aspire Switch 11 hands-on: Hybrid offers multiple positions and uses - Pocket-lint


Acer announced the Aspire Switch 11 during its press conference at IFA 2014, bringing another multi-positional laptop-meets-tablet device to its portfolio.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Sami Mughal (

Review: Acer Aspire Switch 11


Acer have been producing laptops for a long time. Since the advent of Windows 8, they have been a bit more adventurous, bringing to an already very saturated market some[...]

If it isn’t clear already, I absolutely loved this device. It brings great portability at a very good price, and that ticks two major boxes for me.

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (

Wong Power Supply, great device foe the refurb price.


1080P screen vs 1366x768 found on most budget 2-in-1's ; 128 SSD - Around 450MB/sec READ, 350MB Write ; 4 modes of use. Have been using this unique modes more than I expected ; 4GB of RAM vs 2GB found on most this price ; Nice full size...

Battery life worse than expected, even knowing beforehand that it wouldn't be great. this is the biggest bummer on this device, and might make me return it ; Bulkier/heavier that other 2-in-1's ; Somewhat cheap feeling "hollow" keyboard dock. Would...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review (

Nifty device


In addition to the obvious amazing form-factor and versatility of touch screen and tablet capabilities, it's an overall excellent device with a beautiful display.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171)


Great display innovative, switching method light weight the micro hdmi and usb 3 very handy

light keyboard means the device flips horrible plasticky tracker pad

May, 2015

Consumer review (

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171)


very well made good screen sdhc card slot an advantage proper usb connector cheaper than a microsoft surface

operating system (windows 8.1) means its not a good tablet nor a good netbook. sometimes freezes during startup

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Capacity:2850
Battery life (max):6.5
Battery performance:2850
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:3


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2


Color of product:Grey, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:11.6 / 12
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:45


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):850
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x402
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4200


Island-style keyboard:Y
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4


3G: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Display Technology:IPS
Graphics:HD Graphics 4200
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4200
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Operating system version:64-bit

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Stylus pen:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Stylus pen: Yes


GPS (satellite): No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:45


Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4202Y
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4.5
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
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: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
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:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:76610
Processor code:SR190
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
UART:Y / Yes


Fingerprint reader: No


Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 60
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA, Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA, Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:60 / 628

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.56 / 8
Height:0.417 / 1
Weight:30 / 4
Width:11.7 / 12