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

Acer Aspire Switch 11 (SW5-171 / SW5-171P)
alaScore 86

25 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 12 expert reviews and 13 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 70/100 and users rate it 84/100. The average review date is May 27, 2015. We have compared these reviews to 1042910 reviews from other Laptops. The alaScore™ for this product is 86/100 = Very good. Last update: Aug 15, 2018.

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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

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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

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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


Cable lock slot:N
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