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Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews of Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and keyboard. The price and performance also get good views, but there are some mixed opinions about the portability. Many are critical about the touchpad and battery.

usability, performance, price, keyboard, size

battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Nino Ricchizzi (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Aspire Switch 12 Alpha SA5-271-56HM Convertible Review

 

Absolute silence. A liquid cooling system in a convertible does not work? Of course it does! For the first time ever, Acer has installed a silent cooling technology in a high-performance convertible based on Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors. This...

performance readiness ; fanless cooling ; good input devices ; solid build

abysmal speakers ; battery life

A silent story that leaves a loud echo: Acer's Switch Alpha 12 not only presents a challenge with its low entry price of 800 Euros (~$883) including keyboard dock but also with its well-conceived overall bundle with innovative cooling technology. The...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ Convertible Review

 

Better take the entry-level model with i5. This update will reveal why the expensive i7 model does not pay off for typical buyers. In addition, we will compare the test model to the popular Surface Pro 4, MateBook, Miix 700 and Spectre x2 12 convertibles.

performance, big storage capacity, fanless cooling, good input devices with backlight, solid construction, display with strong colors can be very well calibrated, good microphone, cameras

speakers, short battery life

What makes the premium model of the Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-70EQ attractive? 1300 Euros (~$1429) is not a bargain. It is not the performance of the Core i7, since system performance, CPU performance and gaming performance are only marginally better...

Expert review by: Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Acer Switch Alpha 12

 

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a good value, offering top speed in its price range, a crisp display, and useful extras. There are some minor design caveats, but this Windows tablet can help you be productive without breaking the bank.

Fast performance. Sharp, bright display. Keyboard is included.

Kickstand feels flimsy. Battery life on the shorter side compared with competition.

Conclusion The Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 represents a strong value, standing as one of the fastest midrange tablets we've tested, but coming in at a reasonable price. The screen is sharp with a high resolution, and the USB-C port is a welcome...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-596M

 

The configuration I tested packs way-above-average specs for its $750 (AU$1,730) price; the equivalent Surpace Pro 4 setup costs almost $500 more (though it also has a much better display). Our particular test configuration doesn't seem to be offered...

For its price class, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 delivers excellent performance in a well-thought-out design, and it includes a great keyboard.

While the display is good, it's not as contrasty or vivid as the OLED models on other 2-in-1s. And it's got a middling pen system.

The Acer Switch Alpha offers a surprisingly great design and feature set in a 2-in-1 for the money without sacrificing power.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 review

 

Acer manages to roll premium construction and smart design, better-than-average performance, decent battery life and an excellent keyboard into a reasonably priced 2-in-1 tablet. The battery life could be a little better and the easily hit power button...

For its price class, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 delivers excellent performance in a well-thought-out design, and it includes a great keyboard.

While the display is good, it's not as contrasty or vivid as the OLED models on other 2-in-1s. And it's got a middling pen system.

The Acer Switch Alpha offers a surprisingly great design and feature set in a 2-in-1 for the money without sacrificing power.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Justin Pot (digitaltrends.com)

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review

 

Acer's Switch Alpha 12 performs admirably beside more expensive Windows 10 tablets.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Dieter Bohn (theverge.com)

Acer's Surface Pro clone is cheaper and almost as good

 

At first glance, Acer's Aspire Switch Alpha 12 looks very much like a me-too device. It's a Microsoft Surface clone running Windows 10, albeit with a slightly different kickstand and a clever way...

Very Inexpensive ; Fanless ; Good screen

Terrible battery life ; Can get hot

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Acer Switch Alpha 12 Review

 

Does your laptop get louder than a jet engine? With the $650 Switch Alpha 12 ($800 as tested), Acer is selling you on complete silence; it's the first liquid-cooled detachable on the market. It also happens to deliver strong performance and features a...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

Acer Switch Alpha 12

 

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is the latest MS Surface Pro 4 competitor, and one of the first to ship with Intel Skylake Core i5 and i7 CPUs rather than Core M. Despite the relatively low price-- our Core i5 with 8 gigs RAM, 256 gig SS with keyboard and pen...

Low price, Intel Core i5 and i7 performance, nice design and materials. Keyboard (and sometimes pen) included

Battery life isn't great

We're really impressed at the power and value Acer offers with the Switch Alpha 12. Yes, like other competitors, it's a Surface Pro 4 clone, but that's not a bad thing: Microsoft created the Surface line to inspire and spur manufacturers to create...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Igor Bonifacic (mobilesyrup.com)

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Not the affordable Surface Pro 4 alternative you’re looking for

 

When Microsoft first announced its Surface lineup of 2-in-1 detachables back in 2012, most people were not sure how to greet the company's new device.

Excellent screen ; Superlative performance ; Great operating system in Windows 10

Poor battery life ; Average keyboard and trackpad at best ; Heavy

On its own, the Switch Alpha 12 is, save for its less than stellar keyboard and poor battery life, a good device.

Aug, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:1

Battery

Battery Capacity:36 / 37 / 4870
Battery capacity (Watt hours):36 / 37 / 4870
Battery life (max):2 / 8
Battery performance:3220 / 4870
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.8
Number of battery cells:2 / 3
Standby time:4870

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 2592 x 1944
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Swivel webcam: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, Black / Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / Black, Stainless Steel
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable)
Intel segment tagging:Home office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 3:2 / 4:3
Display brightness:350
Display Diagonal:12 / 12.5
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2160 x 1440
HD type:2K Ultra HD / Full HD / HD+ / Quad HD / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Docking station

Docking station connecting interface:USB 3.0
Docking station DisplayPort:Y
Docking station Ethernet LAN:Y
Docking station HDMI port:Y
Docking station headphone out:Y
Docking station included:Y
Docking station USB 3.0 ports quantity:3

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45

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:1.74 / 16 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:100 / 300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 800 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1912 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 530 / Intel® HD Graphics 5300
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4

Keyboard

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

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4
Memory clock speed:1866
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

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

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C 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:45

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3 / Opi / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No / Y
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2,1x4 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:i3-6006U / i3-6100 / i3-6100U / i5-6200U / i7-6500U / M-5Y10a
Processor boost frequency:2 / 2.8 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i3-6xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core M
Processor frequency:0.8 / 2 / 2.00 / 2.3 / 2.5 / 3.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i3-6006U / i3-6100 / i3-6100U / i5-6200U / i7-6500U / M-5Y10a
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-6000 Mobile Processor Series / Intel Core i3-6100 Desktop series / Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series / Intel Core M-5Y Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1356 / LGA1151 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / S0
System bus data transfer rate:4 / 8
System bus rate:4 / 8
Tcase:65
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 4.5 / 47, 51
Tjunction:100 / 95

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:83611 / 88180 / 88193 / 88194 / 90729 / 91157
Processor code:SR2EU / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2HG / SSSR2UW
Processor package size:30 x 16.5 / 37.5 / 42 / 42 x 24
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C

Security

Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, Supervisor, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 8.1

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroDrive, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC / MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / SD / SD, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 96
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 96

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.87 / 7.9 / 7.91 / 7.93 / 8.69
Depth (tablet mode):7.91
Height:0.598 / 0.6 / 0.622 / 0.624 / 0.626 / 0.65 / 49.2
Height (tablet mode):0.374
Weight:2.76 / 3.09
Weight (tablet mode):31.7
Width:11.5 / 12.5
Width (tablet mode):11.5