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

Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P)
alaAverage 4.9

8 reviews

Jan, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P). The average rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the performance and price are generally positive. The size and usability also get good comments.

screen, usability, size, price, performance

On average, users rate this product 97/100.

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Switch 12 Alpha SA5-271


Adaptability and size

Sep, 2017

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Switch 12 Alpha SA5-271


Acer alternative to the Microsoft Surface realistically. Same features (the important ones) with a much reduced cost. Does everything ive tried very well.


Aug, 2017

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Switch 12 Alpha SA5-271


This 2-in-1 has an absolutely amazing screen, blazes through booting up and loading applications, and really looks the business! (i5 version).

Battery life could be better, but not a problem at all if you have the charger to hand.

Jul, 2017

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Acer Switch 12.5 Inch Ci3 4GB


very good laptop/tablet. best price around at argos, at leat £50 cheaper than others

Apr, 2017

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A good little laptop/tablet that does the job


I wanted a little laptop that I could use wherever I wanted. The switch comes in handy as I wanted a two in one so I wasn't restricted in what I could do with it. I also wanted a decent item as I had in mind that it would be a long term investment for...

Jan, 2017

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Great portability


I wanted something more portable to replace my defunct Toshiba laptop. This fitted the bill perfectly and I have not been disappointed. Performance is good with start up times measured in seconds thanks to the on-board SSD and the ability to use as a...

Oct, 2016

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Lived up to expectations


The Acer switch alpha 12 lived up to all expectations and arrived well ahead of schedule. Really easy to do things on windows 10 and at lightening speed! Have only had a couple of weeks and am still getting used to the floppy screen - need to remember...

Aug, 2016

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:37 / 4870
Battery capacity (Watt hours):37 / 4870
Battery life (max):8
Battery performance:4870
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:2


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


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


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 3:2
Display brightness:350
Display Diagonal:12
Display Resolution:2160 x 1440
HD type:HD+ / QHD+ / Quad HD / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
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 power:45


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
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:300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ad
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 Content

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

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes


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

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
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-C ports quantity:1 / 2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:45


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

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
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 / 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
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
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
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88180 / 88193 / 88194
Processor code:SR2EU / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2HG
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, Supervisor, User


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


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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.91 / 7.93
Depth (tablet mode):7.91
Height:0.598 / 0.626 / 49.2
Height (tablet mode):0.374
Weight (tablet mode):31.7
Width (tablet mode):11.5