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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 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 products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the screen and keyboard. The price and performance are also appreciated, but many are critical about the touchpad and battery. Reviews are divided on the portability.

usability, performance, price, keyboard, screen

battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (

Acer Switch Alpha 12


The Switch Alpha 12 is Acer's attempt to create a Microsoft Surface rival. It aims to offer the same tablet-first convertible experience, but at a significantly more competitive £600 starting price. That makes it over £100 cheaper than similarly...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: Affordability is its ace


The laptop-replacement market is going from strength to strength, with every manufacturer worth its salt looking to innovate in the 2-in-1 market and stand apart from the top-of-the-pack Microsoft Surface. With the Acer Switch Alpha 12, the Taiwanese...

Affordable, keyboard and stylus included (in the UK), ample power to rival Microsoft Surface, silent operation, decent screen, integrated and adjustable stand

Battery life limited to around 5-hours per charge, not the smallest or lightest design, trackpad has an irksome click, two-tone finish looks off, poor speakers

As a full laptop-replacement the Acer Switch Alpha 12 ticks many of the right boxes. The integrated stand is solid, the silent operation from the LiquidLoop cooling system is an obvious benefit, there's as much power on hand as a Microsoft Surface Pro...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Lewis Leong (

Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 review


An incredibly budget-friendly Microsoft Surface clone

Great performance for the money ; Solid build ; Vibrant screen

Short battery life ; Keyboard feels cheap ; Tons of bloatware

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a Microsoft Surface clone that offers great value for those looking for a PC tablet. However, it’s short battery life and cheap feeling keyboard make it hard to recommend for people who actually want to do work.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

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

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Expert review by : Nathan Spendelow (

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review: A keenly-priced Surface Pro 4 rival


A silent performer, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a surprisingly speedy and well made laptop hybrid

Still not made your mind up about what to spend your hard-earned cash on? Check out our Best Laptop 2016 guide for even more purchasing help.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Martin (

Acer Switch Alpha 12 hands-on review


How do you beat the Surface Pro 4? Well the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is cheaper and is fanless despite having a Core i processor thanks to liquid cooling.

It’s another Surface Pro 4 rival (or clone even) but it’s a quickly growing market where competition is a good thing. Acer has done a great job of packing in decent specs into a device with a nice design which hits a lower price point than rivals. It’s...

Apr, 2016

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Acer Switch Alpha 12 review

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It used to be that the Apple iPad was the tablet everyone wanted to emulate, but we've seen a spell of manufacturers looking to create their own Microsoft Surface Pro competitors. The Acer Switch Alpha 12 - a 12-inch tablet with detachable keyboard...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Robin-Leigh Chetty (

Acer Switch Alpha 12


The Switch Alpha 12 is one of Acer's newer 2-in-1 offerings, and a premium option at that. Priced at R15 000, it is still a few niggles away from perfection.

Premium materials, design and feel; Superb screen quality; Solid multitasking perfomance

Heavy as a tablet; Slightly subpar battery life

The Alpha 12 ticks many important boxes. It's well made from high quality materials, making it feel equally premium. The 2-in-1 notebook also features a sumptuous display up front, great for work and home. Added to this is a range of solid...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Justin Pot (

Acer Switch Alpha 12 review


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

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (

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

Product Specifications


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


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


Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Front Camera:No / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1600 x 1200 / 1920 x 1080 / 2592 x 1944
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Swivel webcam:Y


Wi-Fi certified:Y


Colour of product:Aluminium, Black / Black / Black, grey / Black, Silver / Black, Stainless Steel / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable)
Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Notebook


3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 3:2 / 4:3
Display brightness:350
Display diagonal:30.5 / 31.8
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2160 x 1440 / 2560 x 1440
HD type:2K Ultra HD / Full HD / HD+ / QHD+ / Quad HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / LCD / TFT
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Docking station

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


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:N / No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 16 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:100 / 300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:1000
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 maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
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
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24


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


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


3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Yes
Near Field Communication (NFC):N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / 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:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Stylus pen:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

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


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Orientation sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:N / No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
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 / 2
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 / 2


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


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 / Yes
FSB Parity:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866,2133 / 1866,1333,2133,1600 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2,1x4 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2 / 2.8 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 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 i7-6500 series / Intel Core M-5Y Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1356 / LGA 1356 (Socket B2) / LGA1151 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / S0
System bus rate:4 / 5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 4.5 / 47, 51 / 51
Tjunction:100 / 95

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / 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 Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No / Y
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y / Yes
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 / No / 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 VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
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 / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / 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 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:83611 / 88180 / 88193 / 88194 / 90729 / 91157 / I3-6100U / I5-6200U / I7-6500U
Processor code:SR2EU / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2HG / SSSR2UW
Processor package size:30 x 16.5 / 37.5 / 42 / 42 x 24
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 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C


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


Bundled software:Acer Care Center, Acer Hover Access, Acer Portal
Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8.1
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroDrive, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), SDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC / MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / SD / SD, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 96
Solid-state drive interface:SATA / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512 / 96

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:20 / 20.1 / 200 / 200.7 / 201.4 / 220.6
Depth (tablet mode):20.1
Height :1.52 / 1.58 / 1.59 / 1250 / 15.2 / 15.8 / 15.9 / 16.5 / 9.5
Height (tablet mode):1.58 / 9.5
Weight:1.25 / 1.4
Weight (tablet mode):900
Width:29.2 / 291.1 / 292 / 292.1 / 317
Width (tablet mode):29.2