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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews of Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271 / SA5-271P). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and keyboard are overall positive. The performance and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the portability. Many are less positive about the touchpad and battery.

usability, price, performance, keyboard, screen

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Lewis Leong (techradar.com)

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: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

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: Alastair Stevenson (trustedreviews.com)

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

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Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

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 (pcadvisor.co.uk)

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

Expert review by: Robin-Leigh Chetty (techsmart.co.za)

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: 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: 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

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery Capacity:3220 / 4870
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

Camera

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

Design

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

Display

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
HD type:2K Ultra HD / Full HD / HD+ / Quad HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:N / 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: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

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Pointing Stick
Windows keys:No / Y / 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:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Wi-Fi:Y / 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:N / No

Packaging Data

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

Performance

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

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 / 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 types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
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 boost frequency:2 / 2.8 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
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 i7-6500 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 rate:4 / 5 / 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: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
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 / 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:N / No
Password protection:Y
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:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroDrive, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash) / 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: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
Height (tablet mode):9.5
Weight:1.25 / 1.4
Weight (tablet mode):900
Width:29.2 / 292 / 292.1 / 317
Width (tablet mode):29.2