When Intel unveiled its first 5th-gen Core “Broadwell” processor in September, a number of laptop and tablet makers took the opportunity to unveil some of the first computers that would use the chip.
Among them was the Acer Aspire Switch 12, but Acer didn’t provide many details about the 2-in-1 tablet at the time.
The Acer Aspire Switch 12 features a 12.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Core M-FY10a processor, 4GB of RAM, and 60GB to 128GB of solid state storage.
The tablet has Intel HD 5300 graphics, stereo speakers, a 2MP camera, HDMI, microSD card, micro USB, and headset ports, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
It also has an unusual design that lets you use the system as a notebook, a tablet, or… something else. Like many 2-in-1 tablets, the Acer Aspire Switch 12 has a detachable keyboard. But the keyboard doesn’t snap off at the hinge.
Instead the hinge and a piece of the base stays connected to the tablet. You can use this as a kickstand to prop up at the tablet at a variety of angles. This lets you use it in presentation or kiosk modes for watching videos or displaying other content. You can also place the keyboard in front of the system and use it as a wireless keyboard.
Interestingly there’s no touchpad on the keyboard, but there is a pointing stick in the center and left and right buttons below the space bar.