The Acer Switch 3 is Acer’s new entry-level 2-in-1 tablet, featuring a 12.2 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a kickstand, and a keyboard cover. First unveiled in April, the Switch 3 is now available with a Pentium N4200 Apollo Lake processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage for $449.

If you’re looking for a more powerful option, Acer also introduced the Switch 5 in April. And this 2-in-1 with a 12 inch, 2160 x 1440 pixel display and Intel Kaby Lake processor options is now available for around $800 and up.

Acer Switch 5

The entry-level price for the Switch 5 gets you a model with a Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage. But Acer also offers a model with a Core i7-7500U CPU and 512GB of storage for $1000.

Both versions of the Switch 5 feature a fingerprint reader, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, and a backlit keyboard.

Acer’s cheaper Switch 3 lacks the keyboard backlighting and fingerprint sensor. And the processor is obviously less powerful. But it has the same USB ports, and all Switch 3 and Switch 5 tablets come with a pressure-sensitive Acer Active Pen.

Oh, and they’re all fanless, thanks to Acer’s LiquidLoop cooling system.

Acer Switch 3

via TabletMonkeys




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3 replies on “Acer Switch 3 and Switch 5 2-in-1 tablets now available for $450 and up.”

  1. “Oh, and they’re all fanless, thanks to Acer’s LiquidLoop cooling system.”

    From my perspective…the most important sentence in the article. The upgrade path for my current tablet, the HP Spectre x2 12 was prematurely choked off because they added fans to the newer Kaby Lake revision. Something I don’t understand, when the Surface Pro i5 actually went fanless at the same time? I am looking to upgrade to an i5 at a minimum for my next purchase and the Surface products are just out of my price range. We also do not allow Microsoft, Apple or Google devices in our home. So…this Acer Switch 5 looks like it’s on my short list and I agree with Kangal’s comment, these DO look surprisingly good.

  2. These look surprisingly good, I might be buying the Switch 5 as an upgrade for my brother for his Surface 3 (Atom).

    1. Alright, almost pulled the trigger on the Switch 12.
      I think its actually better than the Surface tablet-laptops (tabletops?).

      However, I realised the hinge/kickstand is quite weak.
      Its not that sturdy and actually relies on the rubber strip for integrity. Which means on a desk it will be just as good as the Surface Pro’s… but on an uneven surface/without a grip position it can’t quite hold it up. I mean its utter useless on someone’s lap, you can barely balance it, and as soon as you start typing it falls off. I mean all other detachable-kickstand-tablets like the Surface Pro suffer from this, but on the Switch its really exasperated.

      I really liked the concept of detachable-hinged-laptop, which only the Lenovo Helix and Surface Book have been able to pull off (though with flaws). So far the only convertibles that aren’t flawed seem to be the 360′ models… so I think I will end up getting a Yoga/Spectre instead.

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