Acer Switch Alpha 12 Review

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a hybrid 2-in-1 that combines the efficiency of a tablet with the utility of a laptop. It is the first machine with a built-in liquid cooling system, a distinct feature that guarantees you total silence while working on the machine and also allows it to use a more powerful processor compared to other hybrids. This also means that the Switch Alpha 12 does not feature any fans or cooling vents.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 front

Acer Switch Alpha 12 – Design and Specifications:

The design of the Acer Switch Alpha 12 brings together a tablet, a keyboard, and a kickstand that pulls away from the aluminum rear of this amazing device. The rear of the Switch Alpha 12 features a 5-megapixel camera, the Acer’s logo and a brushed motif. It comes with its very own proprietary charger but you can also charge it via USB-C.

Strong performance and fine productivity of the Acer Switch Alpha 12 makes it easy to work with numerous tabs when surfing the internet as it never hangs. This can be attributed to its 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U CPU, Intel HD Graphics 520, 256 GB SSD configuration and 8 GB of RAM. It is an ideal mobile work machine that makes it less cumbersome than carrying around a full laptop.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 keyboard

Acer Switch Alpha 12 – Ports, Display, and Audio:

Unlike most other hybrids, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 features a useful combination of ports. It has a Type-C port for next generation stuff in addition to a USB 3.0 port for your existing peripherals. This is in addition to a headphone combo jack, a microSD card slot, and a power jack. It fits in a 12-inch IPS LCD panel and has a stunning, bright display of 2160 X 1440.

The Switch Alpha 12 has two front facing speakers for audio output. Even though its audio output is not extremely loud, it is quite clear and balanced. However, you can connect external speakers and make use of the HD Audio Manager software to satisfy your audio preference. The Switch Alpha 12 is a little bit heavy than the iPad Pro in tablet mode. It weighs about 1 kg without the keyboard.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 side

Acer Switch Alpha 12 – Price and Conclusion:

The Switch Alpha 12, which costs about $650 comes with a comfortable keyboard cover unlike other hybrids such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The keys require 58 grams of force to press down and travel for 1.4 millimeters. This makes the keyboard enjoyable to use. Additionally, it features some magnets at the bottom that can be propped up at an angle or laid flat to connect to the keyboard.

One major drawback of this hybrid device is its short battery life. Therefore, the Alpha 12 can be looked at as a powerful laptop ideal for making brief mobile excursions or to work with at a coffee shop for short hours. Nevertheless, despite having to charge it often, its performance is very impressive.

In summary, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 offers a strong performance, a beautiful display, and next generation ports, making it one of the best 2-in-1s in the market. However, its short battery life is a major drawback which may require you to carry around the power cord and charge often. Nonetheless, the keyboard cover is a plus which makes the Acer Switch Alpha a good choice as long as you don’t mind carrying around the charger.