Yesterday’s next@acer global press event, hosted by Jason Chen, the Corporate President and CEO of Acer introduced two new notebooks to their Switch line named the Switch 3 and the Switch 5. These are two stylish and powerful new additions to their back-to-school range which allow consumers to easily transition from notebook to tablet with a detachable keyboard which is fastened with ultra-secure magnets. In fact, the Switch 3 has already won The Red Dot Award for Product Design this year. These additions to their 2-in-1 line are silent models that have silent Acer LiquidLoop fanless cooling systems, so they are as discreet as possible. They also boast an auto-retracted kickstand allowing users to adjust the position of the device with just one hand.
These really do function as both notebook and tablet. They both come with an Acer Active Pen for use on the touchscreen, which is handy for taking notes or annotating documents and is supported by Windows Ink and has palm rejection and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. They also have front and rear facing cameras with a 178 degree viewing angle and fingerprint readers for use with Windows Hello, so you can be assured that all your information is secure and can only be accessed by you.
Both devices have 7th Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 processors for top quality performance and feature a MicroSDXC slot. The Switch 3 has either 32, 64 or 128GB of eMMC memory and 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. In comparison, the Switch 5 has 256 or 512GB of PCle SSD and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. They also both have a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port and Bluetooth 4.0.
They sleek, lightweight design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also easily transportable. The Switch 3 is 295 (W) x 201 (D) x 16.3 (H)mm with the keyboard and as a tablet alone it is 9.95mm. It weighs in at 0.9kg both with and without the keyboard while the Switch 5 is 1.27kg with the keyboard connected and 0.92kg without the keyboard. The Switch 5 is also slightly larger measuring 292 (W) x 201.8 (D) x 12 (H)mm with the keyboard connected and 9.6mm as a tablet alone.
These devices are reasonably priced considering all the new technology they feature at €499 for the Switch 3 and €1099 for the Switch 5.