Acer expands its 2-in-1 “Switch” notebook lineup

PC vendor Acer has expanded Switch line of two-in-one notebooks running Windows 8.1 – there’s the new 11.6” Asipire Switch 11 series and a new model in the 10.1” Switch series. Both lines combine a full Windows-based notebook and tablet in one device.

Both Switch models use the magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge, which has two hooks that connect the keyboard and the tablet and a two-way connector to hold the tablet for two-sided viewing, designed for easy transitioning between modes.

“We’re thrilled that the flexibility and portability of our Acer Aspire Switch series has resonated with customers,” said Jerry Kao, general manager of Acer Notebook Business Group, in a statement. “Our new models sporting larger 11.6-inch screens with durable Gorilla Glass 3, an anti-fingerprint coating and a responsive Chiclet keyboard should be a hit with both students and professionals alike.”

The new Aspire Switch 11 models feature an 11.6” display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an anti-fingerprint coating, as well as a Chiclet keyboard with tactile feedback and two front-spacing stereo speakers.

Two Aspire Switch 11 models are available:

  • The SW5-171 is a power-user model, with a Full HD 1080p display and HD webcam powered by the latest Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB memory and up to a 128GB SATA drive.
  • The SW5-111 is for mainstream users, and features a 1366×768 resolution display powered by an Intel Atom™ Z3745 quad-core processor, 2GB memory and up to 64GB eMMC storage. It also features a 2.0MP front camera with Full HD 1080p audio/video recording.
Acer Aspire Switch 11 in "tent" mode
Acer Aspire Switch 11 in “tent” mode

Acer has also added a new model, the SW5-012, to its Aspire Switch 10 lineup. Users can choose between a Full HD 1920 x 1200 or HD 1280 x 800 10.1” display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The device measures less than 8.9 mm thin in tablet mode and 20.2 mm with the keyboard. There are 32GB and 64GB storage options available, with 2GB RAM and an Intel Atom quad-core processor. The 2MP HD webcam has 1920 x 1080 resolution and 1080p Full HD audio/video recording.

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 series will be available in October starting at US$399, and the Acer Aspire Switch 10 series will be available in September starting at US$329.99.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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