Acer expands Switch line to add Windows 8.1 Pro

Acer has added Switch 10 and Switch 11 Pro to its Aspire notebook series that transform between laptop and tablet form factors.

The line is aimed at enterprise users and has been upgraded from the previous versions to include Windows 8.1 Pro.

According to Acer, the device is aimed to be flexible, with touch, type, viewing and sharing modes, and even includes a stylus.  The magnetic Acer Snap Hinge allows the screen portion of the device to be separated, attached, or even flipped over the keyboard to stand like a picture frame.

Acer Aspire Switch 11

The two new models feature:

SW5-171P-17EQ – Retail: $499.99 SW5-171P-87GQ – Retail: $899.99
Windows 8.1 Pro (32-Bit) Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) – English/French
Intel Atom Processor Z3735 Intel Core i5-4202Y
64GB e-MMC storage, microSD (up to 32GB) card reader 128GB SATA SSD
10.1 (1280 x 800) IPS, 10-point touchscreen, Zero Air Gap Technology 11.6 (1920 x 1080) IPS 10-point touchscreen, Zero Air Gap Technology
Integrated Intel HD Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics
802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, bi-lingual keyboard Keyboard dock, 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam
Active stylus pen included
Two year limited warranty Two year limited warranty


According to Acer, the models are being offered through all of its distributors in Canada, including  PC Corp, CDW, Softchoice.  Retailers include Amazon, Tiger Direct, Newegg, NCIX, Memex, Direct Dial and Canada Computers.

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