Acer’s CEO, Jason Chen, was on stage in New York today to unveil Acer’s new lineup of notebooks, 2-in-1s and related devices for the 2017 back-to-school season. We took a closer look at newest additions to the Acer Swift series notebooks and the Acer Switch 2-in-1s to find out what these laptop PCs have to offer students this year.
Acer Swift 1 and Swift 3: Attractive Budget Laptops
Acer’s Swift line of notebooks delivered 11 percent year-on-year growth. The new Swift series notebooks replace the plastic chassis designs with a new all-aluminum bodies.
The new Acer Swift 1 ($329) arrives in June, just in time to provide students with a lightweight budget laptop. Measuring in at 0.7 inches (14.95 mm) in height and weighing 2.87 pounds (1.3 kg), the Swift 1’s all-metal chassis is available in three colors (Pure Silver, Luxury Gold, and Sakura Pink).
With up to 10 hours of battery life, the Swift 1 features a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display, an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor, 4GB of memory and either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of SSD or eMMC storage depending on configuration. The Swift 1 also includes ultra-fast 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology for quality Wi-Fi connectivity.
The new Acer Swift 3 ($599) will be available in June in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch screen sizes with optional Nvidia discrete graphics. Both sizes of the aluminum-clad Swift 3 are quite thin; starting at 0.71 inches or 17.95 mm in height and a starting weight of 3.9 pounds (1.8 kg).
It features 7th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and offers up to 10 hours of battery life. Both the 14-inch and the 15.6-inch models have HD IPS anti-glare displays, 512GB SSDs or spacious 1TB HDDs, up to 8GB of memory and 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology.
Acer Switch 3: Affordable 2-in-1
The new Switch 3 ($399) features a 2-in-1 design that is well-balanced with a 12.2-inch display, Intel processors and a fanless design for quiet operation. The 12.2-inch display is designed to deliver incredible precision and a responsive 10-point touch experience. It has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and 1920 x 1200 FHD resolution with IPS technology
The Switch 3 supports the Acer Active Pen, which enables direct-to-screen digital ink input for a more natural pen-on-paper experience ideal for taking note and sketching usning Windows Ink. The Acer Active Pen provides palm rejection and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The Switch 3 will be available in several configurations supporting 32GB, 64GB or 128GB eMMC memory and up to 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. The Switch 3 measures just 295 (W) x 201 (D) x 16.3 (H) mm (11.61 x 7.91 x 0.64 inches) and weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 3 tablet alone measures just 9.95 mm (0.39 inch) in height, and weighs 0.9 kg (1.98 pounds).
Acer Switch 5: 2-in-1 with liquid cooling
Meanwhile, the new Switch 5 ($799) builds on the great reception of the Switch Alpha 12, which was Acer’s first detachable 2-in-1 equipped with the innovative “LiquidLoop” cooling system. Like its predecessor, the Switch 5 is a Windows 2-in-1 notebook powered by Intel Core processors and operates without any internal cooling fans.
The Acer Switch 5 is thin and light, measuring just 292 (W) x 201.8 (D) x 12 (H) mm (11.5 x 7.94 x 0.47 inches) and weighing 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The Switch 5 tablet alone measures just 9.6 mm (0.38 inch) in height, and weighs 0.92 kg (2.03 pounds).
The Switch 5 is Acer’s first 2-in-1 to be offered with 7th Generation Intel Core i7 and i5 processors and features Acer’s patented auto-retracting kickstand; allowing you to adjust the Switch 5’s viewing angle with just one hand. The built-in fingerprint reader on the power button authenticates users and provides quick access to their projects.
The Switch 5 has an anodized aluminum chassis that encases a vibrant 12-inch FHD+ touch display with IPS technology, the Switch 5 provides an impressive 2160 x 1440 resolution with support from Intel HD Graphics 620.
The Switch 5’s keyboard is backlit for added convenience while working in darker environments. Measuring just 5.85 mm thin, the keyboard delivers 1.4 mm of travel for comfortable typing. Plus, the keyboard protects the screen when the notebook is folded away for travel. The large trackpad supports Windows 10 gestures and the Switch 5 also supports the Acer Active Pen. The Switch 5 supports a 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM.
The team at Notebook Review will have full reviews of the new Acer Swift and Acer Switch series notebooks as they become available later this year.