Acer has announced a few new additions to its Switch convertible series. Like most other convertibles, the series is meant to compete with the Surface lineup, but the Switch has a neat trick up its sleeve in the form of fanless cooling system with the Switch 5.
The High-End Variant
While its Liquid Loop cooling technology debuted with the Switch Alpha 12, Acer’s new Switch 5 is another system that utilizes the technology to cool its beefy hardware. Being no slouch in the internal department, the convertible comes with a 12.2-inch QHD (2160 x 1440) IPS LCD touchscreen display.
Under the hood, you get a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with up to 8 GB RAM. Storage can be had in up to 512 GB SSD or 1 TB HDD flavors, while on the graphics end you get an Intel HD Graphics 620 option. Battery life is quoted at being 10 hours long.
Design-wise, you get a kickstand on the back which can be tilted up to 165-degrees. The Switch 5 comes with a keyboard and active pen stylus in the box. Connectivity options supported include the USB 3.0 and USB-C, which charges the tablet, too.
Budget Friendly Version
For those who don’t want the interesting cooling system, Acer also has the Switch 3, which comes with a 12.2-inch FHD 1080p display, an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor as well as 128 GB worth storage and a modest 4 GB RAM module. Battery life is said to last up to 8 hours. Intel HD graphics are found on board and despite the lower price point, the keyboard and stylus are included.
As for the price, the Switch 5 starts at $800, while the Switch 3 can be had for a much more budget-friendly $400. Both of these machines will be available come this July.