Acer Launches the Switch 3 and Switch 5 Convertibles

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.


  • Haroon Rashid

    The 7th Gen Intel processor has out placed, with excellent package for partners as Acer, Dell, and many others wolrdwide. Intel also provides generous financing from Intel Capital already in India and many countries worldwide in Turkey, China. We’re still buying junk 2nd generation used laptops, which consumes lot of power. Our policy makers should please wake up, including the MOITT which should try to invite Intel back to Pakistan. As finally they’d closed their office in Karachi. The disadvantage with Pakistan office was it provided a grand office, with a country manager as a ceremonial figure. Reward of Pakistan Office was we since volumes/orders thru Intel Pakistan was so small we were getting inflated prices on very limited orders. As most imports was thru grey area. Now I assume if we have now become in Intel China region we get the best prices, and generous promotional advantage and new products catering to worlds biggest region. The publication PP with the author of this story should call Intel Pakistan desk at Intel Corporation and ask about the status of opening of Intel Capital in Pakistan market. To encourage new technologies to be funded/financed by Intel for Pakistan. 95% of computer users are not aware of the Processor Generation either sixth, seventh generation. Please aware the population what Pakistan is today. Why PM program of laptop not assembled in Pakistan with Intel Capital and save costs for throwing the valuable funds in all this. The PM laptop program should essentially avail local manufacturing/assembling courtesy Intel Capital which should work directly under PM with no kick backs. The prices of laptop of international quality will drop upto 50% and nation will see inventors, patent owners as users of Pakistan.

  • Mdanish Attari

    Surface like