10 September 2014

Acer introduces three 2 in 1 notebooks

Acer has expanded its 2-in-1 notebook line with the new 11.6" Aspire Switch 11 series and a new Switch 10 that boasts a 1080p Full HD 10.1" display. The Aspire Switch 2-in-1 lines combine a Microsoft Windows-based notebook and tablet in one flexible device.

Source: Acer. The Aspire Switch 10.
Thin, lightweight and durable, the Aspire Switch series was made for work and on the road. Four modes are enabled for touch, typing, viewing, and sharing. The magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge has two hooks to firmly connect the tablet to the keyboard and a two-way connector that holds the tablet for two-sided viewing. This design enables easy transitioning between modes, latch-free keyboard docking and additional storage capability.

Source: Acer. The Aspire Switch 11.
"Our new models sporting larger 11.6" screens with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3, an anti-fingerprint coating and a responsive Chiclet keyboard should be a hit with both students and professionals alike,” Jerry Kao, GM of Acer Notebook Business Group said.

“2-in-1s offer a great value proposition to consumers who want a laptop and a tablet in one device,” said Navin Shenoy, VP of Intel PC Client Group and GM, Mobile Client Platform Division. “Acer’s new line of 2-in-1s provides more compelling choices that elegantly work, share and play in a variety of modes – all powered by the outstanding performance of Intel processors.”

Two models are available in the Aspire Switch 11 series. Engineered for power users, the Aspire Switch SW5-171 features a Full HD 1080p display and a HD webcam for enjoying images and videoconferences in sharp detail. Up to a fast 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers plenty of power for multitasking and fueling casual games and movies. It’s also outfitted with 4GB memory and up to a 128 GB* SATA hard drive for storing a large archive of data and applications. Connectivity to external storage, peripherals and other digital devices is provided via full-sized USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

Designed for mainstream users, the Aspire Switch SW5-111 is outfitted with a 1,366 x 768 resolution display. It offers an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor, 2GB memory and up to 64GB* eMMC storage. Two USB 2.0 ports – one full sized and the other micro – provide connectivity to peripherals and digital devices. A 2.0MP front camera with Full HD 1080p audio/video recording enables videoconferences and capturing images on the fly.

Both models include Microsoft Windows 8.1 for full PC productivity, micro HDMI for connecting a full-size display via just one cable and MicroSD for reading a wide variety of SD cards. Wireless connectivity is enabled with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n.

The Aspire Switch 10 offers a new model, the SW5-012 that features a Full HD 1,920 x 1,200 or a HD 1,280 x 800 10.1" display. One of the thinnest 2-in-1 devices on the market, it measures less than 8.9 mm thin in tablet mode and 20.2 mm with the keyboard dock.

The tablet weighs 0.585 kg while the combined tablet and keyboard is 1.17 kg. It delivers battery life of up to 8 hours** (HD) and 7 hours** (Full HD) for almost a full day of computing. This model provides solid performance offering up to 32/64GB* of storage, 2GB of RAM and an Intel Atom quad-core processor. It offers a 2MP HD webcam with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 1080p Full HD audio/video recording. The Switch 10 SW5-012 also comes with Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing and Microsoft Office 365 Personal*** at no additional expense, so users can create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents virtually everywhere.

Zero Air Gap technology delivers sharp images, while Acer LumiFlex optimises screen visibility during outdoor activities, even in bright sunlight. IPS technology provides wide viewing angles and accurate colors from edge to edge. The Precision Touchpad supports six touchpad gestures and delivers greater sensitivity and palm rejection by distinguishing between intentional finger gestures vs. accidental contact by the palm of the hand.

Built-in Acer BYOC**** means users can easily access and manage their data anywhere. Acer BYOC Apps offer real time information, data management, and data security across multiple devices for immediate synchronising.

Optional accessories include an Acer Active Pen that provides fast, precise input for those who prefer to handwrite notes, an Acer Snap Case that protects and packs the tablet and keyboard for easy carry, and a micro USB cable that serves as a connection and charging hub.

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 series will be available in October in EMEA with prices starting at €399. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 series will be available in September in EMEA with prices starting at €329. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.

*Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)
**Actual battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications or features launched. Maximum capacity for all batteries diminish with time and use.
***Office 365 Personal one-year subscription must be activated required within a limited time. Specifications vary depending on region.
****Acer BYOC is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop, Windows RT, Android 2.3 or later, and iOS 5.1 or later. To set up your personal Acer BYOC service, you'll need at least one PC and one mobile device with the Acer BYOC Apps installed and must designate one PC as your Personal Cloud Storage.