Acer announced new Switch Alpha 12 PCs

Acer Switch Alpha 12Acer has announced a new series of Windows 10 run PC’s called the Switch Alpha 12. They are the latest to try the detachable style for a more flexible notebook.

The video showing off the features of the new Switch Alpha 12 boast an innovative cooling system that will allegedly boost performance. But the real plus is the detachable screen.

Like many other laptops trying to compete with the popularity of high performance tablets, the latest Acer Switch Alpha 12 series combines the two. The screen connects to a full sized laptop keyboard and mouse. This turns it into a touch screen tablet for on the go use.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 Technical Specs

The convertible laptop comes with three options to fit your needs and budget: an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor to deliver the highest performance possible for the price.

No word yet on the GPU, but we do know that it holds a high res 2,160 x 1,440 display. Given the fact that this is a PC and not a super powered tablet, you can expect decent results with the graphics.

They have been bragging about the 8 hour battery life, but we all know how that goes. Whatever it starts out with won’t last for long with use, and before you know it the battery will only holy enough juice for a couple of hours at full charge.

Still, that is a small price to pay for some of the other benefits of the device, like the ease of use and the elegant design of the 12-inch PC.

On the downside, it only ha a single USB port (why do manufacturers do that?), which is a major bummer. Everyone needs more ports, cloud service or not. But if you don’t mind investing a couple of bucks in a port hub you should be fine.

The PC will support Windows 10, which is good news for Microsoft fans.

All in all, this isn’t all that different from what we have seen before. I would say that if you have been eyeing that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with envy, but don’t have the $900 to drop on it, this is a good alternative.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 will come in at just $699, a much more budget friendly option considering its high performance specs. So while that might have been steep for a tablet, for a convertible PC that gives you both the functionality of a laptop and the ease of a mobile device, it is just right.

Source: Windows Blog

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