Acer Aspire Switch 5 preview – portable hybrid with liquid cooling and QHD resolution

The Taiwanese company Acer came up with a very good offer for those of you who desire portability throughout every single day. We are talking about the Acer Aspire Switch 5 and it comes with latest generation hardware, high build quality, and some key features such as a fingerprint reader and stylus.

If you happen to show interest in Acer Aspire Switch 5, you could check its current price and availability here:


As it was mentioned above, the portable hybrid boasts latest generation hardware. This includes the ULV Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U processor that sports two physical and four logical cores, supports up to 32GB DDR3/4 RAM, as well as the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card. Albeit integrated, the GPU offers sufficient performance to surpass discrete models such as GeForce GTX 920MX, GT 730 and others – more about Intel HD Graphics 620 you can learn from our Top Laptop Graphics Rankings.

Acer Aspire Switch 5 is meant for those of you who are after portability and long battery life. It is namely for this reason that the Taiwanese company has employed a processor providing high computing power while having low energy consumption. The Core i7-7500U will cope with not only your everyday tasks but also with heavier processes, and will contribute to a longer battery life. According to Acer, the hybrid can work for up to 10 hours without having to plug it in the socket.

Apart from the components listed above, Aspire Switch 5 comes with 8GB of RAM, an SSD for even faster OS loading and operation with more demanding applications.

Design and build quality

We can’t say that Aspire Switch 5 has an outstanding and “flashy” design, just the opposite. The device uses a simplistic and classical design language with a very high build quality and some notable key features. We shall begin from the rear part (lid) of the hybrid which is entirely made of aluminum, and its edges are plastic. The upper left part of the lid houses the web cam and the mid section carries the Acer logo.

Moving on to the sides, the device offers a USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Type-C port, DC port and a microSD and microSDXC card reader, as well as a combo audio jack for headphone and microphone, a Power button and volume rockers. As for the front, it features the front-facing camera, two loudspeakers and Acer’s logo. We cannot miss mentioning the touch-sensitive display which offers FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1440 pixels) and an IPS matrix, needed for a comfortable viewing of a picture irrespective of your viewing angle.

Extras and warranty

One of the surprising characteristic features of Aspire Switch 5 is the available liquid cooling. Even though the device is only a centimeter thick, it employs namely this kind of passive cooling. Acer LiquidLoop takes care of the low temperatures of Core i7-7500U and the needed silence when in operation.

In addition to silence and low temperatures, the safety of your data has also been taken into account. The Power button is also a fingerprint scanner and in combination with the Windows Hello technology you can be sure that your private information will not be accessible for anyone else other than yourself.

Aspire Switch 5 has a docking station and a kickstand in rear part, which is completely adjustable. Depending on your needs, it can hold the display at an angle of 165 degrees. Additionally, the model comes with 24 months of international warranty, which is of the Collect & Return type for some countries. This means that if you happen to encounter a problem with your Aspire Switch 5, the device will be shipped to the service center at their expense.

If you happen to show interest in Acer Aspire Switch 5, you could check its current price and availability here:

Specs sheet

OSMicrosoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
  • Intel Core i5-7200U (2-core, 2.50 – 3.10GHz, 3MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-7500U (2-core, 2.70 -3.50 GHz, 4MB cache)
RAM8GB (1x 8192MB) – DDR3, 1866MHz
Storage256GB, 512GB SSD NVMe
GPUIntel HD Graphics 620
Display12-inch (30.48 cm) – 2160×1440, IPS touch sensitive
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type C
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • integrated web cam
  • combo audio jack
  • 2x integrated loudspeakers
  • docking station
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Active Pen
Dimensions29 x 20 x 0.9 cm
Weight1.3 kg (with docking station)

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