Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271) - Specs

up to 512GB SSD
up to 8GB
Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
4870 mAh, 37Wh, 2-cell, 4870 mAh, Li-ion, 2-cell, 2-cell, 4870 mAh, Li-ion, 2-cell, 4870 mAh, Li-Polymer, 2-cell 4870 mAh Li-ion
292 x 201 x 11 mm (11.50" x 7.91" x 0.43")
0.92 kg (2 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum (Aluminum)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader microSD, microSDXC
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack Combo headphone/mic port
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • Backlit keyboard optional
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive optional
  • Security Lock slot
Keyboard / Dock(Convertible)
292 x 201 x 5
0.33 kg (0.7 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • USB
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio jack
  • Web camera
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Security Lock slot
  • Leather/Fabric keyboard cover


All Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271) configurations

See all Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271) configurations


Display Profiles


The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.


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Office work and web design

Office work / Web design

If your field is office work or web design, or you just want your monitor's color set to be as accurate as possible for the Internet color space, this profile will prove to be useful.

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Gaming or movie nights

Gaming or Movie nights

We developed this profile especially for occasions on which you spend a lot of time in front of your monitor with some games or watching movies – it will be easier for you to discern fine nuances in the dark.

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Health protection


This profile reduces the negative impact of pulsation and the blue spectrum, securing your eyes and body. You still get a pitch-perfect color image, albeit slightly warmer.

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CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271) series.

Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


Acer Switch Alpha 12 (SA5-271) in-depth review

Acer has been releasing Aspire Switch devices for quite some time now and we've seen a steady increase in overall usability, design, quality etc. But since their last announcement at [email protected] conference in New York, the Aspire Switch lineup has matured enough to a point when the latest Switch Alpha 12 can actually replace your notebook. It sure is a 12-inch hybrid device but the notebook-class CPU inside puts it in a class of its own. How Acer managed to pull this off? Well, the company'[...]

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  • Excellent build quality and ergonomics
  • Comfortable keyboard + optional LED backlight depending on your region
  • 3rd generation Acer stylus (also optional and depends on your region)
  • Great IPS panel with good properties
  • Successful implementation of a Core-U processor with Acer's LiquidLoop cooling design
  • Decent battery life


  • A bit erratic touchpad performance
  • Limited connectivity options
  • Slightly hefty for a tablet
  • PWM from 0 to 100% screen brightness


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