Monday, May 2, 2016

Acer Debuts Switch Alpha 12 Liquid-Cooled 2-in-1 Notebook

Acer announced the new Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 notebook with Windows 10, which delivers a heightened level of mobility with Acer LiquidLoop cooling, excellent performance, and an ultra-slim, flexible notebook-to-tablet design that is both elegant and sturdy – helping people do more.
The new Switch Alpha 12 is the industry’s first fanless 2-in-1 notebook to use a 6th Generation Intel® Core i7, Core i5 or Core i3 processor. It is powered by Windows 10, which is off to the fastest start in Windows history, with more than 270 million active devices.
“The Switch Alpha 12 is part of Acer’s new generation of mobile 2-in-1 products that focuses on providing exceptional performance, while also remaining cool and quiet,” said Jerry Hou, general manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “This new Switch Alpha line takes the best aspects of our award-winning Switch 2-in-1 product line and adds new features such as a fanless design, an ultra-thin attachable keyboard and the latest in mobile computing performance.”
“The 2-in-1 category continues to grow with new innovative designs coming to market,” said Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Computing group, Intel Corp. “The new, 6th Generation Intel Core-powered Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a great combination of performance, no-compromise computing and long battery life, making it ideal for work as well as playing on the go.”
“The Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 with Windows 10 allows people to have choice to experience entertainment and productivity as a notebook or tablet, with full PC functionality,” said Peter Han, vice president worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Only Windows 10 can deliver more personal computing, help reinvent productivity and use the power of the cloud to make all of your personal experiences across devices familiar.”
LiquidLoop Cooling Provides Silent Operation; Boosts Performance and Stability
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is ideal for places where quiet operation is appreciated – such as meetings, shared offices, classes and libraries. The silent LiquidLoop Cooling System keeps the Switch Alpha 12 at a stable temperature and running efficiently without fan noise. The device is the industry’s first 2-in-1 with a 6th Generation Intel Core processor to use a fanless design; this combination contributes to the system’s excellent performance and all-day 8-hour battery life1.  The LiquidLoop cooling system also provides improved reliability. Since it has no fan, venting that can be compromised by airflow issues and dust accumulation is not required.
Versatile 2-in-1 Design
Equipped with a versatile kickstand, attachable keyboard, and an optional Acer Active Pen, the Switch Alpha 12 utilizes Continuum to be enjoyed as a Windows 10 notebook and as a tablet with full PC functionality virtually anywhere. Two keyboard options are available: standard and backlit models for improved efficiency in low-light areas. The stable U-shaped kickstand has an anti-slip design to hold the display upright when customers touch or write on the display. It can be adjusted fluidly to any angle up to 165 degrees, making the Switch Alpha 12 comfortable to use on a desk, airplane, or lap. Also, the kickstand has sturdy hinges to handle frequent angle adjustments, an elegant and modern anodized aluminum chassis and a brushed hairline texture that complements the design and enhances comfort during transport.
The Switch Alpha 12’s 5.85mm thin, full-size keyboard is incredibly slim and light with amply-spaced keys. It delivers 1.4mm of travel for comfort and productivity while typing. The large trackpad supports convenient and intuitive navigation with Precision Touchpad supporting Windows 10 gestures for a smooth and responsive experience. The keyboard connects via a secure and easy to connect magnetic hinge, can be adjusted to a suitable ergonomic angle, and protects the screen and ensures easy transport when closed on top of the tablet.
Brilliant Display
The Switch Alpha 12 has a vibrant 12-inch touch display, the ideal size for anyone who creates, edits and enjoys content on the go. With IPS technology[1], an impressive 2160 x 1440 resolution and Intel HD Graphics 520 support, customers will enjoy vivid color and crisp detail. Great for videoconferencing and capturing memories, the Switch Alpha 12’s webcam provides 1080p Full HD audio and video recording, and the Acer TrueHarmony high performance sound system features dual front-facing speakers for a rich and immersive audio experience.
Ideal for Professionals; Optional Dock
Available for home, school and commercial customers, the Switch Alpha 12 combines performance, versatile design and features that can handle all their work needs. It can be used as a traditional notebook, as a display for presentations, and as a tablet with the optional pen for capturing ideas and making sketches.
Acer offers an optional Acer USB Type-C Dock that can transform it into a powerful workstation. This convenient and compact dock enables high-speed video, audio and data transfer and keeps the work area clutter-free with immediate connectivity to multiple displays and other devices simultaneously. It has a DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and three USB Type-A ports, as well as audio input for microphone and audio output for speakers.
Slim, Lightweight Design Packs in All the Latest Technology
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is thin and light, measuring just 292.1 (W) x 201.4 (D) x 15.85 (H) mm (11.5 x 7.93 x 0.62 inches) and weights 1250 grams (2.76 pounds) when the tablet and keyboard are connected. The tablet alone measures just 9.5mm (0.37 inches) in height, and weighs 900 grams (1.98 pounds). It provides ample storage with a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD and can access additional files on the MicroSDXC slot. The device will be offered with 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM[2]. It features a thin and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port for fast data transfers of up to 5Gbps from connected peripherals, to share video and also to power other devices. The Switch Alpha 12 also connects to peripherals via Bluetooth 4.0.
Fast dual-band 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi on the Switch Alpha 12 keeps customers connected and in touch with up to three times faster[3] wireless connectivity compared to 802.11n.
The Switch Alpha 12 was unveiled recently at the next@acer press event in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for families, students and professionals. To learn more about availability and product specifications, contact the nearest Acer office or retailer via

[1] All brands and product names mentioned herein include trademarks of their respective companies and are used solely to describe or identify the products
[2] Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)
[3] Based on IEEE 802.11ac draft specification. An 802.11ac wireless equipped computer requires an 802.11ac router to work properly. Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network and other factors. Up to three times faster comparing 802.11ac with 802.11n.


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    Like this list here has plenty of laptops worse.

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