Hybrids appear to be the rage at this point in time and Acer is one of the tech companies that have been particularly active on the scene, with products such as the Aspire R11. The new Acer Aspire Switch 11 V is the refresh version of another 2-in-1 laptop, the Aspire Switch 11. This variant comes with a low-power Intel Core M processor and an improved hinge mechanism.
Design and Screen
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 V shows similarly sleek and attractive design as its earlier brother. It is given a premium feel with an aluminium casing. The lightweight hybrid features an innovative hinge mechanism that allows you to easily pop out the display to use as tablet and seamlessly fix it back in place when done. The Aspire Switch 11 V sports an 11.6-inch touchscreen with an awesome Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The IPS technology used for this display combined with zero air gap ensures great colour reproduction and stunning images with rich colours.
Power and Performance
Fitted with a low-power Intel Core M processor, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V is engineered to deliver a fine combination of decent performance and longer battery life. The CPU is supported by 4 GB of RAM to boost responsiveness and keep glitches in check. Graphics is driven by integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300. The hybrid will run on touch-centric Windows 8/8.1 operating system. The power-efficient chip used for the Aspire Switch 11 V ensures that users will be able to enjoy longer battery life, estimated at up to eight hours by Acer – an improvement of about two hours on what was obtainable in the case of the Aspire Switch 11.
This 2-in-1 laptop is expected to come with zippy solid state drive of 128 GB. Ports and interfaces provided include one USB 3.0 port, one micro HDMI port and one microSD card slot. Acer Aspire Switch 11 V will come with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. There will also be rear and front-facing cameras.
Pricing and Availability
The price of the Aspire Switch 11 V, which was dubbed the best hybrid at the Computex 2015 event in Taipei, has been reported at £499 by The Inquirer – equivalent to a price around N150,000. At that price, this won’t be a hybrid for just anybody. It is not clear at this time when it will be available.