The Acer Switch 3 is a new budget laptop that targets the uses who intend to find a cheaper version of Surface Pro. The system has detachable design where the users are able to take off screen from keyboard similar to what we get on Surface. With the half price, you could expect of 14 inch 1080p resolution display, a 4GB of RAM, Intel Pentium N4200, and 64GB of storage. All of them are not high end hardware, but should provide plenty of power for users just want to do browsing, taking care of business, and rarely editing document in their days.
For this case, I think Acer has only a one tough competitor to deal with. Lenovo offers the same deal here with their Miix 320 and 520 series. I have reviewed both of them and they are very solid devices. Let’s see how the one from Acer is comparable with them. I think its worth for us to take look inside and how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Build
As soon as you get hands on it, you soon notice they really put such a well-design and durable design. I can feel the chassis is built from high quality material and definitely won’t break easily when it’s fallen from your hands. The same thing goes to the keyboard deck that featuring similar treatment here. The screen and keyboard here are connected through magnetic slot and swappable pretty easily on my test. When it’s connected, I feel the magnetic slot really holds the screen pretty well and even just holding the display won’t make it fall. Acer makes a very good job on making it affordable and durable.
Using it on tablet mode, you are given of metal angles surrounded its edges. This U shaped stand is adjustable to your needs and technically provides different types of angles for users. I only manage to adjust it for maximum 165 degree and works well I guess for drawing and photo editing. I tried it for couple of times and not finding any problem although I still prefer to use it on tablet mode. It’s a nice feature that works well with the rest of stuff. Overall, everything is great and worth for the pricing.back to menu ↑
The Switch 3 is equipped with 14 inch screen with 1920 x 1080p resolution. The panel is fully supported with touchscreen and Acer has included of the stylus pen from the box. I do not say this is the best way to do some drawing because I notice some negligible lag during my test on doing some editing on Clip Studio and Windows Ink. The thing is okay, but not just as smooth as we have on Microsoft Surface Pro or similar devices like Spectre X360. At least, the stylus pen works great if you rarely want to edit any stuff during your work. Just never expect something great from it.
Another worth thing to mention here is the keyboard deck itself. The keyboard features of short travel keys and it takes time for me to get used for a while. The typing experience is impressive although I really miss of backlighting support here. Typing in low light condition especially during the night is hard to do here because the keys are hard to see. Maybe they could improve it by providing an upgrade version. This is the only feature I expect to have here. Once again, there is no complaint from me especially considering the price range that already so low here.
|Acer Switch 3 2 In 1||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Celeron N4200 1.1 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The Intel Celeron N4200 is not the most powerful processor we seeing right now, but it actually do pretty job on handling simple tasks like browsing and document editing. The each core from processor has 1.1 GHz with maximum clock at 2.5 GHz. The CPU will be able to reach of higher clock pretty easily with proper cooling. Unfortunately, the Switch is completely fan-less and means there is a low chance on seeing its maximum power. Like I said before, doing low and medium activity tasks are not big problem especially when you have of 4GB RAM and fast EMMC storage here.
As for battery life, we get standard of 6 to 7 hours of usage. Using the tablet only should provide you more battery because the keyboard is taking quite lot of battery here. I recommend you to just detach it from keyboard for just browsing because the battery is better here. The battery life is quite short here, but luckily it’s rechargeable through the micro USB slot. Just charge it power bank or battery pack similarly what you do on your smartphone. Not a perfect solution, but at least there is a thing we could do to cover this problem.back to menu ↑
The Switch 3 is not a bad purchase for anyone expects to have a very portable laptop. The device itself is not perfect as the problem like battery life is unavoidable here. The performance is also very standard and there are more and more laptops with better performance at the same price range for example are the ASUS F510UA Business laptop. Keep in mind, that is a traditional machine and you would never find similar portability here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want. Make sure to check our latest articles and please leaves any comment for further assistance regarding the article.