• Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Display: 12.5” Touch TFT LCD with IPS
  • Processor: Intel Core M 5Y10c
  • Connectivity: 820.11 a/b/g/n, 1 x USB 3.0 type B, 1 x USB 2.0 Type A
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Others: 1 x microSD Slot, Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard
  • Dimensions: 317 x 220.6 x 16.5 mm
  • Weight: 1.4KG
  • Pros:
  • Slim and light
  • Convenient multi-mode
  • Full size USB
  • Cons:
  • Uncovered screen
  • Average battery life
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark:
  • Fire Strike: 386 points
  • Sky Diver: 1,563 points
  • Cloud Gate: 3,016 points
  • PCMark 8:
  • Home: 2,009 points
  • Work: 2,435 points
  • Creative: 1,858 points

Flip and Switch It Around

2-in-1 is fast becoming a growing market in the PC industry. Thanks to new chipsets such as the latest generation Atoms and also the new Core M processors from Intel – it is now a design that many want to own and purchase. Acer has invested in the new Core M processor and came out with a member of the Switch family featuring the Core M – the new Switch 12.

As the name implies, the Switch 12 can switch its form factor to fit certain needs – depending on the situation. Like the smaller brother, the Switch 12 features detachable parts – in this case the keyboard. Thanks to this multi-mode, it can be reconfigured into five different form factors – a standard notebook, tablet, tent, picture frame and a desktop mode.

It has an Intel Core M-5Y10C processor that runs at 800 Mhz, with a burst clock speed of 2GHz. It also comes with 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. This is all paired with a 12.5-inch touchscreen that supports 10-finger multi-touch.

The keyboard is a detachable Bluetooth keyboard, that can be used while docked to the front of the Switch 12, or separately – like how you would use a computer on a desktop. It attaches to the kick-stand which also houses the charging pins for the keyboard. No external USB charging for this. Also, Acer has included a pointing stick and mouse buttons for times you need more precision
In terms of connectivity – the Switch 12 has similar ports complements like most Core M 2-in-1s – USB 3.0, microHDMI and microSD slot. What differentiates the Switch with the rest is the inclusion of a full-sized USB 2.0 port on the right-side of the kick stand. Great Scott!

One design feature of the Switch 12 that may confuse and turn away consumers is the reverse clamshell form factor. When detached from the keyboard, the Switch can stand up like a photo frame, but it cannot fold onto itself – making sure that the display up front is always exposed. Thankfully Acer has opted to lay over Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for display, to prevent scratches and nicks from happening. As it is, the Switch 12 is a worthy contender to the 2-in-1 market.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Dell Optiplex mini PC is a heaven sent device for offices looking to reduce space yet maintain their high standards of work quality.  While it may look small, it definitely packs a punch in the performance department.

(previously published in issue July 2015)

Acer Switch 12