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Inside Acer Switch Alpha 12, the 2-in-1 laptop with fanless cooling

Inside Acer Switch Alpha 12, the 2-in-1 laptop with fanless cooling
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The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is one of the coolest laptops from the stable of the PC maker with its innovative internal cooling technology.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 innovative cooling technology incorporates a fanless design that  keep the CPU cool without generating any whining fan noise.

In addition to the cooling system, Acer Switch Alpha 12 comes with a full-sized magnetic snap-on keyboard doubling as a screen cover to help users stay productive on the go.

Not only does the Acer Switch Alpha 12 tablet feature a keyboard cover, but it offers the kind of performance you’d expect from a good notebook computer. The Switch Alpha 12 functions as a 2-in-1 device, designed with a slate that intelligently switches between tablet and laptop modes.

Let’s take a look at Acer’s Switch Alpha 12 specs:

 

DESIGN

The Switch Alpha 12 is designed with a kickstand that can be used to adjust the display. With the kickstand, Acer says users can adjust the Switch Alpha 12 display up to 165-degress, depending on the angle which is perfect for the user.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 comes with an anti-slip strip, made of rubber to ensure the screen stays intact and prevent it from slipping off its position.

Physical appearance of Acer Switch Alpha 12
Physical appearance of Acer Switch Alpha 12

The device is paired with an optional active pen stylus to enhance the touch gesture of the device. The touch-screen on the Switch Alpha 12 is smooth and highly accurate. As expected of any tablet but for users who want more accuracy than their fingers can provide, the Active Stylus V is a great supplement. With this battery-powered stylus, users can accurately draw and otherwise control the device.

DISPLAY

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 sports a 12-inch IPS touch-screen with 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution which projects bright  and vivid colors and in addition, two front-facing speakers for high audio output.

Thanks to the wide viewing angles of IPS display, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 panel is great for not only watching movies and playing light games by a single user, but with a bunch of friends or family.

MAGNETIC KEYBOARD

The Switch Alpha 12 comes with generously sized magnetic keyboard that can lie flat on the user’s work surface or prop itself up alongside the screen. The keyboard offers a subtle backlight, which comes on by default. Both the primary and the secondary function of each key is lit, making everything easy to find in a dark room.

Image showing the magnetic keyboard of Acer Switch Alpha 12
Image showing the magnetic keyboard of Acer Switch Alpha 12

PERFORMANCE

With a Windows 10 Home Operating System (OS) and 2.30 GHZ intel core processor, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 transfers data at a pace which Acer proudly says is “super-fast.”

The device power up with an optional USB 3.1 Type C, which charges other devices as a dock connector. The USB Type-C port can be used to transform the Switch Alpha 12 into a Personal Computer (PC) with desktop-grade performance and also supplement the storage capacity.

There’s also an audio jack for users to plug in their headphones or external speaker.

The device features 8GB RAM (Random Access Memory) storage space with up to 256GB solid-state storage and graphics courtesy of Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 520 solution.

A Qualcomm Atheros card incorporated in the device also provides wireless connectivity, which is 802.11ac compatible and supports the standard Bluetooth 4.0.

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Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng

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