Users who want a compact Windows 8.1 desktop for office work will have a new option starting 2015. Acer has recently announced a new family member in their convertible Switch systems.
By its name Aspire Switch 12, the new product includes an Intel Core M processor in a case with 12.5” Full HD screen and completes its endowments with a removable keyboard and an incorporated stand.
Unlike the previous models, Aspire Switch 10 and 11 which were essentially Windows 8 tablets with detachable keyboards, the new Aspire Switch 12 takes the idea of embedded stands from the Lenovo Yoga tablet series and takes it further by including a detachable wireless keyboard with a magnetic connector.
This new design allowed Acer to boast with several working modes: in addition to tablet, laptop or multimedia stand, Aspire Switch 12 can be used as an All-in-One Portable System.
The new Acer convertible offers a hardware configuration which includes an Intel Core M-5Y10a passively cooled, 4 GB of RAM memory and either 60 or 120 GB of SSD internal storage.
The IPS screen gets a 12.5” diagonal, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a capacitive touch overlay and a Gorilla Glass protective case, also taking glory in the In-Cell construction and the superior oleophobic treatment.
Other features include a 3.0 USB port, a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2 adaptor, Bluetooth 4.0, a Webcam with 2MP sensor, Micro HDMI output and a battery with high enough capacity for being able to offer up to 8 hours of autonomy.
Acer Aspire Switch 12 will be available in the US and Canada starting with the first weeks of next year, while availability in other regions is yet unknown.