Updated 18 Jul 2017

Acer

Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P-53YE

Snapshot: The Acer Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P-53YE (NT.LB9SA.007) laptop has a 12-inch screen. It has a Intel Core i5-6200UGHz processor and 4GB RAM. How good is its display?

Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P-53YE
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1443

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Test results

Overall score
68
Design and use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Display
?/10

Good points

  • OK design and use.
  • Good performance.
  • Has a USB 3.0 port and a USB-C port.
  • Front and rear cameras.

But

  • Just OK battery life.
  • Keyboard is not backlit
  • Small size trackpad.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Design and use (35%) includes status lights/indicators, connections, laptop design, general use as a laptop, overall style and mobility as well as evaluating its security, manual and recovery options (if provided). For hybrids we also test laptop-to-tablet conversion and general use as a tablet. We also assess the audio quality of the speaker.

Performance (25%) is assessed using 3 benchmark software tools to evaluate the laptop’s performance during a range of tasks as well as its storage capabilities.

Battery life (20%) looks at the battery consumption for both heavy and light usage. Heavy usage is defined as playing an HD-quality video on loop, with power management features set for maximum performance, screen brightness at 100% and connected to a network with WiFi. Light usage is daily tasks, such as browsing the internet and checking email.

Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness, depth and contrast, vertical and horizontal angle of view and glare and surface reflections.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1443
Type
Hybrid
Full model number
Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271P-53YE (NT.LB9SA.007)
Body type
Fold-back & Detachable

Specifications

Screen size (in)
12
HDD (GB)
n/a
SSD (GB)
256
Available user space (GB)
219
RAM (GB)
4
Intel processor type
Intel Core i5-6200U
Cores
2
Processor model
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2.3GHz
Video type
Intel HD Graphics 520
Video RAM (GB)
Shared
Native resolution
2160 x 1440
Weight with / without keyboard (kg)
1.3
Weight of power supply (kg)
0.3
Size HxDxW (mm)
18 x 207 x 293
Trackpad size (mm)
94 x 53
Average heavy use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
3:33
Average light use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
7:13

Features

Operating System supplied
Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit
Stylus included
Yes
Optical (DVD or CD) drive
No
USB 2.0 ports
0
USB 3.0 ports
1
USB-C ports
1
Thunderbolt port
0
Ethernet port
No
Headset port
Yes
Microphone port
No
Headphone / microphone port
No
HDMI
No
Mini DisplayPort
No
WiFi (GHz)
2.4 / 5
WiFi 802.11
a/b/g/n/ac
NFC
No
Memory card reader
Micro SD
Front camera
Yes
Rear camera
Yes
Backlit keyboard
No