Acer has just unveiled the Aspire Switch 12 S laptop and it seems the company is taking a more premium approach with its latest laptop compared to previous Aspire Switch 2-in-1 laptops. How so? Instead of using plastic, the Aspire Switch 12 S is built with an aluminium chassis along with a higher resolution 12.5-inch 4K display.
2-in-1 laptops are also known as hybrids or convertibles, but there are essentially two types. Take the Aspire Switch 12 S for example, which allows users to detach the screen from the keyboard, whereas Lenovo’s Yoga 900S only allow users to fold the laptop and use it in whatever angle they prefer, with the keyboard permanently attached to the display.
Looking at the specifications, the Aspire Switch 12 S seems to pack some really powerful hardware. First, it can be fitted with a 12.5-inch IPS screen with either a 1080p or 4K resolution. It runs on Intel’s latest 6th generation Core M processors and can be paired with up to 8GB of RAM. Storage options start at a 128GB SSD and can go up to 256GB SSD. On the back, the laptop has an Intel RealSense Camera R200, which allows users to capture movements for 3D model generating or 3D object scanning.
Apart from that, the Switch 12 S is also one of the few to include a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. This significantly increases transfer speeds between Thunderbolt devices, and opens up a lot more connectivity possibilities. On top of that, the laptop also has two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card reader, a micro HDMI port, and a 2×2 MU-MIMO ac Wi-Fi card.
The Acer Aspire Switch 12 S will be available starting February 2016. Prices in North America will start from USD$999.99 (about RM4,350). while EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) will be priced from €1,199 (roughly RM5,650). In China, prices will start from 6,999 Yuan (approximately RM4,650).