Acer Switch 3
●CPU – 1.1 GHz Intel Pentium CPU N4200
●Operating System – Windows 10
●RAM – 4GB
●HDD – 64 GB
●Display – 12.2 inches
●Resolution – 1920 x 1200
●Graphics Card – Intel HD Graphics 505
●Wi-Fi – 802.11 ac
●Card Slot – MicroSD
●Size – 11.61 x 7.91 x 0.39
The Acer Switch 3 is a midrange detachable 2-in-1 that seems to forget that both halves need to be great. The display is bright and vivid, and the tablet is built solid, but the keyboard is bouncy and feels like an afterthought in comparison. Add on blurry cameras, short battery life and a little too much heat, and you should definitely consider alternative devices. The best thing you can do in this situation is spend a bit more.
Sure, it has a bright display and solid construction, but everything else feels like an afterthought. The cameras are clumsy and hard to focus, the keyboard is cheap and plasticky, and it has short battery life that won’t get you through the day. The rear camera is located just above the logo. The kickstand has a notch on each side and needs to be pulled out manually. The detachable keyboard attaches to magnets on the bottom of the slate, with island-style keys, a touchpad and a loop to hold the included stylus. The tablet is 1.9 pounds on its own, while the entire package weighs 2.8 pounds and is just 0.6 inches thick. But with such a petite frame, the Switch 3 doesn’t have much room for ports. Its left side is where you’ll find the power jack, USB Type-C port, USB 3.1 port, microSD card and audio jack.
The tablet comes with an incredible 12.2-inch, 1920 x 1200 display that punches above its weight class in both brightness and color. It’s also brighter than the competition, at 348 nits of average brightness. The average is 289 nits.
KEYBOARD, TOUCHPAD AND STYLUS
The Switch 3 keyboard is a detachable keyboard and it’s plasticky and bouncy. The 3.7 x 2.1-inch touchpad is a little small and has the same plasticky feel as the keys. The Acer Active Pen has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The speakers on the Switch 3 are a mixed bag at best, but there isn’t any software on the Switch 3 to help you adjust the audio to your liking.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY STANDBY
With a 1.1- GHz Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage, the acer switch 3 is a multiprocessing beast. The Switch 3 isn’t good for photo editing or gaming. The Switch 3 is nice and light, which is good, because you’ll have to carry the charger around with this machine. It lasts only 5 hours and 55 minutes on the full charge with browsing the web continuously over Wi-Fi.
The Switch 3 comes with the 720p webcam and 2560 x 1440 rear camera.
SOFTWARE AND WARRANTY
Acer switch 3 spots an operating system of windows 10. Even the Windows 10 taskbar has unnecessary shortcuts, including Priceline, Netflix and Firefox. Also installed are Amazon, Dashlane, eBay, Evernote, Music Maker Jam and WildTangent Games. There’s abFiles and abPhotos to access your content from cloud-connected devices and Quick Access to turn on more features like Bluelight Shield. On top of its own bloatware, the Switch 3 comes with the usual stuff that accompanies Windows 10, including Plex, Keeper, Candy Crush Soda Saga, and March of Empires: War of Lords, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and Drawboard PDF.