If you are looking for a convertible computer with great design and features, Acer has three very interesting models in its catalog. We refer to the Acer Switch 3, the Acer Switch 5 and the Acer Switch 7. Three computers with a very similar design, but with some important differences. Perhaps you already know these models and are considering their purchase. If so, do you know what the differences are between them? We are going to make a small comparison between the three models to decide which one best suits what each user is looking for .
|Acer Switch 3||Acer Switch 5||Acer Switch 7|
|screen||12.2 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels||12 inches, 2160 x 1440 pixels||13.5 inches, 2256 x 1504 pixels|
|Processor||Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron||Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 7th generation||8th Gen Intel Core i7|
|RAM||Up to 4GB DDR3||Up to 8GB DDR3||Up to 16GB DDR3|
|Storage||Up to 128GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB|
|Graphic T.||Intel HD Graphics 505||Intel HD Graphics 620||NVIDIA GeForce MX150|
|Audio||2 speakers||2 speakers with Acer TrueHarmony and Smart Amplifier||2 speakers with Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium|
|Connections||USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C||USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C||USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C|
|Wireless||WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0||WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0||WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0|
|Dimensions||295 x 201 x 16.3 mm||292 x 201.8 x 12 mm||329 x 229 x 15.2 mm|
|SW||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Price||From 550 euros||From 1,400 euros||From 2,000 euros|
As we mentioned, the design of the three models is very similar. Still, we have some differences that can be important.
The Acer Switch 3 is the most affordable model. That doesn't stop you from having a sleek metal cover and beveled edges . At the bottom we have the adjustable support that all models in the series have. This allows the screen to be adjusted to a viewing angle of up to 165 degrees.
Acer Switch 3
This metal bracket is also found in the Acer Switch 5 and Switch 7. However, in these models it is an automatic retractable support in a U shape . With automatic we mean that we can place it with one hand in a range of 165 degrees.
In the Acer Switch 7, in addition, this support is thinner and more discreet . This makes it better integrated and the final appearance of the device more elegant.
Acer Switch 5
In terms of dimensions, the three teams handle similar data. Due to the internal hardware, the Acer Switch 3 is the smallest, with a weight without keyboard of 0.9 kg . A very similar weight achieves the Acer Switch 5, with only a few grams more. It is the Acer Switch 7 that weighs a bit more, due to the larger screen size. Even so, it has a weight of 1.15 kg without keyboard .
Power and performance
Although in design they are very similar, inside we have great differences. As we mentioned, the Acer Switch 3 is the most basic model, which is noticeable in the hardware it includes .
On the one hand, we have a 12.2-inch IPS touch screen . It has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and an FHD resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels.
Acer Switch 3
Inside the Acer Switch 3 we have Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors . These are accompanied by up to 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal storage .
If we review the characteristics of the Acer Switch 5, we see a considerable power increase. On the one hand, it uses 7th generation Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors . On the other hand, the RAM can reach up to 8 GB and the storage up to 512 GB .
Acer Switch 5
As for the screen, the Acer Switch 5 has a touch panel IPS 12 - inch FHD resolution up to 2160 x 1440 + of pixels .
Finally we have the Acer Switch 7, the top of the range of the series. This model has processors up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 . It also increases memory, with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage .
Acer Switch 7
In addition, the high-end model has some extras that we cannot find in the other models. For example, it includes a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics with up to 2 GB GDDR5 dedicated .
The screen size is also increased, with an IPS touch panel 13.5 inches with a resolution of 2256 x 1504 QHD pixels .
It's worth noting that the Acer Switch 7 includes a fanless cooling system called LiquidLoop . It takes advantage of evaporation and condensation to dissipate heat and minimize noise and dust.
Autonomy and connectivity
A device like the Acer Switch is designed to always be carried with us. So it must offer us great autonomy and good connectivity. In this respect the three models are very similar .
Acer Switch 3
According to the manufacturer, the Acer Switch 3 has a range of more than 8 hours . On the other hand, the Acer Switch 5 increases this autonomy up to 10.5 hours . An autonomy similar to that offered by the Acer Switch 7 .
In terms of connectivity, the three computers have two USB ports, one of them Type-C . This port offers ultra-fast data transfers, video streaming, and battery charging.
We do not forget about the extras that can accompany these devices. All three models offer a detachable magnetic keyboard that can be removed at any time.
Acer Switch 7
They are also compatible with the stylus. The Acer Switch 3 is compatible with the Acer Active Stylus , just like the Acer Switch 5. On the other hand, the Acer Switch 7 has Wacom EMR technology . It combines precise sensors with ultra-fast data transfers to create a writing experience without cables or batteries.
Price and availability
Finally we have to talk about the price. Of course, the price difference between these three devices is considerable. The Acer Switch 3 starts from a base price of 550 euros . Its older brother, the Acer Switch 5, is sold with an official price starting at 1,400 euros , although we can probably get it cheaper. Finally, the top of the range, the Acer Switch 7, has an official price starting at 2,000 euros .