Acer Aspire Switch 11 V (SW5-173-632W) Review – A Well-Priced, But Heavy, Detachable-Hybrid Tablet

With the arrival of the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V into the market, it improves on a lot of things from its predecessor. It is now faster all-around, and it even features Windows 10 as its standard operating system. Even though there are some gripes to it, especially when it comes to its weight, Acer has managed to drop the price down quite a bit. Therefore, it makes for a prime choice for the midrange market.

Acer Aspire Switch 11 V (SW5-173-632W) Review - A Well-Priced, But Heavy, Detachable-Hybrid Tablet

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 V Presents Itself as One of the Choice Tablets for the Midrange Market

For its dimensions, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V comes with measurements of 0.8 x 11.8 x 8.2-inches. It weighs 3.17-pounds (which is 1.57-pouncs for the tablet itself, and the keyboard makes up for the other 1.6-pounds). With the keyboard on, it makes the entire unit heavier than it really should. It is also weighted more toward the back but this has been intentionally made to provide better balance when attached to the tablet. The resulting experience is a hybrid tablet that feels heavier than it should.

For the tablet portion, the  Acer Aspire Switch 11 V (SW5-173-632W) is finished with a brushed-silver metal. There is also a darker-textured plastic strip that is found to run along the top edge. Its plastic dock, combined with its weightiness, doesn’t make you feel that you’re holding a sleek device. However, holding the tablet alone on your hand will, in fact, make you feel its sleekness.

The slate latches onto the dock by means of a magnet and it does connect with a satisfying snap. The connection is also quite secure as there is a hinge that ensures the tablet does not flop around. While it does feel secure, it is still quite easy to remove and reattach with a simple tug. Still, the experience of connecting the tablet to the dock is like inserting a USB thumb drive to an appropriate port; you may fumble a bit but it does go in there securely.

As for its display, it is an 11.6-inch IPS model that features Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. It should also be noted that the images being shown are nothing short of excellent. The screen has a 10-point touch feature, and it is coated with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass 3 to prevent scratches. Pictures come out sharp and clear, and since it is an IPS panel, it provides wide viewing angles.

Even though there are some elements with regards to the design that needs to be improved, the Acer Aspire Switch 11 V does great in just about every other aspect. It has great performance and has a high-quality display that would make up for the feeling of heft for the entire device.


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