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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12" 1440P IPS Touch, Core i5-6200U, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Keyboard Dock, Stylus @ $765.74 at with F/S

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Last Edited by annie930ny July 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM
PC Connections Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 Ultrabooks and I found this one is the best bang for Bucks. The model I have mentioned here comes with the $49 value Active Stylus also. The model number is NT.LCDAA.005

This 2-in-1 Detachable laptop is the best Surface Pro Clone yet but instead of less powerful Core M processors in sub 1K Sufrace Pro 4, it comes with full fledged Core i5/ Core i7 Processors without any active cooling, thanks to its latest Cooling Loop Technology. It works extremely good and there is no Throttling even at higest load as suggested by various reviewers.

LINK B&H:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pro...alpha.html

It is also available at PC Connection website @ $765.74

LINK PC Connection
http://www.pcconnection.com/produ...cac=Result

SPEC:
  • Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • 12" 3:2 2160 X 1440 IPS Touchscreen Display
  • Intel Skylake Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz (2.8GHz Turbo, 3MB Cache)
  • 8GB LPDDR3 1600MHz
  • 256GB SSD
  • Acer Active Stylus
  • Backlit Keyboard Dock
  • 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5MP 1080P back camera + 2 MP HD Front Camera
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, Micro SDXC Slot
  • 2 Cell 4870 mAh Battery
  • 1.98 lbs For Tablet, 2.76 lbs For Tablet + Keyboard
  • 1 Year warranty
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I'd totally take this over an SP4 and this is a great price for the upper spec'ed one. If I didn't already have a couple good 2-in-1's I'd be all over this.

I love how the watercooling on this keeps it silent... does not even throttle as bad as I would have imagined.
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the watercooling is impressive, but I wonder the actual performance of the cooling system when I run some heavy jobs.
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FYI a recent review:

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/...h-alpha-12

The Pros
Useful ports; Bright, vivid display; Strong performance
The Cons
Poor battery life; Too much bloatware; Lackluster front camera; Warm back
Verdict
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a 2-in-1 with liquid cooling, strong performance and a bright display, but its battery life is too short.
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Quote from keithwalters View Post :
FYI a recent review:

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/...h-alpha-12

The Pros
Useful ports; Bright, vivid display; Strong performance
The Cons
Poor battery life; Too much bloatware; Lackluster front camera; Warm back
Verdict
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a 2-in-1 with liquid cooling, strong performance and a bright display, but its battery life is too short.

From the review it looks the bezel on this device is not symmetric --- i.e. the right side with the Intel sticker on the bottom is a bit thicker than the left side. Smilie
I think there is very minor design imperfection on other devices as well, for example, the power cord of the Lenovo Miix 700 is a little bit ugly (the plug protrudes from the socket, which is not shown in many reviews) ... (in comparison the power cord of the Thinkpad Tablet X1 looks better.)
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Last edited by quadpixels July 9, 2016 at 07:54 PM
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Quote from Corrosive View Post :
I'd totally take this over an SP4 and this is a great price for the upper spec'ed one. If I didn't already have a couple good 2-in-1's I'd be all over this.

I love how the watercooling on this keeps it silent... does not even throttle as bad as I would have imagined.
This seemed great reading the specs...until I reached the battery capacity. A 4870 mAh just simply isn't going to cut it and reviews reenforce that. For comparison the SP3 has a 5547 mAh and the SP4 has 5087 mAh.

I knew Acer would find a critical corner to cut just like they typically do, ruining an otherwise very promising product. An OEM seriously needs to one up Microsoft with an ultra lightweight, yet sturdy frame material (Dell and Lenovo like using carbon fiber composites on occasion) and couple that with the liquid cooling we have here to remove the fan and improve battery slightly. And for god sakes, if the material used reduces the weight, find a decent balance and combine it with a nicely sized battery pack. Don't focus entirely on making it as slim and thin as possible like we so often see in the smartphone world. On the other hand, why is it that 5.5"-6" smartphones are available with 3500-4000 mAh batteries, but 12"-12.6" 2-in-1s are stuck in the 4800 mAh to 5500 mAh range?
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Last edited by Rabble_Rabble_Rabble July 9, 2016 at 08:51 PM
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Quote from Rabble_Rabble_Rabble View Post :
This seemed great reading the specs...until I reached the battery capacity. A 4870 mAh just simply isn't going to cut it and reviews reenforce that. For comparison the SP3 has a 5547 mAh and the SP4 has 5087 mAh.

I knew Acer would find a critical corner to cut just like they typically do, ruining an otherwise very promising product. An OEM seriously needs to one up Microsoft with an ultra lightweight, yet sturdy frame material (Dell and Lenovo like using carbon fiber composites on occasion) and couple that with the liquid cooling we have here to remove the fan and improve battery slightly. And for god sakes, if the material used reduces the weight, find a decent balance and combine it with a nicely sized battery pack. Don't focus entirely on making it as slim and thin as possible like we so often see in the smartphone world. On the other hand, why is it that 5.5"-6" smartphones are available with 3500-4000 mAh batteries, but 12"-12.6" 2-in-1s are stuck in the 4800 mAh to 5500 mAh range?
For the milli-ampere figures I assume they are of different supply voltages, so their energy capacity has to be scaled linearly to the supply voltage times the milliampere number (because energy = voltage * current * time, a 19.5V * 5000 mAh (= 19.5 * 5 * 3600 = 351 kilojoules) battery carries about 5 times as much energy as a 3.7V * 5000mAh (=3.7 * 5 * 3600 = 66.6 kilojoules) battery.)
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Last edited by quadpixels July 9, 2016 at 09:32 PM
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Check the Notebookcheck.net video review here which will provide a better understanding of the device:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKOVXkFyarw

Battery life is 5 Hr 30 minutes with WiFi on under normal usage including Photo and Video editing and Video playback (Local) is around 8 hours.
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Quote from quadpixels View Post :
For the milli-ampere figures I assume they are of different supply voltages, so their energy capacity has to be scaled linearly to the supply voltage times the milliampere number (because energy = voltage * current * time, a 19.5V * 5000 mAh (= 19.5 * 5 * 3600 = 351 kilojoules) battery carries about 5 times as much energy as a 3.7V * 5000mAh (=3.7 * 5 * 3600 = 66.6 kilojoules) battery.)
Nevermind.
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Last edited by Rabble_Rabble_Rabble July 9, 2016 at 10:19 PM
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Cheaper at provantage if folks wanna take a look

http://www.provantage.com/acer-nt...Aovj8P8HAQ

Package Contents
Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-57QF 2 in 1 Notebook
Lithium Polymer Battery
AC Adapter
Keyboard Dock
Stylus
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Last edited by bluking July 10, 2016 at 01:47 PM
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If you don't require the stylus it is a decent amount cheaper at Microcenter. Only $699.
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...et_-_Black
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Quote from Gloomster View Post :
If you don't require the stylus it is a decent amount cheaper at Microcenter. Only $699.
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...et_-_Black [microcenter.com]
That seems like a good deal. The Stylus costs $50 from Acer.
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2lbs for a tablet is too heavy.
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Quote from WuyiL View Post :
2lbs for a tablet is too heavy.
Well, There is no tablet available which comes with full fledged Core i series processor and is very light. You are probably talking about the Core M based low powered tabs.
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Just by the specs this seems nicer than the Best Buy SP4 deal. Especially because it comes with a keyboard. I've been out of the laptop/tablet buying game for awhile now though, what's the catch?
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