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Acer Expands Flexible 2-in-1 Series with New 11.6-inch Aspire Switch 11

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Current Aspire Switch 10 Series Also Updated to Include a 10.1-Inch Full HD Model

  • Versatile Aspire Switch 2-in-1 notebooks easily switch between four modes for touch, typing, viewing, and sharing
  • New Aspire Switch 11 series features 11.6-inch IPS displays, durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, an anti-fingerprint coating and a responsive Chiclet keyboard
  • Latest Aspire Switch 10 features a 10.1-inch Full HD display
  • Both Switch product lines provide IPS and Zero Air Gap technology for sharper image and wide angle viewing.
  • Both Switch product lines feature a magnetic detachable hinge that permits smooth switching between modes and latch-free keyboard docking

BERLIN, Sept. 3, 2014 - Acer today expanded its popular 2-in-1 notebook line with the new Aspire Switch 11 series of 11.6-inch models and a new Switch 10 that boasts a 1080p Full HD 10.1-inch display. The Aspire Switch 2-in-1 lines combine a full Microsoft Windows®-based notebook and tablet in one flexible device.

The Acer Booth at IFA 2014 in Berlin Messe (Hall 12/101) will be open to the public from September 5th to September 10th 2014, following the new product announcements at the Acer Global Press Conference on September 3rd.

Not only is the Acer Aspire Switch series beautiful, it's intelligent. It offers four flexible modes for touch, typing, viewing, and sharing. The magnetic detachable Acer Snap HingeTM has two hooks to firmly connect the tablet to the keyboard and a 2-way connector that holds the tablet for convenient two-sided viewing. This innovative design enables easy transitioning between modes, latch-free keyboard docking and additional storage capability.

"We're thrilled that the flexibility and portability of our Acer Aspire Switch series has resonated with customers," said John Miedema, Director Product Marketing, Acer Europe. "Our new models sporting larger 11.6-inch screens with durable Gorilla Glass 3, an anti-fingerprint coating and a responsive Chiclet keyboard should be a hit with both students and professionals alike."

Aspire Switch 11 Series

The new Aspire Switch 11 notebooks featuring 11.6-inch displays are outfitted with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help safeguard the screens from damage and scratches. They're also protected with an anti-fingerprint coating to reduce fingerprints and smudges, while making it easier to clean. In addition, a Chiclet keyboard provides good travel distance and well-spaced keys, which deliver solid tactile feedback, making typing easier and more comfortable. Two front-facing stereo speakers deliver clear audio for enjoying movies, videos and music.

Two models are available in this series. Engineered for power users, the Aspire Switch SW5-171 features a Full HD 1080p display and a HD webcam for enjoying images and videoconferences in sharp detail. Up to a fast 4th generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor delivers plenty of power for multitasking and fueling casual games and movies. It's also outfitted with 4GB memory and up to a 128GB(1) SATA hard drive for storing a large archive of data and applications. Connectivity to external storage, peripherals and other digital devices is provided via full-sized USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.  

Designed for mainstream users, the Aspire Switch SW5-111 is outfitted with a 1366 x 768 resolution display. It offers ample power with an Intel® AtomTM Z3745 quad-core processor, 2GB memory and sufficient room for archiving data with up to 64GB(1) eMMC storage. Two USB 2.0 ports - one full sized and the other micro - provide connectivity to peripherals and digital devices. A 2.0MP front camera with Full HD 1080p audio/video recording enables videoconferences and capturing images on the fly.

Both models include Microsoft Windows® 8.1 for full PC productivity, micro HDMI® for connecting a full-size display via just one cable and MicroSD for reading a wide variety of SD cards. Excellent wireless connectivity is enabled with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Aspire Switch 10 Series

The Aspire Switch 10 offers a new model, the SW5-012 that features a Full HD 1920 x 1200 or a HD 1280 x 800 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the screen from scratches. One of the thinnest 2-in-1 devices on the market, it measures less than 8.9 mm thin in tablet mode and 20.2 mm with the keyboard dock.

Weighing just 0.58 kg for the tablet and 1.17 kg for the combined tablet and keyboard, the thin and light design is perfect for frequent travelers. It delivers long battery life of up to 8 hours(2) (HD) and 7 hours(2) (Full HD) for almost a full day of computing. This model provides solid performance offering up to 32/64GB(1) of storage, 2GB of RAM and an Intel® AtomTM quad-core processor. It offers a 2MP HD webcam with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 1080p Full HD audio/video recording. The Switch 10 SW5-012 also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows® 8.1 along with Microsoft Office 365 Personal(3) at no additional expense, so users can create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents virtually everywhere.

Switch 10 and Switch 11: Four Modes; Robust, Attractive Design

Featuring a magnetic detachable design for latch-free docking and smooth transition, the Acer Snap Hinge allows users to switch easily between four modes of usage.

  • Notebook - fully functional with a spacious keyboard and a Precision Touchpad for content creation and other productivity apps
  • Pad - thin and light for those on the go; ideal for browsing the Internet, viewing movies, playing tablet games and taking notes with an optional Acer Active Pen
  • Display - a stable mode, ideal for showcasing presentations in small meetings, sharing photos and videos with friends or enjoying videoconferences
  • Tent - hands-free experience for watching movies and/or maximizing space in confined spaces, such as while traveling on a plane or train

Thin, lightweight and durable, the Aspire Switch series was made for taking to class, for work and on the road. The rear cover is made from aluminum with NIL (nano imprint lithography) and is finished with a gentle gray brush stroke for an aesthetic touch.

Zero Air Gap technology delivers sharp images, while Acer LumiFlexTM optimizes screen visibility during outdoor activities, even in bright sunlight. IPS technology provides wide viewing angles and accurate colors from edge to edge.

The Precision Touchpad supports six touchpad gestures and delivers greater sensitivity and palm rejection by distinguishing between intentional finger gestures vs. accidental contact by the palm of the hand.

Built-in Acer BYOCTM (4) means users will never be unprepared as they can easily access and manage their data anywhere. Acer BYOC Apps offer real time information, data management, and data security across multiple devices for immediate synchronizing.

Optional accessories include an Acer Active Pen that provides fast, precise input for those who prefer to handwrite notes, an Acer Snap Case that protects and packs the tablet and keyboard for easy carry, and a micro USB cable that serves as a connection and charging hub.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 series will be available in October 2014 with prices starting at £29.99. The Switch 10 Full HD will be available in late October price from £299.99 while the 1280 x 800 version of the Switch 10 is available now from £279.99.

About Acer

Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's product offering includes PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones - tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Acer employs 7,400 people and ranks No. 4 for total PCs globally (IDC 2013). Revenues for 2013 reached US$12.02 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

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