CNET First Look
The Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 does hybrid rightSuperior design and specs for the money make this Windows 2-in-1 a great option.
[MUSIC] Unlike some of its higher priced competitors, the Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 really can be used equally comfortably as a laptop and a tablet. That's because it packs impressive specs for less than $800. Although, unlike some competitors, it doesn't have an OLED display. Still I think it'll be fine for most needs. And the display did survived an accidental fall off the table at Starbucks. Despite the Core I5 processor in my test configuration the switch out 12 liquid cooling system to keep it silent. I'm only does a little warm perch against my leg. It's not bad. It does take cool streaming networks all night. As a laptop, it's quite well designed with a kickstand that lets you tilt it at almost any angle and a bundled magnetically attached keyboard cover with island style keys. The keys have good travel and it's comfortable for typing for long periods. The touch pad isn't too sensitive and doesn't get in your way. The laptop's roughly letter sized and weighs just under three pounds so traveling with it wont break your back. As a tablet it weighs about two pounds. But it doesn't support USB charging so you may have to schlep the AC adapter if you need more than five and a half hours of battery life. Which adds another 11 ounces to your burden. It can't compare with something like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for creative work. The active stylus is okay for note taking, but the system only supports 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, but it's a great alternative if you're on a budget. [MUSIC]