Acer Switch Alpha 12: Two-in-One Laptop with Liquid Cooling

April 27, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Laptop vendors everywhere will just be keen to heat up things with their products. Acer in the meanwhile is looking to cool down their new device.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has now introduced the new Acer Switch Alpha, which is the first from the company to feature liquid cooling in a portable device. The feature, which is called LiquidLoop, powers itself up by the action of the heat generated in the device. The introduction of the feature has also helped the laptop to dump fans, which also results in a quieter running from the laptop.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is introduced as a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard that resembles the one we have seen in Surface Pro 4. The keyboard is attached to the tablet by means of magnetic hinges.


Acer Switch Alpha 12 also features an optional $49-priced Active Pen stylus from the company. The design also presents a kickstand for easy support of the device when being used as tablet.

On the hardware front, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 packs the sixth gen Intel processors, and provides the freedom to customers for having either i3, i5 or i7 processors. The 12-inch display is enriched by a resolution of 2160x1440pixels, and there are ports provided for external displays too via HDMI. Storage is limited to 512 GB in the device, and the RAM choices are split between the 4GB and 8GB variants.

Connectivity is provided through USB Type C as well as USB 3.0 ports along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. More than 8 hours is what is claimed as the battery life of this convertible by Acer.

Acer Switch Alpha 12 is expected to hit the markets by June this year, and will be available at prices starting from $599 for the i3-powered variant with 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM.

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