Acer Switch 5 SW512-52 review – fast, fanless and affordable Windows tablet


  1. Cburke

    August 27, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Hi You State "This screen includes a digitizer (made by ELAN, from what I can tell) as well and supports Acer improved Active Pen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity." This is different from the Acer Switch 12 prior generation of pens, I was wondering If you knew if this newer pen would work as an upgrade for the Acer Switch 12 pen? The model numbers suggest that this pen is the upgrade version of the pen the Acer Switch 12 uses and both are elan screens it seems reasonable that this newer pen would work on the older device.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 28, 2018 at 11:05 am

      I don't know for sure, to be frank. It should, but I prefer to refrain from an answer without actually trying it. You should look for reviews of that pen on amazon and other shops/forums, see if others might have used it on the Switch.

  2. jay

    September 19, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Mine gets around 70°C and the back is extremely hot to the touch. Is this normal? Arent those temperatures going to damage my switch 5?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Are you sure it actually gets to 70s? How high are the CPU's internal temperatures? That's not normal and it will cause problems down the line

  3. Ank

    October 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Andrei,
    As an avid reader of this website, I deeply appreciate your effort and support to share such comprehensive insights.
    I am in a bit of a confusion about choosing a Ultrabook for my partner and in dire need of your expert advice.
    She requires a light weight ultra portable laptop/ 2 in 1 within a tight budget of $500 – $600 Max.(budget and aesthetics matter to her) Screen preference 12" <-> 13.3" or max 14".
    Since this laptop will be travel friendly; portability, decent battery with slim form factor is the need of the hour. No need of high specs of Gaming at all, mostly used for 10-14 tabs browsing , Ms office (Word, PPT, Outlook) and movies etc, hence preferably i5 with 8 gb Ram and nothing above. Although am assuming N4200 or M3 processors will not appreciate next 4-5 years OS updates/future ready.

    While I know $600 is super tight however I am evaluating laptops which are up till $800 but currently on offer/discount to match my budget.
    Please help me out as my partner is chasing me to finalize one.
    Few options reviewed and liked are Acer Switch Alpha 12 i5 6200U, Acer Switch 5 i5 7200U (on discount), Dell XPS 13 (over budget), Asus UX330 i5 7200U (over budget), Lenovo – Yoga 720 2-in-1 12.5" i5 (on discount). Also looked at Surface Go 8 GB ram. Lenovo IdeaPad ??
    Please suggest either from above or something else.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 8, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      First of all, I'd aim at a Core i5 configuration (preferably 8th gen, but 7th gen should do), 8 GB of RAM and SSD storage if possible. An 8th gen core i3 is also good enough, but I wouldn't go any lower.

      With that in mind, the options for clamshell laptops include the Acer Swift 3 SF314-52, HP ProBook 440 or the VivoBook S410. They're all 14-inchers, you'll hardly find 13-inchers around $600 (perhaps the Dell Inspiron 13/Latitude 13 and maybe some IdeaPads?).

      For 2in-1s you could look at the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1, Dell latitude 13 3000, Lenovo Flex 5 or Acer Spin 3.

      It's hard to single out options, as I don't know how expensive these devices are in your country. Perhaps you can single out a few more options and then I can help narrow it down to a final pick.

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