Acer Switch Alpha 12 passively cools Skylake Core i CPUs

At its next@Acer event today, Acer revealed a number of interesting new products, including its Switch Alpha 12. The Switch branding for Aspire convertibles isn't new, but the Alpha is a bit different from the usual fare. Instead of the Core M processor featured in the previous Switch 12, the Switch Alpha uses Skylake Core i-series processors. Acer says that kind of power is possible thanks to its new "LiquidLoop" cooling system. The company describes this system as a "liquid cooler," but we're guessing it's some sort of passive vapor-chamber design.

Acer disclosed precious little information about the rest of the machine's specs, but we do know the display is a 2560×1440 panel and that the PC weighs 2.8 pounds, keyboard included. Assuming the render in the official product video is accurate, the slate has USB Type-A and Type-C ports, plus a headphone jack. Acer says its Surface competitor will be available in June starting from $599.

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    • watzupken
    • 3 years ago

    I think its quite funny how MS turn against their clients and started selling their own hardware back then. Now most of the manufacturers just “follow” the MS design and will try to undercut it with better features/ price. It is like a quid pro quo situation.

    • w76
    • 4 years ago

    At first blush it sounds appealing, but it’s Acer. Acer has burned me with products that are lemons, and it’s burned a lot of people I know. That creates a big trust gap.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 4 years ago

      This. They used to have a pretty glaring build quality issue to the point that carrying a laptop open with one hand would result in a visible flexing of the device as a whole. In other words, it couldn’t support its own weight. Seems like they are better about that now, but that was one of a plethora of issues. I do have to admit that their high end monitors being (apparently) more reliable than some of their Asus counterparts has my attention, though.

      • watzupken
      • 3 years ago

      Acer is def not one of the brands that is associated with high quality, but based on my experience they are not the worst. And to be objective, I am no fans of most of the big players out there too after poor experiences.
      However, I feel it is good to see brands like Acer jumping onto the Surface clone market since they typically priced their products very competitively, which is evident in this case.

    • djayjp
    • 4 years ago

    Crazily enough (sarcasm) it also includes the keyboard for that price ($599)…

      • iBend
      • 4 years ago

      it even have a stylus pen..
      maeanwhile the other separately sell keyboard+stylus for $250

        • djayjp
        • 4 years ago

        Yeah now that is actually crazy! Actually the stylus isn’t included (it’s $50). Now if only it were pressure sensitive….

    • ch┬Áck
    • 4 years ago

    it’s probably similar to many fanless heatpipe designs like the one found on the lumia 950: [url<]http://i.imgur.com/JmTvpU2.png[/url<] it just moves heat into the body

      • hasseb64
      • 4 years ago

      Same as a 100 HP 3cylinder Turbo engine WITH boost, that can accelerate with all 100 HP once every hour, in-between you can use only 30HK due to lack of radiator cooling power.
      Still a 100HP car?

        • Waco
        • 4 years ago

        That’s what I see with systems like this. It’s like a warm fuzzy, until you realize your game is running slower and you can’t have kids any more.

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