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The Acer 12" Aspire Switch Alpha 12 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook has a split personality by coming with a detachable keyboard that lets you utilize it as a notebook or tablet. Powering the hybrid system is a dual-core 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor that can handle multiple applications simultaneously and achieve speeds of up to 2.8 GHz when running demanding applications. For memory, it sports 8GB of DDR3 memory as well as a 128GB SSD, which holds the preinstalled Windows 10 Home operating system. Additionally, you can expand its storage capacity using an optional microSDXC memory card inserted into the card slot.
The Alpha 12 is outfitted with a 12" IPS panel, providing wide-viewing angles as well as accurate colors. Visuals are handled by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 engine, which delivers a 2160 x 1440 resolution to the screen as well as to an external monitor via its USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Switch Alpha 12 features an adjustable kickstand that lets you tilt the screen, so you can experience multimedia content at an optimal viewing angle. Moreover, the screen is armed with multi-touch capabilities, letting you utilize Windows 10's swipe, tap, and zoom abilities.
Acer has equipped the Switch Alpha 12 with one USB 3.0 port to access printers, external drives, and other USB devices. The USB 3.1 Type-C port can also be used for connecting devices. Engaging in face-to-face online conversations can be done with an integrated front-facing webcam and microphone along with two onboard speakers. A second webcam is located on the back of the Alpha 12 to capture images. Other integrated features include Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology. In addition, Acer includes a detachable backlit keyboard that transforms the Switch Alpha 12 into a 2-in-1 system.
The Switch Alpha 12 comes built with Acer LiquidLoop, which is a fan-less heat pipe cooling system that cools the processor.
USB 3.1 Type-C Port
You can extend the Alpha 12's capabilities with external devices via a USB 3.1 Type-C port. This port transfers data quickly and streams high-res videos to displays without a hitch. You can also recharge external devices, like smartphones, via this port.
Audio and Visuals
The 12" 2160 x 1440 display two front-facing speakers provide an immersive video-watching experience.
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8's Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft's digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it's not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.