Acer Switch Alpha 12 Ditches The Fans In Favor Of Liquid Cooling


If you want a powerful laptop with a proper Core processor, you’ll need to live with the whirring sound of fans that cool the system down. At least, that used to be the case before the Acer Switch Alpha 12, a Core-powered laptop that ditches the fans in favor of a liquid cooling system.

That’s right, Acer’s newest laptop/tablet hybrid ditches the fan in favor a liquid-cooled setup, allowing it to run quietly without overheating.  And, no, it doesn’t require an external radiator or pump like traditional liquid-cooling systems, as it adopts a design that uses heat from the coolant to keep the system moving, so everything needed to keep the system running is housed inside the enclosure.


The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is, basically, a tablet with a 12-inch IPS display packing 2,160 x 1,440 resolution. It comes with a multi-position kickstand for propping up on a table in a variety of angles (anywhere from 90 to 165 degrees), with an optional attachable keyboard for turning it into a full-fledged Windows 10 laptop (similar to the Microsoft Surface). Specs include Intel’s sixth-generation Core processors (i3, i5, and i7), up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 512GB SSD, and dual-band Wi-Fi.


Other features include a 1080p webcam, a USB Type-C port, an optional desktop dock (with tons of ports), an optional stylus (Acer Active Pen), and a battery rated at 8 hours of operation. It measures 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches and weighs 2.76 pounds.

Slated for availability starting June, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 is priced at $599.

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One Response

  1. Trevor

    I quit buying Acer laptops 5 years ago because they were all overheating. Now they are releasing on without fans? Yeah, I am not impressed. I am sure the new ones work fine but I have been burned multiple times by buying Acer. Acer is the low-end crap they were selling at Walmart that was severely underpowered.

    The liquid cooling in place of a fan can and does work great, but I have major doubts as to how well Acer can pull this off because of my past history with them. Instead of buying the Acer Switch Alpha 12 I would rather just buy an iPad Pro. At least with Apple I am assured of a good build and a product the company will stand behind.

    Acer has a poor reputation in the tech World. Unless they have drastically made changes in the last couple of years I doubt anything has changed. I bet there will be a lot of problems with the Acer Switch Alpha 12 line, especially the people who go for the I7 chips. If you really want one, the at least wait for the reviews to start popping up on Youtube before hand, that way if there is major problems you won’t get burned too.


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