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Acer Switch Alpha 12” 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD (Mfr. Refurb.)
Acer’s Switch Alpha lives up to its name by switching seamlessly from laptop to tablet. One moment you can be typing away on the lightweight keyboard and, with a snap, your 2-in-1 laptop is suddenly a lightweight and keyboard-free tablet, ready to peruse magazines or play games.
An OS for the Modern Machine
Windows 10 pairs the flexibility of a traditional computer operating system with the intuitive layout of a mobile OS. A fast new web browser, the media- and app-filled Windows Store, and Cortana personal assistant come pre-installed, working together to help you easily navigate to what you’d like to see or do. If you’re using only the touchscreen, Windows 10 also has a dedicated tablet mode that makes everything easier to tap with just a fingertip.
Touchscreen Display: Tablet-Like Control
Zoom in on photos, jump to the next story on news apps, or play a mobile game on a bigger screen—all without using the keyboard or touchpad. A touchscreen display expands your control, giving you more ways to interact with apps and programs that support touch gestures. For more traditional tasks, such as answering emails, you can move back to the keyboard at any time.
Solid-State Drive: Speed and Reliability
The built-in solid-state drive (SSD) performs the same duties of a traditional hard-disk drive, but up to 100 times faster. Unlike hard-disk drives, SSDs don’t rely on moving parts to write, store, and retrieve data; instead, they use flash memory chips that can boot up your computer and launch apps in mere seconds. Without the moving parts, SSDs are also lighter, take up less space within your computer, and are less susceptible to damage and data loss from computer bumps.
Video Chat with Anyone, Anywhere
A built-in webcam can make it feel like people miles away are in the room with you, helping you connect more clearly than with a phone call or email. Collaborate with colleagues in other offices, listen as your niece or nephew rapturously explains their finger painting, or laugh every time your friend’s cat walks across their keyboard.
- Product number: SA5-271-594J
- Operating system: Windows 10 Home
- Screen: 12” touchscreen
- Resolution: 2160x1440
- Processor: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U
- Graphics processor: integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
- RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
- Storage: 256GB SSD
- Optical drive: no
- Memory-card slot: MicroSD slot for up to 128GB card (not included)
- Webcam resolution: front 2MP, rear 5MP
- Audio: TruHarmony high-performance sound system, two built-in speakers
- WiFi: 802.11ac with dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Ports: 1 USB 3.1, 1 USB 3.0
- Battery: 2-cell Li-Ion 4870 mAh
- Battery life: up to 8 hours
- Weight: 1.98 lb.
- Product dimensions: 7.93 (L) x 0.62” (H) x 11.50” (W)
- Condition: manufacturer refurbished
- 90-days warranty from Acer
Acer is a classic success story: it began as a husband-and-wife team with a handful of employees and grew into one of the bestselling names in laptop computers. In 2007, after acquiring both Gateway and Packard Bell, Acer was the No. 2 bestselling brand in the world for notebooks. But like many companies with humble roots, Acer has remained committed to its values, winning dozens of awards for sustainability and product design. Those two values meet in products such as recyclable notebook computers and the V6 series monitors, which were made with post-consumer recycled material. And the public notices: at the close of 2014, Acer landed a top spot on Amazon’s holiday bestseller list with its Chromebook, and the Aspire V laptop won a PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, promising much of what the brand is known for: “an entry-level gaming laptop with some real muscle, showing impressive performance and solid battery life without the expense of a premium system.”