Acer Attempts to Merge Mobility and Graphics Performance with New Convertible Laptops
During their otherwise rather gaming-focused press conference at IFA 2017, Acer unveiled the next generation of 2-in-1 laptops from their Switch, Spin, and Swift lines. Being "Ultraslim, Convertible and Detachable," what stood out to me most during the conference was how the company decided to set them apart from other such devices on market.
Considering Acer's aim with these products is to create "a balance of form and function," they certainly seem set to succeed with both. All of their new products, the Switch 7, Spin 5, and Swift 5, incorporate an elegant and sleek design—in fact, the Switch 7 is less than 1cm thick—and make use of the new 8th generation of Intel Core processors, which, according to Intel, provides a "40 percent performance boost." However, in addition to that, the devices also boast a very low weight and high portability.
The most unique device shown by Acer, this is the first passively cooled 2-in-1 notebook with a discrete GPU. Even though its NVIDIA MX150 graphics chip is equivalent to an entry-level solution, it should still be a significant step up from an integrated GPU, especially since it has its own passive cooling circuit. Acer states that this was possible thanks to their "LiquidLoop" cooling system. The technology transfers heat from the CPU to the heat pipe, from where it is dissipated through a continual process of evaporation and condensation in a single direction, two phase flow of liquid. Advantages of this include noiseless cooling as well as not having to worry about dust accumulation.