Acer Switch 7

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  1. Elmstrom

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    Looks like they got the battery life issues figured out. Other than the weight and large bezels, actually sounds like a pretty decent device.
     
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    Heya, new here, but I bought this from Box.co.uk, since there's a price slash making the tablet £999, which is a steal.

    Nothing new to report, the battery is terrible, I get something between 1:30-4 hours depending on what I'm doing; Computer at idle: 4 hours, 2-3 hours in Animate CC and sketchbook, drawing in Photoshop about an hour or two, anything in After Effects and I can wave goodbye to battery in under an hour in some circumstances. I've underclocked the CPU, iGPU and dGPU to try and squeeze more juice out of it, but all I've done is actually lowered the temps of the device, which is great as the CPU finally runs at full clock speed. It appears to kinda peak out at about 60-ish deg C mark, which when you get this (IF you buy this), you'll find that pre-windows update/index it runs hot into 60s and 70s. Just put a fan in it, guys, it would've been totally fine! Be sure to update though immediately as it does means you have 3-4 battery life instead of just 1-2 hours with the base install!

    And whilst the pen tech is outstanding, the drawing is on a par with my Cintiq (yay), the pen is wonky. The pen is uncomfortably small, making it difficult to hit the button, which is in an unnatural position. Not like it matters, that button doesn't work in anything! Further more, there's no pen drivers nor any ability to install a driver (Wacom Feel drivers is a nope) to adjust pressure or what the button does. So short of upgrading to a new pen (I read the S-Pen works flawlessly and buttons work) you kinda get stuck with no control of it.

    And the stand on this device is infuriating in two ways: getting it to pop open means you have to hold it awkwardly to pop the buttons, and the weight of this device means that bar on the stand cuts into your legs worse so than a Surface did.

    I read there's some launch event in April, so I hope to return this and hope they make an improvement or figure out how to redo this as I love the size and spec, but the execution is so shoddy. Before I pop it back, any Qs, or benchmarks or anything anyone would like to see or naw?
     
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    @CribCoe : Acer had a (seemingly) good idea way back when, but by delaying Switch 7 availability by over a year, they allowed technology and other OEMs to lap them. And then, of course, there are those pesky design issues that you mention.

    If you decide to keep your Switch 7 after the April announcements, you might consider an external battery to give yourself more operating time. There are several excellent devices currently on the market. I happen to use OmniCharge, but there are other good brands as well:

    https://www.omnicharge.co/products/omni-20-usb-c/
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/omni-mobile-series#/
     
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    Or, he can keep the Acer Switch 7 for a couple of years until the successor announced on April 11 is available for sale...:rolleyes:
     
  6. Tablet Nostradamus

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    Hi, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this unicorn tablet! I actually had this a while back but returned it for the same reasons, but wish I had done more extensive testing. How's tilt support (you can try using the pencil in MS Sketchpad)? Also, does pressure sensitivity in Animate CC work without special drivers, or does it use Windows Ink by default now? Thanks again.
     
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    Thanks @Steve S I'll give those a look into but I do think I'm returning this next week now. It's all boxed up.


    Pen stuff: tilt works out of the box in all apps I used, MS Sketchpad, Photoshop. I found using tilt in Photoshop tanked the performance though, it was super laggy. I tried out various battery/performance settings, switched between the GPUs, disabling GPU etc but it was always laggy. But that's Photoshop for ya! Animate CC worked immediately too, but not sure about pen pressure (current project doesn't use brush tool), but it didn't do that stage panning and dragging thing the Surface used to do!
     
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    Acer press conference revealed no switch update. The line looks dead.
     
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    <<...no switch update. The line looks dead...>>

    ...There's been a lot of that going around in recent years...
     
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    @CribCoe could you maybe share some details on how you underclocked/undervolted the CPU/dGPU/iGPU ?

    Were you using external tools like MSI Afterburner, Intel XTU or is the bios open ?
     
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