Acer held a product launch event in New York last night, announcing quite a lot of new products for the year, some more exciting than others.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is certainly one of the more exciting announcements, it’s the first hybrid laptop to run Intel’s sixth generation Core processor without a fan, which is quite an achievement. It manages this by using a liquid cooling system that uses heat of the coolant as it expands into gas to keep the entire system moving.

Weighing in at just 1250 grams in laptop mode or 900g in tablet mode, the Switch Alpha 12 is marginally heavier than the Surface 4, but still light enough to carry around all day with ease.

The 12-inch screen runs at 2160 by 1440 powered by an Intel HD Graphics 520, and it is touchscreen as you would expect. There is also an optional Active Pen with 256 different levels of pressure.

The keyboard is full sized and there is also an optional backlit variation.

Specifics on specification are a bit general at the moment but it will come with DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and three USB Type-A ports and 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard and then you will have options for:

  • 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7, Core i5 or Core i3 processor
  • 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD
  • 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 will be available in North America in June starting at $599; in EMEA in May starting at €699; and in China in May starting at ¥5,999