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Acer Switch 5 or 3 disassembly?

hedehede81hedehede81 Posts: 16Member Troubleshooter
Hello,

I can find instructions to disassemble Acer Switch Alpha 12 but not the next year's model, Switch 5 or Switch 3. The chassis looks slightly different, I couldn't find the screw at where the stand connects to chassis. Anybody managed to open one of these models? It would be awesome to change SSD or battery etc.

Regards.

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  • ZulucowboyZulucowboy Posts: 10

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    switch 5 is a pry apart no screws. start at the bottom between the grey outer shell and the screen. I use my thumb nail to get started then a plastic prying tool. be very careful and take your time. fragile plastic pins. 

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  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,769ACE Trailblazer
    What are the full model numbers you're looking for? Jack E/NJ
  • hedehede81hedehede81 Posts: 16Member Troubleshooter
    edited April 2018
    JackE said:
    What are the full model numbers you're looking for? Jack E/NJ
    SW512-52 is for Switch 5 (the model I have). SW312-31-P4G1 is for Switch 3. I assumed it would be similar to open these up, but of course instructions for Switch 5 is more appreciated if possible.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,769ACE Trailblazer
    It should be a pry-apart model. Google "sw5-012" and "disassembly" or "teardown" or "dismantle" for various videos. Jack E/NJ
  • hedehede81hedehede81 Posts: 16Member Troubleshooter
    JackE said:
    It should be a pry-apart model. Google "sw5-012" and "disassembly" or "teardown" or "dismantle" for various videos. Jack E/NJ
    The model you are referring to is a completely different one, it is a detachable 2-in-1 for a start, where mine is a tablet. It might still be a pry-apart model of course, but I couldn't verify it.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,769ACE Trailblazer
    Yes, the tablet parts are similar. Both probably will result in broken plastic catches on trying to pry them apart. But nothing that color-coordinated duct tape can't fix. Jack E/NJ
  • ZulucowboyZulucowboy Posts: 10Member

    Tinkerer

    Accepted Answer
    switch 5 is a pry apart no screws. start at the bottom between the grey outer shell and the screen. I use my thumb nail to get started then a plastic prying tool. be very careful and take your time. fragile plastic pins. 
  • hedehede81hedehede81 Posts: 16Member Troubleshooter
    switch 5 is a pry apart no screws. start at the bottom between the grey outer shell and the screen. I use my thumb nail to get started then a plastic prying tool. be very careful and take your time. fragile plastic pins. 
    Thank you very much for the comment. Have you opened the Switch 5 yourself? If yes, would you happen to have any photos of the process? It would be great.
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,769ACE Trailblazer
    @hedehede81 ; I suggest that you NOT try to open the tablet as there are no serviceable parts inside except the battery. The SSD & RAM are soldered to the mainboard and not upgradeable. Jack E/NJ
  • hedehede81hedehede81 Posts: 16Member Troubleshooter
    JackE said:
    @hedehede81 ; I suggest that you NOT try to open the tablet as there are no serviceable parts inside except the battery. The SSD & RAM are soldered to the mainboard and not upgradeable. Jack E/NJ
    I'm 99% sure that it has M.2 SATA SSD like its predecessor, Switch Alpha 12, and is upgradeable. RAM is soldered of course. 
  • JackEJackE Posts: 14,769ACE Trailblazer
    Sorry, the SW512-52 does indeed have the m.2 slot. Pry away and keep the duct tape handy.  :) Jack E/NJ
  • ZulucowboyZulucowboy Posts: 10Member

    Tinkerer

    switch 5 is a pry apart no screws. start at the bottom between the grey outer shell and the screen. I use my thumb nail to get started then a plastic prying tool. be very careful and take your time. fragile plastic pins. 
    Thank you very much for the comment. Have you opened the Switch 5 yourself? If yes, would you happen to have any photos of the process? It would be great.
    yes I have opened it a few times. No I don't have photos.
  • ZulucowboyZulucowboy Posts: 10Member

    Tinkerer

    JackE said:
    @hedehede81 ; I suggest that you NOT try to open the tablet as there are no serviceable parts inside except the battery. The SSD & RAM are soldered to the mainboard and not upgradeable. Jack E/NJ
    I'm 99% sure that it has M.2 SATA SSD like its predecessor, Switch Alpha 12, and is upgradeable. RAM is soldered of course. 
    No its not. i have a 1T 850evo on mine.
  • inteksinteks Posts: 2Member New User
    its easy... but be carefull. ... i put a Samsung 970 Pro in and now im happy again. Benchmark could be better but its OK :)



     
  • hedehede81hedehede81 Posts: 16Member Troubleshooter
    very nice photos, thank you!

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