The PC industry has been riding the Ultrabook wave for many years now with super thin and light laptops. But the tradeoff is performance, with less powerful CPUs and the lack of discrete GPUs found in gaming laptops and workstation rigs.
The new Acer Swift X is an answer to that – an in-between laptop that is still super light 1.39 kg (3.06 lbs) but can also deliver some serious power when needed. With a Zen 3 AMD Ryzen 7 5800u, new RTX 3050 Ti graphics, and a 14-inch display, the Acer Swift X is that sweet spot.
Here’s what this laptop is all about in our hands-on.
Acer Swift X: AMD, NVIDIA, and a clean design
The Ryzen 7 5800U came just a few months ago and is the more powerful of the two Ryzen 7 U series. The 15W chip features eight cores, 16 threads, 20MB of ache, and peaks at 4.4Ghz. The NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti, meanwhile, was only announced earlier this month. The RTX 3050 Ti is a serious GPU, as it nearly doubles the performance of the GTX 1650 while also adding in DLSS to the mix.
|Category||Acer Swift X|
|Processor||Up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800U|
|RAM||Up to 16GB RAM|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti|
|Storage||Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD|
IPS, 300 nits, 100% sRGB
Kensington lock slot
Up to 17 hours
|Dimensions||0.7 inches thin (17.9mm)|
|Weight||3.06 pounds (1.39kg)|
The Swift X’s 14-inch and 16:9 display are interesting. While it is only full HD, it does feature a satisfying 85.7% screen-to-body ratio and 100% sRGB color gamut. Perhaps the only downside is the max 300 nits of brightness below average for laptops these days (though it’s OK for indoor use).
Being an AMD-based laptop, the lack of Thunderbolt 4 is not too surprising, but you get a fast Type-C port, and there is Wi-Fi 6 onboard.
Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
Of course, there are the usual effects of Acer cost-cutting like bottom-firing speakers, which are merely OK sounding, no IR for Windows Hello, mediocre webcam, and the usual reliance on thin metal to keep down the weight. But Acer’s keyboards are also quite good and what you get here is a very compact but powerful laptop, which is still not too common.
Acer Swift X: Gallery, pricing, and availability
The Acer Swift X (SFX14-41G) will be available in June starting at 899.99; in EMEA in Summer 2021 starting at 899 EUR; and in China in Q3’20, starting at RMB 6,499.