Acer’s AMD-powered Swift Edge laptop is a subtle reminder of the Intel tax

Acer's AMD-powered Swift Edge laptop is a subtle reminder of the Intel tax
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Acer Swift Edge facing right
extend / Acer today launched the Swift Edge laptop.


The Swift Edge cover Acer announced today is a subtle reminder of the so-called Intel tax. The PC offers a larger display with more expensive display technology and pixels than the similarly priced Acer Swift 5 ultralight. Another big difference between the two laptops is the choice the new Swift Edge makes AMD Ryzen 6000 processors, and Swift 5 uses it Intel 12th generation CPUs

Acer is launching the Swift Edge in the US this Friday with the Ryzen 7 6800U, which carries eight cores, 4MB of L2 cache, 16MB of L3 cache, and a 2.7GHz clock speed that can be boosted up to 4.7GHz. It will have an MSRP of $1,500, along with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB of PCIE 4.0 SSD storage.

The Swift Edge weighs 2.58 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick.
extend / The Swift Edge weighs 2.58 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick.


This is the same MSRP that the Swift 5 has according to the post and when we review in July. For that price, you get an Intel Core with four performance cores (2.1-4.7GHz), eight efficiency cores (1.5-3.4GHz) and 18MB of L3 cache, plus the same RAM and storage specs as the aforementioned Swift You get the i7-1260P. Edge configuration.

The Swift Edge and Swift 5 also have similar port options: two USB-C ports (although on Intel PC’s ports Lightning 4 certification and works up to 40Gbps instead of 20Gbps of the Swift Edge ports, two USB-A ports (USB 3.2 Gen 1), one HDMI 2.1 port and a 3.5mm jack.

Intel based Acer Swift 5.
extend / Intel based Acer Swift 5.

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However, the Swift Edge may have a notable, good edge when it comes to display. 16-inch, 3840×2400 OLED A non-touch display compared to the 14-inch, 2560×1600 IPS touchscreen on the Swift 5. The OLED screen features 100 percent DCI-P3 color coverage, up to 500 nits of brightness, and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification. . In gold Acer Swift 5 reviewwe recorded 541 nights and 83.1 percent DCI-P3 coverage.

Of course, there’s more to a laptop than its specs; We got to take a closer look at things like build quality (the Swift Edge has a magnesium alloy chassis), audio, webcam and display in action. But a quick look at these specs suggests that if you’re interested in an AMD CPU, you can upgrade elsewhere.

And there’s good reason to be. Ours Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 review tested the similarly specced Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U (the Swift Edge should eventually be offered with this CPU in the US, an Acer representative confirmed to Ars Technica) and found impressive performance, including stronger battery life and integrated Radeon 680M graphics . Intel’s 12th generation mobile chips. The Swift Edge won’t necessarily be as powerful as a $1,900, business-oriented ThinkPad, but the Ryzen 6000 has potential for Acer to exploit.

Just as computers often have a so-called Intel tax, there is usually an OLED tax on battery life. Acer claims that the Swift Edge’s 54 Wh battery can last for 10.5 hours of video playback, eight hours of web browsing and up to 7.5 hours on the MobileMark 2018 benchmark. These are better numbers than the smaller Swift 5 claims with a 56 Wh battery (14, 14 and 7.5 hours respectively).

The Swift Edge also has a 1080p webcam.
extend / The Swift Edge also has a 1080p webcam.


Acer’s Swift Edge is a new addition to the Acer Swift lineup of thin and light enclosures that includes the Swift 5 flagship ultralight. Swift X AMD and Swift X Intel, both of which include dedicated graphics cards. The Swift Edge continues a trend we’ve seen over the past few years as AMD chips increasingly find their way into higher-end designs, not just laptop models. The “Edge” moniker could also help AMD shake a reputation that has seen many consumers view its chips as a budget alternative to Intel.

The Swift Edge starts at $1,500 this Friday (SKU SFA16-41-R7SU), as shown above. Finally, it should start at the Ryzen 5 6600U and have up to 32GB of memory, but an Acer representative told Ars that it won’t be able to sell those configurations in the US.

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