Acer’s flagship line of Swift X laptops will be one of the first to spin off Intel’s new Arc graphics. The 16-inch model will, at least, be Acer’s first with Intel’s bid to bring down NVIDIA’s leadership position in the mobile graphics space. That comes with a handful of other quality of life improvements, including a 400 nits (up from 300 nits last year), 100% sRGB, and a 16:10 display. You can choose a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) or WUXGA (1920 x 1,200) monitor to stuff it inside as well.
Build-to-order options include a new 12th generation Intel Core processor paired with new Arc graphics. This will be paired with up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 2TB SSD storage, plus WiFi 6e. Personally, it’s a little lighter than its direct predecessor, although if you’re walking in a hurry, you hardly know the difference. The webcam is now FHD too.
I wasn’t able to take any benchmarks on pre-release hardware that I was able to see in the flesh, but Acer is upbeat about the performance here. It says the new dual-fan design, larger vents (which are beefy) and larger inlets on the keyboard should expel up to 10 percent more heat than previous versions. You’ll also be able to switch to silent running if the need arises, albeit at the cost of a lot of your performance.
Acer also clarified that the current Swift X, which is currently shipping with the RTX 3050/3050 Ti option, will remain on shelves for the foreseeable future. That way, if you find Intel’s new silicon isn’t to your liking, you can still get the upgrade you crave.
Meanwhile, the 14-inch model gets all the other hardware pitfalls, including better display options, a 12th-gen Intel chip, up to 16GB of RAM and Windows 11.3050 Ti, which should probably suffice for most users who aren’t Ready yet to leap first into Intel’s new surroundings.
We don’t have US pricing or availability for the Swift yet, but in the UK we expect it to arrive by the end of February or the beginning of March for around £1,000 (about $1,350).
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