Acer refreshes Aspire, Spin and Swift notebooks with Intel 11th Gen CPUs

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As it usually likes to do at its [email protected] conferences, the Taiwanese manufacturer has showcased some of the newly refreshed lightweight notebooks that make up its Aspire, Spin and Swift lineups.

Like many Windows 10 OEMs of late, Acer has outlined the new Intel 11th Gen CPU and Intel Xe Graphics as the key elements to note here across all the devices.

There are six different models in all that make up this lightweight notebook segment, but we are taking a look a three in particular.

The new Acer Aspire 5 (A514-54).

Starting with the Aspire 5 (A514-54), this 14″ notebook is designed for those not necessarily interested in the the convertible elements added to the Spin range. This particular model will feature a choice among the 11th Gen Intel processor range, along with the Xe graphics, but Acer confirms that NVIDIA GeForce MX450 flavours are also available.

Fitted with a FullHD IPS touch display, the Aspire 5 also boasts a 80 percent screen-to-body-ratio, if such things are important to you. There’s also up to 24 GB DDR4 Memory and up to 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD and 2 TB HDD storage, depending on the specification you opt for. Finally worth noting is that Acer has added dual-band WiFi 6 connectivity, which Intel is responsible for.

The new Acer Spin 5 (SP513-55N A).

Next is the Spin offerings, with both the Spin 3 model (pictured in the header) and Spin 5 variant receiving updates. We’re focusing on the latter here, which is now sporting a 14.9mm thin chassis that tips the scale at 1.2kg. The touchscreen can rotate vertically 360 degrees, as can most Spin models, and also features antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass for anyone who is COVID-19 conscience.

Up to Intel 11th Gen i7 processors will be made available on the Spin 5, along with Xe graphics and a claimed 15 hours of battery life, according to Acer. There’s multiple full-function USB Type C ports on offer, as well as Thunderbolt 4 certification, so you should be sorted on that front.

Acer Swift 3X (SF314-510 G)

Lastly we’re touching on the Swift series, and the Swift 3X in particular. This specific model features Intel Iris Xe MAX graphics paired with the Intel 11th Gen processor, along with a 14″ FullHD screen and a lightweight 1.37kg body.

The Swift 3X also delivers a more than satisfactory 17.5 hours according to Acer, and features fast charging that yields four hours of battery life from 30 minutes of charge in a bind. It supports WiFi 6 and comes with a bevy of port options, including USB Type C, Thunderbolt 4 and USB3.2 Gen 2.

For now, no official local pricing and availability have been detailed for these lightweight notebooks, but expect Acer Africa to share those details in coming weeks and days.

Currently, the Acer Aspire 5 (A514-54) notebook will be available in EMEA in November starting at €599. The Spin 5 is expected in EMEA in December starting at €1 099, and the Swift 3X in EMEA in November starting at €849.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.