Acer held one of its familiar Global Press Conferences (GPC) this afternoon, showcasing new additions to its Chromebook, ConceptD and Predator notebook lineups. There was also something new in store as far as the Taiwanese company’s well-known Swift range, along with some interesting choices in terms of silicon. This as the new Swift X can be kitted out with components from AMD and Nvidia.
This is relatively noteworthy as the Windows OEM has normally gone for whatever Intel can muster when it comes to its thin and lightweight notebooks, so the Swift X serves as a departure from the norm.
“Acer’s new notebook models are designed to offer consumers the widest possible choice of high-performance, ultraportable computing devices,” explains James Lin, GM for Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer.
“Professionals need a clean-looking notebook that is compact enough to take with them throughout the day, but it also has to be powerful enough to run multiple resource-intensive programs at once. With every device we make, we’re always pursuing that balance,” he adds.
In terms of the noteworthy aspects of the Swift X, it features a FullHD 14″ IPS display that supports a 100 percent sRGB colour gamut. Added to this is an all-metal chassis that tips the scale at 1.39kg and is 19.9mm thin. As such, it may not be as thin or lightweight as some of the previous Swift or Switch hardware that Acer has revealed in the past.
That said, the fact that it boasts up to 17 hours of battery life, seems like a decent trade off for a few millimetres and grams.
As for the other internal components, specifications will vary depending on the region, but for now Acer has advised that up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U mobile processor and 16 GB of RAM is available, along with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU.
Precise local pricing and availability remain unconfirmed at this stage, but the Swift X is expected in the EMEA region in towards the end of the year. For now, those in the US can pick it up in June, starting at $899.99 (~R12 376).