With the Acer Swift Go series, the manufacturer introduced a new line of notebooks at CES 2023. The new devices optionally come with high-resolution OLED displays, long-lasting batteries and 13th-generation Intel Core processors and are particularly compact and lightweight.
Acer Swift Go: The new notebooks in detail
The brand new Swift Go 16 (SFG16-71) and Swift Go 14 (SFG14-71) combine the latest technologies and feature an OLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. At the same time, the 14-inch model with 4.15 mm wide display edges weighs just less than 1.3 kg, and the 16-incher only around 1.6 kg.
The thin and light notebooks offer powerful displays with a peak brightness of 400 nits, a 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification. The Swift Go 14 features a 35.6 cm (14-inch) 2.8K OLED display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 pixels, while the Swift Go 16 has a 40.64 cm (16-inch) 3.2K OLED display with a resolution of 3,200 x 2,000. Also offered is TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe Display certification and even an optional touch screen.
Both notebooks are powered by the 13th generation Intel Core processors of the H-series and are verified as Intel Evo platform notebooks depending on the version. This ensures a battery life of more than 9.5 hours.
“With Intel Movidius VPU, the devices feature a special AI engine that makes collaboration, for example via video conferencing, both high-quality and energy-saving at the same time,” according to the manufacturer.
The notebooks also feature Intel Unison, which lets you easily connect your notebook to Android or iOS devices for a universal, user-friendly experience. “The new solution puts the PC at the center of everything you do, giving you the freedom to work across operating systems to effortlessly transfer files, make calls, send messages and manage notifications – all on one screen.”
Powerful cooling, lots of ports
In this regard, the new Acer Swift Go series notebooks feature an improved TwinAir dual fan system, two copper heat pipes, and an Air-Inlet keyboard for additional heat dissipation. The slim design of the 14.9 mm thin aluminum unibody case has been optimized for a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent.
The Swift Go 16 and Swift Go 14 both feature a number of ports, including two USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, and a microSD card reader. There’s also a 1440p resolution webcam with TNR noise reduction for clear images even in low-light conditions, while Acer’s PurifiedVoice technology with AI noise reduction is said to ensure clear intelligibility.
Up to 16GB of LPDDR5 memory and up to two TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSDs are supported, and there’s also fast Wi-Fi 6E.
Acer Swift X 14 promises strong performance
Adding to that, the Acer Swift X 14 is a powerful and compact notebook. Intel Core 13th-generation H-series processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 laptop GPUs power the premium notebook. It is NVIDIA Studio-validated and optimized with pre-installed NVIDIA Studio drivers.
Extra-large fans and a thermal design are supposed to keep the notebook pleasantly cool even under load. They are supported by a special air intake keyboard and two copper heat pipes. In terms of battery life, the manufacturer promises “a longer runtime for all-day productivity and performance,” without going into specific details.
Also on offer is a 2.8K OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz that fully covers the DCI-P3 color space and is VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 500 certified with 400 nits of brightness.
A 1440p webcam including Acer PurifiedView and Acer PurifiedVoice is also offered here. In terms of ports, Acer talks about dual USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1, as well as a microSD card reader.
Acer Swift 14: Elegant premium notebook
The latest Swift 14 (SF14-71T) focuses on a fresh and improved design. The thin and light CNC-machined unibody case is wrapped in aerospace-grade aluminum and available in Mist Green or Steam Blue. Diamond-ground edges and double-anodized materials are said to provide a refined look.
With 14.95 mm and a weight of only 1.2 kg, the Swift 14 is both compact and light. In addition, there is an OceanGlass touchpad with a glass-like feel made from plastic waste from the ocean.
Again, an Intel Core 13th-generation H-series processor is at work inside, while the Acer Swift 14 is Intel Evo-verified and is said to offer more than 9.5 hours of battery life. The notebooks are also integrated with Intel Unison, allowing users to collaborate on key productivity functions across different operating systems.
The Swift 14 comes with a choice of two 35.6 cm (14-inch) touchscreen displays – either WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) or WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200). Both variants are covered with durable, anti-microbial Corning Gorilla Glass.
A 1,440p QHD webcam with TNR technology, Acer PurifiedVoice and two speakers with DTS Audio, as well as logging in via Windows Hello thanks to the integrated fingerprint scanner round off the equipment. Two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1 are also offered.
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Prices and Availability
First up is the Acer Swift Go 14 (SFG14-71), which is expected to be available in February 2023 at an MSRP starting at €1,099. The Acer Swift X 14 (SFX14-71G) is expected to be available in April at non-binding recommended retail prices starting at 1,499 euros.
The Acer Swift Go 16 (SFG16-71) is supposed to be released in March 2023, but no price has been mentioned here yet. It is also unclear when and at what price the Acer Swift 14 (SF14-71T) will be available on the market.