22 October 2020
Acer usually announces a new Swift lineup of laptops at the physical IFA event in Berlin but due to the global pandemic situation, it had no choice but to make an online announcement. It has revealed new Swift 5 and Swift 3 notebooks packed with 11th-gen Intel Core processors to deliver high performance.
The Acer Swift 5 is the expensive notebook between the two and is also the Intel Evo platform verified. The badge means that the notebook is capable of providing at least nine hours of real-world battery backup, wakes up in less than a second, and offers WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 4, and fast charging. In other words, it is an ideal choice for anyone seeking a system for on-the-go productivity.
The notebook sports a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen display with 100% sRGB color gamut coverage and a peak brightness of 340nits. It has a bezel-less design that helps it achieve an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio. A buyer can choose to get it with either 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor which are combined with Intel Iris X graphics.
The display panel on the notebook comes with an antimicrobial coating to "reduce the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms". This solution can also be obtained for touchpad, keyboard, and covers if a buyer wishes. The Swift 5 has been priced at $999 for the base model in North America.
As for the Acer Swift 3, it is a cheaper notebook released under Intel's Project Athena program and is pending Intel Evo verification. It offers the same choice of selecting between 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. It has a 13.5-inch display with 2256 x 1054 pixels resolution, 100% RGB color space, and 400 nits of peak brightness. It boasts SSD storage, up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, a backlit keyboard, and Windows Hello support for fingerprint authentication.
There is one other variant of the notebook that offers a 14-inch Full HD display. Acer has priced the 13.5-inch Swift 3 at $799 for the base model and 14-inch Swift 3 at $699 for the base model.