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Acer Swift Edge review: Sleek and lightweight

Acer Swift Edge review: Sleek and lightweight

Acer Swift Edge

The Acer Swift Edge needs a better moniker. “Edge” doesn't quite describe how sleek, and lightweight this 16-inch laptop really is. I can carry this notebook around everyday, and not feel at all tired. Its large OLED screen, too, offers a superb viewing experience. And the battery life is better than I expected. While it's a tad more expensive than the average Acer laptop, I think it's worth it.

Quick specs

  • 16-inch 3,840 x 2,400-pixel OLED screen
  • AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U processor with Radeon Graphics, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 2.1, headphone jack
  • 1.17kg

With its slim build — it's just under 13mm thick — and large 16:10 display, the Swift Edge appears to take its design cues from the LG Gram 16. Both these 16-inch laptops weigh around 1.2kg, thanks to their lightweight magnesium alloy chassis. But Acer one-ups its competitor here by outfitting the Swift Edge with a lush, and lovely 4K OLED screen. This display is rated at 500 nits peak brightness for HDR content, which is plenty bright. It goes without saying that the Swift Edge is great for videos, and casual games. But its 16:10 aspect ratio and sharp 4K resolution are also good for everyday computing tasks like web browsing, emails, and content creation.

Acer Swift Edge
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However, the keyboard is on the shallow side. It could also be wider, given the ample amount of empty space on both of its sides. On the other hand, the touchpad is large, and is very smooth. Like many laptops nowadays, the power button at the top right corner also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. The Swift Edge doesn't have an infrared facial recognition camera. The webcam itself is decent with 1080p resolution, but there's a fair amount of noise. It also lacks a camera privacy shutter. With its two USB-C, two USB-A, and HDMI, this Acer laptop has just about every connector you'll need. The laptop's USB-C ports are also the newer 2×2 type that supports up to 20Gbps speeds compared to the typical 10Gbps. They are used to charge the Swift Edge, and also for display output.

Acer Swift Edge
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Acer has gone with AMD's Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U processor for the Swift Edge. This chip is supplemented by a Microsoft Pluton security chip that performs tasks like hardware encryption. Along with the preloaded Windows 11 Pro operating system on my review set, it's clear that Acer is targeting the mobile professional workers here. Unsurprisingly, the Swift Edge's PCMark 10 scores are solid (6,157), and compares well against 12th Gen Intel-powered ultrabooks like the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (5,519). The bottom of the Acer laptop became moderately warm, but tolerable, during our benchmark testing, and ran fairly quietly. The integrated AMD Radeon 680M graphics is more than good enough for casual games such as Trombone Champ (around 55fps at 4K). Temperatures, though, were slightly more elevated during gaming at around 70 degrees Celsius.

With its bright 16-inch OLED screen, I was expecting middling battery life at best. Especially as the LG Gram 16, which managed over 10 hours in my test, had a much larger battery, and a lower-resolution display. But the Acer Swift Edge surprised me by lasting 7 hours in our video playback test at maximum brightness. This basically means I could use the Swift Edge on the go without constantly checking the battery gauge. My Ryzen 7 Pro review set is priced at S$2,598 (S$2,298 for the base Ryzen 5 Pro version), which puts it among the more expensive models in Acer's notebook lineup. But given its portability, 4K OLED screen, and capable performance, I think the Swift Edge is well worth its price. Get it now from Acer, Shopee and Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by Acer.


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Verdict



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Slim and capable big-screen laptop.

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