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Acer’s AMD-powered Swift Edge laptop is a gentle reminder of the Intel tax 

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Enlarge / Acer today announced the Swift Edge laptop.

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Acer’s Swift Edge clamshell announced today is a gentle reminder of the so-called Intel tax. The PC offers a larger screen with more expensive display technology and pixels than an ultralight Acer Swift 5 with similar specs for the same price. The other big difference between the two laptops is that the new Swift Edge opts for AMD Ryzen 6000 processors, while the Swift 5 uses 12th Gen Intel CPUs.

Acer will launch the Swift Edge in the US this Friday with a Ryzen 7 6800U, featuring eight cores, 4MB of L2 cache, 16MB of L3 cache, and a clock speed of 2.7GHz that can be increased to 4, 7 GHz. Combined with 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1 TB of PCIE 4.0 SSD storage, it will have an MSRP of $1,500.

The Swift Edge weighs 2.58 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick.
Enlarge / The Swift Edge weighs 2.58 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick.

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That’s the same MSRP that the Swift 5 has. from writing and when we reviewed it in July. For that price, you get an Intel Core i7-1260P with four performance cores (2.1-4.7GHz), eight efficient cores (1.5-3.4GHz), and 18MB of L3 cache, plus the Same RAM and storage specs as the aforementioned Swift. Border settings.

Swift Edge and Swift 5 also have a similar port selection: two USB-C ports (although, Intel PC ports have Ray 4 and runs at up to 40 Gbps, instead of the 20 Gbps of the Swift Edge ports), two USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1) ports, one HDMI 2.1 port, and one 3.5mm jack.

The Intel-based Acer Swift 5.
Enlarge / The Intel-based Acer Swift 5.

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However, the Swift Edge could have a noticeable advantage when it comes to display. It has a 16-inch screen, 3840 × 2400 OLED non-touch display, compared to the Swift 5’s 14-inch 2560×1600 IPS touchscreen. The OLED display has 100% DCI-P3 color coverage, up to 500 nits of brightness, and is VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certified. In our Acer Swift 5 reviewwe recorded 541 nits and DCI-P3 coverage of 83.1%.

Of course, there’s more to a laptop than its spec sheet; We’d need to take a closer look at things like build quality (the Swift Edge has a magnesium alloy chassis), audio, webcam, and display in action. But an early look at those specs shows you can upgrade elsewhere if you’re interested in an AMD CPU instead of an Intel one.

And there is a good reason to be. Our Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Review tested a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U with the same specs (the Swift Edge should eventually be offered in the US with this CPU as well, an Acer representative confirmed to Ars Technica) and found impressive performance, including generally average battery life. stronger and integrated Radeon 680M graphics compared to Intel 12th Gen Mobile Chips. The Swift Edge won’t necessarily be as powerful as a business-focused $1,900 ThinkPad, but the Ryzen 6000 has potential for Acer to take advantage of.

Just as there is often a so-called Intel tax on PCs, there is also often an OLED tax on battery life. Acer claims that the Swift Edge’s 54 Wh battery can last up to 10.5 hours of video playback, eight hours of web browsing, and 7.5 hours in the MobileMark 2018 benchmark. Those are better numbers than what the developer claims. Smaller Swift 5 with its 56 Wh battery (14, 14 and 7.5 hours, respectively).

There's also a 1080p webcam on the Swift Edge.
Enlarge / There’s also a 1080p webcam on the Swift Edge.

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Acer’s Swift Edge is a new addition to Acer’s Swift line of thin and light clamshells, which includes the ultralight flagship Swift 5 and Swift X AMD Y Swift X Intel, which include dedicated graphics cards. The Swift Edge continues a trend we’ve seen in recent years as AMD chips increasingly find their way into not only more laptop models, but higher-end designs as well. The “Edge” moniker may also help AMD shake a reputation that has many consumers viewing its chips as a cheap alternative to Intel.

The Swift Edge launches this Friday for $1,500 as specified above (SKU SFA16-41-R7SU). It should eventually start on a Ryzen 5 6600U and go up to 32GB of memory, but an Acer representative told Ars that it may not sell these configurations in the US.

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