Everyone wants a notebook that fulfills their needs, is super light, lasts forever, and only costs a dime. We’re not in fantasy land just quite yet, but Acer is trying with its new Swift 3 for 2020. There’s one kicker in these units though – there will be AMD and Intel variants, using the latest and greated from both – Intel’s 10nm Ice lake vs. AMD’s new 7nm APUs.

The new Acer Swift 3 ultraportable is a 14-inch unit weighing 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) that has either up to an octo-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U inside or up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7, 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, and up to 512 GB of NVMe storage. Acer is going for a premium design feel here, with the lightweight chassis, narrow bezels (4.37mm), and support for features like Windows Hello and Wake on Voice supported. The full unit is 16.55mm / 0.65-inches thick.

AMD Variant

AMD Prices will start from $599 for the base configuration, and exact specifications will come closer to the launch in May. Intel will start from $699 and be available from March.

Intel Variant

If one thing is going to be clear at this year’s CES, it’s going to be that AMD and Intel are going to be hitting each other with design wins. Normally for design wins we talk about flagships, but I suspect we’ll see AMD in a lot of mid-price notebooks with good all-round specifications, which is going to be where Intel will feel the heat. Not to be outdone, Intel is expected to have a number of Ice Lake designs at CES as well – the Intel Acer Swift 3 has Athena certification for example, which might be where the extra base cost comes from, as it will likely have Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6, and an ultra-low power display. It would be interesting to square off Intel vs AMD here in a review later this year.



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  • qlockandaipeesee - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    2nd that - I think 2560x1600 is the sweet spot of 1:1 resolutions - for those with good eye's and appreciating information density - I standardized at 2560x1600 everywhere on a lot of my 30" HP desktop screens and laptops (even it means not ideal scaling - 4K panel does it acceptable - but MacBook is the best as it's native) Reply
  • akvadrako - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    4K is good for 14” because you can use 2x scaling and there are no artifacts. It’s what I use - 1440p wouldn’t really work because UI elements would be too small or too large. Reply
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    150% scaling has worked well for me with Windows 10 for a while now, with fewer exceptions as time goes by. Reply
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    You're right, but I'm pretty sure it's all about that spec sheet :/ Reply
  • Ithaqua - Monday, January 6, 2020 - link

    If you need 4k on a 14" screen to read, wouldn't that make the comment "People with bad eyes who need to get glasses to read." Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    You don't have those good eyes because you'd still have to scale. In fact Microsoft knows people don't have good eyes so they scale by default for you. Their default should be >= 250% if doing 4k at 14"

    Try setting 1:1 no scaling and reading 10pixel fixed bitmap text from 2ft away at 4k then come tell me you have good eyes.
  • akvadrako - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Fine, people with bad eyes who like clear text. I mean it’s easy to see the difference between the same size text at 150 and 300dpi. I don’t want smaller text I just want it easy to read. Reply
  • jospoortvliet - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Full HD on a 13" is pretty high dpi, higher than most office monitors...you do sit a bit closer but it is plenty sharp. Then again, to each their own. If it came at no cost i wouldn't mind 4k either... Reply
  • Santoval - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    You mean small text. Reply
  • Hul8 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    The marketing team? Their jobs are on the line, after all... Reply

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