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Acer Swift X 16 laptop with Intel Arc GPU costs $1,249, arrives in June

Acer Swift X 16 laptop with Intel Arc GPU costs $1,249, arrives in June

Acer sketched its revamped Swift X laptops at CES 2022 in January. We now have some compelling new details about the new hardware that will be packed into these sleek mainstream laptops. TechTuber Matthew Moniz got his hands on the new Acer Swift X 16 and X 14 laptops and shared a preview video today.

Note that while we got some tasty new details, not everything has been revealed, especially when it comes to the new discrete Intel Arc GPU. Moniz was told there was to be “strictly no benchmarking”.

The Acer Swift X camera laptops have been described as pre-production units, but Acer (and Intel?) management must be happy enough with the products to send them to YouTube en masse.

Before we get into the more comprehensive specs of the new Swift X laptops, it’s worth highlighting the key improvements, as chronicled by Moniz. First of all, the screens went from 16:9 to 16:10 and also increased the pixel densities. Since these aren’t high-end designs, these IPS screens still have some mediocre aspects, such as a quoted 60Hz refresh rate, and the 400-nit peak brightness is decent but not exceptional.

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Other notable upgrades include improved port selection where the barrel charger port and USB-C of yesteryear will be replaced with twin Thunderbolt ports this year. These are included alongside an HDMI port and a USB A port. On the other side of the laptops is a Kensington lock, USB A and audio combo port.

Webcams were upgraded to FHD (from 720p) in 2022, but do not provide Windows Hello biometrics. However, these laptops have fingerprint scanners in the power buttons, top right of the keyboard.

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Inside, there are some big changes, as well as some nice little changes. First, our headline singles out the new Acer Swift X 16 with discrete Intel Arc GPU. Very few details are shared regarding this GPU. Moniz may be telegraphing clues. In a section of the video where he discusses Intel Arc GPU performance, he says, in a throwaway commentary style, that rumors suggest we should expect between the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3070 Ti performance levels (performance mobile GPU). One would expect that such a comment would not be flippant at all, but rather carefully vetted by the powers that be at Acer/Intel.