Acer Swift X: Perfect college/gaming laptop ?

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There’s plenty of power inside that slimline design, though, with the Swift X standing out from its ultraportable siblings with an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processor, and according to Acer’s website the Swift X actually provides a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti as a standard feature, but in fact, it’s only available in one high-end configuration.

Surprisingly, the 14-inch IPS display only offers FHD (1920 x 1080, 157.3dpi) resolution, which seems a little short-sighted for a laptop that’s aimed at creative users (although the mixed messaging on Acer’s website also suggests that teenage gamers are a target audience too). The 300 nits brightness isn’t exactly top-of-the-range either, although in fairness the screen does seem bright and colourful to the naked eye. The colors are a little oversaturated on the red end of the spectrum, perhaps, but the viewing angles are good, easily matching Acer’s quoted 170 degrees, so the Swift X will be a good option for presentations on the move.

 

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Acer also states that the display supports 100% of the sRGB color standard, which will be suitable for web graphics and photo editing. However, it’s a shame that Acer’s limited customization and upgrade options don’t allow users to opt for higher resolution displays, or support for Adobe RGB or DCI-P3 for video editing.

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It’s easy to connect an external monitor, though, with an HDMI port and a USB-C port with DisplayPort support. Connectivity isn’t the Swift X’s strong point though, with just that single USB-C port, two USB 3.1, and (another detail omitted by Acer’s website) a 3.5mm headphone connector. There’s no Ethernet port for wired networks, although the Swift X is up to date with both Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 networking. We were a little concerned about the power connector, which juts out from the side of the laptop at right-angles and seems to be asking for trouble. Another minus point is the Swift X’s mediocre 720p webcam.

 

The Ryzen 7 5700U processor used by the Swift X has a relatively modest base clock speed — just 1.8GHz — and its single-core performance in the Geekbench 5 test suite is also quite modest — just 1,180 points. But with eight processor cores at its disposal, the Ryzen CPU leaps ahead when it comes to multi-core performance, hitting 7,430, which puts it well ahead of other powerful but lightweight laptops, such as HP’s quad-core Intel-based ZBook Firefly 14 G8 at 5,450.

And, of course, our review unit also benefits from its discrete GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, which scored a somewhat average 80fps when running the Cinebench R15 OpenGL benchmark, but then impressed with a very strong 38fps for the 3D graphics of Unigine Valley (and leaving us wondering how the RTX 3050 would perform).

That sort of performance is particularly impressive given the competitive pricing of the Swift X. The internal fan does get a little noisy during the demanding Valley tests, but the area around the air vent located at the top of the keyboard never gets more than mildly warm.

Battery life also proved to be a pleasant surprise. The 300 nits display was still bright enough that we were able to reduce the brightness level to 50% for our streaming video test. The Swift X also allowed us to switch to the Ryzen’s integrated Radeon graphics to preserve battery power, with the laptop lasting for a healthy 8 hours and 50 minutes of online streaming. You should be able to stretch that close to 10 hours if you’re not using Wi-Fi the whole time, and the integrated Radeon graphics can still manage 67fps for Cinebench and 12fps for Valley, so it’s certainly capable of handling some graphics work if you need to preserve battery power when you’re on the move.

 

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