Acer Swift X 16 laptop with Intel Arc GPU costs $1249, arrives in June | Techy Kings

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Acer unveiled its refreshed Swift X laptops at CES 2022 in January. Now we have some compelling new details about the fresh hardware that will be packed into these stylish consumer portables. TechTube’s Matthew Moniz shared a sneak peek video of the new Acer Swift X 16 and X 14 laptops today.

While we’re getting some sweet new details, not all of them have been revealed, especially when it comes to the new Intel Arc GPU. Moniz said there is “strictly no benchmark”.

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

Before we get into the full specs of the new Swift X laptops, it’s worth mentioning the key upgrades as pointed out by Moniz. First, the screens went from 16:9 to 16:10 and increased the pixel density. Since these aren’t high-end designs, there are still some aspects of these IPS screens, such as the claimed 60Hz refresh rate, and a maximum brightness of 400 nits, which is good but not spectacular.

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Other improvements that have been noticed include an improved port selection with a barrel charger port and yesterday’s USB-C replacing this year’s twin Thunderbolt ports. These are included along with an HDMI port and a USB A port. On the other side of the laptops are the Kensington lock, USB A and audio combo port.

The webcams were upgraded to FHD (from 720p) in 2022, but they don’t offer Windows Hello biometrics. However, these laptops have fingerprint scanners on the power keys, in the upper right corner of the keyboard.

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There are some big changes in there, as well as some nice little changes. First up, our headliner features the new Acer Swift X 16 with Intel Arc discrete GPU. Very few details have been shared regarding this GPU. Moniz may be telegraphing some clues. In the part of the video that touches on Intel’s Arch GPU performance, in a throwaway comment style, it says that rumors suggest that we should wait between Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3070 Ti performance levels (mobile GPU performance). One should expect that such an opinion would never be casual but has been thoroughly verified by the powers that be at Acer/Intel.

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