The Acer Swift X seeks to bring the Acer Swift brand’s economy to the creative laptop sector ahead of Computex 2021, and it’s all about offering decent specs at a low price, without relying on the extra features that drive up the price of some of the greatest laptops.
So the Acer Swift X isn’t the world’s smallest or lightest laptop, and it doesn’t feature a fancy OLED display or the world’s narrowest bezels. You do, however, receive a fast AMD Ryzen CPU and up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 3050 Ti, which will help you get your job done even if you can’t afford the most expensive laptop on the market.
|Design and Build||Magnesium Alloy body, 13″ form factor, 970 grams|
|Display||14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Multi-Touch display, 91% SRGB & 60% Adobe RGB, 260 nits peak brightness with Anti-Glare|
|Keyboard||1-level Soft white back-lighting|
|Processor||8th gen i5-8250U processor, Boost Clock up to 3.4 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel UHD 620, 4 GB VRAM|
|Storage||256 GB SSD|
|Connectivity||IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||2 x USB-A, Audio port, USB-C 3.1 (no thunderbolt), HDMI,|
The Acer Swift X is only 0.7 inches thick (17.9mm) and weighs 3.06 pounds (1.39kg). In 2021, that’s a conventional laptop design, but it’s still the ideal size for slipping into your backpack for your morning commute.
Fortunately, the Acer Swift X’s chassis is incredibly robust, despite its basic appearance. We’re not sure, but it feels like an aluminum casing to us, and there’s little to no flex anywhere. Even the display is really sturdy, so you shouldn’t have any concerns about this laptop shattering if it falls off your lap.
What ultrabooks make up for in compactness, they make up for in port selection. Except for an SDCard slot and an Ethernet port, the Acer Swift 5 has enough connections. It might have fit an Ethernet port due to its thickness, and it also has adequate room for a card slot. However, neither of these features are available on this laptop.
Aside from that, you have two USB As, one of which can charge your phone through USB. Next to it is a USB-C port, an HDMI port, and a charging port. There’s an audio jack on the left, as well as two LED lights that indicate whether the laptop is charging or in use.
In terms of performance, as Ultrabooks go, this one is rather decent. It has a 1.6 GHz 8th-generation Intel i5-8250U CPU and 8 GB RAM, making it quick enough. The U-series processors are famed for their power economy, which means they sacrifice a little performance, but that’s to be expected from an Ultra-book. It will, however, manage the majority of the duties you put at it.
The RTX 3050 Ti, on the other hand, is a wonderful match for the 1080p display if you want to do some light gaming in your spare time. With that GPU, you should be able to play almost everything at native resolution, however you may need to adjust the quality settings in a few titles.
This laptop’s battery life is, once again, merely adequate. Acer promises that the 36 Watt-hour battery can last you up to 8 hours. However, routine office activities, such as light surfing and so on, will only bring you 6 hours of battery life.
Overall, the keyboard is adequate. The chiclet keyboard provides superb typing feel and tactility. Its keyboard travel isn’t very long, but it’s enough for an ultra-book. It’s also pleasant to type on for lengthy periods of time because there’s adequate space between the keys. It includes Level-1 Soft White back-lighting that is extremely comfortable to look at.
The placement of the arrow keys and the power button are the only flaws in the keyboard. The power button is located in the upper right corner of the screen, and it is easy to confuse it with the delete key. The arrow keys are similarly half-sized and tangled up with the Home and End keys. And it’s all too simple to keep tapping the End key while navigating, which may be a pain whether you’re working on a document or coding or something similar.