The Acer Swift series is the company’s line of premium thin-and-light laptops, and today we’ll be checking out the latest Acer Swift X model, which launched in India in September. The Swift X is special because Acer has managed to pack a powerful AMD CPU and a discrete Nvidia GPU inside a 14-inch laptop body measuring only around 18.8mm in thickness. It’s a power-packed machine for sure, with great portability, but with prices starting at Rs. 84,999, is it good value? I’ve been using it for the past week and this is what I think.
Acer Swift X design
The Acer Swift X has a pretty standard laptop form factor but the dual-tone body colour helps it stand out a bit. The silver and champagne gold trim on the unit that I have looks nice. It’s not too flashy and yet does not look boring. The fit and finish of the chassis is good, and there isn’t a lot of flex around the palm-rest area. The lid does have a bit of flex but the screen seems well protected and doesn’t warp when light pressure is applied.
Weighing roughly 1.39kg, the Acer Swift X is not too heavy, and its overall compact size makes it very portable. You get a good selection of ports for a 14-inch laptop. These include a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port with power-off charging, a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port which can also charge the laptop, and a full-sized HDMI port. There’s also a headphone jack, kensington lock slot, and a round-pin charging port. There isn’t an SD card slot on the Swift X. There are stereo speakers on the bottom, and plenty of air intake vents. The exhaust vent is placed between the hinges of the lid.
The keys on the keyboard are well spaced and aren’t very noisy. There’s white backlighting which illuminates all the letters evenly. The arrow key cluster is a little cramped due to the Pg Up and Pg Dn keys being placed right above it. The Acer Swift X has a fingerprint scanner placed just below the keyboard area. It’s responsive and works well for logging in to Windows. The trackpad is roomy and works well, although it’s not as precise as a glass trackpad.
The 14-inch display on the Acer Swift X is an IPS panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a full-HD resolution. It has a claimed brightness of 300nits and this was more than adequate for my usage. The display also has narrow borders on three of its four sides, along with a webcam on the top. In the box, you will find a 90W power adapter and the user manual.
Acer Swift X specifications and software
The configuration of the Swift X that I received from Acer is available on its India website, at the time of writing this review. It features an AMD Ryzen 5 5600U CPU with integrated Radeon graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU. That’s quite the spec list for a compact, 14-inch laptop. This configuration is priced at Rs. 86,990 on Acer’s website, down from its Rs. 1,09,999 sticker price. There’s another variant of the Swift X with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, but I couldn’t find this or another colour variant online.