This right here is something really unique. This is the Acer Swift Edge and it’s arguably the world’s thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptop that has a 4K OLED display. That’s right, so not only is it pretty portable, it has a sleek design and you’re going to get a really great visual experience. At the same time, you can also be rest assured that your data is secured. How you might ask? Well, let’s talk more about this.
But before we get into this, we definitely have to take a look at the Swift Edge itself because this is one beautiful laptop. Oh and of course, thanks to Acer for sponsoring this video, we appreciate it.
First of all, you can get it in either one of two colours. You can go all classy with a professional looking black or you can tune it up a little with a splash of light blue. Interestingly though, Acer calls this Flax White. Which I kind of get but also don’t. It’s a light blue. Personally, I would probably go for the black as my daily driver but the light blue does also look pretty sweet. But as we’ve mentioned earlier, one key feature is the weight, or rather the lack thereof. The Swift Edge comes in at just under 13mm at its thinnest point and at a weight of just 1.17kg or about 2.58lbs. Again, you have to remember, this is a 16-inch laptop and yet you’re looking at a weight that most 13-inch laptops will have a hard time achieving. What’s there to say? We have to give credit where credit’s due and Acer has definitely done a splendid job here.
Despite that, you still get plenty of ports. We’re talking two USB 4 Type-C ports, two standard USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.1 and the 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack.
But of course, the main highlight is the display itself. Lift the lid up and you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous 16-inch OLED panel, offering 4K resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. Thanks to OLED, you’ll also enjoy really fast response times of 0.2ms as well as support for HDR with True Black 500 certification. Wrap it all up with a narrow bezel design, offering 92% screen-to-body ratio, it makes for a downright fantastic experience.
We’re not even kidding if we were to say that this looks so much better compared to most desktop monitors at the moment. OLED is still really expensive when we talk about monitors but yet you can already enjoy it here on a laptop. Binging on YouTube with your favourite content creators, catching the latest series on Netflix or perhaps even a little bit of light gaming. We dare say you won’t be disappointed.
And yes, we did mention light gaming because while gaming might not be its intended use case per se, the Swift Edge does boast some impressive specifications.
Depending on your use case, you’ll have a choice of either the Ryzen 5 Pro 6650U or the Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U with up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage. For those of you who didn’t know, AMD Ryzen 6000 series processors for laptops do come with integrated RDNA 2 graphics which are actually fairly capable. So let’s take a look at some performance numbers.
In Cinebench R23, the Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U managed a fairly capable single core score nearing 1,500 and a multi-core score just shy of 10,000. As expected from 8 cores and 16 threads. As for gaming, we ran our usual tests for this category of laptops, namely Valorant and Genshin Impact. While 4K resolution might be a stretch for Genshin Impact, it is actually still pretty playable for a lighter game such as Valorant. We do however definitely recommend dropping the resolution down to 1080p for a much better gaming experience.
Again, gaming isn’t the main focus here but with what we’ve just shared, you can definitely be assured that this is a fairly capable machine. But now we want to touch upon something that’s really important in this day and age.
The more astute of you viewers might already notice that the Swift Edge does actually come with not just Ryzen processors but Ryzen Pro processors. This means you get additional features that are usually only found in commercial or business grade devices and a big part of that is the inclusion of the Microsoft Pluton Security Processor.
To keep it really simple, when Windows 11 first launched, Microsoft had a requirement that in order for a device to run Windows 11, it had to have a TPM which stands for Trusted Platform Module. TPMs contain the information and specifically, the keys to encrypt and decrypt on said devices and it can either be found as a physical hardware attachment or via firmware on the chip itself. Now this system isn’t perfect and it has been proven that hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the CPU itself by accessing the connection between the TPM to the chipset or the processes of the CPU itself.
This is where Pluton comes in. Pluton is implemented directly into the CPU itself but instead of running through the CPU itself just like with firmware TPM, it actually has its own physical hardware that is also on the CPU itself but separate from the main cores. This makes it much more difficult to attack and exploit which translates to yet better security. And indeed that is what makes the Swift Edge doubly interesting. Not only are you getting a unique frame with a beautiful display and good performance, your data is very much secure. You’re getting the benefits of a consumer laptop and a business laptop in one neat package.
Honestly we’re just pretty impressed. If you’re looking for a thin and light laptop, this has it. If you’re looking for a 4K OLED display, this has it. If you’re looking for good performance, this has it too. To wrap everything up, your data is secure as well.
If you’re interested in checking out the Acer Swift Edge here in Singapore, the Ryzen 5 Pro variant will retail for S$2,298 while the Ryzen 7 Pro variant will retail for S$2,598. If you want to up the RAM to 32GB, that’ll set you back S$2,798.