We still can’t travel, at least not for a while. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t get to experience what brands will be unveiling there. Acer gave us our first look at the all-new Acer Swift X which was unveiled at CES 2022. While its still the same concept of a device – that is: it comes with a proper GPU instead of a discrete GPU which hinders the laptop performance, in such a thin and light profile which the Acer Swift has been known for.
Acer Swift X CES 2022
Acer laptops in general haven’t changed much in a while and that’s quite the understatement. The design has been essentially the same with the Aspire series being the only series where you can see significant design changes. But this time, there are some noticeably subtle changes that I personally like. The laptop no longer features a big “acer” branding smack right in the middle but now resides on the top of the laptop, leaving room for you to adore the trippy Algae Green which changes in different color – quite like the Aspire laptop we reviewed a while ago.
The keyboard gets an interesting change as well – gone are the older font keyboards with the odd shapes and comes a new keyboard, more reminiscent of the Keyboard you see from Acer Chromebooks. There is a reason as to why I point this out because personally, I’ve always thought that the font was getting dated. It would be nice to see a change and I am glad the font used is nicer. Another thing to point out – the dedicated compact arrow keys we saw in the older Swift X is gone for a much more compact arrow key – which means if you plan to game on this laptop, you might as well bring your external mechanical keyboard.
As for the ports, the Acer Swift X did get a major change – now, for power, it ditches the Barrel DC ports and has gone all in for USB-C Charging with both the ports doubling as Thunderbolt 4 ports, followed by HDMI, Full Size USB – one on each side, a Kensington Lock and a 3.5mm Headphone Jack. It’s more than enough for a thin and light, and that USB-C opens up to a whole avenue of peripherals that needs the speed. Unfortunately, no SD Card reader to be seen, which would have been a nice touch.
At the time of writing this article, we didn’t have the final specification to know what’s going on under the hood. But the variant we got to take a look at, comes powered with Intel’s 12th Generation Core Processor, unlike the Swift X we checked out a while back, which was powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 series. It makes sense as to why you’d want the laptop to run Intel instead of AMD processor as the new lineup has yet to hit the scene. Alongside the Intel Processor, we once again get to see the same NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti, handing all the graphics task needs.
Finally, if you noticed, the laptop display’s bezel is extremely thin and it has more display than ever, a 14” 2.2K IPS Panel with 100% sRGB coverage. Thought the Acer logo below the display is gone? Well, it’s still there, just on the keyboard instead.
That’s all we know and got to experience with the new Acer Swift X which is now official. While it’s still a Swift with slightly “not-so-much-of-a-head-turner” design, the subtle changes to make it look new is something I can accept and for once, a new keyboard layout with nicer font, that really got me excited. Can’t wait for this laptop to hit our shores and when it does – you will hear it from us.
TL; DR – Acer Swift X 2022 Specification
- Two choice of display: 14″ 2240×1400 and 16″ 2560×1600 16:10 Ratio
- 12th Generation Intel Core Processor with Intel Arc Graphics (exclusive to the 16″ Swift X)
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti
- Upto 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 2TB PCIe SSD
- Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) Connectivity
Special thanks to Acer for giving us the opportunity to take a look at the new Acer Swift X under embargo.