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Updated January 12, 2024·

For high-performance tasks such as gaming or intensive engineering applications, the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 with its powerful processor and dedicated graphics card will handle them with ease but it's heavier and less portable. By contrast, the Acer Swift Edge 16 shines with its lightweight design and impressive OLED screen which is great for general use and watching videos; its integrated graphics are capable but less suited to demanding games or 3D tasks. Keep in mind the Swift Edge has a higher price, possibly justified by its portability and display quality, while the Predator offers more processing power and is typically less expensive. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Good speakers
  • Good keyboard
Advantages of the Acer Swift Edge 16
  • Very good for content creation
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Very good portability
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

7.6
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
6.8
8.0/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.5/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3200 x 2000
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.0/10
The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 is good for gaming and AI, while the Acer Swift Edge 16 is only fair.

Screen Quality

7.8
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
8.8
16.0in
SIZE
16.0in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3200 x 2000
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
OLED
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
373.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
383.0 nits
The Acer Swift Edge 16 has a better screen than the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, content creation, and software development.

Battery

5.0 Hours
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
7.0 Hours
The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 has 5 hours of battery life. The Acer Swift Edge 16 has 7 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
Very Good
16.0in
SIZE
16.0in
5.7 lbs
WEIGHT
2.7 lbs
1.1in
THICKNESS
0.5in
The Acer Swift Edge 16 has very good portability, while the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 has only fair portability.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.6
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
7.9
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3200 x 2000
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
OLED
373.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
383.0 nits
5.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
7.0 Hours
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.7/10
6.1/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.8/10
The Acer Swift Edge 16 and Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 are both good for general use.

Engineering and Design

8.1
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
7.8
9.2/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.9/10
8.0/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.5/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 to be very good for engineering and design, while the Acer Swift Edge 16 is good.

Content Creation

7.7
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
8.1
9.2/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.9/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3200 x 2000
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
OLED
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Swift Edge 16 to be very good for content creation, while the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 is good.

Software Development

7.5
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
7.9
9.2/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.9/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3200 x 2000
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.7/10
The Acer Swift Edge 16 and Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 are both good for software development.

Build Quality

7.4
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
7.2
The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 and Acer Swift Edge 16 both have good build quality.

Cost

$800
Predator Helios Neo 16
Swift Edge 16
$820
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$600

$800

$1,000

$1,200

$1,400

The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 has a price of $800 and the Acer Swift Edge 16 costs $820.

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How the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 and the Acer Swift Edge 16 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Predator Helios Neo 16Acer Swift Edge 16
Acer Predator Helios Neo 16Acer Swift Edge 16

GENERAL

Price
$800
$820
Release Date
April 1, 2023May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 11'' x 1.11''14.1'' x 9.7'' x 0.51''
Weight
5.73 lbs2.73 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-13500HXAMD Ryzen 7 7840U
Graphics
RTX 4050 (130 W)Radeon 780M
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
5 Hours7 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh54 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"16"
Display Technology
IPSOLED
Resolution
1920 x 12003200 x 2000
Refresh Rate
165Hz120Hz
Display Brightness
373 nits383 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.4/107.2/10
Portability Score
6.2/108.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesNo
Fan Noise Score
7.5/108/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7.5/106.8/10
Speaker Quality Score
7/106.5/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
32
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
33
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Acer Predator Helios Neo 16

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PCMag

Mark Knapp | August 2023
"The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 sacrifices portability and a truly budget price in the name of additional power. While remaining relatively budget-friendly, this gaming laptop packs serious processing chops, and Acer optimizes its internals to deliver respectable 1080p (or 1200p) gameplay from an RTX 4050. Its keyboard and chassis design won't win it any awards, but its display is a cut above for the price."

Acer Swift Edge 16

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PCWorld

Matthew S. Smith | October 2023
"The Acer Swift Edge 16 is a solid super thin-and-light that pairs a large, gorgeous 16-inch display with portable design that rivals the weight of LG’s superlight Gram 16. Remarkably, Acer achieves this at a lower price point without sacrificing performance. Boring design and disappointing battery life hold the laptop back from stardom, but its rivals frequently suffer in these areas, too. That makes the Swift Edge 16 an alluring value pick."

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About Acer

Acer is a prominent Taiwanese electronics brand which makes a wide range of laptops, with multiple product lines catering to personal use, gaming, and business use. They are renowned for having exceptional value for money, as they frequently offer good specifications at a lower price than other manufacturers.

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