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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Swift Edge 16, often priced somewhat less, offers a larger OLED screen with higher resolution and a higher refresh rate, which may be more appealing if you're looking for a laptop with a vibrant display and smooth visuals. The Acer is lighter and slimmer, enhancing its portability, whereas the HP has a better webcam and speakers if media or conference calls are a priority. Both have the same amount of RAM and storage, but the Acer has double the total display outputs, which could be crucial for multi-monitor setups. Consider your priority: display quality and portability or battery life and multimedia experience. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Swift Edge 16
  • Very good for content creation
  • Very good overall display quality
Advantages of the HP Dragonfly Pro 14"
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Very good keyboard

Key differences

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Screen Quality

8.8
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
7.1
16.0in
SIZE
14.0in
3200 x 2000
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
383.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
405.0 nits
The Acer Swift Edge 16 has a better screen than the HP Dragonfly Pro 14" for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

7.0 Hours
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
10.0 Hours
The Acer Swift Edge 16 has 7 hours of battery life. The HP Dragonfly Pro 14" has 10 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
Very Good
16.0in
SIZE
14.0in
2.7 lbs
WEIGHT
3.4 lbs
0.5in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Acer Swift Edge 16 and HP Dragonfly Pro 14" both have very good portability, though the Acer Swift Edge 16 has somewhat better portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.2
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
8.5
The HP Dragonfly Pro 14" has very good build quality, while the Acer Swift Edge 16 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.9
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
8.0
3200 x 2000
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
383.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
405.0 nits
7.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
10.0 Hours
6.7/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
8.8/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.2/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers HP Dragonfly Pro 14" to be very good for general use, while the Acer Swift Edge 16 is good.

Gaming and AI

6.8
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
6.6
2.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
3200 x 2000
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
8.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.5/10
The Acer Swift Edge 16 and HP Dragonfly Pro 14" are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.8
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
7.5
8.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.7/10
2.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Acer Swift Edge 16 and HP Dragonfly Pro 14" are both good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

8.1
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
7.9
8.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.7/10
3200 x 2000
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Swift Edge 16 to be very good for content creation, while the HP Dragonfly Pro 14" is good.

Software Development

7.9
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
7.8
8.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.7/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
3200 x 2000
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
6.7/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Acer Swift Edge 16 and HP Dragonfly Pro 14" are both good for software development.

Cost

$820
Swift Edge 16
Dragonfly Pro 14"
$830
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The Acer Swift Edge 16 has a price of $820 and the HP Dragonfly Pro 14" costs $830.

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How the Acer Swift Edge 16 and the HP Dragonfly Pro 14" compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Swift Edge 16HP Dragonfly Pro 14"
Acer Swift Edge 16HP Dragonfly Pro 14"

GENERAL

Price
$820
$830
Release Date
May 1, 2023July 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.7'' x 0.51''12.4'' x 8.8'' x 0.72''
Weight
2.73 lbs3.42 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7840UAMD Ryzen 7 7736U
Graphics
Radeon 780M Radeon 680M
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
7 Hours10 Hours
Battery Capacity
54 Wh64.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"14"
Display Technology
OLEDIPS
Resolution
3200 x 20001920 x 1200
Refresh Rate
120Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
383 nits405 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.2/108.5/10
Portability Score
8.9/108.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
8/107.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6.8/108/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.5/109.6/10
Webcam
1080p1440p
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
20
USB-C ports
23
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
32
Thunderbolt Version
N/A3

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Acer Swift Edge 16

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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."

HP Dragonfly Pro 14"

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Brendan Nystedt | March 2023
"I’d say that the HP Dragonfly Pro checks off most of the boxes for this freelancer. It feels nice to use, is zippy and responsive, has great speakers, and even has a relatively sane price. Although it’s an unorthodox choice to pick AMD for this kind of machine, it’s clear that when Ryzen is given a chance to shine, it can kick a lot of butt."

Get a great deal on the Acer Swift Edge 16 or the HP Dragonfly Pro 14"

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.

About HP

HP, also known as Hewlett-Packard, is an American technology company that develops personal computers and computer peripherals. In the laptop industry, HP is known for its entry level Essential series laptops, its mid-range Pavilion, Envy, and Victus series, and high-end Omen and Spectre series, in addition to its business-oriented EliteBook, ProBook, and Dragonfly series laptops. HP laptops generally undercut other mainstream competitors in terms of price, placing itself as the value-oriented mainstream brand.

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