Acer Swift X (2023)

Acer Swift X

Acer Swift X (2023)

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.5
GENERAL USE: Good7.9/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.9/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.7/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.9/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.0/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.2/10
BATTERY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.0/10
SIZE: 14.5"

The Acer Swift X (2023) is a midrange laptop with a 14.5-inch IPS display, a 120Hz refresh rate, and 16:10 aspect ratio, making it suitable for both productivity and light gaming, thanks to its Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU. It has an Intel i5-13500H processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, striking a balance between performance for general use and more demanding tasks like 3D rendering and machine learning. With a 76Wh battery, it offers decent battery life, although intensive tasks will consume power more quickly. At 3.31 pounds, it's relatively portable, and its backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, and Windows 11 Home OS enhance its user-friendliness. However, it's not equipped with hardware ray tracing or DLSS for high-end gaming or specialized machine learning tasks. The laptop's build and color representation are very good, catering well to general use and creativity work. It comes with multiple USB-C ports, with support for charging over USB-C, ensuring convenient connectivity and power options. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • High-resolution 2560 x 1600 screen
  • Lightweight at 3.31 pounds
  • Potent Intel i5-13500H processor
  • Nvidia RTX 3050 for decent graphics
  • Battery lasts 10 hours typically
Cons
  • RAM not expandable, fixed at 16GB
  • Screen not touchscreen
  • No Ethernet port available
  • No hardware ray tracing support

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.5
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
General Use:
4.4
The Acer Swift X (2023) is suited for general use with a capable Intel processor and ample 16 GB of RAM that provide good performance for everyday tasks, while the IPS screen with high resolution and color accuracy offers an appealing visual experience. It also has the advantage of being portable with a relatively lightweight and slim design, alongside a decent battery life that supports on-the-go usage without frequent recharging.
Software Development:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Operating Noise:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.4
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
4.3
The Acer Swift X (2023) comes equipped with a capable Intel i5 processor and Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card, alongside a high amount of RAM, which makes it well suited for demanding engineering and design tasks. Furthermore, its high-resolution IPS display offers quality color coverage across various color spaces, ensuring that visuals are rendered with accuracy and clarity, key for design work.
Build Quality:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Gaming & AI:
4.0
The Acer Swift X (2023) is good for gaming and 3D tasks primarily because it houses a Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card, which is capable of handling graphics-intensive games and 3D applications smoothly, and it features a screen with a high refresh rate of 120 Hz, which provides a more fluid and responsive visual experience during fast-paced gaming or 3D rendering.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,100
Release Date
May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12.7'' x 9'' x 0.7''
Weight
3.31 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-13500H
Graphics
RTX 3050 (50 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours
Battery Capacity
76 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14.5"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Display Brightness
390 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.6/10
Portability Score
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8.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8/10
Speaker Quality Score
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8/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Sebastian Jentsch | March 2022
"The Swift X is an Acer for entry-level gaming. With the entry-level graphics chip, our Acer not only beats every single current AMD and Intel iGPU, but also Intel's dGPU Iris Xe Max. However, despite being a GDDR6 version, the GTX does not match the expectations set by its own counterparts from our database. This may be a result of the single fan, which only produces moderate noise levels under load. The performance level of the thin and light 1.4 kg (~3.09 lbs) 14-inch laptop is impressive nonetheless."

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