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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Swift X 16 is a good choice for tasks that need a balance between performance and portability, with its more efficient battery likely offering longer usage away from a power source. Its graphics capability may suffice for general use and some lighter creative or engineering tasks, but if you're looking for higher graphics performance for gaming, 3D rendering, or intensive engineering software, the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro with its more powerful GPU is a better fit. However, the Legion is also heavier and has a shorter battery life, making it less ideal for frequent travel. Both laptops have similar displays and RAM, and while the Acer may cost slightly more, it has double the storage, which can be convenient if you need to store large amounts of data or applications. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Swift X 16
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good for content creation
  • Good portability
  • Good battery life
  • Very good speakers
Advantages of the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI

Key differences

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General Use

8.2
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
7.5
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
402.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
368.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
3.5 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.6/10
The Acer Swift X 16 is very good for general use, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is good.

Gaming and AI

7.0
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
8.1
3.1/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Unknown
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
8.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is very good for gaming and AI, while the Acer Swift X 16 is good.

Engineering and Design

7.8
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
8.4
9.2/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
3.1/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is very good for engineering and design, while the Acer Swift X 16 is good.

Content Creation

8.2
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
7.7
9.2/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Swift X 16 is very good for content creation, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is good.

Screen Quality

8.2
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
8.1
16.0in
SIZE
16.0in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
402.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
368.0 nits
The Acer Swift X 16 has a better screen than the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i for software development, and content creation.

Battery

8.0 Hours
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
3.5 Hours
The Acer Swift X 16 has 8 hours of battery life. The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i has 3.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
Fair
16.0in
SIZE
16.0in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
5.6 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Acer Swift X 16 has good portability, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i has only fair portability.
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Key similarities

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Software Development

8.0
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
7.6
9.2/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Acer Swift X 16 to be very good for software development, while the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is good.

Build Quality

7.6
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
7.4
The Acer Swift X 16 and Lenovo Legion Pro 5i both have good build quality.

Cost

$1,250
Swift X 16
Legion Pro 5i
$1,264
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The Acer Swift X 16 has a price of $1,250 and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i costs $1,264.

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How the Acer Swift X 16 and the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Swift X 16Lenovo Legion Pro 5i
Acer Swift X 16Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

GENERAL

Price
$1,250
$1,264
Release Date
May 1, 2023March 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.7''14.3'' x 10.3'' x 0.97''
Weight
4.19 lbs5.6 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HSIntel i7-13700HX
Graphics
RTX 3050 (75 W)RTX 4060 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
UnknownYes
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours3.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
76 Wh80 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"16"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
165Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
402 nits368 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.6/107.4/10
Portability Score
7.6/106.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/108.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
8/107/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
24
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
NoYes
Display Outputs
33
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Acer Swift X 16

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PCWorld

Matthew S. Smith | September 2023
"Acer’s Swift X 16 is an excellent choice for shoppers who want a 16-inch laptop and care more for performance than attractive design or long battery life. The Swift X 16’s gorgeous OLED display, spacious keyboard, and big touchpad make it pleasant to use in basic day-to-day tasks. It also has an AMD Ryzen 9 processor and Nvidia RTX 4050 graphics, which combine to deliver good performance in a wide variety of productivity applications and games. A few minor mistakes, like poorly-placed USB-C ports that lack DisplayPort, will turn off some shoppers, but those who can accept its shortcomings will find the Swift X 16 a versatile daily driver."

Lenovo Legion Pro 5i

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PCMag

Brian Westover | August 2023
"The midpriced Lenovo Legion Pro 5i Gen 8 follows some of our favorite gaming machines, including last year's model and the higher-end Legion Pro 7i Gen 8 tested earlier this year. But pedigree doesn't count for much in the computer world, and gaming laptops require a certain level of power and graphics performance to justify their prices. The Pro 5i Gen 8 just doesn't do that, offering middling CPU and GPU performance rather than the sort of muscle that would make it a great value."

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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.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and one of the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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