Acer’s hard-hitting mid-range notebooks continue to surprise me. Especially with how light the company always manages to make them. Acer is now gearing up to give these featherlike notebooks some outstanding graphical prowess. The company has revealed that it is adding discrete graphics to its already impressive Acer Swift 5, and Swift 3 models. 

The Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) is one of Germany’s (and, by extension, the world’s) biggest technology showcases, and Acer usually makes headlines with each show. IFA 2019 was no different, as Acer introduced its new ultra-portable Acer Swift 5 and Swift 3 models during its Next@Acer keynote. If you take one hard look at it, you can see why we are absolutely flabbergasted that it houses a new 10th Generation Intel Core processor, and Nvidia graphics. 

The new Acer Swift 5 weighs no more than 990 grams, and comes in at just 14.95mm thin – two of the reasons why Acer is calling it the “lightest 14-inch notebook” currently available. It comes in a variety of hardware flavours, but headlines with a new option for Nvidia’s GeForce MX250 – a discrete graphics card with tons of hidden potential. It also comes equipped with a brand-new 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor; up to 512 GB of PCIe storage, and it touts a whopping twelve and a half hours of battery life. A huge 3-hour improvement over the 2018 model! 

The Acer Swift 5 also houses the same input/output from last year: a USB3.1 Type-C connector (now updated with Thunderbolt 3 speeds), dual-band Intel Wi-Fi 6 support, and support for Windows Hello via a nifty fingerprint reader in the chassis. Pricing and availability for the Swift 5 are not yet available. 

While the Acer Swift 5 looks like a tiny little powerhouse, the Acer Swift 3 boasts equally impressive specs. As the “budget” model, The Swift 3 comes in a little bit heavier at 1.2kg, with a slightly chunkier profile coming in at 15.95mm. Just like its bigger brother, the Acer Swift 3 also comes with a 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, an option for the Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU, and up to 512 GB of PCIe storage. Both notebooks come with up to 16 GB of RAM, and like the Swift 5, the Swift 3 also boasts 12.5 hours of battery life, and the same Inputs/Outputs. 

The Acer Swift 5 comes in two visual flavours, navy and cream; while the Swift 3 features a few bolder options: pink, teal, and grey. Acer South Africa will be spilling the beans on pricing and model availability in the coming months. 

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