Acer laptops may not be the best, but they certainly are the most affordable. With AMD’s Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” mobile processors, the company is looking to go a step further in offering the best budget notebooks. The new updated Acer Swift lineup now starts at just $519:
Acer Aspire 5
The Acer Swift 5 is the entry-level offering with a hex-core Ryzen 7 4500U APU and a 15″ display. It features a Radeon Vega 6 integrated graphics processor and up to 1TB of NVMe storage. Out of the box, it features 8GB/16GB of memory which can be expanded up to 24 GB.
The Aspire 5 packs a 1080p IPS display and Acer’s TrueHarmony audio technology. Looking at the aesthetics and build, it seems to be targeted towards creators. The extra cores should go a long way in this regard, especially for those used to Intel’s quad-core designs.
Acer Swift 3
The Acer Swift 3 is the real kicker here. Featuring an octa-core Ryzen 7 4700U and Vega 7 integrated graphics, it costs the same as Intel’s older Whiskey Lake based notebooks. The 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 which are limited to quad-core designs and notably worse graphics starts at $699. That’s absolutely crazy. You’re getting twice the processing power and better graphics for nearly $100 less!
It comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR4x memory, a 14″ 1080p display and a 1TB NVMe based SSD storage. We’re not sure whether it will come with discrete MX series (or RX 5500M) GPUs or just the on-board chip, but we suggest sticking to the latter. A separate graphics processor will just cost you an additional $100 without bringing any solid performance improvement. AMD’s 7nm Radeon Vega iGPUs are some of the most powerful mobile graphics processors the company has ever designed. So much so that they even manage to beat NVIDIA’s new MX 350 dGPU.
The new Ryzen 4000 powered laptops will hit retail two months from now, in June.