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Acer - Swift Edge 16 - 16" 3.2K 120Hz OLED Laptop – AMD Ryzen 7 7840U with 16GB LPDDR5 memory– 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD - Olivine Black

Model:SFE16-43-R98R
SKU:6546242
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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    4 stars because of minor defect, otherwise 5 stars

    My thoughts (have had the laptop for 4 days now): Good------------------- BIG SCREEN HUGE yet laptop is light AF. 16:10 great for viewing documents/office work. Build quality seems pretty great, feels solid, like a quality/premium product. Performance for daily/office tasks seems totally OK (not sure how the 16 gb RAM will fare in the long run though, I would've gotten the 32 GB if it was available in the US). I ultimately opted to get this because of the 999 USD sale + my state's tax free weekend. So i really did just pay 999 USD for this! The Love how the laptop has the Ryzen 7840U for the great iGPU (40-50% better, in some cases, than Intel IIRC?) I love having the numpad. There's a neat battery maintenance option with the Acer care center for having the battery charge to 80% only. Battery life is not that great but I knew that going in and wanted a laptop that maximized weight savings over everything else (I usually have the laptop plugged in so it's no issue for me, I just need to be able to bring it around the place). I LOVE knowing (and feeling) that this is a laptop that's specialized towards weight savings. It's also really thin. Keyboard seems totally fine for me - i wish the keys were spaced closer together (i don't like chiclet keyboards) but it seems to be the case for many keyboards nowadays. Webcam is OK, supposedly has a 1440p one but it doesn't seem all that special to me, I might be spoiled because I've been using Droidcam to make my smartphone's camera my webcam Bad-------------------- I've heard reports of the touchpad rattling. Mine seems OK but when I double tap to left click I feel/hear a slight rattle. Wish there was Windows Hello. Speakers are eh but I use this for work so in the office I just have headphones in. The fans are LOUD when at full speed - generally the laptop doesn't spin it up to full speed though. However, I might have a defective laptop - I actually don't mind the loud fan noise, but mine seems to have a faint, but piercing and annoying high pitched noise when at full speed. Going to see if it goes away if I exchange the laptop. This is an Achillies heel issue that really stops me from being super happy with the product/device. Overall thought/TLDR---------------------- LOVE going all in on the lightweight aspect (sacrificing battery size, having loud fans, eh speakers), but am getting a high pitched sound that I'm thinking of exchanging for/just getting used to. Nabbing the laptop new for 999 USD makes the downsides totally acceptable :p

    Posted by JAWN

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Acer Audio BEAST vs M2 Mac AIR - Dead Heat Tie!

    FIRST: Best Buy is the ONLY place to get this in the US and it's the best bargain laptop ANYWHERE!!! I was shocked they had it. I went from a solid Ryzen AMD 12 core Desktop to this system. This one runs Ableton with huge sessions at the same level of efficiency. This runs UAD Audio Hardware perfectly FINE of the USB4 port BTW and connects to everything through my Satechi USB4/TB4 UB. I guess there's just some sort of TB emulation going on. I ALSO have a Macbook AIR m2 with 32GB of RAM and it runs Ableton ALSO at the SAME level of CPU usage. The Air cost over 2X as I got this one for a $200 discount @ $1099. WOW The value was insane. See photos of both machines. The disk speeds are insane on the internal drive, like 4K read write. The ONLY drawback which is every Win Laptop is that crazy CPU stuff does drive the fan. I'm gonna try a cooler and play with it. See my journey below. I am using my Mac mostly for audio, but have a ton of Ableton sessions on WIN desktop. Being remote mostly, I rolled the dice on this. I cloned the desktop drive from Win 10 there using Macrium reflect imaging (not clone) and upgraded to Win 11 here on this box. Go to Toms guide for some Github installers to upgrade as it was giving me fits with TPM2. (and still doesn't recognize. See below). I purchased a Win11Pro key online from the gamer site and it worked perfectly. (The purchased machine was authed for Home. Blah!) Device encryption on the System info tab says TPM not usable. Go figure. It's enabled in the bios and everything, but I'm winning big time anyway. Once upgraded I installed every acer driver from their site manually as the Acer care did squat. That's a bit strange. But alas, a few tweaks, re-authorizing Brainworks and Native plugs and others to this machine, plugging in Ilok, which is way easier for most of my plugs, and everything runs perfectly! The screen is AMAZING It's soooooooooo light! PIX: Mac and Acer together Acer with Ableton Zoomed in on 168 tracks in my session with a zillion plugs that aren't UAD accelerated. My estimate is about 100 in the session. Don't worry about memory. The drive is so fast that the machine is spunky multitasking with

    Posted by HappyMontana

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Light on Weight, but Not on Performance

    UNBOXING: Acer kept the unboxing experience very minimalist. You get a very basic box with two smaller boxes within it—one with the laptop and small 65W USB-C PD charger, and another with the carrying sleeve (which is really nothing fancy). The packaging is super minimal without any fancy marketing, and it’s largely recyclable outside the occasional plastic. BUILD: My first impression of the Swift Edge 16 is that it is quite lightweight thanks to the magnesium aluminum alloy chassis. In terms of the texture, it doesn’t feel premium, but it’s also hard to fault it considering it’s a larger 16” laptop weighing in at only 2.73lbs. Because the chassis is using such thin material, that means the overall chassis has quite a bit of flex on the keyboard, but in all honesty, it’s not something I notice day to day without intentionally pressing on the center of the keyboard. But it’s certainly not going to be as durable as heavier options, but that’s the tradeoff you make when trying to get down to this weight. The Swift Edge 16 is only 12.95mm thick which is really quite thin, making this very easy to slide into a bag that’s already packed pretty full. Sometimes I pack a pretty full backpack and my normal thicker 16” laptop can sometimes be a bit difficult to pack, but the Swift Edge 16” slides right in. PORTS: The Swift Edge 16 has a surprising number of ports for a thin and light laptop. It has 2x USB4 Type C ports, 2x USB 3 Type A ports, 1x HDMI 2.1 port, a microSD card slot, and a Kensington lock. I very frequently use a Thunderbolt 4 dock at home, and the Swift Edge 16 had zero issues connecting to my dock. My dock is hooked up to my 2.4GHz wireless peripherals, 4K webcam, 165Hz 1440p ultrawide gaming monitor, and my 120Hz 1600p portable monitor, and the Swift Edge 16 had zero issues with all of these devices connected. It should be mentioned that since there is no DC barrel jack on the Swift Edge 16, you’ll need to rely on USB-C Power Delivery to charge the laptop. EXPANSION & UPGRADES: In terms of expansion, you can only really upgrade a few things—the m.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 drive, the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo module, and the battery. Unfortunately, the RAM is soldered with no option for expansion, so you’ll be stuck with 16GB on the Swift Edge 16. KEYBOARD: I typically average 114wpm on a Monkeytype test across my main keyboards and laptop, and on the Swift Edge 16, I feel like I’m making just a few more mistakes than normal. I’m topping out around 106wpm and as low as 93wpm. I think for me, this is because the space between each key is wider than I’m used to. The key travel itself is fine for me, by comparison. With that being said, I do think the Swift Edge 16 has a good keyboard that a lot of people will enjoy. Another important element of the keyboard is that it does have backlit keys, and it also has a numpad for those who need to do number crunching. I don’t typically use a numpad these days, but I think there will be plenty of people who will really appreciate this addition. And lastly, the power button actually doubles as a fingerprint sensor, so you can use it to unlock Windows, authenticate with password apps and more. In my testing, I found it performed very well by quickly authenticating and without failure. TOUCHPAD: The touchpad is good, but also nothing extraordinary. It’s reasonably large, it’s responsive, and the multi-touch gestures work. Honestly, not much to complain about, which is more than I can say about some other laptops I’ve reviewed. DISPLAY: The display on the Swift Edge 16 is the real highlight of this laptop. At this price, you’re getting a 3200x2000@120Hz 10-bit OLED panel with DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification. My unit used a Samsung panel with the hardware ID of SDC418D and manufacturer model of ATNA60BX03-0. While I don’t have the tools to test the accuracy of this panel, I can say that it gets quite bright, the colors are vivid and the blacks are deep thanks to the nature of OLED panels. I really like the 3:2 aspect ratio for productivity purposes, and as a software developer, I can see more lines of code on this display compared to 16:9 displays. And while it would be awesome to have smaller bezels, I really don’t think they’re obnoxiously large like some other laptops I’ve used. The 120Hz refresh rate isn’t enabled by default since it will draw more power, but if you decide to use it for some light gaming or just for a more responsive experience while plugged in, it is delightful to use. However, the display isn’t FreeSync enabled, so you won’t be able to benefit from adaptive refresh rates while doing some light gaming. Since this laptop is designed more for productivity as opposed to gaming, I think this is a pretty fair omission. One downside however is that this display doesn’t seem to have an anti-reflective coating, so you may see reflections in the display. Depending on where you plan to use this laptop, it could be a non-issue or a serious issue. WEBCAM & MICROPHONE: The 1440p webcam is above average—which isn’t to say that it’s good per se, but that it’s better than the typical mediocrity we see in most laptops these days. In well-lit conditions, I think it’ll actually be pretty clear, but in lower light conditions you’ll see more noise within the image. The dual-array microphone was also decent at isolating my voice, and you can configure it for personal or conference calls using the pre-installed Realtek Audio Console app. While I didn’t think the audio quality was particularly notable, I felt it was certainly serviceable, and didn’t have a bunch of noise. If you disable the AI noise reduction within the console, you’ll get more detailed audio, but with a higher noise floor and picking up more background noise. SPEAKERS & HEADPHONE: Just being blunt, the speakers are not good. They’re bottom-firing which means they will sound worse on your lap compared to on a desk, and they’re also very tinny sounding with effectively no bass. They’re also rather quiet, so they’re not going to be great for immersion. Definitely one of the weakest aspects of this laptop. As for the headphone jack, I found that it could definitely push my in-ear headphones to blisteringly loud volumes, but I could tell it was coloring the audio in a way I wasn’t used to. Disabling Audio Effects on the headphone output from the Windows sound panel yielded a more familiar transparent sound profile, but it’s still on the mediocre spectrum. Regardless, if I’m trying to get immersed in music or other content, I’d rather use a pair of wired IEMs or a pair of Bluetooth headphones than rely on the built-in speakers. PERFORMANCE: The AMD Ryzen 7840U in this laptop is a low power 8-core 16-thread beast with a humble Radeon 780M integrated graphics. For a Cinebench R23 test while plugged into power, I was able to get a multi-score score of 12200+ and a single-core score of 1690. However, on battery these scores can drop significantly. In the case of multi-core, I saw the score drop down to 8941. That being said, for productivity-oriented tasks like web browsing, office applications, coding, and light photo editing, these specifications will be plenty sufficient. And with 16GB of RAM, you’ll be able to load numerous applications into memory, but that will certainly have some limits if you are a heavy multi-tasker. For the occasional gaming session while plugged into the wall, I think eSports titles on low settings are achievable for 60fps gameplay, and 2D indie titles will play well on the Swift Edge 16—especially on the OLED display. You can also tap into the AMD Software: Adrenaline Edition app that is pre-installed to change various characteristics to improve fidelity or performance within games. And since you have 1TB of fast PCIe 4.0 NVMe storage onboard, loading up Windows and apps is a very fast process. BATTERY: The battery life of the Swift Edge 16 is decent but not really competitive with other offerings. Even on power-efficiency settings, I’m not seeing myself getting 8 hours of mixed use. Perhaps I could achieve that by also enabling the battery saver mode, but in the age when laptops are getting well over 10 hours, I think this is one downside that might be a stronger dealbreaker for some. Of course, more demanding workloads will only drain the battery faster, so it’s also important to consider that in your purchase decision. So while these Ryzen processors are more efficient, you can still put all the cores to work and you can also crank the brightness—both of which will drastically impact how much time you’ll have before you’ll be searching for a wall to plug into. One issue I also encountered is that the fans wouldn’t turn off when I put the laptop into sleep mode, so it seems like this is another laptop experiencing issues with Windows Modern Standby. As an alternative, I configured the power options such that closing the lid or pressing the power button would put the laptop into Hibernate mode so that it doesn’t drain the battery while idling. But that comes with the tradeoff of not being able to resume as quickly. CONCLUSION: So who is this laptop really for? I think the Swift Edge 16 is a decent pick-up for someone who is looking for a lightweight computer with a bright, vivid high-resolution 16” display and wants a machine that can handle some heavier workloads while plugged in. It relinquishes some durability in order to be lightweight, but that could be a tradeoff work making if you travel a lot and need something that isn’t going to weigh you down in your bag. And while performance will be best while plugged into the wall, its performance is decent enough on battery for many tasks. But it simply doesn’t have the battery stamina of some competitors.

    Posted by Xephyroth