What you need to know
- Acer has announced a new Swift Edge (SFA16-41-R7SU) laptop.
- The Swift Edge’s magnesium-aluminum chassis weighs just 2.58 pounds and is 0.51 inches thin.
- A 16-inch (16:10) OLED 3840 x 2400 display with a 60Hz refresh rate and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut.
- This laptop has already won two design awards.
- It will be powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 68000U Octa-core CPU starting today at Costo starting at $1,499.
Acer is no stranger to making thin laptops that look elegant.Heck, some of us here at Windows Central used to 2014 for Acer Aspire S7 (opens in new tab)which is very thin even in 2022.
Well, Acer is back with the new Swift Edge (SFA16-41). It has a 16-inch, 16:10 OLED display, delivers a stunning 3840 x 2400 resolution (283 PPI) and weighs just 2.58 pounds (1.17 kg).
The 2014 Aspire S7 was just 13.3 inches and weighed 2.8 pounds (1.3 kg).
Pretty crazy stuff, better battery life, not to mention the much more powerful AMD Ryzen CPUs.
To achieve an ultra-thin 0.51 inch (12.95 mm) height and lightweight chassis, Acer opted for a rugged magnesium aluminum (Mg-Al alloy) chassis instead of relying on plastic. With the laptop closed, it’s not much thicker than your average 2022 smartphone.
The rest of the specs are equally impressive. Swift Edge (SFA16-41) is available in a variety of configurations. AMD Ryzen 6000 processor From Ryzen 5 6600U (Hexa-core) to Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U (Octa-core), all with AMD Radeon Graphics Microsoft Pluton safety.
RAM is up to 32 GB dual-channel LPDDR5 and a fast PCIe 4.0 SSD in either 512 GB or 1 TB size.
Ports are also plentiful, with two USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2, two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI 2.1 with HDCP support, and a headphone/mic jack. Connectivity comes standard with the latest Wi-Fi 6E (2×2 MU-MIMO) and Bluetooth 5.2.
|Acer Swift Edge SFA16-41-R7S|
|OS||Windows 11 Home/Pro|
|processor||AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U (4.7GHz), Octa|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800U (4.7GHz), Octa|
|AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U (4.5GHz), Hexa|
|AMD Ryzen 5 660U (4.5GHz), Hexa|
|sheep||Dual-channel LPDDR5 up to 32GB|
|graphic||AMD Radeon Graphics|
|depository||512GB or 1TB|
|PCIe Gen4, 16Gb/s, NVMe|
|screen||16.0 inch OLED display (non-touch)|
|WQUXGA 3840×2400 / 16:10|
|True Black HDR 500 certified (500 nits)|
|port||2x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2, 2x USB Type-A Gen 1|
|HDMI 2.1 / Headphone & Mic|
|audio||DTS Audio / Acer Purified Voice / Acer TrueHarmony|
|wireless||Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6E|
|camera||FHD webcam 1920 x 1080 resolution (blue glass lens)|
|safety||Microsoft pluton support|
|Fingerprint reader with on-host verification|
|battery||54 WHr 3 cells|
|size||14.04 (W) x 9.54 (D) x 0.51/0.55 (H) inches|
|356.7 (width) × 242.3 (depth) × 12.95/13.95 (height) mm|
|weight||2.58 lbs (1.17kg)|
|availability||October 6, 2022 (North America)|
But really, it’s all about the 16-inch display. This 16-inch display has an amazing 92% screen-to-body ratio.
Boasting 400 nits of brightness, the Acer CineCrystal screen features 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, certified True Black HDR 500 (500 nits peak), and TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe display certification.
Acer has won two design awards, including Red Dot 2022 and Good Design Award 2022, which is worth noting.
Acer sent me a ready-to-use unit. This is an eye opener.It’s like what LG did g series, but with AMD, an improved Full HD webcam, and DTS audio. A sizable 54WHr battery should offer decent battery life, especially when paired with AMD’s efficient CPU.
Typing on the keyboard is fun, and the touchpad is fairly large. But carrying it around or throwing it at someone is a lot of fun because it’s so light. Open it up and you get a wall of OLED goodness, perfect for watching movies and editing photos.
Acer Swift Edge (SFA16-41) Pricing and Availability
The Acer Swift Edge (SFA16-41) will be available in North America in October starting at US$1,499.99. From €1,499 in EMEA. From RMB 7,999 in China.
The first Swift Edge model to be sold in North America is the Swift Edge SFA16-41-R7SU. Available at Costco from October 7th. It features a Ryzen 7 6800U processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The price is $1,499.99.
Exact specifications, pricing and availability will vary by region.
Acer Swift Edge (SFA16-41)
The Acer Swift Edge features a gorgeous 16-inch “4K” OLED display powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with a 92% screen-to-body ratio, yet weighs just 2.5 pounds and is 0.51 inches thin. For those who want a portable power supply with tons of ports and a spectacularly large display, there’s plenty here.