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Acer's new Swift, Spin and Aspire ultraportable notebooks offer versatility

By Aaron Yip - on 22 Oct 2020, 11:03pm

Acer's new Swift, Spin and Aspire ultraportable notebooks offer versatility

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Following up on their other recent reveals, which include a collaboration notebook with German automaker Porsche and a medley of gaming monitors, Acer has also unveiled new models for its Spin, Swift, and Aspire ranges of ultraportable notebooks.

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The first of these is the Swift 3X, which packs the new Intel Iris X MAX discrete graphics, 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and 17.5-hour battery life into a demure 1.37kg frame. It's primarily meant for on-the-go use by professional creatives like graphics designers and YouTubers, although it's perfectly capable of handling regular office work and light gaming as well. With regards to its screen, it sports a 14-inch FHD IPS screen that covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut and offers an 84% screen-to-body ratio, topped off with Intel Wi-Fi 6 technology so content loads more quickly. 

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Next up we have two Spin series models, the Spin 3 and the Spin 5, which are touchscreen notebooks that work best in the hands of students and artists. The former is a 13.3 inch notebook with dual SSDs and a 16:10 aspect ratio that supports up to a WQXGA (2560x1600) multi-touch IPS display. As the name suggests, it's able to rotate 360 degrees around depending on what the situation requires. Additionally, a built-in Acer Active Stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity makes writing and sketching a breeze.

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Meanwhile, the Spin 5 weighs in at a mere 1.2kg light and 14.9mm thin, meaning it's light enough to carry around without hindering mobility in any significant way. The winner of the 2020 Red Dot Design Award is also a touchscreen, although it does have an edge over the Spin 3 since it's also a convertible notebook. Specs-wise, it packs up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Iris X graphics, ultra-narrow 7.78 mm (0.31 inch) side bezels for an impressive 80% screen-to-body ratio and a 3:2 IPS VertiView display that provides 18% more screen real-estate compared to a 16:9 display. 

Additionally, like the Spin 3 it sports an integrated Acer Active Stylus with WACOM AES technology, and the entire package is tied up with three "ribbons": a 15-hour battery life, a full suite of ports and Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass for added screen protection.

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As for the Aspire 5 clamshell notebook, it's the ideal partner for those who constantly multitask and need to get everything done quick. Sporting 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris X graphics and optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPUs, an 80% screen-to-body ratio and a full HD IPS Display, it's well-equipped to handle the vast majority of professional tasks. Its performance is rounded off with a sleek, clean look, with its chassis packing in up to 24GB DDR4 memory, up to 1TB SSD and 2TB HDD storage.

Last but not least, an ergonomic hinge design allows the keyboard to be tilted and lifts the body of the notebook up, allowing users to type in comfort for prolonged periods of time, while simultaneously providing better sound projection and ventilation. 

 As for pricing and availability, Acer hasn't yet revealed any information on these models, so stay tuned - we'll update the article once we get the numbers.