The Acer Swift 1 is an entry-level Windows notebook that first launched in 2016 before getting a spec bump last year. Now it looks like Acer is updating the notebook a 3rd time.

Notebook Check spotted listings on the Acer website for several new Acer Swift 1 notebooks packing Intel Pentium Silver N5000 Gemini Lake processors.

There’s no word on the price or release date. But I suspect we’ll be hearing more about these budget laptops from Acer pretty soon.

The latest Acer Swift 1 packs a 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, 4GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage, and a 3 cell, 4,670 mAh battery that Acer says should provide up to 17 hours of run time (take that with a grain of salt).

There’s also a 720p webcam, 802.11ac WiFi, and stereo speakers.

On the sides of the laptop you’ll find a USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot, and HDMI and headset jacks.

The Swift 1 measures 12.7″ x 9″ 0.6″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds and the laptop comes in a choice of silver or gold colors.

Most of those specs wouldn’t look bad on a mid-range laptop, but the relatively limited amount of RAM and the relatively pokey 1.1 GHz quad-core, 6 watt processor make it pretty clear that this is still more of a laptop for price-conscious shoppers than for folks looking for a high-performance machine.

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10 replies on “Acer Swift 1 budget notebook gets a Gemini Lake update”

  1. I have a question, when it comes to modern pentiums and core m3’s which one is more powerful? An m3 would be enough for my needs to if a pentiums is around that level or better I will heavily consider something like this.

    Edit: just read the processor speed, yikes, better look for somerhing better or save more.

    1. Pentium Gold are a tier below core M3 in power. But M3 hasn’t been updated for 8th gen so it’s possible the 8th gen Pentium gold chips come close.

      Keep in mind, there are two kinds of Pentiums. One is the Gold chips based on Core architecture, other is the Silver chips based on Atom Architecture.

      Then there are the desktop chips with designation letter J, and mobile chips with designation letter N.

      Try to aim for a minimum of 8th gen quad-core i5 chips in ur next laptop.

    2. The Pentium Silver in this thing is supposed to be able to “turbo” to 2.7GHz, so it shouldn’t be as slow as it sounds. I have no idea if it can sustain the boost clock for long periods. The Passmark score of this CPU is pretty decent, actually, but there’s only one sample so far.

      Regarding m3 and Pentium Gold, it’s worth pointing out the wattage of the processors. What I mean specifically is that there has been at least one 15w mobile Pentium Gold in addition to lower-watt models. At nearly the same wattage, and depending on thermal management, I’d expect the m3 chips to do a bit better. The 15w Pentium Gold seems to offer similar performance as m3 chips, though with higher power consumption, naturally.

      1. Thankyou, it does sound much better than what I have. I might stiill get this depending on my funds when it releases.

  2. What was the fundamental thing that we discovered in Netbook era, ya remember those days…we overestimate our needs most of the time. These 4 core Atoms are fine for many people especially when the rest of the machine is decent with IPS screens and good keyboards. Now if only AMD could put out something competitive in that space that would be even better!

    1. I have an aton x5 tablet as my only Windows machine. I would consider myself a very casual computer user but I’d like more power just so I can run very specific games. It works just for browsing, video, reading and typing though. Came with the keyboard and stylus too.

      1. there is big difference between gemini lake and cherry Trail (atom x5), we are talking about more than 100% perfomance increase in single thread.

        pentium n5000 is equivalent to i3 5005u from 5th generation.

        1. Ah, I see. Might still consider this maybe. Other laptops in the price range of the Swift 1 have really bad screens for video.

      2. As a user of the current Swift 1 with the Apollo Lake N4200, I whole-heartedly agree with you. It pretty much exceeds all my netbook needs, enough so that it’s the preferred device in my go-bag. Is it good enough to be my only mobile PC? Maybe not, but I am comfortable carrying it around (and an adroid tablet) and leaving the heavier lifting to devices at home or the office.

        On the matter of the new Swift 1, I am concerned at the price bloat, the last model started at $329. If the 256GB storage is SATA or NVME SSD rather than an eMMC chip, I’ll definitely go for it.

  3. Hopefully it’s HDMI 2.0. Also, the N5000 has an 18 EU HD 605 GPU instead of 12 EU… not bad!

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