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This morning Acer unveiled a new Swift 3 laptop with a 14 inch display and an AMD Ryzen 4000U processor. But not all of the company’s 2020 Swift 3 laptops are powered by AMD chips.
In January, Acer introduced a new 13.5 inch Swift 3 laptop with an Intel Ice Lake processor, and it’s up for pre-order from Amazon for $800.
Meanwhile, a 14 inch model with a less powerful Ice Lake chip is already available from Amazon for $680.
Trying to decide which model offers the most bang for the buck? At first glance, the notebooks seem to have a lot in common.
All three models weigh less than 2.7 pounds, support WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, have USB Type-C ports and FHD or higher-resolution displays.
But there are some key differentiating factors — the 14 inch laptops have 16:9 displays, while the 13.5 inch version has a 3:2 aspect ratio. The Intel models have Thunderbolt 3 ports, while the AMD version has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C port, but it’s not a TB3 port. And the Intel-powered 14 inch model has the least impressive graphics of the bunch.
Here are a few of the key specs for each model, and some differentiating factors:
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G1||Intel Core i5-1035G4||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U|
|GPU||Intel UHD||Intel Iris Plus||AMD Radeon Vega|
|Display||14 inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD||13.5 inch, 2256 x 1504 IPS LCD||14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR4||8GB LPDDR4||8GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||256GB SSD||512GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|Ports||1 x TB3, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 3.5mm audio||1 x TB3, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 3.5mm audio||1 x USB 3.2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 3.5mm audio|
|Dimensions||12.6″ x 8.5″ x 0.63″||11.9″ x 9.2″ x 0.63″||12.7″ x 8.6″ x 0.71″|
|Weight||2.62 pounds||2.65 pounds||2.65 pounds|
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