Acer Swift Edge SFA16-41 impressions (AMD Ryzen + OLED)- lightest 16-inch laptop

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  1. Alex

    October 20, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Wait LG Gram 17 16:10 FHD+ OLED 120Hz 7800U/7800HS, 16-32Gb LPDDR5-6400 + USB4 2.0 for connecting an external GPU :-)

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 20, 2022 at 11:21 am

      I doubt that will happen

    • Scott

      October 22, 2022 at 10:55 pm

      LG makes a Gram 16" with an RTX 2050 GPU: lg.com/us/laptops/lg-16z90q-r.aas8u1

  2. AlexS

    October 21, 2022 at 3:59 am

    Nice, and interesting you reviewed this with LG Gram

    For me LG Gram appear to beat this with battery and screen and a more sensible CPU/APU choice for chassis capabilities. OLED with 400nits reflective do not beat an IPS with 400 nits matte. The CPU/GPU advantage of Acer is not in practice much exploitable due to chassis limitations and the lack of applications/games that would benefit from the advantage. I think for Acer will be better to make a CPU downgrade and win in cost over the LG Gram.

    • Jet

      October 21, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      AlexS, I'm with you on the OLED vs IPS display. I'm not a fan of glossy displays AT ALL..the highly reflective screens mean that you won't be able to use it in well lit areas unless you position yourself carefully to avoid the reflection. And outdoors use (even in the shade)…forget about it.

      The LG gram 16 2022 has a IPS Matte display. If I'm not mistaken it's display is 360nits. But a 360nit matte display is much more usable than a 400nit glossy display simply because you don't have to deal with all of the "noise" you get with highly reflective glossy screens…like what you have with the Acer Swift Edge's OLED's screen. Yes OLED screens color are nice but if that comes at the expense of being able to use the laptop in a wide variety of environments I'll take a matte display anytime of a a glossy OLED screen. But that's just me and I suspect that a many others feel the same way. I get it that OLED is trendy but I chose function over form.

      Cheers

      • AlexS

        October 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

        Yes. Note that a family member have a Redmi Note 11 with 700 nits OLED that does not upset me so much. At that level the screen intensity can surpass more reflections than at 300-400 nits.

  3. Jet

    October 21, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    It's a shame that Acer didn't include a larger battery in the Edge! If LG can fit a 80WHr battery in the LG Gram 16 then Acer could have done that too. Unfortunately it looks Acer was more interested in taking the title of "Lightest 16" laptop than delivering true value to the customer. Ugh…This is Acer demonstrating that their priorities are in the wrong place. Not exactly confidence inspiring.

    How much more weight would a 80WHr battery or even a 72WHr battery have added vs the 54WHr battery that they offer? Personally I'd rather have SIGNIFICANTLY better battery life over a few extra grams. There is already enough value in what they have provided to make it worthy of consideration. The tradeoffs in battery life to get the title of "Lightest 16" laptop was the absolute wrong choice IMO. That decision made the difference between the Edge being an attractive and viable option as my next laptop to making it no longer desirable. And by the way I wished that they would have offered a SD card slot (a microSD slot would have been fine).

    Cheers

  4. Scott

    October 22, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Acer's specs (acer.com/us-en/laptops/swift/swift-edge/pdp/NX.KAAAA.004) claim it has an RJ-45 network port, but I don't see it in any of the pictures (including on that page). Can you confirm whether it has one?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 23, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      there's no RJ45 port, but they might include some sort of USB to LAN adapter with the retail units

  5. toyars

    October 27, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Happy to see that they picked AMD CPU as its clearly more efficient than Intel equivalents. Overall this laptop could have beaten the LG Gram 16 but it seems Acer has made some poor decisions with the specs. 4K OLED screen is excessive and unnecessary. There should have been at least a high quality IPS 400+ nit display option with a lower resolution. Secondly, 56 WHr battery is way too small for a 16inch laptop. There is clearly more space inside the laptop, they should have included a 70+WHr battery. Fix those two points and this laptop will dethrone LG Gram.

    • AlexS

      October 28, 2022 at 5:38 am

      The issue with OLED is that do not make sense to build a very mobile device with a reflective screen without enough light output that can overpower most reflections. 400 nits is not enough.
      A device like this by its designed mobility is supposed to move to many different ambinet and artificial illumination settings.
      The reflective screen was one of the reasons to not buy the LG Gram until the current 2022 release that started to have the matte screens.

    • kendo

      November 17, 2022 at 3:39 pm

      Totally agree. Matte display option with FullHD+ (ips OR oled both with min brightness 5nits) and 80/90WH battery with macbook quality speakers and a similar weight (dont mind 100gr more for bigger battery).
      Looking for such a device for ages > if LG Gram would have an AMD option and a low min brightness,
      i would have bought it (heard also the fan is starting constantly because of the hothead cpu)

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