Acer 16inch Swift Edge 

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A 16inch notebook that does not weigh that much, it also does not feel that much larger when you move around with it. Unlike a lot of such devices I get to review this one has an AMD processor, this one runs at 2.7GHz. It has 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

Acer Swift Edge SFA16 41 16 inch Laptop
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Its dimensions are 36x24x1.5cm and it weighs only 1179grams which is meant to be the world’s lightest. The viewable screen is 34x21.5cm which gives the notional imperial diagonal measurement of 16inches, this is 4K 3840x2400pixel and OLED.

On the left edge are two USB ‘C’, USB3 and HDMI. The right side has 3.5mm socket for headphones, USB3 and two LED’s. Both the front and back are clear. The screen goes back to around 45 degrees.

The keyboard surround has 4cm clear on either side, 3cm clear behind this area contains the speakers and there is 10cm clear in front with the 12.5x8.5cm trackpad mounted centrally in the area.

The 81 key keyboard has full size alpha and numeric keys and is backlit for around 24 seconds after a key is pressed. Bootup is an amazing 12 seconds.

It has the latest Pluton processor from Microsoft which is designed to combat increasingly sophisticated attacks.

It gets its lightness from its magnesium aluminium chassis; this is stated to have twice the strength of standard aluminium

The display is bright and sharp both for normal work use and even when viewing a video.

I was a little disappointed with the amount of sound the speakers are behind the keyboard which is good but the amount of sound is not great. I plugged in a pair of over ear headphones and used them at 30% so cannot see why speaker volume even at 100% was disappointing.

It handled multiple programs easily and there were no delays.

This is a very nice notebook and with the exception of low speaker output I can find no minus points. While zoom meetings are not as popular now as they were during Lockdown I made a couple and while the video side was fine the audio via the speakers was not great, so I used headphones.

This is a light notebook and with the 16inch screen and its ability to display a great deal of information tends to override the poor speaker output.

At the time of publication the Acer Swift Edge 16 is available from Amazon for £1499.99.

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