You don’t have to spend lots of money on a laptop computer if you’re not going to use it for complex tasks.
Many users only need computers for word processing, surfing the internet, or watching movies, and if that describes you too, then maybe a top-of-the-line notebook is overkill.
Enter the Acer Swift 1. Announced today at its @NextAtAcer event in New York, this new entry-level laptop is a more suitable choice for those who need a portable computer for everyday tasks. We see it as the perfect laptop for school work.
This 13.3-inch notebook runs on only humble specs — an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor (depending on the configuration), 4GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage. Sans any tech speak, that’s enough performance power to get you through the usual stuff, just don’t expect buttery-smooth gameplay if you playing something like Overwatch.
If you do intend on using the Swift 1 for school, its battery is rated to get you through up to 10 hours of continuous use, which should be plenty sufficient for a full day on campus and then some.
Despite its budget-friendly price tag, the Swift 1 is built for looks and sturdiness. The notebook has an all-metal chassis and comes in silver, gold, and pink models.
To my surprise, it was a lot more robust than expected during my short time with it. The body felt like it could handle a few drops, and the keyboard seemed like it belonged in notebooks more expensive than this.
The Swift 1 will retail for about $329 and roll out globally starting this April.