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Acer Swift 5 Review

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If you think the Macbook Air is the only laptop that can look like it can cut a cake in half, think again. The Acer Swift laptops are so thin, you could stuff one in the cake itself and no one would notice.

A laptop slimmer than your wrist

Besides the initial wonder of what I could cut using the Swift 5, I thought of the many places I could hide it. Case in point: an envelope, a cereal box, a pillow — if you honestly left it on black tiles, you’d probably lose it. The Swift 5 is so thin, I could probably get it framed and hung, and people would think it was a printout.

And even then, it’s not the thinnest laptop Acer has to offer. Being second-tier to its Swift series, the Swift 5 sits below the ultra-thin Swift 7 — the world’s thinnest laptop at 10mm (0.4in).

But wait, there’s more…

After a long spiel of how pleasantly slim the Swift 5 is, portability isn’t everything it has going for it. The Swift 5 is powered by Intel’s new, seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor, has a high-quality 14-inch IPS display, and the latest MU-MIMO Wi-Fi. Plus, its 256GB SSD storage is more than you could ask for; its battery lasted around eight hours on regular use; and its audio is amazing from Dolby Audio software. With better connectivity options, top-quality audio, and a hefty processor, this laptop can be deceitful for its size.

Skip entering your password and try the fingerprint scanner

Signing in has been easy since Windows Hello was released. The fingerprint scanner for the Swift 5 is safely nestled on the upper-left side of the trackpad to avoid accidental sign-ins. The trackpad is smooth and responsive; you’ll have a bit of fun just playing around with different gestures.

This sexy gadget is backlit

Here’s something not a lot of people care about until they’re working late and everyone else is photosensitive. Although the backlight looks uneven, favoring the center, the keyboard is evenly spaced and the layout is fine. I’ve never enjoyed a backlit laptop like this before, so apologies if this not-so-interesting feature snuck its way as one of my favorite highlights.

More than just movies — play as well

The Swift 5 racks up pretty good visuals for its size. With a 14-inch LCD screen in Full HD resolution, the screen provides a crisp and clear display no matter which way it’s angled. Coming with 8GB of RAM, this laptop can play a reasonable amount of games with stable frame rates, such as Overwatch.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

I know by now, it’s getting old, but can I actually cut cake with it? Kidding aside, the build is great and the features live up to the numbers. Not to mention, all these features: the 14-inch Full HD display, SSD storage, seventh-generation processor, backlit keyboard, 8GB RAM, and long battery life are at a starting cost of $749. If you want a laptop that delivers quality design, sound, and portability without ripping your wallet with its premium counterparts, this one is for you.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator Triton 700 First Look

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There’s more in the making: Apple’s next event is on October 30

There’s more?

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Never in recent memory have we had this many tech events scheduled back-to-back-to-back as this October 2018. We’re only half way through and we’ve been to four so far — launches for the LG V40, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, and Huawei Mate 20. Sadly, we missed Microsoft’s Surface event.

Techtober, as some journalists call it, is one of the busiest months and it seems Apple wants to end it with a bang as it sends out invites to an October 30 event in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement comes a little over one month after the company unveiled its next generation of iPhones, and only a few days after the more affordable iPhone XR rolls out to over 50 countries and territories.

Thinner bezels will be a running theme throughout the event, as Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.

 

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Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’

Headlined by the Core i9-9900K

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Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”

It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.

Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.

Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.

In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.

Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet —  only a release date of December 2018.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 October 2018 Update

What’s new in Windows 10?

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The sixth major update for Microsoft’s popular operating system is here. During their event, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a bunch of new features that Microsoft has been testing for a while, including a new snipping software, a dark theme for File Explorer, a cloud-enabled clipboard, and a new sign-in option.

Microsoft now focuses on Android phones since Windows 10 Mobile is practically dead. The new built-in Your Phone app lets users seamlessly connect and use Android phones with their PC. Additionally, using the Microsoft Launcher, users can also access their Timeline on mobile. On iOS, Your Phone is able to send the web pages being viewed in Edge on the PC.

The Search tool is also getting an upgrade. Users will now automatically get a preview of all results in search, including documents, emails, and files.

SwiftKey, a Microsoft-owned keyboard app, is finally available in the touch keyboard.

There are improvements coming to Edge too, like an offline dictionary and grammar tools. Windows Mixed Reality and Office get updated features as well.

Windows 10 October 2018 is available for direct download today. The automatic rollout will start next week.

To know more about the new update, you may head over to the Windows Blog.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft refreshes product lineup with Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2

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