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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.

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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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Montecrypto: Be the first to beat it and earn a Bitcoin!

A race to beat it first for around US$ 11,500!

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Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma is a puzzle game on Steam that has blatantly promised to give the first person to beat the game a bitcoin. It’s as seemingly simple as it is. Players have to solve a grueling 24 different puzzles and the first player to finish all of the puzzles will receive one Bitcoin. Don’t think it’s worth a try? One Bitcoin is currently worth about US$ 11,537.30.

In the game, you can either work alone or together to leave hints or slow others down by lying to them. The developers, Gem Rose Accent, wrote:

MontecryptoThe Bitcoin Enigma is an experiment in player choice and cooperation like no other, with a prize that translates not only to bragging rights but to real world recognition. How much will players be willing to share, how much will they be able to compromise, and who will claim access to the final vault of Montecrypto?

The developers, Gem Rose Accent, will launch Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma for US$ 2 on Steam on February 20!

SEE ALSO: This Filipino nearly doubled his profits from Bitcoin trading

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Acer Spin 5 hands-on: What goes around, comes around

Yes, it spins!

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These days, we use technology in a number of different ways for our many different needs. It would only make sense that we’d need a machine that will cater to all our modern-day whims.

Acer’s Spin 5 may just be that machine.

Aside from the sleek metal body, powerful speakers, and touchscreen LCD, my favorite feature remain to be this special feature.

The Acer Spin 5 may look like your typical laptop

It’s equipped the latest Intel Core i5-8520U processor and an Intel Graphics 620 card. It runs on Windows 10 and has8GB of memory, and 256GB SSD.

But it’s called “Spin” for a reason

Yep, you can flip it…

… and reverse it.

Its 13.3-inch 1080p LCD is perfect for showing off things to a friend or presentations at work. There are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and even an audio port.

You can use it as a tablet

Great for binge-watching your shows — or your favorite tech channel. 😉 The speakers on this thing are always perfectly positioned, no matter what angle it’s in.are

… and even draw on it with the Acer pen!

It works seamlessly with this device! The Acer Active stylus has sensors which means you can draw with different stroke thickness, depending on how much pressure you apply. There’s also a “palm rejection” feature which assures undisturbed scribbling when the pen is on.

Best of all, you can share the whole experience with friends

The more the merrier!

Acer’s Spin 5 is one versatile device. Designed for your everyday hustle, this 360-degree notebook will adapt to your every need.

Yep, a definite all-around machine.

 
SEE ALSO: Acer Spin 5 Review: Long-lasting and full-powered


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Acer.

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

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Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

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Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

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Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

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The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

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Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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