Acer has announced that it will launch a new version of its Aspire 5 laptop this year, powered by AMD’s Ryzen 5 4500U mobile chip. The company also revealed the release date of its Ryzen-powered Swift 3.
With both ranges, Acer aims to provide fairly thin products at an affordable price; reviewers often note that devices look and feel more expensive than they are. The U series, which the two laptops integrate, is designed for ultraportable devices.
The 14-inch Swift 3 includes the Ryzen 7 4700U 15 W, with eight cores, eight threads and base speeds of 2.0 GHz that can increase to 4.1 GHz. It consists of an aluminum frame and a magnesium and aluminum cover; the company describes him as “slender and elegant”. It also includes up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage, as well as a 1080p screen. Acer promises 11.5 hours of battery life.
Intel and AMD will compete in a number of laptops this year, and if AMD is not at your speed, you can also buy a configuration with 10th generation Intel Core i5 processors.
Ryzen-powered Swift 3 starts at $ 629 and will be available in April.
The 15.6-inch Aspire 5 offers up to 24 GB of RAM and an SSD up to 1 TB. It’s cheaper than the Swift 3, but doesn’t provide as much power; the 15W 4500OU has six cores, six threads and clock speeds of 2.3 GHz which can increase up to 4.0 GHz. (The Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 approaches align with Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 respectively). Acer markets the Aspire 5 as an economical option for families and small businesses.
The AMD configuration of the Aspire 5 starts at $ 519 and will hit stores in June. You can also buy the Aspire 5 now with the 10th generation Intel Core i7 and Core i5 chips.