Acer announces Swift laptops, Switch 2-in-1s, Predator gaming laptops

Arif Bacchus

At the next@acer global press event in New York, Acer today announced Swift laptops, Switch 2-in-1s, and Predator gaming laptops. The sleek new Swift 3 and Swift 1 bring style and great functionality to on-the-go lifestyles, and the new additions to the Switch 2-in-1 Line expand the Switch lineup with Powerful yet silent models. The Predator Triton 700, meanwhile, is a Thin yet Powerful Gaming Notebook.

Kicking things off is the  Acer Swift 3 and Swift 1. Featuring Windows 10, the Acer Swift 3  is a sleek and portable device with great performance. The second device, the Acer Swift 1, offers users essential features for productivity in the office or classroom and a beautiful design, all without breaking the bank.  Both of the notebooks support Windows Hello through fingerprint readers for fast and secure login. Specs and pricing for these models can be seen below.

Swift 3 (June in North America at $599, EMEA in June starting at €649 and in China in April starting at ¥3,999.)

  • 0.71 inches (17.95 mm) in height and weighing 3.9 pounds (1.8 kg)
  • USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HD webcam with Super High Dynamic Range.
  • Optional Backlit keyboard
  • Precision touchpad
  • Vivid 14-inch or 15.6-inch Full HD IPS anti-glare displays
  • Fast 512GB SSDs (up to 1 TB HDD)
  • 8GB of memory
  • Sturdy brushed-aluminium body that offers a robust feel and beautiful tactile touch
  • 7th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD or NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and offers up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology

Swift 1 (June in North America starting at $329, EMEA in June with prices starting at €399; and in China in April starting at ¥3,499)

  • 0.7 inches (14.95 mm) in height and weighing 2.87 pounds (1.3 kg)
  • All-metal chassis in three colors (Pure Silver, Luxury Gold, and Sakura Pink).
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 13.3-inch Full HD IPS1 display
  • Intel Pentium or Celeron processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB, 256 GB of SSD or eMMC Storage
  • 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac wireless technology


Swift 1 and Swift 3
Swift 1 and Swift 3

Next up is are the two in ones– the Switch 5 and Switch 3. These expand on Acer’s popular Switch lineup and feature “versatile highly mobile designs for work, school, and fun.” Both of these devices can be used with Acer Active Pen, and specs can be seen below. They also come with an attachable backlit keyboard that snaps on with ultra-secure magnets.

Acer Switch 5 (June  in North America starting at $799 in EMEA in June starting at €1,099 and in China in July starting at ¥7,499)

  • Provides fanless quiet experience through Acer LiquidLoop cooling
  • 10.5-hour battery life
  • Thin and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port for Power
  • Additional USB 3.1 Type-A port
  • 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 12-inch wide-view FHD+ touch display with IPS technology
  • 2160x 1440 resolution with support from Intel HD Graphics 620.
  • Up to Intel 7th generation Core i7 or i5 processors
  • Auto retracting kick stand
  • Windows Hello support via finerprint reader on power button
  • Micro SDXC Slot
  • Anodized aluminum chassis

Acer Switch 3 (June in North America starting at  starting at $399 in EMEA in June starting at €499; and in China in July starting at ¥4,999)

  • Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processors
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • 12.2-inch display
  • 1920 x 1200 FHD resolution with IPS technology
  • Sleek metallic top cover
  • 32GB, 64GB or 128GB eMMC memory
  • Micro SDXC Slot
  • Thin and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port
  • Additional USB 3.1 Type-A port

Last up is the Predator Triton 700, which Acer dubs as a “Thin yet Powerful Gaming Notebook without Compromise.” Acer says that the “The svelte, minimalistic design combines the right balance of size, performance, and features.” You can see specs of the device below.

Predator Triton 700 (available in North America in August starting at $2,999; and in EMEA in August starting at €3,399)

  • 18.9 mm (.74 inch), 2.6kg (5.7 pound) aluminum chassis
  • 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC support
  • Large Corning Gorilla Glass plate above the keyboard serves as a window into the notebook’s cooling system
  • Standard-voltage 7th Generation Intel Core processor
  • Latest high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 10-Series graphics
  • Two NVMe PCIe1 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory
  • Acer TrueHarmony audio
  • DoubleShot Pro networking and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity
  • Two USB 3.0 ports (featuring power-off USB charging), one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort connector and a Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Mechanical RGB backlit keyboard
  • PredatorSense software

With a lineup this impressive, things will be very interesting for Acer in the Spring. Which Acer devices do you own? Are you looking forward to buying any of these devices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.