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Acer’s 2024 Swift, Edge is AI-ready with AMD

The year of the AI PC is properly upon us, and while Intel has quite a few new compatible PCs, so too does AMD, which is launching inside Acer’s Swift and Edge line.

If you’re anything like us, you might be drowning in the use of the word term “AI”. It’s everywhere, both online and in devices.

This year — 2024 — is the year the AI PC practically comes alive, and we’re already seeing a lot of them. While the uses of what an AI PC can do haven’t been outlined incredibly, the sheer number of models on the way with Intel chips and announced at CES 2024 was fairly high, but AMD is there, too.

Intel’s competitor in the space even launched its AI chips last year, with more on the way now, two of which appear to be in Acer’s Edge and Swift line.

In the former, there’s the 16 inch Swift Edge 16, which will bring up to an AMD Ryzen 7 8840U chip with a Radeon 780M graphics side, and up to 32GB RAM, up to 2TB SSD, and a 3.2K OLED screen in a design that looks a little like how Acer might interpret a flat-edged laptop, sort of like an older MacBook or even one of the Razer laptops.

It’ll come in a magnesium-aluminium alloy chassis that keeps the weight down to 1.23kg, effectively making it a premium Acer lappy, priced from $2199.

On the other side, there’s the Acer Swift Go 14, a more portable 14 inch model that can get up to a Ryzen 9 chip, Radeon 780M graphics, and up to the same storage and RAM, but using a 2.8K OLED panel with 90H refresh rate if you don’t need a touchscreen (if you do, the options go down to Full HD 1920×1200 with touch).

Encased in aluminium, this one will head to Aussie shelves within the next few months, priced from $1399.

As for what the AI will do in both, Acer notes that it has been set to improve the video conferencing, quickly edit images when an image or screenshot is taken, and manage other systems on the laptops.

And just like other Windows laptops released this year, you’ll see the Windows Copilot key to let you jump into the ChatGPT-connected Copilot app quickly.

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