Acer Swift Go 14: What’s an AI Ready Laptop?

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The new AI ready Acer Swift Go 14 makes its debut this month, proudly leading the charge as a pioneer in showcasing Intel’s brand-new Core Ultra line of processors. With the promise of being a potential game-changer in ushering in a new generation of AI computing, these chips serve as the centerpiece of the Swift Go 14 and its array of AI ready features. This latest addition to Acer’s Swift line of laptops not only promises exceptional performance on the go, but also hints at setting new benchmarks in the world of portable computing. However, before we delve into that, let’s have a look at the best specs on the Swift Go 14:

  • Intel Core Ultra 7 processor with AI Boost and built-in Arc graphics
  • 14” 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED display, 90Hz
  • 32 GB LPDDR5X RAM
  • 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • 1.32kg (2.91 pounds)
  • 312.9 x 217.91 x 14.9 mm (12.3 x 8.58 x 0.59 inches)
  • Two USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, HDMI 2.1, MicroSD slot, Bluetooth 5.3 with LE audio, headphone jack
  • 1440p QHD webcam
  • Wi-Fi 6E

The New Intel Core Ultra Processor and AI Boost

In case you missed it, back in June, Intel announced a shift away from their traditional i5/i7/i9 naming convention, replacing the familiar ‘i’ with an ‘Ultra’ designation for their premium CPUs. These new chips feature a brand-new type of architecture for an Intel CPU. You can read more about it here, but without delving too much into the technical jargon, the new Intel Core Ultra processors feature improved power efficiency, enhanced graphical power, and a significant leap in AI processing power. Of particular interest is this AI processing power, which Intel says is facilitated by its three AI engines—the CPU, GPU, and NPU—that make performing AI tasks much more efficient.

Much is already known about what the CPU does. Paramount for any device, the CPU can do everything, but doesn’t specialize in anything. This is ideal for fast-response AI workloads. Another engine—the GPU—is ideal for high-throughput AI tasks. This is possible because Intel managed to squeeze its Intel Arc performance onto its integrated graphics, bringing discrete-level performance to tasks such as AI-accelerated image upscaling. However, what takes center stage is the NPU (Neural Processing Unit)—known as AI Boost—this third engine is designed to streamline AI and machine learning processes, taking charge of AI duties that the CPU was previously responsible for. This means apps like Stable Diffusion, Audacity, Microsoft Teams, or Copilot are a little bit more optimized. Intel has over 100 different apps in its AI ecosystem that are optimized to run more efficiently with AI Boost. This efficiency lends itself to more computing power the Swift Go 14 can allocate to other processes, which makes it more power efficient, bringing the added benefit of increased battery life.

AcerSense and the AI Zone

Explore the upper right corner of the keyboard, and you’ll discover the all-new AcerSense key. This handy button opens up AcerSense, a control hub offering quick access to tasks like changing power modes, checking system temperature, and managing storage. You’ll also discover the AI Zone here, a dedicated space where you can delve into all of Swift Go 14’s AI features. Everything from Acer’s PurifiedVoice and AlterView, to Intel’s Stable Diffusion plugin can be accessed here for you to explore and interact with.

Ready for Anywhere and Everywhere

Thin and portable, the Swift Go 14 is a capable machine for productivity anywhere and everywhere, with a battery that lasts all day. It also features 2 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, 2 USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a MicroSD slot, while also capable of Bluetooth LE audio and Wi-Fi 6E. Additionally, the ability to quick charge at up to 100W ensures your productivity remains at peak performance no matter where you are. As for the design, the device feels elegant and premium while being carried, and ultra-slim bezels frame your preferred display option, be it the responsive touchscreen or vibrant OLED.

So…What’s an AI Ready Laptop Already?

With the extra processing power from Intel’s AI Boost, coupled with optimized software solutions from Acer, does this mean we no longer need to rely on cloud processing for AI tasks? Not quite. What the AI-readiness of the Swift Go 14 represents is the flexibility, efficiency, and privacy of letting the NPU handle AI tasks, without relying solely on cloud processing. An AI ready laptop means it not only meets the current demands of productivity in a mobile device but also positions itself as a forward-thinking investment ready to tackle the future of AI.

Get your Swift Go 14 today from the Acer Store or authorized retailers.

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Colburn is a tech writer and devoted single-player gaming enthusiast hailing from Los Angeles, California. His journey into the world of tech started with his mom's trusty 486 computer and booting up Jordan vs Bird on floppy disk. In addition to hardware, he also loves working out, comic books, the Lakers, and tacos al pastor.

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