Hands-On First Look: 2024 Acer Swift Go AI PC
Recently unveiled in Las Vegas, the Swift Go AI PC returns in 2024. This time in 14-inch and 16-inch versions, featuring a sleek and newly refreshed all-metal design. Equipped with Intel’s Core Ultra 9 processor, the laptop projects to perform exceptionally well in the realm of AI-assisted workflows and creation, elevating the Swift Go series of laptops to new heights. So without further ado, let’s have a look at its key specifications:
- Processor: Up to an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor with AI Boost and built-in Arc graphics
- Swift Go 14: 14” 2.8K 90Hz OLED display
- Swift Go 16: 16” 3.2K 120Hz OLED display
- RAM: Up to 32 GB LPDDR5X RAM
- Storage: Up to 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
- Swift Go 14: 1.3kg (2.87 pounds)
- Swift Go 16: 1.6kg (3.53 pounds)
- Swift Go 14: 312.9 x 217.9 x 14.9 mm (12.32 x 8.58 x 0.59 inches)
- Swift Go 16: 356 x 244.45 x 14.9 mm (14.02 x 9.62 x 0.59 inches)
- Ports: 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
- Webcam: 1440p QHD webcam
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 7
AI-Boosted Performance with the Intel Core Ultra 9
At the heart of Swift Go AI PC is the newly named Intel Core Ultra 9 processor, Intel’s top-of-the-line mobile chip, which marks a significant milestone in the company’s extensive history. The name itself alludes to Core Ultra’s revamped architecture compared to its predecessor, offering better power efficiency, enhanced graphical performance, and—perhaps most importantly for an AI PC—a significant improvement in AI processing capabilities. That’s because Intel Core Ultra’s NPU (Neural Processing Unit) or AI Boost, outperforms what the CPU can handle in both speed and power efficiency when running apps like Stable Diffusion locally. This translates to optimized performance not only for apps like Stable Diffusion, but for other apps like Audacity, Microsoft Teams, and Copilot as well. With hundreds of apps in Intel's AI ecosystem optimized for AI Boost, Swift Go offers exceptional AI performance in a laptop—a game-changer for AI on the go.
The OLED displays on both Swift Go models offer a nice visual feast for the eyes, with deep blacks and vivid HDR. At 16:10, the aspect ratio provides additional viewing space that proves handy during extended scrolling sessions. The Swift Go 14 has a 90Hz refresh rate, while its counterpart, the Swift Go 16, elevates the experience with a faster 120Hz refresh rate. Both models are responsive and fluid, even during light gaming sessions—also due in part to the fact it has built-in Intel Arc graphics—and there are also 14 and 16-inch touchscreen versions for those who appreciate more tactile finesse.
A Newly Refined Design
Speaking of tactile finesse, the Swift Go 16 has a spacious touchpad that happens to be made of recycled ocean plastic, which is a nice eco-friendly touch. Acer has dedicated significant attention to enhancing the computing experience on Swift Go, and it’s evident in this year’s design. One notable addition is a subtle 'notch' that protrudes over the top of the device near the webcam. This not only adds a bit of aesthetic definition to the device, but also serves a practical function—assisting in the oh-so-satisfying one-handed opening experience—and bringing a touch of gratification each time it gets opened. Additionally, the device can be extended up to 180 degrees, providing greater flexibility for collaborative settings. The Swift Go 14 also features a multi-control touchpad—simply swipe the glowing ‘Swift’ to activate and seamlessly navigate through your music, YouTube, or Netflix content.
The Best of the Rest
Rounding out the rest of the features on the Swift Go AI PC is the AcerSense key, which launches a nice little control hub where you can check system performance, manage power modes, and even access the AI Zone, where you can access all the devices AI solutions such as Acer PurifiedView, which features background blur, auto-framing and noise suppression on the 1440p QHD webcam. That's not to mention all the essential ports and connectivity, including Thunderbolt 4 and even a microSD slot.
The 2024 Acer Swift Go AI PC emerges as a testament to Acer's commitment to innovation and user-centric design. With a powerful Intel Core Ultra 9 processor driving its AI-assisted capabilities, this laptop opens new horizons for on-the-go AI productivity, while the immersive OLED display and thoughtful design enhancements contribute to a computing experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Whether you're seeking seamless AI workflows or just want a thin and light device without compromising performance, the Acer Swift Go AI PC is poised to be your indispensable companion, wherever your technological endeavors take you.
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.