Acer Swift Edge 16 review: exceptionally light laptop is a pro performer

Outside of the heaviest graphic processing tasks, the Acer Swift Edge 16 is a great choice for creative pros.

A black Acer Swift Edge 16 laptop sitting on a garden table
(Image: © Future / Ian Evenden)

Our Verdict

The Acer Swift Edge 16 is an excellent all-around laptop with a strong CPU and plenty of RAM. Creative software runs well, and the 16in, 16:10 OLED screen is bright, sharp and colourful. It may lack the graphics power for 4K gaming or heavy 3D rendering tasks, but is exceptionally light and portable thanks to a frame made from an aluminium-magnesium alloy covered with a black plastic casing. If you’re working with multiple apps open, or want to do image editing on the move, the Acer Swift Edge 16 is a capable tool.

For

  • Thin and light
  • Looks great
  • Decent processor

Against

  • No Windows Hello
  • Average battery life
  • Reflective screen

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Acer Swift Edge 16: Key specs

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics 680M
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 16in OLED, 3840x2400
Storage: 1TB
Ports: 2x USB 4 Type-C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 2.1, headphones
Dimensions: 13.95 x 356.7 x 242.3 mm
Weight: 1.17kg

The Acer Swift Edge 16 is remarkably light. You notice it when you take it out of the box, as you’ll put a bit too much force into lifting it in anticipation of greater weight, and end up looking a bit stupid as it lifts up faster than you expected. It’s also thin, perfect for slipping into a stylish shoulder bag or laptop bag .

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Acer Swift Edge

The Acer Swift Edge 16 is an excellent all-around laptop with a strong CPU and plenty of RAM. Creative software runs well, and the 16in, 16:10 OLED screen is bright, sharp and colourful. It may lack the graphics power for 4K gaming or heavy 3D rendering tasks, but is exceptionally light and portable thanks to a frame made from an aluminium-magnesium alloy covered with a black plastic casing. If you’re working with multiple apps open, or want to do image editing on the move, the Acer Swift Edge 16 is a capable tool.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.