The race to market a really transportable, reasonably priced, and long-lasting OLED laptop is on. Asus is presently the main participant. Not solely has it made a number of makes an attempt this 12 months, nevertheless it’s come the closest up to now with its AMD-powered Zenbook S 13.
But Acer, immediately, is throwing its hat in the ring. The new Swift Edge is a 16-inch, 3840 x 2400 OLED system that weighs simply 2.58 kilos — which might make it the lightest 16-inch laptop in the present market (although LG’s Gram 16 could be very shut).
And right here’s the actually excellent news: it’s received AMD Ryzen inside. Specifically, the mannequin being offered in North America consists of the Ryzen 7 6800U, the similar eight-core processor that powers the Zenbook S 13.
It’s all the time thrilling to see OLEDs turning into extra accessible and extra transportable. But amongst numerous promising OLED notebooks which have been launched this 12 months, together with Dell’s XPS 13 Plus and Asus’ Vivobook S, battery life has confirmed to be a problem. The former mannequin solely lasted me 5 hours to a cost, whereas the latter tended to die round 4 and a half.
One factor these fashions have in frequent, along with the OLED display screen: Intel processors. Across the board, Intel’s twelfth Gen chips have suffered on the effectivity entrance this 12 months — and that’s all the extra obvious in high-resolution OLED laptops, that are infamous battery guzzlers.
But there’s a machine on the market that’s bucked that development and one that also provides me hope for this way issue: the aforementioned Zenbook S 13. That OLED, 2880 x 1800 13-incher can also be powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7 6800U. Not solely did this laptop show a few of the finest efficiency we’ve ever seen from built-in graphics, nevertheless it additionally lasted nearly eight hours to a cost underneath my workload.
This Zenbook is, in fact, a pattern dimension of 1, nevertheless it’s not at all a shocking outcome; AMD laptops have produced higher battery life across categories this 12 months. I’ve extra religion in an AMD-powered OLED laptop than I do in an Intel-powered one at this level in the cycle, so I’m all for this Swift Edge — and a groundbreaking OLED 16-incher that’s really transportable, highly effective, and environment friendly would be a fantastic factor to have on the market.