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Acer Swift 5 refresh touts improved thermals, antimicrobial display

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Among the slew of notebooks, tablets, and gaming machines Acer revealed today, the company also announced a Swift 5 refresh. Those who are familiar with the Swift line already know that the 2020 Swift 5 is going to be an ultrabook in pretty much every sense, with Acer specifically touting the notebook’s “ultrathin-and-light” design.

Specifically, Acer says that the Swift 5’s chassis clocks in at 14.95mm, with the total weight of the machine “staying under” 2.2 pounds. The notebook is powered by “next gen Intel Core processors,” though unfortunately, Acer didn’t get more specific on that front aside from saying that these CPUs feature integrated graphics built using Intel’s Xe architecture.

For those who want a little more graphics oomph, you’ve also got the option of upgrading to GeForce MX350 GPUs. While that will beef up the graphics capabilities of the Swift 5, you definitely won’t be doing any intensive rendering work or gaming on this machine, even with that discrete graphics card.

RAM options top out at 16GB LPDDRAX, while storage goes up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. The 14-inch, FHD IPS touch display on the Swift 5 covers 72% of the NTSC color gamut and has “ultra-narrow bezels” that give the notebook a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The display has also been outfitted with antimicrobial Gorilla Glass, so even though you’ll still want to clean it regularly, that should (hopefully) help stem the growth of bacteria in between cleanings. If you want to, you have the option of applying an antimicrobial coating on the trackpad and keyboard as well.

Regardless of how powerful the hardware is, thermals are always going to be a concern in a laptop as thin as the Swift 5, but the design of the notebook should help with that. The Swift 5 features a special hinge that elevates the laptop slightly when opened, which not only puts the keyboard in a more ergonomic position, but also allows for better air intake and, by extension, improved cooling.

Acer has outfitted the Swift 5 with a 56 Wh battery that “lasts all day,” but unfortunately the company didn’t say more than that. It does say, however, that the Swift 5’s battery can get 4 hours of use out of a 30 minute charge, so at least we have that to go on. Connectivity options include USB-C, Thunderbolt, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5. Finally, the Swift 5 supports Wake-on-Voice and comes with a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello.

So, at the end of the day, we’ve got ourselves a notebook that’s definitely an ultrabook with particular focus on the display. It’ll be a little while before it launches here in North America, as Acer is currently targeting an October release date and a starting price of $999.99.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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