Comparing MacBook Air 2 and Acer Swift 5 is a comparison between Apple Chipset and Intel chipsets that live on both the respective laptops released in 2022. We all love a top performing machine and it is a chip, a package set of electronic circuit, which as a part of CPU defines the basic performance of any computer. However, this is not all. There are some other parts and specifications that need to be considered when deciding which laptop to buy.
Here below, we will look into Acer Swift 5 and Apple MacBook Air M2 to help you decide which one is better for you. Both machines are latest and great but from the brands that are in fierce competition with each other. Each one of the tech titan uses a unique philosophy, technology and each catering to a different segment of the market.
First, have a look at what hardware components are inside each laptop. If you understand well the technical specifications of each of them, then this table will answer you. You do not need to read the full article below.
Acer Swift 5 vs MacBook Air M2
Hardware and Specifications
|Specs.||Acer Swift 5||MacBook Air M2|
|Product Type||Notebook Laptop|
|Price Range||$1,549||Starting $1,199 to $1,899|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-1260P||Apple M2 chip|
|RAM||16GB RAM (configurable to 24GB)||8GB RAM, (configurable to 24GB)|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe integrated||8c GPU, (configurable to 10c GPU)|
|Storage||1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD||1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Display||14-inch, WQXGA, 2560 x 1600-pixel touchscreen||13.6-inch, 2560 x 1664p Liquid Retina|
|Ports||Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, lock slot, headset/mic jack||MagSafe, Thunderbolt 4, headset/mic jack|
|Dimension||12.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches||12 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches|
|Weight||2.7 pounds OR 1.22 kg||2.7 pounds OR 1.22 kg|
However, if, like most users, you do not understand well how each of the above hardware performs in different usage scenarios, then we have evaluated both the machines on two different benchmark platforms.
Processor Performance–Geekbench Benchmark
Apple’s M2 chip is being admired and in fact beats its competitors Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360 13. When MacBook Air M2 is compared to Swift 5, the latter laptop appears to be better on the Geekbench measurement system. Acer Swift 5 notches an impressive multi-core score of 9,859 compared to the M2 MacBook Air’s 8,919 which may be shocking to Apple fans. Swift 5 does not stop here and even beats 13-inch MacBook Pro which has the same Apple’s M2 chip inside it.
Three things define how well a system performs: productivity, creativity and responsiveness. When measured on CrossMark measurement system, Acer Swift 5 again beats MacBook Air M2. See below the difference of scores in each of the three performance areas.
Score on CrossMark Benchmark System
|Responsiveness||Acer Swift 5||MacBook Air M2|
When tested for video conversion workflows, Swift 5 again shocks MacBook lovers. Using HandBrake software, Acer Swift 5 transcodes a video 17 seconds faster than the MacBook Air M2 does. Many of you may ignore this little difference, but if someone is into videos making every day, then these 17 seconds pile up and slow down the workflow.
Display and Ports
Though Air M2 has a brighter display than Swift 5 but for DCI-P3, Digital Cinema Initiatives – Protocol 3, Acer Swift 5 covers more of the color gamut (Acer Swift 5: 93%, MacBook Air M2: 75.9%). In simple words, it means that Swift 5 has a greater range of colors.
Both MacBooks 13 inch and 13.6 inch have only Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headset jack. Whereas Acer Swift 5 offers a variety of port options: Thunderbolt, HDMI, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a headset jack and a Kensington Lock.
Though Acer Swift 5 outshines MacBook Air M2 in many areas discussed above but Air M2 has its own advantages. Air M2 is power efficient and delivers graphics related results far better than the Swift 5. Having gone through this article plus doing your due diligence online you can decide which laptop better suits your working needs.
We always advise, apart from the specifications, to consider the pricing and deals available online. A thorough research will help you not only buy the best laptop, but for money that you can afford. In 2023 there will be around 16 events in Dubai, including sales and shopping promotions events offering a lot of pricing options.