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Meet new Acer, Lenovo laptops powered by 12th gen Intel Core CPUs

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by Peter Krass on 03/03/2022
Blog Category: devices

For your client-side customers who need the latest, greatest processors, Acer and Lenovo both recently introduced PCs powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors.

These processors were introduced by Intel in January, starting with the H-series for enthusiast laptops. Then, in February, Intel enlarged the 12th gen Core family with the P-series for high-performance thin and light laptops and the U-series for modern thin and light laptops.

The announcements come at a good time for the PC business, especially for those tech providers who serve business (as opposed to consumer) customers. In last year’s fourth quarter, revenue from commercial PC sales in the U.S. rose 13%, topping $9 billion, according to Canalys.

So here’s a look at the new Acer and Lenovo PCs with 12th gen Intel Core processors.

ACER

Acer has updated its Swift line of thin and light notebooks with two new models:

> Acer Swift 5: It’s a premium 14-in. laptop for executives and mobile professionals. Under the hood you’ll find a 12th gen Intel Core processor (up to 12 cores) with Intel Xe graphics; 16GB of LPDDR5 memory; and up to 2TB of PCIe 4 SSD storage.

It’s a good-looking device, thanks to an aerospace-grade aluminum case. That also keeps the weight down to 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg).

Acer Swift 5

Acer Swift 5 laptop: powered by 12th gen Intel Core CPU

This laptop is Intel Evo-certified, which here means instant wake from sleep, 10 hours of battery life, and the ability to add 4 hours of battery life with just 30 minutes of charging. What’s more, the laptop’s keypad is “green,” made from ocean-bound plastic waste.

North American shipments are set to begin in June, with retail prices starting at just under $1,500.

> Acer Swift 3: Also a 14-inch laptop, this one is designed for what Acer calls the “pick up and go” lifestyle. Like the Swift 5, it’s powered by a 12th gen Intel Core processor. You’ll also get the same 2TB maximum of SSD storage.

One innovation is a dual-fan design. Acer says it delivers a 65% cooling improvement over having just one fan.

North American shipments are set for June, with retail prices starting at just under $850.

LENOVO

Lenovo doesn’t do things by half-measures. The company just introduced a long list of new computing devices, many of them powered by the latest Intel processors. Here’s just some of what’s new from Lenovo:

> ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 and ThinkBook 13s Gen 4 i: These two new ThinkBook laptops have a lot in common. That includes 12th gen Intel Core processors, support for Windows 11 Pro, fast SSD storage, Intel Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and an AI-powered meeting manager.

Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2

Lenovo ThinkPad 14s Yoga Gen 2

The differences? There are a few. As the names imply, the 14s has a 14-inch display, while the 13s has a slightly smaller display of 13.3 inches.

Memory is another difference: The 14s maxes out at 40GB, compared with 32GB for the 13s.

Also, the 14s can take an optional second SSD, giving it a total storage capacity of 2TB. The 13s takes only one SSD for maximum storage of 1TB.

Both of these ThinkBooks are set to ship in June. Starting retail prices have been set at €899 (approx. $1,000) for the 14s, and €749 (approx. $832) for the 13s.

> ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5: As the name suggests, this is a heavy-duty performer designed for highly demanding tasks.

Able to run under Windows 11 Pro, this 16-inch laptop’s key components include a 12th gen Intel Core vPro processor (up to the i9 H-series); Nvidia GeForce RTX laptop GPU; up to 64GB of DDR5 memory; and an optional dual-drive SSD storing up to 8TB.

Heavy-duty performance comes at a price. This device weighs more than 4 pounds. And its retail price will start at €2,749 (approx. $3,053) when shipments begin in June.

 

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