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Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

Acer makes an awesome case for a price moveable laptop computer with energy however there’s nonetheless stiff competitors. Here is our Swift 5 (2019) overview.

The premium laptop computer market may be very aggressive however can Acer tempt you with the world’s lightest 14in laptop computer. It is acquired lots going for it at an inexpensive worth, even when there are a few downsides.

Total, the Swift has lots going for it, providing a well-balanced set of options. Particularly a light-weight design with small bezels together with highly effective core specs and helpful ports. It comes with 10th-gen Intel processors and even the choice for devoted Nvidia graphics.  

The Swift 5 gained our Finest in Present award at IFA 2019. Discover out what else gained awards.

Worth & Availability

The most recent model of the Swift 5 (mannequin quantity SF514-54T) is now out there with costs beginning at £899 with the identical determine in Euros and US {dollars} – albeit with extra storage within the US.

As we anticipated when the laptop computer was first introduced, that entry-level costs get you an Intel Core i5 with on-board graphics.

You’ll be able to then soar to a Core i7 mannequin at £1,099, additionally with an on-board GPU or splash out on a Swift 5 with an Nvidia GeForce MX250 devoted graphics playing cards (SF514-54GT). This model is £1,149 except you need greater than 512GB storage.

You should purchase these laptops from Currys PC World, Laptops Direct or Acer within the UK and Amazon within the US.

At these costs, it is primarily in competitors with the HP Envy 13 and Dell XPS 13 but in addition the Huawei MateBook 13 and Asus ZenBook 14. Check out our chart of the finest laptops.

Acer Swift 5 (2019) laptop

Design & Construct

All of us desire a laptop computer to be compact and moveable and the Swift 5 suits the invoice completely.

It is 14.95mm skinny and weighs simply 990g so it isn’t going to really feel like carrying round a brick when it is in your bag. In reality, it looks like selecting up one thing a lot lighter than you are common laptop computer. The mannequin with out an Nvidia graphics card is even lighter.

Acer Swift 5 (2019) design

Acer has made it out of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium. It is feels nearer to plastic than metallic to the touch but in addition feels pretty premium with a pleasant end. We just like the blue color with gold highlights which is essentially the most simply discovered choice however it additionally is available in white.

The general footprint can also be very small resulting from tiny bezels across the display. They’re 3.97mm thick so the Swift 5 seems slick and trendy. Total, the screen-to-body ratio is a really imressive 86.4%.

Just like the Dell XPS 13, the webcam is situated above the display avoiding the awkward view that comes from having it beneath and even in a pop-up key which is what Huawei has achieved on some fashions.

Keyboard & Trackpad

The keyboard has an inexpensive typing experince however we do favor what’s on provide elsewhere. The Swift 5 keys are considerably snappy however really feel a little bit stiff and there is not sufficient journey to get a pleasant circulation. We did not discover ourselves making too many errors, it simply would not have the perfect feeling.

Acer Swift 5 (2019) keyboard

The backlight has two ranges of brightness which is useful and the row of perform keys the highest are helpful for doing numerous issues rapidly. As with many laptops, some keys are very small however extra so right here than we’re used to. All of the arrow keys are half dimension becuase web page up and down are squeezed in right here for starters.

Look across the keyboard and others are small, too, resembling shift, caps lock and the complete high row.

The trackpad is not large, however does the job properly with a superb palm rejection and may be very fast and responsive in use. We discovered it straightforward for fundamentals in addition to the varied gestures you need to use in Home windows 10.

Specs & Efficiency

Acer has geared up the Swift 5 with some highly effective specs beginning with 10th-gen Intel processors. You can select as much as Core i7- 1065G7 and as much as 1TB of SSD storage and the mannequin we checked out had 8GB of RAM.

Acer Swift 5 (2019) screen

The ’54GT’ mannequin has a devoted graphics within the type of an Nvidia MX250. This may also be present in rivals just like the Huawei MateBook 14, making it highly effective sufficient for issues like gaming and video enhancing on-the-go, so search for that for those who want extra energy.

We examined the entry-level Core i5-1035G1 mannequin with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. As you’ll be able to see, the Swift 5 gives first rate efficiency and althoug these rival rating are Eighth-gen chips, they’re Core i7 fashions. It is solely crushed in 3D Mark by laptops with an Nvidia graphics card.

The spanner within the works right here is that the HP Envy 13 comes with the MX250 GPU as customary on the similar £899 worth making it a cut price as compared.

The display is 14in and gives a Full HD decision and makes use of an IPS panel for good viewing angles. It is fairly vibrant with okay distinction and non-reflective a matte end. At a most of 243cd/m2, the display is not as brilliant in comparison with rivals however it’s sufficient to get you by.

You’l additionally get a touchscreen whatever the the mannequin you select and we discovered it properly responsive and the show can be appropriate for the typical consumer.

Acer Swift 5 (2019) ports

Regardless of being fairly skinny, Acer has managed to pack in numerous ports. Whereas many rivals do not provide far more than USB-C (or generally simply that), the Swift 5 contains full-size HDMI and USB-A.

There’s additionally assist for Thunderbolt Three by way of the USB-C (3.1) port and a fingerprint scanner so you’ll be able to rapidly log in with Home windows Good day.

The Swift 5 has Wi-Fi 6 (the up and coming 11ax) customary.

Battery life

In terms of battery life, Acer says you will get 12.5 hours from the laptop computer. In our usuual HD video loop check at 120cd/m2 brightness the Swift 5 lasted a complete of 11 hours and 25 minutes. A fairly strong end result even when it’s a little approach off Acer’s determine.

That is forward of the HP Envy 13, on par with the Dell XPS 13 and behind the Asus ZenBook S13.

Quick charging means you will get 4.5 hours utilization from only a 30 min cost. We discovered it managed to get to 25% in that point which is not too dangerous however would not translate to the quoted battery life in our check. The charger is the barrel model so would not take up the USB-C port which is sweet.


The Swift 5 is a laptop computer with a very nice stability of design, specs and worth. It is particuarly skinny and light-weight making it nice for many who are all the time on the go – you’ll barely discover it in your bag.

Regardless of being so compact, you get an abnormally first rate array of ports together with HDMI and full-size USB making it helpful for those who do not like the thought of being tied to USB-C and adapters.

On the entry-level you get an inexpensive set of specs and efficiency of the 10th-gen Intel Core i5 is first rate sufficient. Battery life is strong, too. Nonetheless, there isn’t any devoted graphics card right here with out spending extra. Usually that is anticipated, however the HP Envy 13 has one for a similar worth.

The Swift 5’s display is not fairly pretty much as good as rivals and neither is the keyboard so it isn’t all excellent news right here.

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