Acer Swift 5 review - a good value, slim and light laptop
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Acer Swift 5 Review: The Acer Swift 5 is the second-tier model in Acer’s latest laptop lineup, sitting beneath the ultra-thin Swift 7. That is still a premium, slim and lightweight laptop, however. On the outside, the Swift 5 is usually constructed from metal, and powering the system on the inside is one of Intel’s new, 7th generation “Kaby Lake” processors.
Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 620
Display size: 14 inch
Battery: 3 cells, 53.9 Wh Lithium-Ion
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Price: 900 Euro
Acer has steered clear of the lightweight and classic thin laptop look of anodized aluminum. While the keyboard surround is in truth anodized aluminum with a brushed black finish. Meanwhile, the hinge space is finished in silver, and the plastic base has a soft-touch black layer to ensure it stays put in your lap.
Keyboard and Touchpad
As talked about earlier, the backlighting on the Acer Swift 5’s keyboard appears a little uneven. Specifically, it’s the light spilling out from below the keys that are the issue. Otherwise, the keyboard is superb. Keys are perfectly spaced, and the layout is ok.
As for the touchpad, it also held up nicely. It’s good and large and has a smooth surface over which fingers glide easily. The touchpad is also home to this laptop’s fingerprinter reader. It works nicely in conjunction with Windows Hello, allowing for a fast and password-free login to the laptop.
On the entire, the 14-inch Full HD display on this laptop is excellent. With a maximum brightness of 345 units, it’s plenty bright sufficient for use outside or in different well-lit environments.
Audio and Graphics
Acer makes grand declarations about this laptop’s audio, and largely it lives as much as them. A lot of the legwork is put in by Dolby Audio software, which tweaks the signal being sent to the speakers to better optimize for them being inherently weak.
The Intel HD Graphics 620 (GT2) is a built-in graphics unit, which can be found in varied ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors of the Kaby Lake generation.
Hardware and Performance
You get far more connectivity than many similarly-sized machines as nicely: there are two USB 3.0 ports, one on both sides, plus a full-size HDMI port, headphone jack, SD card slot and a USB Type-C port.
At its heart, the Acer Swift 5 has a brand-new 7th-gen Intel processor. Relying on which configuration you opt for, it’s either the Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U. Each is dual-core products with Hyper-Threading so that they can handle four processes at once, with the i5-7200U operating at 2.5GHz-3.1GHz, and the i7-7500U running at 2.7GHz-3.3GHz.
One thing this laptop pretty many nails is battery capacity. Around 10 hours is desirable in an ultraportable similar to this, and the Swift 5 managed 9hrs, 25minutes in our test, that runs a loop off web browsing and video watching while the screen is ready to a brightness of 150 units.
Our test model is provided with an Intel Core i5-7200U, a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB DDR3 memory, which is currently available for 900 Euros (~$947). Another 100 Euros (~$107) will get you Intel’s Core i7-7500U.
Successful mixture: Acer combines elegant design with enough efficiency, however, doesn’t forget the important emissions. We liked the elegant chassis design with the extremely thin bezels in particular. The equipment of the Swift 5 is very balanced, and the processor can almost utilize its maximum efficiency under load, which can’t be mentioned for the comparison devices.
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