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The 2022 Acer Swift 5 packs a taller 16:10 display và Intel"s P-series processors into a stunning chassis. Here are our early impressions.

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At MWC 2022, Acer introduced two new laptops: The Swift 3 và the more premium Swift 5. After having the chance to lớn try out the Acer Swift 3 a couple of weeks ago, Acer also sent me the Acer Swift 5 so I could take a closer look at it.


To be clear, this is a pre-production unit, so I couldn"t thử nghiệm the performance or run any benchmarks. Not that it makes a huge difference, as you can get a general idea of the performance of Intel"s 12th-gen P-series processors from other laptops. This hands-on is all about getting lớn experience what it feels like to use the Acer Swift 5. Và frankly, it"s pretty great. This is a beautiful máy tính xách tay and it has some big improvements this year.

Acer Swift 5: Price và Availability

The Acer Swift 5 is planned to lớn launch in North America in June, starting at $1,499.

Acer announced the Swift 5 back in February, but just lượt thích the Swift 3, it"s only planned lớn launch in June in North America. It"ll start at $1,499, though Acer didn"t specifically say what specs that mã sản phẩm will include. If you"re in Europe, it was supposed to launch in March, but we actually can"t find it in any of the major European markets yet.


While you can"t buy it, there is a listing for the Acer Swift 5 on Amazon, which you can keep an eye on if you"re interested in buying it as soon as possible. You can kiểm tra it out below.


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Acer Swift 5 (2022)
Acer Swift 5 (2022) The Acer Swift 5 is a premium máy vi tính with 12th-generation hãng sản xuất intel processors & a 14-inch 16:10 display. It also has a beautiful dual-tone design.


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Acer Swift 5: Specs


Acer Swift 5 (2022)

Processor

12th generation Intel chip core i5-1240P (12 cores, 16 threads, up khổng lồ 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th generation Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-1260P (12 cores, 16 threads, up lớn 4.7GHz, 18MB cache)

Graphics

hãng intel Iris xe cộ graphics

RAM

8GB LPDDR5 4800MHz 16GB LPDDR5 4800MHz

Storage

512GB/1TB PCIe ren 4 SSD

Display

14-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, 340 nits, Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass 14-inch 16:10 Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS, 425 nits, Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass

Audio

Dual stereo speakers, DTS Audio Dual built-in microphones with Acer Purified Voice

Webcam

Full HD 1080p 60fps webcam with temporal noise reduction

Security

Fingerprint sensor in power nguồn button

Battery

56Wh Li-ion battery, up to 14 hours of video clip playback 65W charger

Ports

2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) 2 x USB 3.2 gen 1 Type-A 1 x HDMI 2.0 3.5mm tai nghe jack Kensington lock port

Connectivity

The Acer Swift 5 gets a serious tăng cấp for 2022 with a beautiful finish, ample speed, và a stunning screen—plus it’s cheaper than comparable rivals.


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Price: $1,499Display: 14-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) TouchCPU: Intel vi xử lý core i7-1260PGPU: hãng sản xuất intel Iris xe cộ GraphicsRAM: 16GBStorage: 1TB SSDPorts: 2 USB-A, 2 USB-C, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone port, 1 Kensington lock keySize: 12.2 x 8.4 x 0.59 inchesWeight: 2.65 pounds


There’s stiff competition for powerful, lightweight laptops in the over-$1,000 price range, including Apple’s latest M2-powered Mac
Book Air & Mac
Book Pro, plus Dell’s ever-reliable XPS 13 line. But Acer just butted into the conversation with its newly-redesigned and ever more powerful Swift 5 model, which has experienced a significant glow-up.


It packs a lavish new kiến thiết with golden trim plus a powerful 12th-gen Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7 chip, a gorgeous 1600p display, and a startlingly swift 1TB SSD onboard. It’s also cheaper than its notable rivals when comparably equipped. There are a couple of caveats lớn consider, but the latest Acer Swift 5 is a very strong overall pick given its $1,499 price tag.

Acer Swift 5 review: Price và configurations

The Acer Swift 5 is currently available in a single mã sản phẩm priced at $1,499.

The latest Acer Swift 5 comes in a single configuration (SF514-56T-797T) via the official Acer webstore, Amazon and Walmart. It packs a 14-inch LCD touch display at a crisp 2560x1600 resolution, along with an Intel chip core i7-1260P processor, 16GB RAM, và a 1TB SSD. It’s priced at $1,499, though we’ve seen it selling for more at some retailers and you may be able to lớn pick it up for less with an Acer promo code.


Acer Swift 5 review: Design

The Swift 5 has eye-catching gold accents that mix it apart from the competition
It’s even lighter than Apple’s latest Mac
Book Air model

The Acer Swift 5 has taken on a number of luxurious tweaks that convey a premium allure. Whereas the previous Swift 5 design was fairly generic, the latest version has beautiful edges with a double-anodized gold treatment, complete with a diamond-cut line pattern that Acer says features cuts that are thinner than a human hair.


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Paired with the Mist Green surfaces, the Swift 5 stands apart from the ultra-thin competition without looking overdone or garish. It’s a smart màu sắc duo that’s subtle và stylish, & the small, gold Acer biểu tượng logo at the top of the outer shell matches the thankfully understated allure.


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Unlike Acer’s cheaper notebooks, such as the Aspire 5, the firm has shaved some of the bulk off of this 14-inch laptop. At 12.2 x 8.4 x 0.59 inches and a mere 2.65 pounds, it’s a little thicker và wider than Apple’s new mét vuông Mac
Book Air model, but it’s a smidge lighter than that 2.7-pound rival. Despite the light weight, the Acer Swift 5 has a hearty, sturdy-feeling build, thanks to lớn its aerospace-grade aluminum chassis.


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Like Acer’s more affordable laptops, the Swift 5’s keyboard is elevated slightly when you mở cửa up the device, as the base of the display nudges the back of the notebook upward ever so slightly. It’s a subtle enough lift that most users probably won’t even notice it, but anyone who hates a fully flat keyboard should appreciate it.

Acer Swift 5 review: Display

The 14-inch panel is crisp at 1600p and plenty bright and punchy
It’s a 16:10 screen, so it’s a little taller than a typical widescreen panel

The Acer Swift 5’s screen is a stunner. As mentioned, it’s a 14” panel at WQXGA resolution (2560x1600) or 1600p, which means it’s quite a bit crisper than your typical 1080p panel seen on the vast majority of laptops. At that resolution, text and graphics look super sharp throughout.

It’s a 16:10 aspect ratio, too, which means the screen is slightly taller than typical widescreen (16:9) dimensions. That’s mostly a win, in my view.

Sure, you’ll get black bars on the top và bottom when watching standard widescreen video, but the extra screen real estate is much appreciated when it comes lớn web surfing, writing, và other productive pursuits. At more than a 92% screen-to-body ratio, too, there’s not a lot of space wasted on bezel around this beauty.


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Thankfully, the Swift 5 doesn’t disappoint in terms of brightness or vividness. In our testing, we measured an average of 457 nits of brightness—short of the 489 nits measured on the mét vuông Mac
Book Air, but still plenty bright.

LCD IPS panels lượt thích this don’t typically pack as much of a punch as OLED rivals, but at 131.7% of the s
RGB màu sắc gamut & 93.3% on DCI-P3 color space, it’s a bold panel that I struggled khổng lồ find fault with. It beats both the m2 Mac
Book Air and Dell’s XPS 13 OLED on both marks.

The Acer Swift 5 comes with a touchscreen standard, too. Truth be told, I’m not someone who wants to put a bunch of fingerprints on my computer screen, nor bởi I find a touch display especially useful on a laptop that doesn’t convert into tablet form. But it feels plenty responsive, và you can use a stylus for annotating documents, sketching, etc.

Acer Swift 5 review: Ports

You’ll find a pair of USB-C ports along with two USB-A ports

Acer didn’t skimp on ports with the Swift 5, providing plenty of connectivity despite the slim frame. You’ll find a pair of USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side, along with a single USB-A port & HDMI port for plugging in an external monitor.


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You’ll use the USB-C ports for charging using the included 65W wall charger. Meanwhile, the right side of the máy vi tính adds another USB-A port khổng lồ the phối alongside a 3.5mm tai nghe port và the Kingston security lock slot. And when it comes khổng lồ wireless connectivity, the Swift 5 packs in the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard for compatible routers.

Acer Swift 5 review: Performance

The 12th-gen Intel core i7 chip provides a serious tốc độ boost
The Swift 5 excelled in our đoạn phim transcoding và SSD transfer tests

The Acer Swift 5 packs plenty of tốc độ thanks khổng lồ the latest 12th-gen Intel chip core i7-1260P chip, which provides substantial upgrades over the previous core i7 model. With 16GB RAM alongside, you’ll find ample power nguồn for everyday use và multitasking galore, including loading up on browser tabs & streaming all sorts of media.


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On the Geekbench 5.4 benchmark test, we registered a multi-core score of 9,859. That’s a hefty score that even beats the new 13-inch m2 Mac
Book Pro (8,911), although it doesn’t quite match the score of the pricier 14-inch Mac
Book Pro with the M1 Pro (12,477).

Still, it should fare better with photo editing and clip creation software than other laptops around this price point. When we reviewed the Dell XPS 13 OLED last year with an 11th-gen Intel core i7 cpu onboard, for example, it only put up a Geekbench score of 5,420. This year’s chips are much more capable, and the Acer Swift 5 doesn’t disappoint.

The Acer Swift 5 showcased its creative prowess in our Handbrake clip test, in which we transcode a 4K đoạn clip to 1080p. It completed the task in just 7:35. That’s faster than Apple’s new mét vuông Mac
Book Air (7:52), albeit slower than the m2 Mac
Book Pro (6:51). Still, it beats the pants off of last year’s Windows laptops with 11th-gen i7 chips, like the Dell XPS 13 OLED (18:12).

The 1TB SSD here is blazing fast, as well, duplicating 25GB worth of multimedia files in just 16 seconds. That’s an effective transfer rate of over 1.67GB per second. Compare that lớn 742MBps on last year’s Dell XPS 13 OLED, 562MBps on the Microsoft Surface máy tính 4, & 869MBps with the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s wickedly quick.

While the Acer Swift 5 is well equipped for productivity and creative needs, it’s not designed to lớn handle high-end gaming. Without a dedicated GPU onboard, the integrated hãng sản xuất intel Iris xe pháo graphics can put up solid performance with popular free-to-play games lượt thích Fortnite, Rocket League, và League of Legends, but isn’t built for visually rich AAA games like Cyberpunk 2077.


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Even with Fortnite and Rocket League, I had khổng lồ cut down the resolution well below the native 1600p of the display và slash the graphics settings lớn achieve a smooth framerate. Still, both games run better on here than a Nintendo Switch, for example, so it has a little muscle.

In Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, we registered just over đôi mươi frames per second (fps) at 1600p resolution, but it improved khổng lồ 25.6fps when docked khổng lồ 1080p resolution.

One last note: there’s a surprising amount of bloatware junk preinstalled on the Acer Swift 5. You’ll find unnecessary apps like Booking.com, Simple Mahjong, Planet9 Link, Aura Privacy, Express
VPN, Forge of Empires, and other programs that aren’t part of a vanilla Windows 11 install. It’s annoying lớn have khổng lồ clear out that stuff yourself.

Acer Swift 5 review: Audio

The sound unique is solid, but pales in comparison to Apple’s recent Mac
Books

Looking lớn blast tunes from your laptop? The Acer Swift 5 is solidly equipped with dual speakers enhanced with DTS processing. The bottom-firing speakers are found on the right & left edges parallel with the touchpad, & while there’s still potential for the sound to lớn get muffled when using this notebook in your lap, it’s not as pronounced as with the Acer Aspire 5.


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That said, this isn’t one of the best máy vi tính speaker setups I’ve heard. It gets pretty loud & playback is decently defined, but there’s not a lot of range to lớn the output. Whether listening to lớn electronic beats or poppy rock, the audio lacked punch. In side-by-side comparisons with the M1 Mac
Book Pro, Apple’s máy vi tính packed more thump & more clearly defined aural elements.

Acer Swift 5 review: Keyboard and touchpad

It’s an excellent, responsive keyboard with just the right tactile feedback
The touchpad is small, but works great, plus there’s a fingerprint sensor

The Acer Swift 5’s chiclet keys feel smooth và responsive, with a satisfyingly tactile response and a solid amount of travel. My fingers felt right at trang chủ on these keys without much adjustment at all, & before long I was slamming past 100 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com test.

It’s a backlit keyboard, too, and you can switch between two brightness settings or turn off the under-key lighting entirely if you please. Meanwhile, the fingerprint sensor on the power nguồn button in the upper right corner was lightning-fast và responsive in my testing.


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As for the touchpad, Acer’s “Ocean
Glass” surface is smooth and precise, but it’s a bit small at 4.1 x 2.6 inches. It can feel a bit cramped for multi-finger gestures, và Apple’s Mac
Book touchpads look absolutely massive by comparison—but I quickly got used khổng lồ the constrained space.

Acer Swift 5 review: Webcam

It’s a crisp & clear 1080p camera, ideal for Zoom meetings

For those who spend their days in Zoom meetings, take heart: the 1080p webcam here is very good. It captures a lot of detail while cutting down noise, and accurately represents colors when you’re well-lit. It’s the best built-in máy vi tính webcam that I’ve personally tested.

True, it can suffer a bit when heavily backlit plus you’ll get a lot more fuzz in low-light scenarios. Still, when put side-by-side with the 720p camera of an M1 Mac
Book Pro, the Acer Swift 5’s advantage is immediately apparent.

Acer Swift 5 review: Battery life

The Acer Swift 5 put up solid numbers on our web-surfing battery rundown
But at full brightness, the battery drains much faster than expected

A máy vi tính this powerful needs a serious battery khổng lồ match, but the Acer Swift 5 left me wanting.

With the brightness knocked down, you can get quite a bit of life out of this thin notebook. On our battery rundown test, in which the laptop continuously surfs the web with the display brightness set to lớn just 150 nits, the Swift 5 lasted for about 11:25.

That’s better than last year’s Dell XPS 13 OLED, which put up a tepid 7:59 with the same test, và it also beats the Surface máy tính 4 at 10:46. Apple’s latest Mac
Book Air pushed quite a bit further khổng lồ 14:06, though, while the m2 Mac
Book Pro lasted a sensational 18:20.

But in my own everyday usage, with the screen at max brightness, the Acer Swift 5 just barely put up five full hours. That’s with pretty modest demands too—little more than browsing the web, typing up documents, and streaming You
Tube or Spotify.

Knocking down the brightness helps, but when spending $1,499 for a bold và beautiful screen like this, why compromise? The Acer Swift 5 comes up a little short on that front.

Acer Swift 5 review: Heat

It can get warm, but the dual fans mostly succeed at dissipating heat

The Swift 5 picks up some heat during demanding tests, such as when playing 3d games, but it never felt alarmingly warm in my own use. During lab testing, we registered a peak temperature of 96 degrees on the rear center of the underside—just a hair over our 95-degree comfort threshold. But most of the time, it felt just fine as Acer’s dual fans did the job.

Acer Swift 5 review: Verdict

It’s a sleek and attractive máy tính built for productivity
The Swift 5 is also cheaper than comparably-configured rivals

The good stuff very much outweighs the bad when it comes to the new Acer Swift 5. It’s a beautiful-looking máy tính xách tay with a ton of power & speed onboard, plus a dazzling display. & it’s cheaper than a comparably-equipped Dell XPS 13 Plus ($1,749) or mét vuông Mac
Book Air ($1,899) when selecting the same amount of RAM & storage onboard.

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It’s that notable price difference that helps make up for the Swift 5’s underwhelming battery endurance & just-decent sound quality. If you haven’t considered an Acer in the past for a serious productivity notebook, then the Swift 5 might change your mind.