Acer Swift 5 Review – A Super Light 14” Laptop!
, Theres, 16gb of LPDDR4X memory in dual channel; a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD and a 14 1080p IPS touchscreen. Theres, WiFi, 6 and Bluetooth 5 for network connectivity. However, its far too thin for an ethernet port., The Swift 5 has a matte blue finish on top with gold Acer logo in the center.. The interior has the same blue finish and the keys have a similar gold.. Overall, the laptop felt pretty sturdy due to the metal, build and all corners and edges were rounded and smooth.. The weight is impressive: it comes in under a kilogram or less than 2.1 pounds., With the small 65 watt power, brick and cables for charging. This rises to 1.2kg, so quite lightweight for travel. Its on the smaller side for a 14 inch machine and is also quite thin.. This makes it a portable package and means that the screen bezels are just 6mm on the sides.. Despite the smaller bezels, the 720p camera is found above the display. No Windows, Hello, support, though., The camera and microphone are both pretty average and typing on the keyboard. Isnt too obtrusive. The keyboard has white backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions.. The brightness can be adjusted between two levels or turned off completely by using the F8 key.. I found the keyboard good to type with. However, I wasnt personally a fan of the small arrow keys and, as the power button is right above the backspace key youll, probably want to change the settings in Windows so that a mispress doesnt put it to sleep, which is the default.
Heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The rear of the laptop raises up a little bit when you open the lid, which gives the keyboard an ever so slight incline. We can see on the back. There are just a couple of rubber feet which come into contact with the desk and with that combined with the super low weight, I found that it very easy to slide around on a flat surface. Despite the rubber feet. Underneath. There was some keyboard flex while pushing down hard. Some would be due to the lift design, as there are less contact points between it and the desk. However, I never had an issue with this during normal use. Screen flex also seemed pretty average, but it was hard to try and bend it without the machine sliding around for the reason just discussed. The precision touchpad clicks down anywhere and worked well, I thought the size Was decent considering the available space. Theres, a small fingerprint scanner to the right just below the arrow keys, I tried adding different fingers multiple times, but never got it to properly recognize my fingers during the setup process. So I wasnt able to test it out.. The 14 1080p IPS touchscreen worked fine and the screen didnt tilt back when pressing on it. Ive, measured colour gamut with the Spyder 5 and got 99 of sRGB 70 of NTSC and 76 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness. I measured 316 nits in the center with a 8901 contrast ratio, so fair results about average brightness and, above average colours.
Backlight, bleed, was minimal. In this worst case scenario, I never had any issues when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. On the left from the back theres, the power input HDMI output, the version wasnt specified. However, I confirmed I could use a 4K monitor at 60Hz, so its probably 2.0 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port and a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port supporting DisplayPort Thunderbolt 3, and I confirmed Type C charging works too. On the right from the front. Theres, a 3.5mm audio, combo jack, USB 2.0 Type, A port status LEDs and Kensington lock. Theres, nothing on the back other than some subtle swift branding. While the front just has a groove to help you open the lid., Fingerprints and dirt show up on the matte finish. Both on the interior and lid, however, as a smooth surface it's easy to clean., Underneath just has some air ventilation towards the back. Getting inside was very easy. Just remove 11 TR5 screws and the bottom panel comes right. Off. Inside weve got the battery down the front single M.2 storage, drive to the right of that WiFi card right in the middle and single fan and heat pipe for cooling, well check. Thermals shortly. Its worth noting the memory is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be upgraded, so you need to buy it with what you need.. The speakers are found towards the front left and right corners. I thought they sounded pretty decent, considering the size of the laptop, not amazing, but definitely above average, for a laptop.
. They got loud enough at maximum volume and the latencymon results looked good.. The Swift 5 is powered by a 4 cell 56wh battery., Despite not being that large, it lasted for almost 7 and a half hours when just watching YouTube with the screen on 50 brightness and keyboard lighting off a great result when compared to others Ive tested.. I didnt bother testing the usual game I use for battery life, though, due to the Iris graphics., Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.. Unfortunately, Hardware Info didnt report details regarding the Iris graphics, so Ive just got CPU temperatures while running my usual Aida64 CPU stress test and Heaven GPU benchmark, and this represents a worst case. Heavy load., The CPU temperature at idle was good and even under this heavy load it was still fine. No thermal throttling., The clock speeds look low. However, the i7 1065G7 operates at 1.3GHz base clock with a 15W TDP.. The 3.9GHz speed listed on the spec sheet is only for brief single core turbo boosts.. I dont have undervolting results, as even a small 0.05v undervolt was unstable. Heres. What the CPU performance was looking like in Cinebnech.. All of these are quad core CPUs. However, the top two have much higher power limits and are larger machines, so better performance is expected.. This is only the second time. Ive had a laptop with this CPU. However, it was performing better than the Razer Blade Stealth 13 with same processor, granted that one does also have higher powered Nvidia GTX 1650 Max Q graphics.
. As for the areas where youll actually be touching, it was well below the usual 30 degrees Celsius. I usually see at idle., Even with the CPU and GPU stress test, going its in the mid 30s on the keyboard. So hardly even warm. Absolutely no issues at all. Lets have a listen to fan noise.. It was completely silent at idle and then, with the stress tests running, it was still extremely quiet. Ive had gaming laptops that idle louder than this for comparison.. All things considered. There were no issues with the thermal performance at all. CPU temperatures didnt get hot as the CPU is capped to a 15 watt limit under heavy load, and this is being reached.. This results in a system thats cool to the touch, even when youre hitting it hard with that single fan hardly making much noise at all., Although definitely not a gaming laptop. The Intel, Iris graphics should still be capable of some lightweight gaming. So lets see how well it holds up. Ive tested these games at 900p with the lowest settings available. Dota 2 was easily playable without issue. Overwatch felt a bit stuttery and the CSGO results were lower, so those two would probably benefit more from a lower 720p resolution.. You can still play less demanding esports titles at lower settings on the Intel. Graphics just be prepared to drop the resolution. Ive used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K.. This is the first laptop Ive had that only has the Intel Iris graphics, so I dont really have much else in a similar league to fairly compare it to.
. As a result, the Swift 5 is in last place out of the machines Ive recently tested, due to not having discrete graphics. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD and the speeds were respectable. For updated pricing check the links in the description As prices will change over time. At the time of recording, you can get the Acer Swift 5 for just over 1000 USD. However, this one has half the memory of the one I tested. I couldnt find a 16gb model on Amazon or Newegg.. The i5 model is also available for 900 USD.. Here in Australia. The same spec Ive tested seems to go for 2000 AUD, however, its currently on sale for 300 less, while the i5 model typically goes for 500 less, but its on sale, too. With all of that. In mind, lets conclude by going through the good and bad aspects of the 10th gen Acer, Swift, 5 laptop.. Overall, I thought the build quality was decent when you consider the smaller form factor.. Yes, it does have some flex. If you go out of your way to try and bend it, but its perfectly adequate during normal use and feels quite sturdy., Even for a 14 inch laptop, the Swift 5 is on the smaller side and at less than 1 kilogram. The weight is impressive. If portability is your priority. As youd expect, though, this does mean theres less performance on offer compared to other larger options at this price point.
. This does, however, mean that it doesnt get hot. It ran cool and quiet, even under worst case stress test.. That said, I thought the CPU performance was fair, but tasks that would benefit from discrete graphics, such as video exporting were slower, but thats part of the trade off with such a slim machine.. The Iris graphics, are an improvement over what Intel had before. However, at this time, theyre still below what wed see from a dedicated Nvidia solution., I suspect that wasnt possible here, due to the smaller footprint of the Swift, 5 and other laptops around the same weight, only make use of the Intel graphics too.. Another downside of smaller laptops like this is a lack of upgradeability. You can only change the WiFi card or single storage. Slot. Memory is soldered to the motherboard, so youll need to buy. With that in mind, as you cant upgrade later., The touchscreen was decent with above average colour gamut and average brightness. The keyboard and touchpad worked well. It was shame that I wasnt able to test the fingerprint scanner, though, hopefully its just some issue, with my specific unit or fingers., Considering the size theres a decent range of IO, though USB 2.0 in 2020 seems suboptimal., The Type C port with DisplayPort Thunderbolt, 3 and Type C charging in particular was nice to have.. The battery life was also quite good again considering the size of both the machine and battery, but I suppose thats expected when theres, no discrete graphics.
, With the Swift, 5 youre, absolutely paying extra to have such a thin light and portable laptop.. Some people, myself included, are happy to pay this price, though even if there are better performing options for less money if they come at the expense of heavier and thicker profiles.. I think the Swift 5 would be a good option for a business user that travels frequently with a laptop, but doesnt need discrete graphics, power.. Let me know what you thought about the 10th gen Acer, Swift, 5 laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.