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Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) assessment

The premium laptop computer market could be very aggressive however can Acer tempt you with the world’s lightest 14in laptop computer. It is received so much going for it at an affordable value, even when there are a few downsides.

Total, the Swift has so much going for it, providing a well-balanced set of options. Specifically 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 received our Greatest in Present award at IFA 2019. Discover out what else received awards.

Value & Availability

The newest 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 – 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 may then leap 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 until 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 additionally the Huawei MateBook 13 and Asus ZenBook 14. Check out our chart of the greatest laptops.

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 6 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 6 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

Design & Construct

All of us need 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. The truth is, it looks like choosing 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 hands on 11 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 11 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

Acer has made it out of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium. It is feels nearer to plastic than metallic to the touch but additionally 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 be very small as a result of tiny bezels across the display screen. They’re three.97mm thick so the Swift 5 seems to be slick and fashionable. Total, the screen-to-body ratio is a really imressive 86.four%.

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

Keyboard & Trackpad

The keyboard has an affordable typing experince however we do want 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 movement. We did not discover ourselves making too many errors, it simply does not have the most effective feeling.

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 3 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 3 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

The backlight has two ranges of brightness which is helpful and the row of operate keys the highest are helpful for doing varied issues shortly. 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, equivalent to shift, caps lock and all the high row.

The trackpad is not big, however does the job nicely with palm rejection and could be very fast and responsive in use. We discovered it straightforward for fundamentals in addition to the varied gestures you should utilize in Home windows 10.

Specs & Efficiency

Acer has outfitted 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 hands on - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

acer swift 5 2019 hands on - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

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 possibly can see, the Swift 5 affords respectable 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 identical £899 value making it a cut price compared.

The display screen is 14in and affords a Full HD decision and makes use of an IPS panel for good viewing angles. It is moderately vibrant with okay distinction and non-reflective a matte end. At a most of 243cd/m2, the display screen is not as vivid 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 will likely be appropriate for the typical person.

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 5 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

acer swift 5 2019 hands on 5 - Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T) review

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

There’s additionally help for Thunderbolt three through the USB-C (three.1) port and a fingerprint scanner so you possibly can shortly 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 reasonably strong end result even when it’s a little method 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 four.5 hours utilization from only a 30 min cost. We discovered it managed to get to 25% in that point which is not too unhealthy however does not translate to the quoted battery life in our check. The charger is the barrel model so does not take up the USB-C port which is good.


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

Regardless of being so compact, you get an abnormally respectable 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 affordable set of specs and efficiency of the 10th-gen Intel Core i5 is respectable sufficient. Battery life is strong, too. Nevertheless, 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 value.

The Swift 5’s display screen 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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