If you’re a power hungry user, you’re probably not getting the whole hype with ultrabooks. But you can easily change your mind when you get your hands on something as light as Acer Swift 5. This compact laptop is extremely lightweight. It’s lighter than your notebook, which you’re writing on. When you carry it, you can barely feel it in your backpack. We will discuss more about it ahead in our Acer Swift 5 Review.
Obviously, not all ultrabooks are as light as this. The 2018 Acer Swift 5 is as light as it comes. And you’re forgiven to think that something is missing inside when you hold it. And this one is even more portable in a plethora of ultra- portable laptops. But what else is it weighting beside its feather?
Acer Swift 5 Pros and Cons Review:
Acer Swift 5 Pros
- Good Battery Life
- Very Good Performance
- Good Aesthetics
- Light Weight
Acer Swift 5 Cons
- Low Brightness
- Random Keyboard Issues
- No Dedicated Graphics
Acer Swift 5 Review: Design & Build Quality
However, the design on this laptop is like any other ultra-book. It is very slender at 15 mm, smooth and looks good. The soft rounded edges on a matt texture make your regular business notebook look like. The color of Royal Blue also looks good, but the golden hinge looks a little strange. The texture is prone to fingerprints and smudges and can be very hard to clean. Therefore, it’s safe to say this looks like any other ultra book.
When you lift it, you will feel the real difference. This laptop is just a little heavier than the 12-inch MacBook at 970 grams. And I’ve never worn another laptop just because it’s super easy to carry. The lightweight is achieved by the construction of a magnesium alloy. The construction should be durable with magnesium lithium on the lid and the bottom and magnesium aluminum on the internal chassis. There is also a little flimsiness, however, which is not visible but can be felt.
This laptop can not be opened with a single hand, the hinge at this point seems very rigid. However, it bends up to 190 degrees and is super compact and can be handy while lazing on the couch.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Ports
When selecting ports, they lose what ultra-books make up in compactness. The Acer Swift 5 also packages sufficient ports except a SDCard slot and an Ethernet port. It could have fitted into an Ethernet port with its thickness and it also has enough space for a slot. But neither has this laptop.
In addition, you receive two USB As, one of which supports USB charging. There is also an USB- C, an HDMI and an additional charging port. There is an audio jack on the left and two LED lights indicating whether the laptop is loading or in use.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Trackpad and Keyboard
Overall, the keyboard is good enough. The chiclet keyboard provides good feedback and good tactility when typing. It’s not that deep on the keyboard, but the amount is fine for an ultra book. With sufficient spacing between keys, it is also comfortable to enter long sessions. It has a soft white level 1 backlight that is also easy on the eyes. It is also nice to work with in dark surroundings.
The keyboard’s only problem is the layout of the arrow keys and the power button. The power button is in the top right corner and can easily be confused with the delete key. Likewise, the arrow keys are half-sized and connected to the Home and End keys. And it’s easy to make the mistake of pressing the End key constantly while navigating, which can be quite annoying while working on document or coding, or things like that. Another problem is that the space bar at times when pressed on the side is not responsive. However, this may not be as big a problem. A fingerprint scanner on the right with Windows Hello feature is also a nice addition under the keyboard.
The trackpad is no different than the regular one. It’s somewhat small in width, but appears longer in length. It’s running Windows Precision Drivers. While most gestures work very well, scrolling is sometimes a problem, because it sometimes does not record your two fingers scrolling. Tracking isn’t so smooth either, but the clicks register nicely.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Display
It has a standard 14-inch Full HD IPS display with a bright finish and touch screen support in terms of display. The bezels are thin and compliments the screen correctly. There’s a webcam on top, which’s bad again, by the way.
The bright panel means you’ll have a little reflection on the screen. And the sensitivity of touch is also okay at best. This is because sometimes your touch gestures or navigation will not be registered. Other aspects of the display are good, however.
Colors are sharp, and on the screen look vivid. The viewing angles are also great, even in sharp angles, with no noticeable color shifts. It provides about 96% of sRBG and about 60% of Adobe RGB. In other words, it’s not a bad choice to edit, but not an ideal machine.
The low brightness would also be a disappointing thing about the display. It can only reach a maximum luminosity of 260 nits, which is too low. Dark scenes in films could also be a bit difficult to grasp. And while it may not be so much a problem, working outside or with a lot of artificial lighting can be disturbing. A low luminosity with a reflective surface–you have the point.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Performance
As far as Ultrabooks are concerned, this performance is good. It packs the Intel i5-8250U 1.6 GHz 8th-gener processor, combined with 8 GB RAM, and makes it fast enough. The U-series processor is known for its efficiency and performance compromises, but this is expected from an ultrabook. It will handle most of the tasks you throw at it, however.
You can do most things on a regular computer. Internet browsing with over 20 tabs open? Check. Check. Photo-shop, Adobe, or Light-room? Check. Check. Have 5 or 6 things to work in the background? Double check. Check. Editing video? Check. Check. It is only a little lagging when you edit large files, but this is expected from a power-efficient processor.
However, this ultra-book does not have any dedicated graphics. It has 4 GB of video memory for Intel UHD 620 graphics. And that means that you won’t play many games on it. Of course it can handle light gaming in medium settings, such as Dota 2 or CS: GO. I’ve been trying to run GTA V on it, but it doesn’t even meet the requirements. So, you can’t play on this thing, needless to say. In fact, it is not meant to be one either.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Storage
As for storage, this one has a NVMe SSD of 256 GB. If storage is not sufficient, you must choose the i7 version with 512 GB of storage, which is more expensive, of course. However, the SSD speeds are not very good. Only 520 MBPS read speed and 445 MBPS write speed were achieved in our test.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Battery
Battery life on this laptop is all right again. You get a battery of 36 Watt- hours, which Acer claims will last up to 8 hours. However, you can only get up to 6 hours of battery life using normal office work, including light browsing.
Acer Swift 5 Review: Thermal
Now, it’s an ultrabook. And I expected it to heat up during hard work, because there is little ventilation on this thing. A single ventilation under the lid and three small outlets at the back would not produce a very good flow of air. But it didn’t heat up much, to my surprise.
When I played these light games or edited a video for some time, the fan would make a little bit of noise, but it was still cool enough to work with it. And I didn’t notice much about performance either. Everything’s good at that department.
Acer Swift Review: Our Verdict
So, what can we do with the Swift Acer 5? Frankly, I wasn’t an ultrabook fan until I used it. I also used the ASUS Zenbook UX430U, but this didn’t really appeal to me. And I liked it, mainly for a single reason–its weight of feather. But it’s also a handy laptop and one of the best options for those who always run around. If you have a desktop at home and want a small, compact, lightweight machine for normal on – the-go workloads, you can take that into consideration.
The things I didn’t like about this laptop are keyboard problems, which are only a minor problem. The luminosity is a little too low, and the location of the speakers does not sound as good as the stereo speakers should. The lack of dedicated graphics can also be a bummer, but since this is not a laptop for gaming, it is not a deal breaker. I have no complaints, other than that.
Ultrabooks usually cost more than $1,000, but at the moment you can get some $900 internationally. This is an ultra-light notebook which does not lack performance. You can carry and don’t feel it all day long. We’ll probably have a 2019 version of this notebook in the coming months, but it’s still a great deal to buy right now.