Acer Swift 5 (2018) is a feather weight
4.0Overall Score
Name: Acer Swift 5 SF14-52T Price (RRP): $2499 Manufacturer: Acer

The Acer Swift 5 comes in a 14 and 15.6-inch, Intel Core i5 and i7, models weighing in at less than 1kg they are easily the lightest notebooks for the screen size.

What is an Acer Swift 5?

The Acer Swift 5 is an ultra-light (<1kg), ultra-thin (magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium alloy construction), huge 14/15.6-inch FHD screen (in essentially a 13/14” body due to narrow bezels); powered by Intel 8th Generation Core i5/i7; SSD; and a claimed 10-hour battery. Prices range from $1799 to $2499 giving excellent value for what looks like a first-rate, uber-light device.

The 14-inch version means an Intel Core i7-8550U (i5-8250U option), 16/512GB SATA 6 SSD (8/256GB option), 14-inch FHD screen and Windows 10 Pro (home option).

The 15-inch option goes for slightly later model Intel Core i5-8256U and i7-8565U and DDR4 SDRAM.

But what attracts me is the 14/15.6-inch svelte size (329/358 x 228/230 x 14.9/15.9mm x 970/999g). Part of the review will be to look at trade-offs to get to this size. Note that there are no other  Windows 10, 14/15.6” notebooks that achieve this goal.

Acer – who?

Acer (Australia) has been hiding their light under a bushel for the past few years. GadgetGuy caught up with its MD Acer Oceanic Region Darren Simmons late last year and reminisced about the good old days (read naughty 90’s) when Acer dominated the PC and notebook scene.

Not that it ever left the scene, but I suspect HP, Lenovo, and Dell aggressively outspent the Taiwanese company to get market dominance. Simmons says that is changing and GadgetGuy says make sure Acer is on your shopping list.

Review: Acer Swift 5

Australian website here

Our review unit is the 14-inch Acer Swift 5 SF514-52-8WQ (also called 52T), Acer Part Number NX.GTMSA.014 – obviously an accountant or engineer dreams these sexy names up.

Despite being a 14” screen, it is the most expensive at $2499 as it has an i7 processor and 16/512GB.

Out of the box

The Notebook and a 19V/2.37A (45W) charger. Oh, and it has an International Travelers Warranty (ITW) that gives you security and peace of mind when travelling.

The first impression is almost impossibly light and a rather nice matte royal blue finish with gold highlights. Made from a magnesium-aluminium alloy chassis and magnesium-lithium shell – it weighs about 40% less than traditional laptops of this size.

It is light and feels delicate – but there is no body flex. It has a 180° lay flat hinge (not 360°).

The base is removable (Torx T5 screws) and the SSD (two slots), battery and Wi-Fi card are replaceable.

Screen

It is a 14-inch, 1980 x 1020, 16:9 CineCrystal (IPS), WLED edge lit, 10-point touch screen with a glossy screen finish. Now before we get into specifics, Acer crow about 100% sRGB and 300nits – that is the 15.6-inch version.