Acer Swift 5 Review – Preserving strengths to 2017 level




In summary
The Swift 5 is characterized by looking at the long battery life of over ten hours during browsing and video. In addition, the casing is sturdy, the screen has good contrast and is the laptop good benchmarks. The i7 version is pricey compared to the i5 model, and we find for 1300 euros that the housing or could have been entirely made of metal and screen deserved a better calibration.

Long battery life
High contrast screen
smooth hardware
Fingerprint Scanner
Large screen with thin edges
Negative points
Switch to glossy screen
Too expensive compared i5 version
plastic housing
final Verdict
Tweakers says 7.5
Price for publication: € 1300, –
Available from: € 1199, –
Tested version: Acer Swift 5 SF514-51 75W4
During the past IFA fair Acer models are clarified somewhat. No longer welcome all consumer laptops Aspire, but now there are also the names Spin laptops with movable display and Swift for thin and lights added. The top model in the series Swift, Swift 7, we have already been reviewed and now it is the turn to the model that treetje lower on the ladder: Swift 5.Despite the new name Swift 5 looks suspiciously like a laptop that we have already been reviewed last year: the Aspire S5. The Swift 5 is, therefore, the follow-up with newer hardware and a larger screen, for which Acer hardly had to modify the housing. In order to accommodate the larger panel, only the screen edges become narrower and the rest of the housing could remain the same as the Aspire S5.That body feels pretty sturdy, thanks to the metal ‘inside’ around the keyboard and touchpad. Since the metal part of the case hold on and that is a shame because the laptop costs in the performance which we have tested him, a small 1300 euros. For that money you actually expect a laptop with a more luxurious look and an all-metal enclosure. On the other hand, is the cheapest Swift 5, which cost nine euros, again in an entirely different category. For that amount, we can not so much fault the casing again.

However, for 900 euros, we expect some more firmness in the frame of the screen. Grab it by its top corners, then it is indeed easy to twist. When the pastor of the Swift 5 we were there not run against it, so we suspect that unfortunately surrendered to strength with thinner screen edges.

On connections Swift 5 has not handed in any case, and left and right to find a USB 3.0 port, and a HDMI and jack, and an SD card reader are present. C A USB port is also present, but does not support alternate modes . Charging using using a USB c charger or USB hub to connect additional displays is not on.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keys to the Swift 5 are black, flat and backlit. Which lighting can be set in two positions. The keys have a small amount of travel that we encounter in many ultrabooks, whereas the feedback is a bit on the mushy side.The touch pad is equipped with a new fingerprint scanner in the upper left corner. We are pleased that the fingerprint reader is becoming more standard, but still like to use the whole surface of the touchpad. In our opinion had the best scanner therefore can be placed elsewhere. The touchpad itself is made by Elan and is functioning without problems; multitouch movements and ordinary tap quickly recognized. An area where some slack in it, as we encountered at the Aspire S5 is no question at the Swift 5.


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