Others, you'll soon learn, are even brighter, but this does a good job in that department. I’d like to see the hinge redesigned to open with one hand, but it does remain well in place. Diana's golden lasso of truth pierced a dark sky, and the reds and blues in her costume looked great. Most premium laptops are similar, for example, the ZenBook 14 that comes in at 94% of sRGB and 72% of AdobeRGB. In our web benchmark that loops through a series of complex web pages, and which represents the best indication of productivity battery life of our tests, the Swift 5 lasted just under eight hours. Yes. As we’ll see later, I’m not sure the laptop lives up to the real-world battery life promise, but it appears to meet the rest of the Evo certification requirements. We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices. Clearly, 14-inch laptops have come into their own in the thin-and-light category. The base is tightly attached, so you'll need a guitar pick, spudger or other device to gently pry it off. The Swift 5 scored 1,580 in the single-core test and 5,836 in the multi-core test. Note that the Swift 5 is Intel Evo-certified. You need to jump to something like the Dell XPS 15‘s 4K display with its 100% coverage of both color gamuts to get a display that creative professionals crave. About Acer Swift 5. The vocals and guitars were clear, though cymbals and drums were a bit lost in the mix. I do like the coloring, with letters that are a light yellow and backlighting (only on and off, unfortunately) that works in both bright and dark environments. Note that the Dell XPS display enjoyed a DeltaE of just 0.73%, while the ZenBook 14 was a bit higher than the Swift 5 at 1.42%. Here, in the taskbar, Firefox, Dropbox and Amazon are all pinned, two of them with Acer's affiliate codes. The RAM is soldered to the motherboard, right above the processor. The Swift 5 improves on the previous generation in everything but its weight, and it’s not exactly heavy. It has a RAM of 6GB which can be upgraded to 8GB and for the storage, it … New York, The Microsoft Surface Book 3 13 required four minutes as well, demonstrating that Tiger Lake isn’t yet consistently impressive in the performance department. The laptop's left side is where you'll find the power jack, HDMI output, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port and Thunderbolt 4 / USB Type-C. That’s not fast compared to Intel’s 45-watt parts that can finish the task in under three minutes in some cases, but it’s much faster than the Ryzen 7 CPU in the IdeaPad Slim 7 that required over an hour. The Acer Swift 5 is a thin laptop without any compromises on performance. From the look to the feeling, every aspect of the Acer Swift 5 is designed with premium material and construction. The Acer Swift 5 (2020) isn't a huge upgrade on its predecessor, but being one of the very first laptops to feature Intel's Tiger Lake processor is a massive landmark. We’ve reached a point where most premium laptops (and many budget machines) have very good displays that fall within a fairly narrow range in most objective criteria. The Swift 5 is well-built and robust, and it equips modern components that will power your productivity needs for years. That's just the beginning. That beats the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 (Intel version) with the MX350 by 2 fps at medium graphics. It runs impressively well for such a thin machine, and sports a decent keyboard, touchpad, and webcam. The higher-clocked reference laptop scored 1,563 and 5,995, meaning the Swift 5 more than held its own. Binging Netflix was pleasant enough thanks to a perfect gamma of 2.2, so nothing was too bright or too dark. Like many thin laptops, the speakers weren't impressive when it came to bass. The new Acer Swift 5 is a highly capable laptop, running Windows 10 home. The Acer Swift 5, created with Intel and targeting users who work and live on the go, delivers performance, responsiveness, long battery life, and premium design to a new class of sleek laptops. It uses Intel’s last-generation chips and so isn’t as fast, but it offers a more striking look, a stunning OLED display, and the morphing nature of a 2-in-1. This year's model is a unique green color, if that's appealing to you. If you're using this for anything other than casual chatting, consider one of the best external webcams. And its Cinebench scores were 3,255 and 482, much faster in multi-core mode although the Swift 5 did manage to best it in single-core mode. Clearly, while Tiger Lake has the potential to beat out its 10th-gen predecessors, it can’t keep up with AMD’s latest Ryzen chips in many tasks. The 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display on the Swift 5 is bright and is great at reproducing colors. But that's not all - there's also Express VPN, GoTrustID, PhotoDirector and PowerDirector, and a trial for Norton Security Ultra. The touchpad is moderately sized and uses Microsoft’s Precision touchpad drivers. In the start menu, Acer has a shortcut to Booking.com, a downloader for its gaming-focused Planet 9 Link, Facebook Messenger, five different games from Random Salad Games LLC and Evernote. To add insult to injury, Acer also added an app called App Explorer to download more free software. It’s still 0.59 inches thick, though, making it a very thin laptop as well. It makes great use of Intel’s Tiger Lake platform, and it uses a couple of innovative processes to make its chassis surface more robust and resistant to microbes. So far, though, every Tiger Lake laptop I’ve tested, including the Swift 5, won’t complete that test. Below the arrow keys, there is a small fingerprint reader. To open up the Swift 5, you'll need to remove eleven Torx screws (a T5 screwdriver head was a perfect fit). Please refresh the page and try again. But with Windows precision drivers, it got every multi-finger gesture and scroll right. That's 10 minutes less than the Asus ZenBook 13, but longer than the XPS 13 at 11:07. Where the Swift 5 surprised most was on Handbrake, transcoding a 4K file to 1080p in 13 minutes and 55 seconds, beating both the XPS 13 and ZenBook 13 by several minutes. First, the dual speakers couldn’t put out much volume, although it was undistorted at 100%. The Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA with the Core i7-1165G7 took four minutes in its normal mode and 27 seconds longer than the Swift 5 in its performance mode. The standard island keyboard has good spacing and keycaps that were just a tad too small for my liking. According to Acer, these materials are two to four times stronger than aluminum but … This configuration is Intel Evo certified. As more Tiger Lake systems are released and the chipset’s inevitable initial problems are worked out, it will represent a significant upgrade for Intel users. The Swift 5 did manage a solid color accuracy of a DeltaE of 1.27, where anything under 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye and considered excellent. It scored 2,091 in multi-core and 542 in single-core modes. The Laptop is powered by an Intel Core i3-8130U and comes with Windows 10 home. On the 10fastfingers.com test, I hit 108 words per minute, which is decent for me. Even so, if you want your laptop bacteria-free, Acer is the first to take you seriously. It’s almost as fast if you keep it pegged in performance mode, but then its fans spin up louder and more often than with the Swift 5’s. If you want more premium build quality, try the Dell XPS 13 (9310). First, there’s a silver-ion antimicrobial agent in a coating on the surface of the chassis, keyboard, hinge, fingerprint reader, and even the labels attached to the laptop. The IdeaPad Slim 7 hit 37 fps in high graphics and 24 fps at epic graphics. The same themes carry through when you unfold the device. The Acer Swift 5's mix of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum feels a bit more like plastic than metal, but it does mean one big thing: This laptop is seriously light. That’s an average score that is beaten by the Dell XPS 13 with its 10th-gen Core i7 that lasted over 11 hours and the Tiger Lake Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA that lasted for almost 10 hours. Then, consider that the Intel reference laptop scored 2,092 and 570 in Cinebench 20, meaning the Swift 5 again managed to stay close to the higher-clocked Tiger Lake machine.