The Acer Swift 5 is Acer’s prime ultraportable laptop computer. It’s primarily the closest factor the firm has to a MacBook Air competitor. It’s skinny and lightweight, it appears to be like good, and it’s highly effective sufficient for many workplace use circumstances (although most likely not for demanding computing workloads).
By and enormous, the previous a number of Swift 5 models I’ve reviewed have been the identical bundle. The chassis is 2.65 kilos and 0.59 inches thick with a sturdy aluminum construct. There’s a really good 2560 x 1600 contact show with very skinny bezels round the edges (although I couldn’t for the lifetime of me get it to remain on one shade profile — I used to be consistently turning on Bluelight Shield and seeing it flip off as quickly as I opened one other app). The system is a step above Acer’s famously student-oriented Swift 3 in construct but additionally in value — my check mannequin is at present going for $1,499 on Acer’s website, whereas a Swift 3 with similar specs would solely be $1,129.
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I’m typing this on the Swift 5 proper now. I really feel like I’m typing on a pleasant laptop. There’s stable backlighting on the keyboard and a few good gold accents that give the chassis a classy look. I’ve had no bother getting any of my workplace work finished, together with Zoom calls upon piles of Chrome tabs, on the Core i7 processor.
I might be fast to advocate this mannequin for common ultraportable use — and maybe give it the “MacBook Air alternative” sticker that’s much-coveted in the Windows area — if it weren’t for the battery life. I’ve been utilizing this system on battery at medium brightness for my day by day workplace workload (typically 12-20 Chrome tabs with occasional Zoom calls or Spotify streaming), and I’m persistently solely getting round 4 and a half hours of constant use earlier than it dies.
A comparable MacBook Air would value as much as $320 greater than this Swift mannequin, however I might anticipate to get shut to 3 instances the battery life out of it. Even for many who aren’t contemplating a MacBook, there are every kind of ultraportables in the Windows area that may get you higher battery outcomes. I’ll refer you to the Zenbook S 13 I simply reviewed, which is cheaper and lighter than this machine, has a higher-resolution display, and lasted me near twice as lengthy with this identical workload.
This is all to say that although there are many different nice issues about this yr’s Acer Swift 5, the battery life alone makes it a very robust promote for $1,499. It’s simply not the place premium laptops are in 2022.
Who can purchase the Acer Swift 5?
The solely folks I’m assured are an excellent match for this laptop are of us who like the feel and look of the Acer Swift line (which is, at this level, very tried and true). It’s sturdy, doesn’t decide up fingerprints simply, and doesn’t have a lot flex in the chassis. And whereas it’s not the thinnest or lightest laptop computer on the market, it is fairly moveable for its measurement. It is barely lighter than the MacBook Air, although I wouldn’t say the distinction is tremendous noticeable.
You may also take into account it should you like a clean, silky, and agency touchpad. Many reviewers have praised this one: it’s fairly responsive with a loud and decisive click on, which is getting more durable to seek out as laptops get thinner. The touchpad is additionally made from ocean-bound plastic waste (which is good, although a very sustainable laptop computer ought to be extra power-efficient than this one).
Swift followers may additionally wish to take into account the Swift 3. This one isn’t fairly as fancy-looking, however it seems to have stable battery life per early reviews (and I’ve received a mannequin in my queue to evaluation as properly). Those who want extra energy than an ultraportable can present could favor the new Swift X — this one appears to be like a bit extra like the Swift 3 than the Swift 5, however it comes with a discrete GPU inside.
Outside of the Swift-stan (Swifties?) class, I’m hesitant to advocate this too strongly to anybody particularly with the battery life because it is. If you’re searching for a regular ultraportable you can carry round and use in public, I fear that this one may die on you too quick.
There are definitely methods patrons may enhance battery life — decrease the display brightness, decrease the decision, fiddle with profiles, tweak issues right here and there — however not all prospects will know to do that or wish to do that often. And I believe it’s vital for a laptop computer, notably if it’s focusing on the mainstream client scene, to work pretty properly out of the field.