Acer has been building laptops for quite some time now. They know what users want and they are great at building machines that have the latest hardware in a superb outer shell. Acer Swift 5 2019 edition came to us for a review that is made on the same lines. Let’s see how this machine performed on our test bench.
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Acer Swift 5 2019 Design and Display
The company has designed the Acer Swift 5 2019 very well. At a weight of just 990 grams, this machine is light to lug and easy to hold. The lightweight is appreciated as the insides hold some powerful machinery. This is a 14-inch machine that has a Full HD IPS touchscreen with 86.4% screen to body ratio. Yes, it is not as bezel-less as some of its competition, but it is right up there in the running. The screen brightness is 300 nits, which means it is great for both work and play. And that is what Acer is aiming at.
The display does not wash out under direct light and does not reflect it either. We played FHD videos on it and it did not stutter at all. HD webcam is also placed over the display for video chat. The bottom part has the backlit keyboard that is not very big but is easy to work with. Since it is a 14-inch machine you don’t get a super large touchpad, but it is not small either. A fingerprint sensor is also present here on the right side.
Two down-firing speakers are located at the bottom and one can find USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB Type-C port as well as 3.5mm audio and HDMI jacks on the right and the left side of the machine. Dressed in blueish black the Acer branding can be seen on the lid with the Swift 5 branding on the golden rear hinge. This hinge also lifts the laptop by a couple of degrees, helping in the typing ergonomics.
Acer Swift 5 Performance
Let’s first shed some light on the Acer Swift 5 2019’s technical specifications. This laptop comes with Intel Core i7 10th gen CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Together they make the laptop open in a blink of an eye, even when a resource-hungry Windows 10 is driving it. But it comes with Windows 10 Home and not Windows 10 Pro. Intel Iris Plus G7 onboard GPU gives it the graphical performance that is great for office use as well as light photoshop work. If you are a video editor or work on Maya/3D Max projects you might need to look elsewhere.
The battery is non-removable but is definitely one of its bright aspects. The company claims that it can last for over 12 hours. However, it did not last us for those many hours. We were able to get 8 hours out of it, which still is great. This was at 60% screen brightness with Wi-Fi on at all times. Talking about which the machine comes with Wi-Fi 6 that works well with the latest routers and has no lag when playing a game like Counter-Strike or Dota 2. But yes, we did miss a discreet graphic card when playing them.
The audio could also have been better, as the speaker set is just about decent. You might want external speakers in case you are watching a show on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
All in all, the Acer Swift 5 2019 is a great looking machine. It is slim, light and has good battery life. The screen is good and one can work in it for long. However, it does come with a hefty price tag. One would need to shell a little over a lakh for the device. Which when compared to its competition the rest are giving similar specs at a lower price rate with the discrete graphics card. But those carry 9th gen Intel CPU’s and not the 10th.
No discrete graphics card
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