Acer chose Swift 5 as its vehicle for entering Windows 11, and it was a safe choice. with Starting MSRP of $1,100With up to 1TB of storage, a good port selection, and a more standout keyboard and webcam, it’ll suit many laptop needs.
But “just fine” sounds less fine when looking at options that go the extra mile. With similarly priced options offering somewhat more CPU, graphics, and even SSD performance than the Swift 5, the eye can easily begin to wander.
Sure, the Swift 5 is a fairly priced machine with a unique, green look, but for those who want the most productivity performance for their buck, the grass will look greener than anywhere else.
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|Specs at a glance: Acer Swift 5|
|worst||Best||as per review|
|Screen||14-inch 1920×1080 60Hz IPS Touchscreen|
|You||Windows 11 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 11 Home|
|cpu||Intel Core i7-1165G7|
|to hit||16GB LPDDR4X-4266|
|Storage||512GB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD||1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD||512GB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD|
|GPU||Intel Iris XE (Integrated)|
|networking||IEEE 802.11 a/g/n/ac/ax, bluetooth 5.0|
|ports||1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB-A), 1x 3.5mm jack|
|Shape||12.6×8.1×0.59 inches (320.04×205.74×14.99 mm)|
|weight||2.31 lb (1.04 kg)||2.29 lb without antimicrobial, 2.31 lb with antimicrobial||2.31 lb (1.04 kg)|
|Battery||4-Cell Li-ion 56Wh|
|other facilities||Antimicrobial in mist green||Antimicrobial in mist green, or non-antimicrobial in gold||Antimicrobial in mist green|
Lean Green Cleaning Machine
The Swift 5 meets the above specifications only if you get one of the configurations with antimicrobial coating, which is available only in Acer’s haze-green shade. You can get the machine in gold with a more expensive configuration, but it won’t have antimicrobial properties.
So what is an antimicrobial characteristic, exactly? Acer told me that it has coated 98 percent of the device in an antimicrobial coating that is bacteria-resistant. It focused on high-contact areas, including the hinge, touchpad, keyboard, and fingerprint reader.
The coating is made of silver ions, which Research This may result in a 99.9 percent reduction in bacteria based on the International Organization for Standardization 22196 test protocol, which creates methods for testing “the antibacterial activity of antibacterial-treated plastics and other non-porous surfaces of products.” More specifically, ACS Applied Bio Materials describes silver ions as “being able to readily adsorb most biomolecules (DNA, membrane proteins, enzymes, or intracellular cofactors) to inactivate their functions in bacteria.” The coating is both the Environmental Protection Agency and Biocidal Product RegulationObedient. In addition to the Swift 5, you can find Acer’s antimicrobial feature here multiple pc lines,
This is hard to test, because we don’t have a microscope to compare bacterial levels with or without a silver-ion agent. But I feel that the coating can bring peace of mind around cleanliness. Because, let’s be real: Keyboards and touchscreens go bad.
One obvious downside is that the feature led to an aggressively marked logo across the top bezel of the Swift 5 screen.
The phrase “antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass” is already a long enough name to stamp something I’m forced to look at every day, and the pairing of trademark symbols makes it even more intrusive as a PC. .
That branding is also there to remind you of the durability and scratch resistance of the display. The similarly priced 14-inch . Compared to Lenovo Ideapad Slim 7i Pro What I had on hand, the Swift 5’s overall lid (not just the glass) felt thin and had more to give when flexed intentionally.
I’m sorry if I didn’t revert to “mist green.” It’s accented with a complementary shade of gold in Sharp Keyboard Legends, the Acer and DTS Audio logos on the deck, the PORT inscription and hinge on the sides (which is stamped with a thin “Swift” stamp), and the reflective Acer logo. Cap
Taking a closer look, I can see small spots that give the green chassis a lighter, textured look. Acer says it’s made with “mixed pearlescent particles.” In the world of silver, black and gray laptops, pop color is always exciting. It’s not the boldest green, but the gold accents help spice up the look. And because Acer opted for a toned-down green, the Swift 5 doesn’t immediately look cheap or teeny.
The chassis itself is made from magnesium lithium and magnesium aluminum, which Acer claims is “2-4 times stronger than standard aluminum alloys at the same thickness, yet weighs 20-30% less.” The Swift 5 I’m reviewing weighs 2.31 pounds (1.05 kg) and is 0.59 inches (1.5 cm) thick. For comparison, the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro, which is advertised as using aluminum, is 0.57–0.67 in (1.45–1.7 cm) thick and starts at 2.87 lb (1.3 kg).
For durability, Clamshell uses a micro-arc oxidized finish. Acer claims it forms a hard layer that is “virtually impervious to scratches, corrosion, and other types of wear and tear.” However, in the hands, the chassis feels like mundane, lightweight plastic that’s a bit rough. There’s Something To Give When Pressing The PC—But That’s All Some, The surface feels gritty enough to avoid damage, but it also feels far from invulnerable. It’s hard to pass up that cheap texture, even if it’s supposedly helpful for durability.
Port selection includes at least one of everything I’d like to see in a machine like this. The Swift 5’s left side features an HDMI 2.0 (instead of 2.1) port, a USB-A port you can use to charge other devices when the PC is turned off, Thunderbolt 4, and a hole for inserting a power adapter. When the adapter is plugged in, a small sliver of silver connector sticks out, causing the handle to move gently when moved. I’m afraid the connection may weaken over time, and the original, thin rubber cable sticking in it doesn’t make me feel any better.
Moving to the right side of the machine, you’ll find another USB-A port and a 3.5mm jack, which resides near the Kensington lock, which takes up space, I’d see dedicated to the second USB-C port.