Acer Swift 5 (2022) review: a solid all-rounder


very welcome update

The Swift 5 is Acer’s fanciest ultraportable notebook that aims to blend style, performance and portability.Get the latest version from Intel alder lake A processor, a new display, and some design tweaks and other updates. And on paper, it looks like the ultraportable notebook you have. Let’s dig deeper to see if that’s true.

TLDR version:

An ultraportable notebook with very solid quality and some drawbacks. The price is also reasonable. If you’re looking to buy a new notebook, it should be high on your shortlist.

One big update is the display. Last generation Swift 5 It had an outdated Full HD display, so this new version fixes that by having a more modern resolution. 2560×1600 pixelsIt’s also protected by antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass.

The display may not be OLED, but it still looks sharp and colors look vibrant.

Display size remains the same 14 inch However, the bezels are thinner (especially the bottom bezel) and the screen-to-body ratio is 92.22%. It’s not an OLED display, but Acer claims it supports 100% of the sRGB color space, and overall the display looks sharp and punchy. Yes, it is prone to glare and reflections, and the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz.

Aesthetically, the new Swift 5 looks a lot like its predecessor. I wouldn’t say it’s the sleekest notebook, but I like the copper accents on the sides. 1.2kg heavy and 14.95mm thickis relatively light and thin.

The Swift 5 has two USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 4) and two USB-A ports.

Acer has also improved port selection. The last model had only one USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, This new model has two and both support Thunderbolt 4It also has two USB-A ports that support USB 3.2 Gen 2, an HDMI 2.1 port and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. The only thing missing is a memory card reader.

Another big change is under the proverbial hood.Underpinning this new model is Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake Core ProcessorsAcer currently offers two options, the Core i5-1240P and the Core i7-1260P. The one I’m testing has the latter, paired with 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory and a 1 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD.

The keys feel good, but could do with a little more travel. The key top is also quite easy to get dirty.

The keyboard is mostly easy to use. It could use a little more travel, but the overall key feel is positive, with a well-determined amount of tactile sensation. Acer has tweaked the configuration of the arrow keysThe left and arrow keys are now full size and the Pg Up and Pg Dn keys have been removed. I prefer the old arrangement. Also, the fingerprint scanner is integrated into the power button.

The trackpad is a little small by today’s standards, but it’s accurate and sufficiently responsive.What’s interesting about it is that it’s made from ocean glass, is recycled sea/ocean plastic. There are also copper accents around that match the keycap legend. Speaking of key tops, dirt is quite conspicuous.

The display is protected by antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass.

Anything else worth mentioning?notebook is up to date Wi-Fi 6E By default, the 1080p webcam is surprisingly decent, but the speakers aren’t impressive. There’s also a surprisingly nasty amount of bloatware. This notebook comes preloaded with Norton Security Ultra, Firefox, Spotify, and shortcuts to Agoda and Forge of Empires. Some of you may find these useful, but I’m sure most of you would prefer a clean install of Windows 11 on your notebook. Acer Swift 5 (2022) review: a solid all-rounder

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