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A nice laptop with a 16:10 screen

A nice laptop with a 16:10 screen

At MWC 2022, Acer showed off two new laptops: the Swift 3 and the more premium Swift 5. After I had the chance to try out the Acer Swift 3 a few weeks ago, Acer also sent me the Acer Swift 5 so I could take a closer look at it.

To be clear, this is a pre-production unit, so I haven’t been able to test performance or run any benchmarks. Not that it makes a huge difference, as you can get a general idea of ​​the performance of Intel’s 12th Gen P-series processors from other laptops. This practice is all about finding out what it feels like to use the Acer Swift 5. And frankly, that’s pretty awesome. It’s a nice looking laptop and it has some big improvements this year.

Acer Swift 5: price and availability

  • The Acer Swift 5 is expected to launch in North America in June, starting at $1,499.

Acer announced the Swift 5 in February, but just like the Swift 3, it’s only slated to launch in June in North America. It will start at $1,499, although Acer did not specify the specifications for this model. If you’re in Europe, it was supposed to launch in March, but we can’t actually find it in any of the major European markets at the moment.

Although you cannot buy it, there is a listing for the Acer Swift 5 on Amazon, which you can watch if you want to buy it as soon as possible. You can check it below.

    The Acer Swift 5 is a high-end laptop with 12th Gen Intel processors and a 14-inch 16:10 display. It also has a beautiful two-tone design.

Acer Swift 5: Specifications

Acer Swift 5 (2022)
Processor
  • 12th Generation Intel Core i5-1240P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.4 GHz, 12 MB cache)
  • 12th Generation Intel Core i7-1260P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.7 GHz, 18 MB cache)
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RAM
  • 8GB LPDDR5 4800MHz
  • 16GB LPDDR5 4800MHz
Storage
Display
  • 14″ 16:10 Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, 340 nits, antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 14″ 16:10 Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS, 425 nits, antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass
audio
  • Two stereo speakers, DTS Audio
  • Two built-in microphones with Acer Purified Voice
webcam
  • Full HD 1080p 60fps webcam with temporal noise reduction
Security
  • Fingerprint sensor in the power button
Battery
  • 56 Wh Li-ion battery, up to 14 hours video playback
Ports
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C)
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Kensington lock port
Connectivity
Colors
Size (WxDxH)
  • 310.05 x 213.3 x 14.95 mm (12.22 x 8.4 x 0.59 inches)
Mass
  • Starting at 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs)
Starting price $1,499.99

Design: A beautiful two-tone frame

Over the past few years, I’ve grown increasingly fed up with laptops (and smartphones) that look more and more inconspicuous. I feel like a lot of devices blend in with the rest, and I’m always more interested in devices that stand out. In this regard, the Acer Swift 5 is truly a breath of fresh air. To be clear, the previous model was already available in this colorway, but it’s nice to see that Acer isn’t going down the assimilation route.

The company calls this model “Mist Green,” and it combines a very dark shade of green, found on most chassis surfaces, with pale gold accents, making it a laptop that stands out. feels premium through and through. It’s so pleasing to the eye, and all the accents are in the right place to give it just the right amount of flair. It looks lovely and I hope Acer keeps this design trend going. I only wish the green shade was a bit more prominent – most of the time the laptop looks gray, and I think a slightly brighter green could still be muted enough while still being a bit more appealing .

Gold accents are found throughout this laptop, including the hinge, around the touchpad, and on the keyboard labels. This is actually one of my favorite things about it, because when the keyboard backlight comes on, the golden glow looks really nice against the dark chassis. I took a picture of it, but the pictures come out a very bright yellow, which is not what it looks like in person. It’s a much more subtle gold, and I love it.

Much like the Acer Swift 3, the laptop’s hinge is designed to lift the base of the keyboard when the lid is open, which should provide better airflow to keep the processor cool. My device constantly got noisy with its fan on, but that may be due to lack of optimization as it’s not the end product. One thing I don’t like about the hinge is that it’s nearly impossible to open this laptop with one hand, it’s just too stiff.

Acer Swift 5 2022 side view with lid openAcer Swift 5 2022 side view with lid open

Considering it’s an all-metal laptop and the screen is covered in glass, the Acer Swift 5 is also quite light. It feels very stiff and durable, but it’s still very portable, and I don’t think I’d complain if I had to carry it on my back for a day.

Display: It now has an aspect ratio of 16:10

One of the big upgrades provided by the Acer Swift 5 for 2022 is a new display, now in a larger 16:10 aspect ratio. If you’ve never used a bigger screen, you might not understand why a bigger screen is so much better, but many companies have found that’s what users want, and I’m Glad Acer is keeping up. That larger screen means there’s more space for content, especially when working with long text.

It’s also a great screen. Acer sent me the Full HD+ model, but there’s an even better version with a Quad HD+ panel. This version is also brighter, reaching up to 425 nits, while this one maxes out at 340 nits. Still, everything about this screen looks great and vibrant. I work mostly indoors, so it’s always been more than enough for my use. However, I must point out that the glass in this panel is very reflective, so it can be a little distracting to see myself so clearly when I’m trying to work.

The Acer Swift 5 also has a feature that I always like to have: a touchscreen. That’s probably why Acer protected it with antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass, so germs and bacteria don’t grow when you interact with the screen over time. To be clear, it’s not a convertible, which I personally prefer, but a touchscreen is also welcome anyway.

Above the screen there’s another big improvement thanks to the new 1080p webcam. It can actually record Full HD video at 60fps, which is great, and based on my short time with it, the video quality is fantastic for a laptop. I said the same about the Acer Swift 3, and I’m certainly glad to see it. I’m one of the (seemingly few) people who cared about webcam quality even before remote work became so important, so this feels like a long overdue upgrade.

The Acer Swift 5’s speakers are also very good. They don’t really stand out as being particularly loud, but they do their job well enough.

Keyboard and touchpad: it grows with you

As for the keyboard, I’d say the experience on the Acer Swift 5 is pretty good. When I first used it, the keyboard felt shallow, but I got used to it in just a few days, so can’t really complain. It feels shallower than the ASUS ROG Flow X13, which is my primary laptop, but it’s far from bad. And just like the Swift 3, the power button is integrated into the keyboard and includes a fingerprint reader, so you can power on the laptop and unlock it in one go.

As I mentioned above, the keyboard is backlit, with white light shining through the gold key labels, giving a cool effect. More importantly, the key labels are easily visible whether the backlight is on or not, which I criticized with the Swift 3. The Swift 5 also seems to do a better job of preventing light from bleeding around the edges of the keys.

As for the touchpad, it’s good. The touchpad is the kind of thing I won’t have much to say about unless I find it boring, so if I don’t have much to say, that’s a good thing. It works well and it’s pretty big. There seems to be some empty space that could have been used to make it even bigger, but I have no problem with that.

All in all, the 2022 Acer Swift 5 seems like a great laptop, even though it has stiff competition at this price point. It’s a nice device, which gets high marks in my book. Moreover, it has a great screen and typing is also quite comfortable. While I can’t discuss performance, you can look at other devices powered by the newer Intel processors to find out what to expect, it shouldn’t really deviate too much from that.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to test a finalized unit that we can review, but I’m looking forward to further testing the Acer Swift 5.