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At MWC 2022, Acer introduced 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. Take a closer look.


To be clear, this is a pre-production unit, so I haven’t been able to test performance or run any benchmarks. As you can get a general idea of ​​the performance of Intel’s 12th-gen P-series processors from other laptops, it doesn’t make a big difference. This is to experience how it feels to use a hands-on Acer Swift 5. And to be honest, it’s great. This is a beautiful laptop and it has some big improvements this year.


Acer Swift 5: Price and Availability

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

Acer announced the Swift 5 in February, but like the Swift 3, it’s only slated to launch in North America in June. It starts at $1,499, though Acer hasn’t revealed what specs that model will include. It was supposed to launch in March if you’re in Europe, but we can’t actually find it in any major European markets yet.

Even if you can’t buy it, there is an Acer Swift 5 listing on Amazon that you can track down if you want to buy it as soon as possible. You can see below.

Acer Swift 5 (2022)
The Acer Swift 5 is a premium laptop with a 12th-generation Intel processor and a 14-inch 16:10 display.  It also has a beautiful two-tone design.
Acer Swift 5 (2022)

The Acer Swift 5 is a premium laptop with a 12th-generation Intel processor 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 4.4GHz, 12MB cache)
  • 12th Generation Intel Core i7-1260P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 18MB cache)
Graphics
Random Access Memory
  • 8GB LPDDR5 4800MHz
  • 16GB LPDDR5 4800MHz
Storage
Display
  • 14-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS, 340 nits, Anti-bacterial Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 14-inch 16:10 Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) IPS, 425 nits, Anti-bacterial Corning Gorilla Glass
Audio
  • Dual stereo speakers, DTS audio
  • Dual built-in microphones with Acer’s refined sound
Web camera
  • Full HD 1080p 60fps webcam with temporary noise reduction
Security
  • Fingerprint sensor in the power button
Battery
  • 56Wh Li-ion battery, up to 14 hours of video playback
Ports
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Kensington lock port
relationship
Colors
Size (WxDxH)
  • 310.05 x 213.3 x 14.95 mm (12.22 x 8.4 x 0.59 inches)
Weight
  • It starts at 1.2 kg (2.65 pounds).
Starting price $1,499.99

Design: Elegant two-tone chassis

In recent years, I’ve been getting tired of laptops (and smartphones) that look more and more generic. I feel like a lot of devices blend in with the rest, and I’m always more interested in devices that stand out. Acer Swift 5 is truly a breath of fresh air in this regard. To be clear, the previous model already came in this color, but it is good to see that Acer does not go the integration route.

The company calls this model “Fog Green”, and it combines the darkest shade of green found on most of the chassis, with gold accents, to create a laptop that feels premium. It’s a delight to watch, and all the accents are in the right places to give it the right sparkle. It looks gorgeous, and I hope Acer keeps this design trend alive. I wish the green tone stood out a bit more – a lot of the time the laptop looks grey, and I think a slightly more transparent green would be a bit more attractive and still be quite buyable.

Gold accents are found on this laptop, including the hinge, around the touchpad and on the keyboard. This is actually one of my favorite things about it, because when the keyboard backlight is on, the gold glow looks great against the dark chassis. I took a photo, but the pictures come out with a very bright yellow, which it doesn’t look like in person. It’s more of a subtle gold, and I like it.

Like the Acer Swift 3, the laptop’s hinge is designed to raise the base of the keyboard when the lid is open, which should provide better airflow to keep the processor cool. My unit is constantly buzzing with the fan, but this isn’t the final product, so that might be due to a lack of optimization. One thing I don’t like about the hinge is that it is impossible to open this laptop with one hand, it is very stiff.

Considering it’s an all-metal laptop and the screen is covered in glass, the Acer Swift 5 is pretty light. It feels very stiff and durable, but it’s still very portable, and I don’t think I’d be complaining if I was carrying it on my back for a day.

Display: Now has 16:10 aspect ratio.

One of the big updates coming to the Acer Swift 5 for 2022 is a new display, now with a 16:10 aspect ratio. If you’ve never used a longer display, you may not understand why a longer screen is so much better, but many companies have realized that this is what consumers want, and I’m glad Acer is following suit. This tall screen means there’s more room for content, especially when doing long text.

It’s a gorgeous display too. Acer sent me the Full HD+ model, but there is an even better version with a Quad HD+ panel. That version is as bright as 425 nits, with a maximum of 340 nits. Still, everything on this screen looks great and vibrant. I mostly work indoors so it’s always more than enough to use. However, I should mention that the glass on this panel is very reflective, so it can be a little distracting to see myself clearly when I’m trying to work.

The Acer Swift 5 has a feature I’ve always loved to have: a touchscreen. That’s why Acer protects it with anti-bacterial Corning Gorilla Glass, so germs and bacteria won’t grow on the screen over time. To be clear, this isn’t convertible, which I personally prefer, but a touchscreen would be welcome either way.

Beyond the display is another big improvement to the new 1080p webcam. It can record Full HD video at 60 frames per second, which is great, and based on my short time with it, the video quality is fantastic for a laptop. I said the same thing about the Acer Swift 3, and I’m definitely happy to see it. I was one of the (seemingly few) people who worried about webcam quality even before remote work became so prominent, so this feels like a long overdue update.

The speakers on the Acer Swift 5 are also good. They don’t look particularly loud, but they do their job well.

Keyboard and touchpad: It grows on you

Turning to the keyboard, I’d say the experience on the Acer Swift 5 is excellent. The keyboard felt shallow when I first used it, but I got used to it within a few days, so I can’t really complain. It feels shallower than my main laptop, the ASUS ROG Flow X13, but it’s far from bad. And like the Swift 3, it includes a power button and a fingerprint reader integrated into the keyboard so you can open and unlock the laptop at the same time.

As I mentioned above, the back of the keyboard is illuminated and the white light shines through the gold key labels, which gives a good effect. Best of all, the key labels are easily visible whether the backlight is on or not, something I criticized with the Swift 3. The Swift 5 also seems to do a better job of preventing light from bleeding around the edges. Keys.

As for the touchpad, it’s good. There’s not much I can say about the touchpad other than it’s annoying, so it’s a good thing I don’t have much to say. It works great and is great. It looks like there is some empty space that could be used to make it bigger, but I have no problem with that.

Overall, the 2022 Acer Swift 5 is shaping up to be a great laptop, despite some tough competition at this price point. It’s a pretty cool tool with a lot of points in my book. Plus, it has a beautiful screen, and typing on it is just as comfortable. While I can’t discuss the performance, you can check out other devices powered by the new Intel processor to get an idea of ​​what to expect, and it shouldn’t be too far off.

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

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