Tuesday, June 23rd 2020

Acer Announces Swift 5 Notebooks Powered by Intel "Tiger Lake" Processors

Acer today announced its new Swift 5 notebook that offers a new take on productivity, powerful yet light enough to be carried around throughout the day. The ultraportable device is a beacon of both design and performance, sporting a professional aesthetic that is backed up by impressive functionality. This year's model features ultra-narrow bezels that allow for a 90% screen-to-body ratio, a touchscreen with Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass and new colors, such as mist green.

"The new Swift 5 pushes the envelope on what thin-and-light notebooks can be," said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. "A productivity powerhouse housed in a sleek and ultraportable chassis, the Swift 5 is an excellent option for professionals who are always on the move and seeking a device capable of keeping up with them."
The Acer Swift 5 (SF514-55) is an ultrathin-and-light notebook that sits at the intersection of style, power and portability. Its 14.95 mm (0.59 in) chassis is made from high-grade magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminium, allowing it to pack the next gen Intel Core processors with powerful integrated graphics based on Intel's new Xe architecture and optional NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPUs while staying under 1 kg[1] (2.2 lbs). This power makes it possible to seamlessly run multiple applications at once, and 1 TB of high-speed PCle SSD storage on top of up to 16 GB LPDDRAX ensures that they load quickly. Furthermore, those in the office or on a conference call will appreciate the ability to control how much sound the device makes by alternating between three cooling modes: silent, normal or performance.

Svelte Aesthetics and a Stunning Screen

The Swift 5 has an elegant design that comes in two color palates: mist green or safari gold, both with gold accents. The notebook's all-metal chassis is defined by confidently sharp angles and a minimalist profile that makes it an excellent option for image-conscious professionals. That being said, the Swift 5's design is not all about looks. This year's model includes a specially designed hinge that slightly elevates the device while the screen is opened, allowing for a more ergonomic typing experience, better thermal performance and, most notably, makes the device's beautiful screen more prominent.

Opening the notebook reveals a generously large trackpad and a 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display, both of which support multi-finger gestures to offer an incredibly intuitive experience. The screen features 300 nits brightness, covers 72% of the NTSC gamut and is surrounded by ultra-narrow bezels on all four sides that allow for up to a 90% screen-to-body ratio, creating a vivid and immersive viewing experience that makes the Swift 5 perfect for enjoying movies and relaxing after work.

Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass

The Swift 5's touchscreen display is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass[2], which has been specially formulated to reduce the growth of odor and stain-causing microorganisms on the touch display.

Additionally, users have the option to further include an antimicrobial solution[5] on the touchpad, keyboard and all covers of the device.

Full Connectivity and All-Day Battery Life

The Swift 5 features a large 56 Wh[1] battery that lasts all day and can be fast-charged in a pinch, granting 4 hours of use[6] off just a 30-minute charge-time. A host of connectivity options such as USB Type-C, Thunderbolt and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, in addition to dual-band Intel Wi-Fi 6 (GIG+) and Bluetooth 5.0, make it an excellent choice for professionals and users who need to work on the go. For convenience and security, the Swift 5 is also equipped with an embedded fingerprint reader for Windows Hello. It also supports Wake on Voice, enabling users to activate and query Windows 10 even when the screen is off.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Swift 5 will be available in North America in October starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in October starting at EUR 1,099; and in China in October, starting at RMB 6,999.
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4 Comments on Acer Announces Swift 5 Notebooks Powered by Intel "Tiger Lake" Processors

#1
jeremyshaw
A host of connectivity options such as USB Type-C, Thunderbolt and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports [...]
What's the point of saying that when there is only one TB3 port, that is also the only USB-C port?

Other than that, it's interesting this Tiger Lake SKU is being announced ahead of Intel's own announcement.

Also interesting that the IGP is seen as less performant than the MX350.

56Whr is okay, but still better than the silly-small batteries of laptops usually in this price range (45Whr or lower).
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Cheeseball
Not a Potato
jeremyshaw
What's the point of saying that when there is only one TB3 port, that is also the only USB-C port?

Other than that, it's interesting this Tiger Lake SKU is being announced ahead of Intel's own announcement.

Also interesting that the IGP is seen as less performant than the MX350.

56Whr is okay, but still better than the silly-small batteries of laptops usually in this price range (45Whr or lower).
I think this has a separate USB-C port aside from the other USB-C TB3 port as well, so physically 2 USB-C ports.
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Logoffon
Noticed that they put the logo above the keyboard now. Though I'm not sure how distractive would that be compared to having one under the display.
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Berfs1
I heard that the monitors on those tiger lake laptops for the most part, were 6 bit. Pretty unfortunate that even a majority of ultrabooks that are supposed to have "premium" features, have a 6 bit monitor. Sad.
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