Thursday, February 24th 2022

Acer Announces the New Swift 5, a Powerful and Premium Ultraportable Laptop

Acer today updated its popular Swift line of notebooks with new models of the Swift 5 and Swift 3. To push the limits of what's possible with a thin and light device, these new laptops come with 12th Gen Intel Core processors, gorgeous touchscreen displays, and all-day battery life: everything a mobile professional needs.

"Designed for executives and mobile professionals, the latest Acer Swift 5 offers a perfect balance of performance and portability," said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer. "The Intel Evo-verified laptop not only provides a great experience, it is housed in a stylish thin-and-light CNC-machined unibody chassis featuring a gorgeous touchscreen display." "Intel and Acer have a long history of co-engineering to deliver amazing laptops," said Josh Newman, VP and GM of Client Computing Group Mobile Innovation. "Now, more than ever, our engineers are focused on the experiences that matter most with the Intel Evo platform, powered by 12th Gen Intel Core processors."
Premium, Powerful, and Lightweight
The new Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T) is a premium laptop designed for mobile professionals who need to work on the go and look sharp while doing so. Beneath these stylish looks, however, the laptop's CNC-machined unibody chassis lets it take advantage of a 12th Gen Intel Core Processor featuring up to 12 cores with Intel Iris Xe graphics—all while staying a svelte 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs), thanks to aero-space grade aluminium. Its 14.95 mm (0.59 in) thin package is completed by 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR5 memory and up to 2 TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage.

Consciously designed for effortless use, the Swift 5 features Windows Hello built into a fingerprint reader on the power button in order to provide more convenient and secure logins—from there, Cortana with Voice functions as a personal productivity assistant. The laptop has also been Intel Evo verified as meeting key experience targets such as instant wake from sleep and offering 10 hours of real-world battery life. In a pinch, a 30-minute charge yields over 4 hours of battery.

As a final touch, the laptop's OceanGlass touchpad has been made from ocean-bound plastic waste, providing sleek glass-like tactile feeling. This green distinction does not come at the cost of performance: the touchpad has a Microsoft Precision Touchpad certification and supports multi-finger gestures.

Gorgeous Touchscreen Display
The Acer Swift 5 features a gorgeous WQXGA (2560x1600) touchscreen display, plus a number of user-centric features that help it to stand out. Users will immediately notice thin bezels on all four sides of the screen, allowing for a 92.22% screen-to-body ratio. A 16:10 aspect ratio offers more vertical real estate than the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning that users can take in more of a document or spreadsheet before needing to scroll. The display is made with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass that is both tough and embedded with ionic silver to protect the surface.

The Swift 5 is a particularly good choice for those working from home or out and about who find themselves taking many conference calls. Its FHD MIPI webcam leverages Acer's Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) technology to provide high-quality video feedback even when in low-light conditions, while technology like Acer PurifiedVoice with AI Noise Reduction ensures that a user's voice comes through loud and clear. The laptop also comes with Wi-Fi 6E for enhanced overall connectivity.

Cooling and Connectivity
Supporting its powerful hardware, the Swift 5 comes equipped with an impressive array of thermal solutions. Its backlit keyboard features an air inlet design that expels 8-10% more heat than a standard keyboard, while an upgraded TwinAir dual-fan system and D6 heat pipes further increase airflow and thermal efficiency. Users can tailor this cooling performance to suit the task currently at hand by pressing "Fn+F" to cycle between three usage modes: silent, normal, and performance.

The Swift 5 manages to give users the best of two worlds: it's thin and light, but it also boasts a full-fledged selection of ports. Users can take advantage of two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (one of which can be used to provide power to devices even when the laptop itself is turned off).

Acer Swift 3
The Acer Swift 3 (SF314-512) is an all-new 14-inch laptop well-suited to use on the go. Available in three color-washed designs, the device equips users with up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and up to 2 TB of SSD storage. It features a bright 16:9 QHD or FHD touch display and an FHD webcam with Acer's TNR technology for better video calls, while Wi-Fi 6E and DTS Audio contribute to an excellent streaming experience. The essential ports are also covered: USB Type-C, USB Type-A, and HDMI 2.1.

Perfect for a pick-up-and-go lifestyle, the Swift 3 can be fast charged at a moment's notice, yielding four hours of battery life off a single 30-minute charge. The Swift 3 also comes equipped with Acer's TwinAir dual-fan cooling system, which offers a 65.8% improvement over the thermal performance of a single fan alone.

Price and Availability

The Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T) will be available in North America in June starting at USD 1,499; in EMEA in March starting at EUR 1,799.
The Acer Swift 3 (SF314-512) will be available in North America in June starting at USD 849.99; in EMEA in April starting at EUR 1,199.
Source: Acer
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9 Comments on Acer Announces the New Swift 5, a Powerful and Premium Ultraportable Laptop

#2
AnarchoPrimitiv
This reminds me of how much I can't wait for the Zen3+/RDNA2 thin and lights to be released that do NOT have a dGPU
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TheLostSwede
lexluthermiesterThe one with the goldish/brass finish looks nice.
But they forgot to mention the screen size...
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lexluthermiester
TheLostSwedeBut they forgot to mention the screen size...
?!?
TheLostSwedeThe Acer Swift 3 (SF314-512) is an all-new 14-inch laptop well-suited to use on the go.
Might have missed something, but doesn't that say 14inch? :laugh:
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TheLostSwede
lexluthermiester?!?

Might have missed something, but doesn't that say 14inch? :laugh:
And the Swift 5? The headline model.
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lexluthermiester
TheLostSwedeThe Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T)
The model number implies 14" as well. But you're right they should have included those specs as well.
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Sir Alex Ice
I get that they should be more expensive in the EU, because of the VAT, but it is a greedymove to just replace the $ with the Euro sign and add the VAT.
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TheLostSwede
Sir Alex IceI get that they should be more expensive in the EU, because of the VAT, but it is a greedymove to just replace the $ with the Euro sign and add the VAT.
Sorry, what planet have you lived on? This has been going on since forever.
Yes, it's greedy, but the excuse is that it costs more to localise for Europe than the US, due to the multiple languages, different keyboard layouts, different power plugs and so on.
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Minus Infinity
TheLostSwedeSorry, what planet have you lived on? This has been going on since forever.
Yes, it's greedy, but the excuse is that it costs more to localise for Europe than the US, due to the multiple languages, different keyboard layouts, different power plugs and so on.
Sure, nothing to do with your outrageously high taxes at all. 20-27% VAT rates.
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