Acer Swift 5 

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A light and full function 1080P notebook that has touch built in so Windows 10 works well, as when it was designed touch was the way it was designed to be used. This notebook is bang up to date and has plenty of memory for you to use.

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The Acer Swift 5 measures 31.5x21x1.5cm and weighs 936grams.

The viewable screen is 31x17.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 14 inches. It is 1920x1080 (full HD) and while the scale and layout setting comes defaulting to 150% I was perfectly happy at 125% which shows considerably more of any web page.

Going around the outside has on the left side, power input, HDMI out, USB3 and USB ‘C’. The right side has 3.5mm headphone socket, USB, a couple of LED’s and a Kensington Lock port. The front is clear as is the back as the base of the screen moves over it; the screen goes back to 135%.

The 84 key keyboard has full size alpha and numeric keys. There is 2cm clear on both the left and right sides whilst the back of the keyboard area has 2.5cm clear. The area in front of the keyboard is 7.5cm with the 10.5x6.5cm trackpad being inset 9cm from the left and 12cm from the right.

It has a 238GB SSD drive with 200GB available. The processor is an Intel Core i5 running at 1.19GHz. There is 8GB of RAM with 7.78GB available.

It comes with Windows 10 Home 64bit (version 1909) and has 10 point touch.

I had up to three Windows open simultaneously without any apparent problems. Bootup is less than 10 seconds and shutdown to screen  blank is only 2 seconds.

My one worry was that the internal storage would soon run out as while 200GB sounds good a couple of months usage and storage would soon expire. The best solution would be an external hard drive but remember you only have two USB ports.

The great thing is the lack of weight well under one kilo and you should be able to get up to 9-10 hours of use between battery charges.

This unit has a power brick and mains lead that is close to 300 grams.

It comes with a 25GB free offer for 12 months of Dropbox so that could help the storage problem but this is only for new accounts. There is also a 30 day copy of Norton Security installed. 

For anyone out of the office most of the time this is ideal, the HDMI out port means that it can be plugged into a large panel when required but I found the screen very readable in all but direct sunlight straight onto the screen and the touch screen means even those with trackpad phobia should be reasonably happy.

The Acer Swift SF514-54T is available from the Amazon for £899.99.

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