Acer Swift 5 

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This latest version of the Swift 5 is small and powerful and while it is intended for use when out and about, as it has a full size HDMI port there is no reason while it should not be used at home or even in the office if it is the latter then make good use of the Kensington Lock socket or someone else will be using it.

Acer Swift 5 SF514 54T 14 inch Laptop
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The Acer Swift 5 measures 31x21x1.5cm the last measurement is at the back of the side as it is only 1cm at the front edge. It weighs only a tad over a kilo at 1041 grams.

It is gun metal grey in colour apart from the hinge at the back and the Acer logo on top which are both copper in colour.

The screen goes back to 135 degrees and the viewable screen dimensions are 30.5x17.3 which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of close to 14 inches. The screen resolution is HD at 1920x1080. The side bezels are tiny at less than .5cm while the top is just under 1cm and the bottom one is just over 1cm.

This is a touch screen unit and the screen is Antimicrobial Coning Glass.

Going around the edges has power input, HDMI, USB3 and USB ‘C’ on the left, the front is clear, the right side has 3.5mm socket for earbuds or headphones a USB3 port two pin hole LEDs and the Kensington Lock socket. The back is clear with the hinge jutting out. The base has four 2.5x.7cm slightly raised feet the two at the back are landscape and the two at the front are portrait just inside the speakers that are partly on the base and partly on the chamfered sides, this enables more sound to escape.

While it is supplied with a power brick and lead it is possible to charge it from the USB ‘C’ port and a USB to USB ‘C’ cable is a lot less weight to carry around.

The 81 keys of the keyboard are inset from the sides by just over 2cm and slightly less than that from the back. The 10.5x6.5cm trackpad is inset 8cm from the left and 12cm from the right in the 7.5cm wrist area in front of the keyboard. While some of the keys are of the keyboard are under sized the alpha keys are all full size.

It has an Intel evo 11th generation i5 processor running at 2.4GHz. It comes with 8GB of RAM and has a 512GB SSD drive with 475GB being available and around 50GB of that occupied when you get it.

In my tests I was getting around 15 hours of mixed use between charges. Bootup was an amazing eight seconds and shutdown less than half that.

The touch was good and requires only a very light touch to activate and this may have been the cause of the below problem.

The only slight problem I had was probably caused by the thinness of the magnesium aluminium body flexing slightly and causing the occasional appearance of menu option on the right side of the screen this only seemed to happen when my hand was near the right side of the screen. 

At the time of publication the Acer Swift 5 is available from Costco on the link below for £699.

Acer Swift 5, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14 Inch Laptop, NX.A34EK.002 | Costco UK

Amazon price: £899

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