Acer Swift 5 

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This latest offering from Acer is the Swift 5 a small and light notebook that has Windows 11. Just because it is small does not mean it is not powerful. There are a range of models with different processors, sizes of SSD drives and memory.

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The Acer Swift 5 measures 31x22x1.5cm and weighs 1278 grams. On the left side there are two USB ‘C’ ports an HDMI port and a USB port. On the right side are 3.5mm audio out socket a USB port two LEDs and the all-important Kensington Lock port.

The keyboard is 84 keys with the alpha keys being full size. There is a 2cm border behind and to the sides of the keyboard with 9cm in front and the 10x7cm trackpad being mounted centrally in this area. The keyboard is backlit for around 24 seconds after the last key is pressed. Bootup is around nine seconds.

It comes with a 12th Generation i7 processor running at 2.1GHz, it has 16GB of RAM, during my review period it upgraded to Windows 11 22H2.

The viewable screen is 30.5x19.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 14inches. The SSD drive would be called 512GB which comes in at 475GB with about 50GB of that used.

In use I found this a rapid machine doing everything I asked quickly even when I had more than one task running. The screen is always bright and has good colour contrast. 

As an indication of speed at the end of every review I reinstall Windows firstly to remove all my personal information but also so the next reviewer gets it as a new machine. This process can take several hours and nearly always over an hour here it took exactly 16 minutes.

A big plus for any mobile unit is having touch screen availability and this unit certainly uses it well and the Wi-Fi is version 6 which also keeps things moving.

While the colour looks a dark silver grey to me I see it is called Steel Blue. The reason I know this is trying to find the exact model using its part number which I sadly failed to do.

I can match almost all the specifications apart from the SSD where all the resale units seem to have 1TB drives which if I were buying I would opt for anyway. The other choice would be to have only 8GB of RAM. The link below is for the latter option. At the time of publication the 8GB version of the Acer Swift 5 is available from Amazon for £957.54.

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