lightweight, touchscreen with Intel Tiger Lake processors

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

Acer has a wide variety of products, from computers for gamers to equipment designed for creatives with very specific needs, to computers that rely on Chrome OS as their operating system. With so many open fronts, the average user may get lost or don’t know what to choose, but Acer has thought about them too and their solution is the Swift family. This family of laptops is one of the most balanced, in which three pillars converge: power, design and portability.

Despite not having been able to go to the Next Acer, to be able to tell you first-hand everything that Acer has prepared for this year. If we have had the opportunity to have a first contact with what is new in the Swift family, specifically the Acer Swift 5 (2021). This laptop comes with a novelty that stands out above the rest and that is that it mounts Intel Tiger Lake processors. We are going to tell you everything we know after having it in our hands. But before starting it is necessary to clarify that the unit that has passed through our table is a pre-production model. This means that we have not carried out a performance test since it is not the final model that will hit the market. With this cleared up, Let’s start the first impressions of the Acer Swift 5 (2021).

Elegant design with gold accents on the Acer Swift 5 (2021)

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

In the Acer Swift 5 (2021) we do not find a revolution in terms of design, these types of bets are destined to teams like the ConceptD 7. The design is conventional in the best of the senses. This is an elegant, light and well-built laptop. Before talking about aesthetics, I have to stop at construction. This laptop is built using two alloys, the first magnesium-lithium and the second magnesium-aluminum. Acer’s decision regarding materials makes this notebook light as well as strong. The important fact is that it does not exceed one kilogram of weight. It is true that there are more laptops fighting to get on this podium, however, they are not intended for the consumer public.

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

Having qualified the secrets of its lightness, it is time to talk about its design. The Acer Swift 5 (2021) will hit the market in two colors, both with gold finishes. The model that has passed our table is aquamarine green, despite the bombastic name, this color is actually a dark green that comes to appear gray. The gold accents are in strategic places such as the hinge, front with the brand’s screen printing and in the finish of the keyboard letters. The other model has mustard yellow as its main color, which in turn is a light gold color. This model is not as discreet as the one we have had, but the color is still elegant as it is not a garish gold.

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

Once we have lifted the lid of the Acer Swift 5 (2021) we find a screen surrounded by reduced frames in all directions, although both the lower and the upper are visibly thicker than the sides. At the top this has a simple justification: the webcam for video calls. And yet, it is still narrow because we have already seen how other manufacturers justify not including a webcam due to the thinness of the frames that surround the screen. If we jump to the keyboard, as it is a pre-production unit, you will not find the letter ñ since the distribution is English. You do not have to worry since the model that arrives in Spain will include this letter.

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

The keyboard of the Acer Swift 5 (2021) is compact, comfortable and the keys have a more than satisfactory travel. Just below is the trackpad, its size is correct and more considering the general dimensions of this equipment. On the right side almost reaching the border of the laptop is the fingerprint reader. The size is rectangular and it seems somewhat small in our opinion, but that does not mean that its operation is good. We also would have preferred it to have something distinctive as it integrates too well with the chassis and therefore we may sometimes miss the mark if we are not looking.

14-inch touchscreen on the Acer Swift 5 (2021)

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

The 14 inches are kept in the new Acer Swift 5 (2021), lThe resolution is also conservative: Full HD or 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The panel is IPS so both viewing angles and brightness will be good. The interesting thing about this screen is that it is tactile and therefore we can navigate it using our fingers. Also, to prevent any bacteria growth, Acer has decided to protect this screen with antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. This coating allows the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria to be reduced to a minimum. Unfortunately we cannot tell you more about this screen since we do not have more data, but in these first impressions we can tell you that it looks good and has more than enough brightness. You will have to wait for the analysis to discover the secrets of this panel.

Power from the hand of the new Intel Tiger Lake

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

The nerve center of the Acer Swift 5 (2021) is controlled by an 11th generation Intel processor. Being specific is the i7-1165G7 and that will kick off the Tiger Lake CPUs. The arrival of these processors to the market has a date and this is September 2 of this year. The truth is that they are a breath of fresh air to Intel, although it is not what enthusiasts expected and more seeing the good performance that AMD’s Ryzen processors are having. Despite this, the news that comes with these new CPUs are interesting.

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

Among the main novelties of these new processors is their construction in 10 nanometers. This roughly means that power consumption and the clock speeds (normal and turbo) at which they operate are improved. I cannot reveal too much the technical data because the unit that I have had in my hands is not final and the processor may suffer some overclock. But to give you an idea, the base speed was 2.80 GHz and it has 4 cores that in turn are 8 logical processors. Too there is a cache upgrade, it is now 12MB on L3 and that are 4MB more than in current generation models.

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

The Acer Swift 5 (2021) in addition to arriving with the Intel Tiger Lake also launches the new integrated graphics Xe. But there will be an option for graphics signed by NVIDIA, more specifically the MX350. As for the RAM, this laptop mounts 16 GB DDR4 at 4267 MHz. The storage for its part can reach up to 1 TB in PCIe SSD format. It is appreciated when consulting the specifications that it is a team intended to work on it. To all this, there is an autonomy marked by the 56 Wh that make it up. In principle, the Acer Swift 5 (2021) is capable of withstanding up to 12 hours of continuous use and of offering 4 hours with only 30 minutes connected to the power. These data are those of the unit that has come to me, but the model that lands in our country may have a lower capacity battery.

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

The connections for their part are well distributed on the sides of the laptop. We find a USB C port that is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and that supports electricity transfer, both to charge the laptop and to charge devices. It also has two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and the headphone / microphone combo jack. Wireless connectivity is state of the art: WiFi 6 so you are ready for the networks of the future and Bluetooth 5.0 that will allow you to connect different accessories.

Conclusions, price and availability of the Acer Swift 5 (2021)

Acer Swift 5 (2021), first impressions: lightweight, with touchscreen and Intel Tiger Lake processors

The little time I have spent with the Acer Swift 5 (2021) has left me wanting more. Like its predecessors, it has a good balance of features so it will most likely be able to position itself well in the market. We find inside a specification sheet capable of offering more than remarkable performance, the design is elegant and the construction allows it to be light. In addition, to all this, are added the additions such as the touch screen, a choice of solvent ports (with charging via USB C) and a remarkable autonomy. The starting price is 1,100 euros and will increase depending on the configuration we choose. It is not a cheap laptop, but it does not have the typical extra cost of ultrabooks, despite being included in this category thanks to its dimensions and weighing less than a kilogram. We hope that these first impressions give you an idea of ​​what you will find in a few months on the market.




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