Reviewing Acer’s new Swift 5 ultraportable laptop, updated for the end of 2019/start of 2020, after two weeks of testing. Here’s what I think of the performance (including benchmarking and gaming tests), battery life, design and usability of the fresh Swift 5 notebook, which now packs an Intel Core 10th Gen chipset. Other upgrades include WiFi 6 support and the GeForce MX250 GPU.
If you’re after a slim and light portable laptop, this Acer machine is among the best for under £1000. I’ve reviewed previous Swift incarnations and this new model, launched in time for 2020, is a great choice for its combination of respectable performance, long battery life and incredibly thin ultraportable finish. You can find it on the cheap right now (well, £899 at least) here in the UK, from the likes of Curry’s PC World.
The keyboard seems to have improved compared with last year’s version, while the Acer Swift 5 still boasts a crisp Full HD screen with touch support and natural colour reproduction. Performance is strong enough for gaming and simple video editing, as long as you don’t push it too hard.