Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-82WQ
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Reviews for the Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-82WQ
Source: PCtipp.ch DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Arena IT →EN Archive.org version
Positive: Metal case; nice display; beautiful design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/04/2018
Model: The Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-82WQ is Acer’s classic “ultrabook”: a compact clamshell laptop with a compact and light construction. The one thing user will notice as soon as they take this laptop out of the box is it's incredibly lightweight. Acer says it weighs 0.95 kg (2.1 lbs), which is unmatched by other ultraportables with a 14-inch screen and latest generation hardware. Two aspects made this possible, which are an entire magnesium alloy build and a small battery. The outer-shell and inner-chassis are made of different magnesium alloys (magnesium-lithium for the outer-shell and magnesium-aluminum for the inner deck), so the Swift 5 doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy in any way. The finishing is also quite nice as it feels soft to the touch, but with a slightly rougher texture that does a surprisingly good job at hiding away smudges and fingerprints. While the older Swift 5 got a 54 Wh battery, the new Swift 5 is only equipped with a 36 Wh battery inside. It will only provide less than 4 hours of battery life for everyday multitasking and any activity that involves browsing. From this, it is clear that Acer has compromised battery life for a lightweight build. The Swift 5 comes with a compact and light 45 Wh power adapter, but there’s no quick-charging implemented and a full charge is going to take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
For display, the Acer features a 14" Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display with multi-touch and CineCrystal. Cinecrystal is the brand name Acer uses for their glossy screen display technology. It also indicates that it is a newer LCD display that uses LED backlighting. The viewing angles and contrast are decent and even the color-gamut is fairly alright, but the brightness is definitely subpar at only up to 200 nits. The Swift 5 is built with a KabyLake-R Core i7-8550U processor, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD storage. This laptop actually gets two M.2 slots inside, so a user can even connect two SSDs in RAID for extra speed. Acer went with a very basic cooling implementation on this Swift 5, with one fan and one heat pipe. Cool air is sucked from the generous intakes on the bottom and blown through the cut behind the hinge. For connectivity, Acer went with an Intel dual-band AC 7265 wireless module that also includes Bluetooth 4.1. The drivers, the 2×2 MIMO system of the antenna and perhaps the magnesium case all join forces and make this Swift 5 one of the fastest performing notebooks. As far as the typing experience goes, the keys have a soft smooth finishing and feel nice to the touch. The trackpad is wide and aligned a little to the left of the laptop. Acer also integrates a fingerprint sensor on this laptop, beneath the arrow keys, which is properly sized and works well with Windows Hello. The Swift 5 SF514-52T-82WQ is a high performance ultrabook for the professional businessmen/women that need something with more style and is ultra-portable.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.
Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.
90%: There are not very many models that are rated better. Most of the assessments are in percentage ranges below that. The tested product is not considered perfect, but the sources give a clear purchase recommendation.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.