Acer Swift 5 SF514-55TA-74EC
Average of 8 scores (from 15 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Swift 5 SF514-55TA-74EC
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/16/2021
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
Most of my complaints here are super-minor. One is that there's no IR camera, and while that's something that I'll always bring up, it's also something that we really only use once per session unless apps are using it for authentication. The other is that I'd like audio to be better, and that's probably my only real issue.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2021
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: The Verge
InsideInside its thin and light exterior, the 2021 Acer Swift 5 is a midrange laptop through and through. There are compromises but no disasters. Most aspects of it (the keyboard, the touchpad, the screen, the connectivity, the battery life) are just fine. Others (the webcam, the audio, the bloatware) are underwhelming but serviceable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%
Unboxing Acer's Swift 5 SF514-55TA-74EC, a 2.31-pound ultrabook that comes in a green and gold magnesium chassis and has an Intel Core i7-1165G7, Thunderbolt 4, Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 14-inch FHD touchscreen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2021
The Acer Swift 5 is a solid ultraportable productivity laptop that can easily suit anyone’s lifestyle. It has good build quality, the CPU performs well, Thunderbolt 4 is great to have, it supports USB-C PD charging, you get touchscreen support, the RAM and storage configuration is perfect to start off with, it’s easy to bring around, and the fingerprint scanner is both fast and reliable.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/29/2021
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Quest
The Swift was a little lighter though, so could be a better option for portability, though this means less cooling capacity, so less performance when under heavy load. Overall, I thought the Acer Swift 5 was fine, it’s a nice little laptop that I had no trouble using, it’s just that nothing in particular stood out to me as being amazing, or bad for that matter, it just seems a little pricey to me, but that’s typically the case with smaller and lighter weight machines like this.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/28/2021
Source: Tech Nave
So these are a couple of things that I like about the Swift 5 so far. Compared with my current Swift 3 laptop, I would say that the former is a pretty big improvement especially for the Antimicrobial display which is also a touchscreen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass. In terms of price tags, the 8GB variant is RM3999 whereas the 16GB variant is RM4999.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/21/2021
Source: PC Mag
But the Swift 5 does compromise a bit on the usability aspect. A flimsy typing experience and the inclusion of an anachronistic dedicated power adapter hurt the Swift 5’s value proposition, and relegate it to a niche of people who care about performance above most other things. As it stands, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the XPS 13 are better choices in the premium ultraportable laptop category, while the ZenBook 14 is a better option that won't break the bank.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/10/2020
Source: PC World
The Acer Swift 5 is thin, light, and fast enough to play Fortnite, showing off Intel's 11th-gen Tiger Lake and Iris Xe graphics at their best. It gets stellar battery life too. The sound quality is the biggest disappointment.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/07/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Good Gear Guide
But if you can look past those quibbles, the Swift 5 is a fun little laptop, one that you can easily carry around, that lasts for hours on end, and that you can plug in at the end of the day to enjoy a bounty of games that only the Windows ecosystem provides. At a purely gut level, I’ve really enjoyed having it around. While it may not be an M1-powered MacBook, it raises the bar in its own way.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/07/2020
Source: Laptop Mag
The Acer Swift 5 is a joy to use. While it starts with the tremendous portability, the remarkable performance and flexibility with its touchscreen make it just a wonderful all-purpose laptop. The battery life is really just the icing on the cake; even when I left it away from the charger for a day, I had plenty of juice to spare.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Computerhoy ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/24/2021
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Tuexperto ES→EN
Positive: Impressive performance; excellent display; good connectivity; decent processor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2021
Source: Chip Online TR TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/02/2021
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN
Positive: Elegant design; light weight; nice display; comfortable keyboard; long battery life; good cooling system; high performance. Negative: No memory card slot; small storage; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2021
Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G4 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 96 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-1165G7: A higher-end, quad-core processor of the Tiger Lake product family. The i7 is designed to be used in ultra-light laptops. It is manufactured on the second-gen 10 nm Intel process marketed as SuperFin and it features the Iris Xe G7 (96 EUs) iGPU running at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz. The CPU cores run at 2.8 GHz (base clock speed @ 28 W TDP) to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). This i7 was the second-fastest CPU of the TGL-UP3 lineup when Intel initially launched the series in 2020.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
84%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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