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Acer Swift 5: The 14-inch ultrabook fares a lot better than its predecessor

Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-501U
The new 14-inch Acer Swift 5 continues to weigh less than 1 kg. But the truly impressive thing about this model is that the manufacturer has managed to address almost all aspects that were criticized about the predecessor and create a very useful update of the Swift 5.
Christian Hintze (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪

We had quite a lot to criticize in our review of the last generation of the Acer Swift 5. Apart from a few minor issues, we were particularly annoyed by the dark and reflective screen as well as the strong performance throttling, which meant that the device was basically not able to keep up with its competition. 

As a writer of reviews you do often wonder why manufacturers don't address known faults in later models. So being able to write a positive review is a really nice change: Acer has clearly taken its users seriously and has now presented a significantly improved model.

For example, the manufacturer has chosen a panel that is not only brighter but also has an even better contrast ratio. The new processor is throttled less and can therefore perform a lot better than its predecessor. The new Intel CPU for Ultrabooks also has an entirely new integrated GPU which is clearly better than the standard UHD Graphics chips Intel has used so far. This means that the Swift 5 can also offer better 3D applications than its predecessor and than its direct competition.

Acer seems to have generally made a really good choice with the new Intel chip as it offers Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 on top of the significant performance boost. And we still haven't reached the bottom of the list of improvements: Acer has also responded to criticisms of port positioning and has made better use of both sides of the device. 

Find out if there are any more improvements and whether we still have something to criticize in our new review of the Acer Swift 5

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Christian Hintze
Editor of the original article: Christian Hintze - Managing Editor - 1674 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.
Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Christian Hintze, 2020-01-12 (Update: 2020-01-13)