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