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Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T Review: Slim and light subnotebook for a fat wallet

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Mark Riege), 11/09/2019

890 grams (~1.96 lb). With the Swift 7, Aces has added a feather-light and ultra-slim 14-inch notebook to its offerings. The device scores with an IPS touchscreen display, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and silent operation. This is accompanied by a good battery life and two Thunderbolt-3 slots. For the whole package, you have to put almost 2000 Euros (~$2226; $1700 in the US) on the table.

The Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T brings less than a kilogram to the scale and is thus one of the lightest 14-inch notebooks available. In order to be able to manufacture a device that is as slim as possible, Acer has foregone an actively cooled CPU, using a passively cooled model with the Core i7-8500Y processor instead.

The Swift 7 has nothing to do with anything like an over abundance of competitors. Besides the LG Gram 14Z980 and the Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T, there are only two other 14-inch devices that can come close to the Swift 7, at least in terms of weight. We therefore also include the Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA (14 inch), Apple MacBook Air 13 (13,3 inch), and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 (14 inch) into our expanded group of competitors.

Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR (Swift 7 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Core: 300-1050 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, dual-channel, 25.20.100.6471
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, dual-channel, storage is soldered in, no storage slots
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, capacitive, 10 touch points, AU Optronics B140HAN06.0, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, 512 GB 
, 446 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: audio combo port, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.95 x 317.9 x 191.5 ( = 0.39 x 12.52 x 7.54 in)
Battery
31.9 Wh, 2770 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 11.55 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Type-C USB adapter (to HDMI, Type A, Type C), Mozilla Firefox 62, Norton Security Ultra (trial version), 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
890 g ( = 31.39 oz / 1.96 pounds), Power Supply: 296 g ( = 10.44 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
1999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
84%11/2019Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615
890 g9.95 mm14"1920x1080
86%08/2018Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
7Y75, HD Graphics 615
1.2 kg8.98 mm14"1920x1080
85%02/2019Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.2 kg15.9 mm14"1920x1080
85%04/2019LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
994 g15.2 mm14"1920x1080
88%11/2018Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617
1.2 kg15.6 mm13.3"2560x1600
91%09/2019Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QES01L00
8565U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg14.9 mm14"1920x1080
84%06/2018Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
930 g15 mm14"1920x1080

Case - The case of the Swift 7 is made of magnesium

Acer's laptop reaches an overall weight of barely 890 grams (1.96 lb or 31.4 oz; according to the official statements from Acer; our own scale even shows only 854 grams, 1.88 lb). With this, it beats the SF714-51T predecessor model by almost 300 grams (~10.6 oz) and the also very light LG Gram 14Z980 by slightly more than 100 grams (~3.5 oz). The low weight is achieved by the light build, where Acer bets on an elegant, slim magnesium case. In addition, the working memory and SSD are soldered directly onto the main board, which makes an upgrade impossible. Our test unit is snow-white. Alternatively, you can also get the notebook in black color. The battery is built in, and the computer does not offer a maintenance hatch. On the other hand, you can take off the bottom of the case - more on that later.

The slim and light case does not reveal any faults in the workmanship. The clearances between the materials are exact, and we cannot feel any sharp edges. However, there is some lack in terms of stability, which is the price of the light build. The base unit as well as the case can be warped. In addition, the base unit can be bent without much use of force. Pressure on the back of the display lid leads to minimal changes in the displayed image, but only in the center of the display. The hinges hold the display tightly in position and only show a very slight wobble. The maximum opening angle is 135 degrees. You can open the display lid with one hand, if you use a little finger, hand, and arm acrobatics.

Not only does the Swift 7 bring less weight to the scale, it also turns out significantly more compact. At a height of barely 10 mm (or 9.95 mm to be exact, ~0.39 in), the SF714-52T also represents one of the slimmest subnotebooks that are currently available.

Size Comparison

329 mm / 13 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 930 g2.05 lbs323.5 mm / 12.7 inch 217.1 mm / 8.55 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.1 kg2.45 lbs322.6 mm / 12.7 inch 210.8 mm / 8.3 inch 15.2 mm / 0.598 inch 994 g2.19 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 237 mm / 9.33 inch 8.98 mm / 0.3535 inch 1.2 kg2.6 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.2 kg2.6 lbs317.9 mm / 12.5 inch 191.5 mm / 7.54 inch 9.95 mm / 0.3917 inch 890 g1.962 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.2 kg2.73 lbs

Equipment - SF714-52T with Thunderbolt 3

The connections offered by the Swift are limited. On the left side, there is only an audio port, and on the right side, Acer has placed two Thunderbolt-3 USB Type-C ports. They allow you to connect docking solutions and/or an external, powerful GPU. Of course, the ports also support DisplayPort per USB-C (you need to purchase a separate adapter for this) as well as Power Delivery 3.0. The notebook also includes a USB Type-C adapter that offers two USB ports (1x Type C, 1x Type A) and one HDMI port. The Swift does not include a storage card reader.

Left side: audio combo
Left side: audio combo
Right side: 2x Thunderbolt 3
Right side: 2x Thunderbolt 3

Communication

The WLAN module of the Acer Swift contains an Intel chip (Wi-Fi 6 AX200). In addition to the known WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards, this also supports the new ax standard (= Wi-Fi 6). The transfer speeds we measured under optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices nearby, close distance between the notebook and the server PC) turned out good.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
666 (min: 585, max: 685) MBit/s ∼100% +27%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
655 MBit/s ∼98% +25%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Broadcom 802.11ac
570 (min: 566, max: 572) MBit/s ∼86% +9%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
542 MBit/s ∼81% +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 950, n=127)
536 MBit/s ∼80% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
523 (min: 444, max: 599) MBit/s ∼79%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
493 MBit/s ∼74% -6%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
632 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
632 (min: 553, max: 699) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
631 (min: 503, max: 648) MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 949, n=127)
532 MBit/s ∼84% -16%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
511 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
505 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Broadcom 802.11ac
461 (min: 216, max: 525) MBit/s ∼73% -27%
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Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø523 (444-599)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø665 (585-685)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 Broadcom 802.11ac; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10: Ø478 (462-488)
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø632 (553-699)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø631 (503-648)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 Broadcom 802.11ac; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø454 (216-525)

Webcam

The webcam is not located at its usual position, but is positioned above the keyboard. The camera module can be manually opened and closed (by pressing on the module). The results produced by the camera turn out slightly blurry and washed out. 

Accessories

In addition to the usual documentation, the notebook box also includes a bag and a USB Type-C adapter.

Maintenance

Due to its slim build, the Acer ultrabook does not offer many maintenance and upgrade options. If you do need access to the hardware, you have to remove the bottom of the case. To do that, you first have to remove all the visible screws from the bottom of the case. Then you have to remove the four rubber feet in the corners of the notebook to get access to more screws that also need to be removed. And finally you can lift up the bottom of the case carefully, using a small prying tool. You will then get access to the battery, the WLAN module, and the BIOS battery.

Warranty

Acer offers a two-year warranty for the slim 14-incher, including pick-up service. You can extend this to three years for approximately an additional 50 Euros (~$56). For a three-year on-site warranty, you have to pay about 150 Euros (~$167).

Input Devices - An Acer with an illuminated keyboard

Keyboard

Acer's slim notebook is equipped with an illuminated chiclet keyboard. Its flat, minimally roughened keys offer a short hub and a clear pressure point. For our tastes, the keys could have offered a more crisp resistance. While typing, the keyboard bounces slightly, but this does not turn out to be extremely annoying. The illumination is controlled via a function key, and there is only one brightness level. While overall, Acer has delivered a keyboard that is suitable for everyday tasks, it is not really made for those who type a lot. 

Touchpad

The multitouch-capable ClickPad has a footprint of about 14 x 5.1 cm (~5.5 x 2 in), offering sufficient space for using gesture controls. The smooth pad surface makes it easy for the fingers to slide. The pad also responds to input in the corners. It offers a short stroke and clear pressure point.

Touchscreen

The capacitive touchscreen of the Swift 7 supports 10 touch points and did not give us any trouble, promptly responding to any inputs.

Input devices
Input devices

Display - IPS with a high contrast

The 14-inch touchscreen display of the Swift SF714 has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. While the display offers outstanding contrast (3116:1), the brightness turns out too low (272.3 cd/m²). This makes the Swift 7 the notebook with the darkest display of our comparison group. We consider any value above 300 cd/m² as good. The price level of the Swift would demand for such a value. On the other hand, it is good that the display does not produce any PWM flickering.

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
Light halos
Light halos
237
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140HAN06.0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 300 cd/m² Average: 272.3 cd/m² Minimum: 20 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 79 %
Center on Battery: 293 cd/m²
Contrast: 3116:1 (Black: 0.095 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
99% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.15
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Apple MacBook Air 2018
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QES01L00
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
4%
16%
17%
18%
14%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
55 (25, 30)
51 (25, 26)
7%
42 (21, 21)
24%
36.8 (19.6, 17.2)
33%
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
28%
44.8 (21.2, 23.6)
19%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (14, 16)
30 (15, 15)
-0%
28 (16, 12)
7%
30 (18.4, 11.6)
-0%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
7%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
8%
PWM Frequency
113600 (75)
Screen
-24%
-46%
-39%
-4%
-22%
Brightness middle
296
304
3%
321
8%
333.8
13%
320
8%
381
29%
Brightness
272
309
14%
282
4%
307
13%
315
16%
375
38%
Brightness Distribution
79
83
5%
77
-3%
83
5%
95
20%
94
19%
Black Level *
0.095
0.26
-174%
0.2
-111%
0.4
-321%
0.29
-205%
0.24
-153%
Contrast
3116
1169
-62%
1605
-48%
835
-73%
1103
-65%
1588
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.1
3.99
-29%
6.35
-105%
3.54
-14%
1.2
61%
4.6
-48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.2
5.47
12%
12.2
-97%
5.8
6%
3.2
48%
8.5
-37%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.5
4.32
4%
8.35
-86%
4.7
-4%
0.8
82%
5.1
-13%
Gamma
2.15 102%
2.27 97%
2.51 88%
2.14 103%
2.2 100%
2.52 87%
CCT
7277 89%
7261 90%
8227 79%
6261 104%
6548 99%
7052 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65
59
-9%
59
-9%
61.2
-6%
62.1
-4%
60.7
-7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99
94
-5%
91
-8%
94.7
-4%
96
-3%
95.7
-3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.36
1.88
2.36
0.5
1.2
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / -20%
-15% / -35%
-11% / -29%
7% / -1%
-4% / -16%

* ... smaller is better

In the state of delivery, the display presents a very decent color reproduction. With a Delta-E-2000 color deviation of 3.1, the target (DeltaE smaller than 3) is only barely missed. The display also suffers from a slight blue tint. In terms of the color space coverage, things do not look bad with coverage rates of 65 percent (AdobeRGB) and 99 percent (sRGB).

You can improve the color reproduction of the display with the color profile we are offering you here. However, you have to make sure that you have the same display model (manufacturer + model number) as our test unit, since otherwise the color reproduction can become worse, rather than improving. Often displays from different manufacturers are used within the same notebook model series.  

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
Swift 7 vs. sRGB
Swift 7 vs. sRGB
Swift 7 vs. AdobeRGB
Swift 7 vs. AdobeRGB

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
55 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 30 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Acer has equipped the Swift 7 with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles, allowing you to read the display from any position. However outdoors, this is hardly possible or not possible at all, since the low display brightness and reflective display surface can make this very difficult.

The Swift 7 outdoors
The Swift 7 outdoors
The Swift 7 outdoors
The Swift 7 outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - The performance of the Swift SF714 is sufficient for office and Internet

With the Swift 7 SF714-52T, Acer offers a very slim and light 14-inch notebook, whose computing performance is sufficient for the demands of office and Internet applications. Our test unit is available for almost 2000 Euros (~$2226), and other equipment and color variants are also available.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWInfo
GPU-Z
LatencyMon

Processor

Acer has equipped the Swift 7 with the Intel Core i7-8500Y (Amber Lake) dual-core processor. The low TDP of 5 watts allows for passive cooling of the CPU, which is also done here. The processor runs at a basic clock speed of 1.5 GHz, which can be increased up to 4.2 GHz via Turbo.

The processor runs through the multi-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks at 2.2 to 2.4 GHz and completes the single-thread tests at 2.9 to 3.2 GHz. In battery operation, the speeds range from 1.9 to 2.2 GHz (multi-thread) and 1.5 to 1.9 GHz (single-thread).

Multi-thread (mains operation)
Multi-thread (mains operation)
Single-thread (mains operation)
Single-thread (mains operation)
Multi-thread (battery operation)
Multi-thread (battery operation)
Single-thread (battery operation)
Single-thread (battery operation)

We evaluate whether the Turbo is also used constantly in mains operation by running the multi-thread test of the Cinebench R15 benchmark for at least 30 minutes in a constant loop. From the first to the second run, the results drop slightly and then remain at a constant level. The Turbo is only used to a very limited extent.

The Swift does not deliver outstanding results in the CB15 loop. The other devices that are also equipped with passively cooled dual-core processors, the Swift 7 SF714-51T (predecessor) and the Macbook Air 2018, produce slightly better results.

The i7-8500Y is a processor that is very rare, so we also included the Porsche Design Ultra One, which is also passively cooled. Due to its significantly thicker case, it is able to produce more performance with the identical processor and only drops by 2 percent in the R15 loop, instead of 11 percent as the Swift 7.

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Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel Core i7-8500Y: Ø219 (215.17-245.74)
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T Intel Core i7-7Y75, Intel Core i7-7Y75: Ø250 (246.34-259.23)
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1 Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø480 (467.78-544.81)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 Intel Core i5-8210Y, Intel Core i5-8210Y; macOS: Ø277 (266.55-285.88)
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000 Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel Core i7-8500Y: Ø220 (212.35-271)
Porsche Design Ultra One Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel Core i7-8500Y: Ø246 (242.99-252.74)
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds while running the CB15 loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5156
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8919
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5805
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
246 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35.17 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
149 Points ∼100% +16%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼96% +11%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel Core i5-8250U
132 Points ∼89% +2%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (macOS)
132 Points ∼89% +2%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
132 Points ∼89% +2%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
132 Points ∼89% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (126 - 132, n=4)
130 Points ∼87% +1%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
129 Points ∼87%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Core i7-7Y75
126 Points ∼85% -2%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y
126 Points ∼85% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=280)
117 Points ∼79% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
654 Points ∼100% +166%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U (BIOS 204)
647 Points ∼99% +163%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Core i5-8250U
517 Points ∼79% +110%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel Core i5-8250U
494 Points ∼76% +101%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=290)
345 Points ∼53% +40%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (macOS)
285 Points ∼44% +16%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
271 Points ∼41% +10%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Core i7-7Y75
260 Points ∼40% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (227 - 271, n=4)
248 Points ∼38% +1%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
247 Points ∼38% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
246 Points ∼38%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y
227 Points ∼35% -8%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
5841 Points ∼100% +13%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
5156 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (4898 - 5156, n=2)
5027 Points ∼86% -3%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
4898 Points ∼84% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (322 - 7345, n=466)
3176 Points ∼54% -38%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
20179 Points ∼100% +126%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
8919 Points ∼44%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (8493 - 8919, n=2)
8706 Points ∼43% -2%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
8493 Points ∼42% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (661 - 31463, n=448)
7193 Points ∼36% -19%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (107 - 460, n=18)
334 Points ∼100% +10%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y
320 Points ∼96% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (304 - 320, n=2)
312 Points ∼93% +3%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
304 Points ∼91%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (151 - 2410, n=18)
1115 Points ∼100% +89%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
591 Points ∼53%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (584 - 591, n=2)
588 Points ∼53% -1%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y
584 Points ∼52% -1%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
13116 Points ∼100% +134%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1018 - 14015, n=79)
6315 Points ∼48% +12%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
5614 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
 
5614 Points ∼43% 0%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
3608 Points ∼100% +11%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
3245 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
 
3245 Points ∼90% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (592 - 4051, n=79)
2604 Points ∼72% -20%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
13870 Points ∼100% +123%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2593 - 17643, n=34)
10449 Points ∼75% +68%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
8225 Points ∼59% +32%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (6223 - 8225, n=2)
7224 Points ∼52% +16%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
6223 Points ∼45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
4885 Points ∼100% +25%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
4437 Points ∼91% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (3910 - 4885, n=2)
4398 Points ∼90% +12%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
3910 Points ∼80%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1529 - 5280, n=34)
3910 Points ∼80% 0%
Geekbench 5
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1504 - 3141, n=4)
2710 Points ∼100% +80%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
1504 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
 
1504 Points ∼55% 0%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (858 - 1081, n=4)
963 Points ∼100% +12%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y
858 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
 
858 Points ∼89% 0%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (740 - 30250, n=162)
1949 ms * ∼100% -27%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
1822.2 ms * ∼93% -19%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.334.0)
1531.9 ms * ∼79% -0%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge 44)
1530.8 ms * ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (1281 - 1822, n=4)
1499 ms * ∼77% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
1468.2 ms * ∼75% +4%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
1360.7 ms * ∼70% +11%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge: 44.17763.1.0)
1281.4 ms * ∼66% +16%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U (Edge 44)
1223.5 ms * ∼63% +20%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (Safari 12.0.1)
817.1 ms * ∼42% +47%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (Safari 12.0.1)
36536 Points ∼100% +64%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U (Edge 44)
31272 Points ∼86% +40%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
25962 Points ∼71% +17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3963 - 44259, n=154)
25664 Points ∼70% +15%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.334.0)
24895 Points ∼68% +12%
VAIO A12-92993
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge: 44.17763.1.0)
24696 Points ∼68% +11%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
24567 Points ∼67% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (22283 - 25962, n=4)
24377 Points ∼67% +9%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
22300 Points ∼61% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge 44)
22283 Points ∼61%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (Safari 12.0.1)
236 Points ∼100% +46%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U (Edge 44)
220.65 Points ∼93% +37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 297, n=137)
189 Points ∼80% +17%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.334.0)
186.5 Points ∼79% +15%
Porsche Design Ultra One
Intel Core i7-8500Y
183.7 Points ∼78% +14%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
181.95 Points ∼77% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y
  (162 - 184, n=3)
170 Points ∼72% +5%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
163.62 Points ∼69% +1%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel Core i7-8500Y (Edge 44)
161.54 Points ∼68%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system performance is well-rounded and runs smoothly. We did not encounter any problems. The PC-Mark results correspond to the performance capabilities of the built-in CPU. The Swift offers sufficient performance for applications from the office and Internet areas. However, you should not put too many demands on the processor, and a huge amount of open browser tabs and applications running simultaneously will swiftly show its limits. The LG Gram 14Z980, which is equipped with a quad-core processor and actively cooled, offers significantly more performance reserves, particularly under multi-thread load and does correspondingly better in the benchmarks.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2588 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2528 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4141 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
2902 Points ∼100% +54%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
2751 Points ∼95% +46%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 4338, n=95)
2504 Points ∼86% +33%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2006 Points ∼69% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (1791 - 2060, n=4)
1927 Points ∼66% +3%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
1880 Points ∼65%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
1855 Points ∼64% -1%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
1609 Points ∼55% -14%
Productivity
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
5939 Points ∼100% +15%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
5749 Points ∼97% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (5164 - 6026, n=4)
5615 Points ∼95% +9%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
5509 Points ∼93% +7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=95)
5268 Points ∼89% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
5164 Points ∼87%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
3902 Points ∼66% -24%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3851 Points ∼65% -25%
Essentials
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7618 Points ∼100% +14%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
7132 Points ∼94% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (6709 - 7257, n=4)
6976 Points ∼92% +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=95)
6875 Points ∼90% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6709 Points ∼88%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
6654 Points ∼87% -1%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
6312 Points ∼83% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
4504 Points ∼59% -33%
Score
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3643 Points ∼100% +26%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3463 Points ∼95% +20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4609, n=98)
3186 Points ∼87% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (2884 - 3161, n=4)
3028 Points ∼83% +5%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
2884 Points ∼79%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2619 Points ∼72% -9%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
2174 Points ∼60% -25%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
2068 Points ∼57% -28%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4715 Points ∼100% +14%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4700 Points ∼100% +13%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
4520 Points ∼96% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (4141 - 4700, n=3)
4416 Points ∼94% +7%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
4141 Points ∼88%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=220)
4063 Points ∼86% -2%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
3970 Points ∼84% -4%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
3209 Points ∼68% -23%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3733 Points ∼100% +44%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3264 Points ∼87% +26%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
3218 Points ∼86% +24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=248)
3044 Points ∼82% +18%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
HD Graphics 615, 7Y75, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
2933 Points ∼79% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-8500Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (2588 - 3493, n=4)
2894 Points ∼78% +12%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
2588 Points ∼69%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
2484 Points ∼67% -4%

Storage Solution

An SK Hynix NVMe SSD, which is soldered in and offers a capacity of 512 GB, serves as the system drive. At the time of delivery, 446 GB of the storage space are still available, and the rest is used by the recovery partition and the Windows installation. While the transfer rates turn out good, the built-in SSD is not one of the top models among SSDs.

SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Sequential Read: 1166 MB/s
Sequential Write: 763.3 MB/s
512K Read: 852.4 MB/s
512K Write: 657.2 MB/s
4K Read: 48.79 MB/s
4K Write: 142.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 357.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 300.4 MB/s
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
SK Hynix SC313 HFS256G39TNF
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Apple SSD AP0256
Average SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
62%
71%
-11%
50%
42%
Write 4K
48.38
132.6
174%
99.9
106%
74.66
54%
118.01
144%
92.9 (48.4 - 130, n=7)
92%
Read 4K
28.98
19.97
-31%
40.03
38%
14.89
-49%
29.97
3%
36.9 (29 - 41.2, n=7)
27%
Write Seq
742.7
764.6
3%
973.1
31%
502
-32%
1000.4
35%
728 (654 - 811, n=7)
-2%
Read Seq
1027
866.4
-16%
1111
8%
498.6
-51%
1217.96
19%
1002 (642 - 1145, n=7)
-2%
Write 4K Q32T1
94.56
390.2
313%
424.6
349%
214.3
127%
232.08
145%
302 (94.6 - 436, n=7)
219%
Read 4K Q32T1
300
465.6
55%
255.9
-15%
225.5
-25%
253.96
-15%
307 (243 - 356, n=7)
2%
Write Seq Q32T1
870.3
817.3
-6%
1300
49%
504.8
-42%
1001.1
15%
863 (839 - 879, n=7)
-1%
Read Seq Q32T1
1640
1636.5
0%
1723
5%
559.8
-66%
2555.3
56%
1712 (1557 - 2042, n=7)
4%

Graphics Card

Intel's UHD Graphics 615 GPU handles the graphics output. It supports DirectX 12 and achieves speeds of up to 1050 MHz. The results in the 3D-Mark benchmarks range at a normal level for the GPU used here. The decoder integrated in the GPU is able to take some load off the processor when playing videos, so the use of streaming services should not pose any problem.

3DMark 06 Standard
6817 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1377 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
37488 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5389 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
836 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
315 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1851 Points ∼100% +44%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1757 Points ∼95% +36%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
1572 Points ∼85% +22%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1420 Points ∼77% +10%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-7Y75
1339 Points ∼72% +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 10699, n=368)
1319 Points ∼71% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
1288 Points ∼70%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (1088 - 1376, n=6)
1218 Points ∼66% -5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 2840, n=42)
553 Points ∼100% +98%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
286 Points ∼52% +3%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
279 Points ∼50%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (210 - 289, n=4)
251 Points ∼45% -10%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1292 Points ∼100% +37%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1194 Points ∼92% +27%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=247)
1057 Points ∼82% +12%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
995 Points ∼77% +6%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-7Y75
965 Points ∼75% +2%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
947 Points ∼73% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
943 Points ∼73%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (733 - 976, n=6)
863 Points ∼67% -8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10968 Points ∼100% +52%
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9643 Points ∼88% +34%
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
7980 Points ∼73% +11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=276)
7743 Points ∼71% +7%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-7Y75
7458 Points ∼68% +4%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Intel Core i5-8210Y
7231 Points ∼66% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Core i7-8500Y
7205 Points ∼66%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (5543 - 7568, n=6)
6837 Points ∼62% -5%

Gaming Performance

The hardware of the Swift is able to bring some of the games in our database smoothly to the screen. However, this goes mainly for games that only pose little demands on the hardware. But even in those games, you are still limited to low resolutions and low quality settings. You can find games that are significantly more playable in the Casual Games section of the Microsoft Store.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 51.2 25.7 16.9 7.9 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 38.8 25 18.2 6.1 fps
GTA V (2015) 16.4 16.9 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 12.1 5.9 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 52.6 17.4 11.3 10.3 fps
Prey (2017) 14.1 6.9 fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 15 7 fps
Fortnite (2018) 15.9 8 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 6.1 3.3 fps
World of Tanks enCore (2018) 95.1 11.8 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 6.2 3.5 fps
Control (2019) 7.6 2.4 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 7.3 3.1 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 17.7 6.9 fps

Emissions - Acer's 14-inch notebook runs silently

Noise Emissions

Since the Swift SF714 brings neither a fan nor a mechanical hard drive, it runs silently.

Temperature

The Swift 7 during the stress test
The Swift 7 during the stress test

The Acer laptop runs through our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same way in mains and battery operation. The processor briefly runs at 1.5 GHz. Then the speed drops to 500 MHz and remains at this level. The graphics core operates at 300 to 400 MHz. The stress test represents an extreme scenario that does not occur in everyday operation. Using this test, we evaluate whether the system also remains stable under full load.

In some limited areas, the case warms up quite significantly. We measure temperatures beyond 50 °C (122 °F) at three spots during the stress test. During everyday operation, the values remain within the green range.

Max. Load
 32.2 °C
90 F
50.6 °C
123 F
55 °C
131 F
 
 26.8 °C
80 F
32.3 °C
90 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
 26.1 °C
79 F
27 °C
81 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 55 °C = 131 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
51.4 °C
125 F
38.6 °C
101 F
29.7 °C
85 F
40.2 °C
104 F
34.6 °C
94 F
27.2 °C
81 F
34.2 °C
94 F
31.1 °C
88 F
26.9 °C
80 F
Maximum: 51.4 °C = 125 F
Average: 34.9 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.2 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 23.3 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 55 °C / 131 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 51.4 °C / 125 F, compared to the average of 40 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.5 °C / 94.1 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (-5.9 °C / -10.6 F).
Heat development - top (load)
Heat development - top (load)
Heat development - bottom (load)
Heat development - bottom (load)
Heat development - top (idle)
Heat development - top (idle)
Heat development - bottom (idle)
Heat development - bottom (idle)
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
7Y75, HD Graphics 615
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
8265U, UHD Graphics 620
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Heat
13%
13%
8%
17%
4%
-0%
Maximum Upper Side *
55
44.7
19%
41
25%
45.2
18%
44.4
19%
45.9 (42.1 - 55, n=6)
17%
41.1 (28.4 - 57, n=619)
25%
Maximum Bottom *
51.4
42.8
17%
41.4
19%
41.4
19%
41.2
20%
47.3 (42 - 51.9, n=6)
8%
43.6 (24.3 - 66.2, n=619)
15%
Idle Upper Side *
27.1
25.5
6%
26.1
4%
26.8
1%
23.6
13%
28.3 (26 - 33, n=6)
-4%
29.6 (22 - 42, n=542)
-9%
Idle Bottom *
27.1
24.8
8%
25.8
5%
29
-7%
23.2
14%
28.4 (24.4 - 35.6, n=6)
-5%
35.9 (21.6 - 2625, n=542)
-32%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers are placed in the front area of the case bottom. They produce a thin sound that hardly offers any bass. In addition, the maximum volume is much too low. Even in quiet surroundings, the speakers are too quiet. For a better sound experience, you have to use headphones or external speakers. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.234.436.22537.937.437.93141.940.141.94040.332.340.35035.931.335.96331.928.431.98028.826.828.810027.627.327.612528.425.828.41602523.72520025.722.625.72503622.23631542.920.942.940048.620.248.650050.719.550.763044.419.244.480053.618.253.61000581858125058.31858.3160058.217.558.2200055.817.555.8250054.217.754.2315051.517.851.5400054.71854.7500051.71851.7630054.618.254.680005618.4561000056.718.456.71250055.718.155.71600048.118.248.1SPL67.330.467.3N21.31.421.3median 51.7median 18.2median 51.7Delta7.727.741.439.339.740.737.438.235.736.436.33637.737.234.735.634.233.834.934.733.245.135.350.831.757.231.461.230.566.630.170.129.473.929.275.728.678.228.975.828.975.828.371.62865.62867.227.969.327.87127.770.827.770.927.572.727.574.627.373.640.785.1463.6median 28.9median 70.827.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MRLG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (58.62 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 76% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.17 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Low consumption and a good battery life

Power Consumption

It should not surprise us that the Acer notebook is not particularly power-hungry, since the device contains frugal hardware. During idle operation, we measure a maximum power consumption of 5.8 watts. During the stress test, the value rises up to 21.7 watts. The USB Type-C power supply is rated at 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.55 / 0.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.7 / 4.9 / 5.8 Watt
Load midlight 15.7 / 21.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
7Y75, HD Graphics 615
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
8265U, UHD Graphics 620
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
-12%
-55%
-41%
-36%
-18%
-111%
Idle Minimum *
2.7
2.8
-4%
2.7
-0%
2.7
-0%
2.2
19%
3.13 (1.8 - 4.6, n=6)
-16%
6.62 (1 - 36, n=604)
-145%
Idle Average *
4.9
5.5
-12%
5.8
-18%
6
-22%
5.7
-16%
5.3 (3.8 - 7.6, n=6)
-8%
9.82 (2.06 - 39, n=604)
-100%
Idle Maximum *
5.8
7.9
-36%
10.2
-76%
6.5
-12%
10.3
-78%
7.13 (5 - 9.7, n=6)
-23%
12.1 (3.9 - 55, n=604)
-109%
Load Average *
15.7
18.4
-17%
34.9
-122%
32.5
-107%
25.6
-63%
19.2 (13.2 - 26.9, n=6)
-22%
33.5 (6.3 - 75, n=594)
-113%
Load Maximum *
21.7
20
8%
35
-61%
35.5
-64%
30.6
-41%
26.1 (16 - 38.5, n=6)
-20%
40.7 (7.6 - 111, n=597)
-88%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the Acer Swift achieves a runtime of 8:46 hours. Using a script, we simulate the load when opening web sites. The "Balanced" power profile is active and the display brightness is reduced to about 150 cd/m². The 14-incher lasts for 10:31 hours in our video test, where we run the short "Big Buck Bunny" movie (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a constant loop. The Wi-Fi is turned off and the display brightness is reduced to 150 cd/m².

Overall, the Swift delivers good runtimes, surpassing its predecessor. However, the LG Gram 14Z980 and the Macbook Air 2018 last significantly longer. Here, the very slim build of the Swift becomes noticeable: Acer only finds enough space for a 32-Wh battery. The battery of the LG Gram offers more than twice the capacity. 

The battery has a capacity of 31.9 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 31.9 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 13min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
8h 46min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 40min
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615, 31.9 Wh
Acer Swift 7 SF714-51T
7Y75, HD Graphics 615,  Wh
LG Gram 14Z980-U.AAW5U1
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 72 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, 50.3 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QES01L00
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Acer Swift 5 SF514-52T-59HY
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 36 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-14%
37%
12%
-12%
7%
-24%
-28%
Reader / Idle
1273
1176
-8%
2238
76%
962
-24%
622 (87 - 2557, n=552)
-51%
H.264
631
450
-29%
740
17%
688
9%
466
-26%
475 (182 - 1174, n=116)
-25%
WiFi v1.3
526
452
-14%
720
37%
721
37%
562
7%
563
7%
313
-40%
475 (206 - 806, n=222)
-10%
Load
160
154
-4%
159
-1%
131
-18%
76
-52%
150
-6%
122 (40 - 347, n=560)
-24%

Pros

+ very high-contrast IPS display
+ elegant, slim magnesium case
+ light and compact
+ NVMe SSD
+ keyboard illumination
+ runs silently
+ WiFi 6
+ good battery life
+ 2x Thunderbolt 3
+ Type-C USB adapter (to HDMI, Type A, Type C)

Cons

- low maximum brightness of the display
- unstable case
- working memory and SSD cannot be upgraded or replaced
- low computing performance
- no storage card reader
- high sales price

Verdict

The Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR, test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
The Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR, test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

With the Swift 7 SF714-52T, Acer has introduced an ultra-light and ultra-slim 14-inch notebook to the market. The device, which is equipped with an elegant magnesium case, has a weight of 890 grams (~1.96 lb) and height of 9.95 mm (~0.39 in). However, a result of the light build is that the case is not very robust.

With the Swift 7 SF714-52T, Acer primarily delivers a study in what is possible. The limited practical use of the device and a purchase price of almost 2000 Euros (~$2226) make the device attractive for only a very small group of customers.

The computer is run by a passively cooled Core-i7 Amber Lake processor, whose performance is sufficient for applications from the office and Internet areas. So the device can primarily be used for writing and surfing. Users who need a lot of computing performance are at the wrong address with the Swift 7.

The working memory and SSD are soldered into the main board, so you cannot upgrade these components. However, this should not be necessary in most cases. With 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode) and a 512-GB NVMe SSD, the device is well equipped. Only in case of a defect, you would need to send in the device. 

The 14-inch notebook offers a keyboard that is suitable for everyday tasks and offers a single-step keyboard illumination. This is accompanied by a very good battery life. The IPS touchscreen display scores with stable viewing angles, an outstanding contrast, a very decent color reproduction, and a good color space coverage. On the other hand, the maximum brightness turns out too low.

The two Thunderbolt-3 ports allow connecting docking solutions and an external, powerful GPU. The ports support Power Delivery 3.0 as well as DisplayPort via USB-C (you have to purchase a separate adapter for this). 

Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR - 11/07/2019 v7
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
62 / 75 → 83%
Weight
77 / 20-75 → 100%
Battery
85%
Display
81%
Games Performance
37 / 78 → 47%
Application Performance
66 / 85 → 78%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
49 / 91 → 53%
Camera
32 / 85 → 38%
Average
71%
84%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T Review: Slim and light subnotebook for a fat wallet
Sascha Mölck, 2019-11- 9 (Update: 2019-11-10)