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The new sub-1kg Swift 5 is Acer's answer to the LG Gram 15

The new 15.6-inch Acer Swift 5 has a sleek magnesium shell. (Source: Acer)
The new 15.6-inch Acer Swift 5 has a sleek magnesium shell. (Source: Acer)
The new Acer Swift 5 15.6-inch is a larger version of the Swift 5 which uses magnesium alloys to keep the weight under 1 kg. This is an impressive feat for a laptop of this size and it puts the Swift 5 15.6-inch in competition with the LG Gram 15 in features, build, and hardware.

Acer’s previous Swift 5 was a lightweight 14-inch device that had an eye-pleasing design and impressive battery life and received an 84% rating from us. But now Acer has announced a sub 1 kg 15.6-inch model that takes on the LG Gram 15.

The bezel around the FullHD 1920 x 1080 display is just 5.9 mm (1dp) making it only a hair larger than the 5.7 mm infinity bezel on the XPS 15. Those who Skype a lot will be pleased to know that the top bezel isn’t quite so slim, so there is room for a webcam. To keep weight down Acer has used magnesium-lithium alloy on the body and a more rigid magnesium-aluminum allow on the palm rest. There is also a fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck for Windows Hello.

It comes with an Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0 wireless card. Configuration options include up to a 1 TB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. Port selection is comprised of 1 x USB-C, 2 x USB3.1, HDMI port, and SD card reader. An unspecified Intel 8th generation U-series processor is used, but based on the 14-inch variant we would expect both the i5-8250u and i7-8550u to make an appearance here.

Acer wasn't able to provide a shipping date or price at the time of writing.

Acer Swift 5 15.6-inch. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 5 15.6-inch. (Source: Acer)

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Craig Ward, 2018-05-23 (Update: 2018-05-23)