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)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.