Acer Swift 5 Review

Most people buying a laptop for home use wouldn’t typically pay too much attention to the weight, but if you’re going to be carrying it around with you on a daily basis, then this would matter a lot. Hybrid tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro have tried to cater to this niche segment of users looking for maximum portability, and although they do fit the bill to an extent, they are either quite expensive, or require compromises in terms of screen size, processing power, and keyboard ergonomics.

Laptops such as the Apple MacBook and Asus ZenBook UX390UA, to name a few, come close to achieving tablet-like weight at under 1kg, but a 12-inch screen can be a little limiting, especially if you’ll be dealing with spreadsheets or making presentations all day long. This is where Acer’s new Swift 5laptop comes in. It’s a 14-inch laptop that weighs just 970g. Armed with one of Intel’s latest 8th generation CPUs, and with modern features including a fingerprint sensor and a Type-C port, is this the best new ultraportable laptop? Let’s find out.