Acer Swift 5 (Late 2020) Review

Acer’s Swift line has always been about being light as a feather — or as close to it as you can get. The Swift 5  ($999.99 to start, $1,299.99 as tested) is just over two pounds and extremely thin. Here in late 2020, Acer has upgraded it with Intel’s latest 11th Gen processors, like several of the best ultrabooks, as well as adding a new coat of paint. It’s a mix of green and bronze that stands out, but in a classy fashion.

But some habits die hard. Despite this being one of Acer’s more premium productivity laptops, it’s still saturated in bloatware that you’ll want to spend time deleting or adjusting when you first start with the notebook. And while the chassis is light, it’s not without some flex.

Design of the Acer Swift 5

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The Acer Swift 5’s mix of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum feels a bit more like plastic than metal, but it does mean one big thing: This laptop is seriously light. It tips the scales at just 2.3 pounds, which is half a pound less than some competing notebooks.

Acer went with a new color this year, called “mist green,” which is a mossy green that looks a little bit like it came from a swatch for military fatigue fabrics. There are hints of copper, which give it a bit of an old-money look. That’s found on the hinge of the unit and in the Acer logo on the otherwise spotless lid.


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