Acer Swift 5 2022 – a pretty perfect (laptop review)

The Acer Swift 5 2022 embodies pretty much everything you could want – colorful touchscreen, Intel EVO processor, plenty of ports including Thunderbolt and HDMI, and Acer heritage and quality.

This review is for the Acer Swift 5 2022, which is more about the 2022 chassis. Acer has a lot of options, so it’s important that you decide on a checklist

The test device is Acer Swift 5 2022 model SF514-56T-71CL and includes

  • 14”, 1920 x 1200 touchscreen model B140UAN02.2 (there is a 2560 x 1600 brighter option)
  • intel 12th gen Core i7-1260p (also in i5-1240P)
  • 16GB LPDDR5 (8GB available but why bother)
  • 1TB SSD PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4 (256/512GB available)
  • Intel Killer AX1675i Wi-Fi 6E and BT 5.3 (some models don’t have 6E/5.3)

Don’t confuse this with the 2021 model with the 11th generationth Gen Intel Core.

Australian review: Acer Swift 5 2022

website 2022 range and manual
Price Unknown as the new range is not available in stores or online. We expect the review unit to cost <$2500
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warranty 12 Month ACL and Guarantee for International Travelers
Country of Manufacture China
company Acer is a Taiwanese multinational company specializing in desktop PCs, laptop PCs (clamshells, 2-in-1s, convertibles and Chromebooks), tablets, servers, storage devices, virtual reality devices, displays, smartphone peripherals , gaming PCs and accessories (Predator brand). . Acer is the fifth largest PC vendor in the world by units sold (as of September 2022).
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We use Fail (below expectations), Pass (meets expectations), and Exceed (exceeds expectations or is best in class) for many of the following. Occasionally we give a Pass(able) rating, which isn’t as good as it should be, and a Pass ‘+’ rating to show it’s good but doesn’t quite make it to Exceed.

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First Impression – Well Done – Exceeded

It’s beautiful in an elegant, understated way. Our review unit is Mist Green – sort of a superb dark gray metallic color with golden highlights (like the early HP Specter).

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My only minor concern is that you have to set the keyboard backlight to maximum as the keylights blend a bit too well with the keycap color.

What you will notice and appreciate are two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one HDMI 2.1 port (external monitor etc.) and 2 x USB-A 3.1 ports. This is the perfect laptop that you don’t need a dock to expand.

Screen – 16:10 is a good ratio – Pass+

The 14-inch 1920 x 1200, 161 ppi, 16:10, 60 Hz, 8-bit, 16.7 m color, touch WLED LPTS has an antimicrobial Gorilla Glass screen cover. It covers a 92.22% screen-to-body ratio – fairly small bezels mean 14″ in a 13″ body.

Acer states (test in brackets) 400 (405) nits and 1000:1 (1150:1) contrast. It has 100% sRGB. The 2560 x 1600 version achieves 550 nits, 1200:1 contrast and 90% DCI-P3.

It is one of the best LPTS panels and is perfect for office productivity and multimedia.

Processor – Pass+

  • intel 12th Gen Core i7-1260p 12 cores/16 threads from 1.5-4.7 GHz
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EU – Good for general productivity and browser-based gaming.
  • OpenCL: battery 18326, power 19465
  • Vulkan: battery 14365, power 18,168
  • Geekbench 5 Single/Multiprocessor Score: Battery 1128/7913, Power 1712/9869

There is a big difference between battery (Balanced mode) and performance (Performance), but all Windows laptops automatically throttle to around 80% on battery power. Hidden in the settings are silent, normal and performance modes – the latter uses the full 28W TDP.

Ram: 16GB DDR5-4800 – Soldered to motherboard so not upgradeable

Storage: WD SN810 – Super-fast PCIe 4.0 x 4.

CPDT is a measure of sustained throughput – This is very fast at 4130/1510 MBit/s in sequential read/write.

Crystal Disk Mark is more of a measure of Top performance and accordingly delivers the highest results.

This is a Samsung T7 Shield Portable SSD – Fast and Rugged (Storage Review) USB-C 3.2 Gen 2

This is a Plugable Thunderbolt3 external SSD – so very fast (Storage Review)

Throttle: Passed

Even at 100% load, the chassis never exceeded 34° thanks to the dual 59-blade fans and copper-colored heat pipes.

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Communication – Pass+

  • Intel Killer AX1675i Wi-Fi 6E but cannot see a 6GHz channel. Requires a firmware update.
  • BT 5.3 supports quick connection and multipoint

The laptop can connect at up to 2400Mbps full duplex and has strong signal strength.

Ports – transcend

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4 5V/3A/15W (USB-C backward compatible)
  • 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps
  • HDMI 2.1 4K @ 60Hz
  • 3.5mm 4 pin jack

I particularly like the two TB4 ports and a separate HDMI 2.1 [email protected] port. You can operate three external monitors from it.

Battery – Passed

Acer claims 10 hours of battery with fast charge – four hours in 30 minutes.

The brick charger provides 5V/3A/15W, 9V/3A/27W, 15V/3A/45W or 20V/3.35A/65W. You can charge it on any USB Use C-PD device.

exams

  • VLC video loop 50% volume/brightness: 13 hours and 12 minutes
  • PC Mark 10 battery: 11 hours 52 minutes (typical office workload)
  • Heavy use: 5 hours and 22 minutes
  • Charging time: 1.4 hours
  • Discharge time 100% load: 4 hours and 2 minutes

Build – Transcend

It measures 206.98 x 318.9 x 14.95 x 1.2 kg – light and quite small for a 14″ screen. It uses 6053 aerospace aluminum with a beautiful textured anodized finish with a hardness of 75V.

When open, the spine (hinge) raises the deck to allow for better cooling.

Webcam – Pass+

It’s 1080p and pretty good with Acer’s TNR technology for high-quality images in low light. Dual microphone array (above) with PurifiedVoice AI Noise Reduction

Keyboard – Passed

It features large, well-spaced chiclet keys and a 2-level backlight. The keys can be difficult to see under office lights and almost impossible in direct sunlight.

They have 1.3mm of travel (good) and about 35g (light) of activation. It has good tactile feel and an excellent touchpad that supports four-finger swiping.

There is a fingerprint sensor on the power button.

Sound – Passes, but no bass

There are left and right 2.0 lower deck downfire speakers. The DTS Audio app has three presets: Music, Movies and Games, and a custom EQ. It makes no difference to the bass (there isn’t one) but can help with clear dialogue.

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The maximum volume is 85 dB – ok for a personal device. The soundstage is wider than the keyboard (good), and there’s some spatial effect with Dolby Atmos and DTS content.

sound quality

Deep bass 20-40Hz zero
Medium bass 40-100Hz zero
High bass 100-200Hz A slow rise to 200 Hz
Low mids 200-400 Hz Still builds to 350Hz.
Mid 400-1000Hz Even
High-Mid 1-2kHz Even
Low Treble 2-4kHz Even
Mid highs 4-6kHz Even
High Treble 6-10kHz Small decrease to deal with the harshness of the highs
Dog whistle 10-20kHz Flat to 20kHz
Sound signature type Bright Vocal (bass deepened, mid/treble boosted) – for vocal tracks and strings, but can make them harsh. But there’s very little high bass, so the punch turns into a whomp. And while it has mid to high highs, the notes are a little thin and lack precision.
soundstage Only as wide as the phone, and DA settings don’t add a wider soundstage. There is a clear alignment of the bottom speakers.
comment The sound signature is average, so use BT headphones or a stereo speaker.

You can read how to tell if you have good music (sound signature is key – guide)

Windows and much more – Pass(able)

It comes with Windows Home 11, but Acer has succumbed to the dark side and loaded a lot of bloatware. I don’t want trial versions of Norton, Adobe, Dropbox, Disney+, Express VPN and apps like Forge of Empires, Booking.com, Amazon, App Explorer and low-end games. Not to mention Acer User Experience and other Acer apps that simply collect data.

Maintenance – Passed

We couldn’t find a service manual, but the base is easy to remove. Ram is soldered to the motherboard, so got 16GB. The SSD and the 3-cell battery are interchangeable.

CyberShack’s View – The Acer Swift 5 2022 is pretty much perfect

This ticks all the boxes for the perfect 14-inch clamshell laptop. I can forgive Acer’s bloatware, lack of keycap/letter contrast, and average sound as everything else is spot on.

Personally, I prefer the 360° hinge style over the clamshell style, but I can see where it fits.

I don’t know the price, but it’s a good value considering it’s <$2500 for the test configuration.

Assessment Statement

Functions 90

It has more ports and features than many that simply have TB4 ports.

value 90

Undetermined at this point but at around A$2500 it would be good value for money

power 90

As expected, the i7-1260P is great on mains and 80% slower on battery – still plenty of productivity and portability.

Ease of use 80

Yes, you can use 10 hours. It is also very well made and portable. Loses points for lack of color contrast in the keyboard and difficulty seeing the keys or display in direct sunlight

Draft – 95

Well done for making the best looking laptop since the early days of HP Spectre

Acer Swift 5 2022 model SF514-56T-71CL

TBA, but around $2500

Acer Swift 5 2022 model SF514-56T-71CL

advantages

  • Attractive, lightweight yet robust design
  • Good Intel EVO performance
  • PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD – fast
  • HDMI 2.1, 2 TB4 and 2 USB-A ports
  • Decent webcam

Disadvantages

  • Lack of keycap and lettering contrast – hard to see
  • Average sound – no bass
  • Too much bloatware
  • Reflective screen not good in direct sunlight
  • Lots of SKUs so make sure it’s the 2022 model with everything you want