Acer introduced its new ultra-portable Swift 5 notebook at its Next@Acer event in Berlin, Germany. Weighing less than 1 kilogram, the new 14-inch machine appears to be one of the industry’s thinnest and lightest laptops with discrete graphics.

To minimize the weight, the Acer Swift 5 notebook comes in a chassis made of magnesium-lithium as well as magnesium-aluminum alloys that is only 14.95 mm thick. Besides, the system is equipped with a 14-inch Full-HD IPS display with three-side narrow bezels and a screen-to-body ratio of 86.4%.

The Swift 5 is based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core processor codenamed Ice Lake with up to four cores as well as Intel Iris Pro Graphics that can be optionally accompanied by NVIDIA’s discrete GeForce MX 250 discrete GPU. The laptop naturally uses LPDDR4X RAM for power efficiency as well as an up to 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the system is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 port as well as Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5 wireless technologies. Meanwhile, the system also has a fingerprint reader as well as a webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello login.

Acer says that the Swift 5 laptop can work for up to 12.5 hours on one charge (based on testing using Web browsing) when equipped with Intel’s 10th Gen Core i5, NVIDIA’s GeForce MX 250, 16 GB LPDDR4X, and with a Full-HD display set at 100 nits brightness.

Acer’s Swift 5 will hit the market later this month. Pricing will depend on exact configurations and will vary from region to region. In EMEA, the machine will cost starting from €899.

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  • AshlayW - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    720p is absolutely fine for a 14" laptop screen. I have an HP Envy x360 2 -in- 1 with a Ryzen 5 2500U, at 13", I play Warframe at 720p and it looks fine.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    Depends a lot on whether it's the 1D10 or crippled 1D12 variant. If (big if) it's the 1D10 and has a reasonable cooling solution applied, it should be substantially faster with better driver support - more than enough for the sort of gaming someone is likely to do on a 14" notebook.
  • tipoo - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    The Ice Lake IGP is impressive for what it is but still not at the MX250 level, least of all if this is a 25W part.
  • Rookierookie - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - link

    I wish they would use the Swift 5 15" keyboard layout on the 14" model. It feels a lot less cramped, has Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys that don't crowd the arrow keys so much, and there's definitely enough room from it. Heck, HP uses a very similar layout in its Envy 13".

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