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Acer’s Swift 5 Pro is the perfect lockdown companion for staff looking to remain productive while remote working from home. The design of the notebook PC isn’t just eye-catching with a premium feel, as the magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum metal chassis also means that the laptop is astonishingly lightweight (around 990g). This makes it easy to carry from room to room in search of the best Microsoft Teams/Zoom call lighting and to lug around in a backpack.

Despite being a featherweight, the Swift 5 Pro is no flyweight in terms of performance, boasting an Intel Core i7-8550U under its 14.94 mm thin hood. It is coupled with 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB worth of solid-state storage for this Windows 10 Pro operating notebook PC. Also not being skimped on by Acer is the connectivity options with plenty of options available including USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and a display port.

In terms of the display, you get a 14″ FHD (1080p) IPS touchscreen that sports narrow bezels across all three sides, and an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 86.4%, and a highly respectable 300 nits brightness level. The audio experience is not shabby either, with a good amount of volume for video calls, Netflix series or movies alike, with quality not taking much of a hit at the loudest volumes.

Equally impressive is the typing experience via the backlit keyboard and large, smooth in operation trackpad.

Final word

Another element in which the lightweight Acer Swift 5 Pro is no featherweight is the asking price, but stylish design, ultraportable practicality, good battery life, and capable performance doesn’t come without a price.

Pricing is highly dependent upon your configuration for this ultraslim and lightweight notebook PC, with the Core i7 variant with 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage for example going for a recommended retail price of R19 999. Worth it for those who can afford it in our opinion.