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.
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.