The 2021 Acer Swift 5 is an ultrathin Windows 11 vehicle for on-the-go laptop lovers

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Swift Front (Image credit: Acer)

What you need to know

  • The 2021 refresh of the Acer Swift 5 comes pre-packed with Windows 11.
  • The laptop weighs just over two pounds and is under an inch thick, retaining its traditionally thin and lightweight profile.
  • It releases on October 5 with pricing starting at $1,100.

Some people prioritize portability over all else, especially when it comes to laptops. The Swift 5 is Acer's product for people with those sorts of priorities. It's under an inch thick, weighs just a smidgen over two pounds, and is one of the easier laptops to slide into a backpack and travel around with.

But no amount of portability matters if the machine's a lemon. That's why the Acer Swift 5 comes equipped with the hardware and software necessary to stay relevant in the current 2021 landscape. It comes with Windows 11 baked in, alongside specs such as an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage so you're not strapped for space.

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CategorySwift 5 (SF514-55TA)
OSWindows 11 Home
Processor11th Gen Intel
Core i7-1165G7
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe
Storage512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display14 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
Touch, IPS
100% sRGB
340 nits
PortsThunderbolt 4
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
AudioStereo speakers
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
SecurityFingerprint reader
Kensington lock slot
BatteryUp to 15 hours
65W AC adapter
Dimensions12.6 x 8.1 x 0.59 inches
(320mm x 206mm x 15mm)
Weight2.31 pounds (1.05kg)
PriceFrom $1,100
AvailabilityOctober 5

In the event you're interested in this latest iteration of the Swift 5, you can grab it starting on October 5, the same day Windows 11 launches. Pricing starts at $1,100, so if you want something cheaper and don't mind a bit more bulk, check out the Aspire Vero. It's also relatively slim and has an eco-friendly slant to its design. Or, alternatively, just check out the best Windows laptops if Acer's latest offerings aren't quite your speed.

Robert Carnevale

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