Acer's latest Swift 5 sports elegant design, slim bezels, and new Intel integrated graphics

Acer Swift 5 (2020) Family in gold and green
Acer Swift 5 (2020) Family in gold and green (Image credit: Acer)

What you need to know

  • Acer unveiled its latest refresh to the Swift 5 notebook.
  • The notebook brings a fresh design, slim bezels, and Intel's latest Core i CPUs with a new integrated graphics architecture.
  • The refreshed Acer Swift 5 is expected to launch in October starting at $1,000.

Acer took the wraps off of a load of new PCs today, and not least among them is the new Swift 5. Expected to launch in October startin at $1,000, the new Swift 5 carries forward the elegant look of its predecessor, but with new hardware inside. There's also a new color to look forward to: mist green with gold accents.

Acer Swift 5 features and specs

Acer Swift 5 Green Front

Source: Acer (Image credit: Source: Acer)

The new Acer Swift 5 runs on Windows 10 home, powered by up to 16GB of RAM and Intel's Core i-series processors. Acer is mum at the moment on exactly which processors the Swift 5 will run, but it says the integrated graphics are based on Intel's new Xe architecture. Alternatively, you'll be able to get NVIDIA GeForce MX350 discrete graphics if you prefer.

The focus here, however, is on portability. Acer has backed that up with a thin and light design measuring a little over half-an-inch thick. That's packed in an all-metal chassis that looks rather slick. The 14-inch screen is flanked by slim bezels, and there's a layer of antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass to help cut down on screen crud.

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OSWindows 10 Home
ProcessorLatest Intel Core i
GraphicsIntel UHDOptional NVIDIA MX350
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display14 inches1920x1080 (FHD)Touch, IPS300 nits16:9 aspect ratio
PortsThunderbolt 3HDMITwo USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2)3.5mm audio
AudioDTS Audio
WirelessIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX201Bluetooth 5.0
BiometricsFingerprint reader
Battery40Wh, 56Wh
Dimensions12.6 x 8.2 x 0.59 inches(318.9mm x 206.98mm x 14.95mm)
WeightFrom 2.2 pounds (0.99kg)
ColorMist GreenSafari Gold
AvailabilityOctober (North America, EMEA, China)
PriceFrom $1,000

Wi-Fi 6 connectivity is here, which is to be expected now that it's starting to come standard in most PCs. Acer also says you'll be able to snag around four hours of battery life from a 30-minute charge, which can come in handy when trying to make it through your day.

Acer is explicitly targeting the Swift 5 at young professionals. That's evident in everything from the design to the attention to a cooling feature that lets you choose how much noise the laptop can make by toggling between silent, normal, and performance modes.

Look for the new Acer Swift 5 to arrive in October starting at $1,000 in the U.S. It's expected to launch in EMEA territories and China at the same time, starting at €1,099 and RMB 6,999, respectively.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl