11 Sep 2019 AT 05:12 PM

Reviewed: Acer Swift 5

It may have a high price tag, but the world’s lightest 15-inch notebook makes for the perfect travel partner
11 Sep 2019 AT 05:12 PM

Laptops, tablets, smartphones, two-in-one laptops – the amount of technology to experience and the different possibilities each of them boasts can be, well, intimidating to say the least. Some laptops offer dual-screens these days, while others are made specifically for the MOBA gamer on the go.

These days it can be hard to pick out the device that suits you, but for something a little simpler (that certainly still packs a tech-savvy punch), Acer’s “world’s lightest 15-inch laptop” is definitely a front-runner.

At an impressive 0.998kg, Acer brings us a laptop that feels more like a slightly heavier-than-most notepad. That doesn’t make it feel cheap in the slightest though, being made of ultra-light magnesium-lithium alloys for the top and bottom cover, and magnesium-aluminum alloys for extra sturdiness. It gives this laptop that sleek design and comfortable hold worth showing off.

We find ourselves moving it around just because we could, and, say if we were in an uncomfortable position while lying around, it was no trouble at all to maneuver it around with us. Some might say it could be moved, erm, ‘swiftly’.

Opening up the Swift 5 to a full HD 1920x1080 15.6-inch touchscreen is a treat thanks to its ultra-narrow bezels, which Acer tells us gives us an 87.6 percent screen-to-body ratio to create an immersive viewing experience. That isn’t truly experienced until we put on a visually stimulating flick. Colours accurately pop from the screen, making it feel more like a cinema experience, especially if the lights are out.

It uses the Intel Core i7-8550U processor, a quad-core chipset with a clock speed of 1.8GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 4GHz. Unless you’re doing massive amounts of content creating on Adobe Premiere Pro while browsing through Facebook at the same time, this means we were able to quickly breeze through software without any delay.

Swift 5’s keyboard is light (funnily enough), which means softer action, but without any layout problems, and the fact the keys are LED backlit, its comfortable to use.

This isn’t a laptop for the hardcore gamer though, and without an ultra-fast Thunderbolt 3 port for a gaming box, don’t expect to be playing Overwatch for hours on end. It still holds up with less demanding games, but ultimately, this one is for the travelling worker.

The Swift 5 also features the Intel® Wireless-AC 9560, which offers 2x2 802.11ac wireless Gigabit performance that enhances streaming, sharing and conferencing.

Look, it may have a starting price of AED5,899, which doesn’t make it the most ideal notebook for students (unless parents are on the lookout for a present...), but those who find themselves travelling around that still need to fire-off a quick email or work out big projects will find the Acer Swift 5 a fitting travel companion.

Being called the world’s lightest 15-inch laptop isn’t just a label, it’s a huge advantage when it comes to packing light when taking trips abroad, or even simply taking it out at a café. Hassle-free is the bottom line, and that’s exactly what we need when there’s work on our minds.

If you’re interested the Acer Swift 5 is available at Sharaf DG for AED5,899. Check it out by visiting www.uae.sharafdg.com.