Acer’s new Swift The MacBook Pro 14 is the company’s MacBook Pro and it replaces the Swift 5, which is to say it’s a well-built, thin, beautifully designed all-metal portable with enough power to keep you going wherever you go Get work done everywhere.
It’s not perfect. Battery life could be better, and there are some other options for specific use cases, but for its price ($1,400 as tested), you’d be hard-pressed to beat this set up as an all-around great Windows laptop.
Laptop makers seem to have finally figured out a common naming convention centered around model names paired with laptop screen sizes rather than random numbers. revolutionary. genius. Wait until you tell your grandkids it took the industry three decades to figure it out. Thanks to Dell and Apple for leading the way. Anyway, here we are finally. The Acer Swift 5 is gone. The Acer Swift 14 is available now (as is the Swift Go, which replaces the Swift 3).
This year’s Swift lineup includes the Swift Go (with an OLED screen), the Swift X (with a dedicated GPU), and the regular Swift (which is more premium-looking and comes in green or blue with gold accents) with an OLED screen or a dedicated GPU.
The Swift 14 looks nearly identical to last year’s Swift 5, with an aluminum-magnesium chassis and barely any flex. Not even with one hand in the corner, which I don’t recommend you make a habit of, but I do with every laptop I test. Good ones, like the Swift 14, don’t bend. My ThinkPad T14 is jealous.
The unit I reviewed has an Intel Core i7 (13700H) processor with Iris Xe Graphics (shared memory), 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, and a 14-inch IPS WQXGA touchscreen (2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate). The screen ratio is 16:10, I prefer 16:9. That little extra is just… nice. There’s also a cheaper Swift 14 model with a 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution screen, which is slightly better than 1080p. All of this comes packaged in a 2.65-pound package that’s only 12 inches wide and 0.59 inches thick.
The biggest news in Swift 14 is the new 13th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, which are surprisingly fast for an Evo-certified processor. If you’re interested in video editing or light gaming, the Swift X with its dedicated Nvidia GPU is your best bet. But in my tests, the Swift 14 was very fast for everyday use, including tab-heavy web browsing, chat apps, video conferencing, and photo editing with Darktable (I’m running it through Windows Subsystem for Linux), And it is still fast.