Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T Laptop review: Slim allrounder on EVO basis

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Tiger Lake moves ahead. The Acer Swift 5 SF514 comes with Intel’s EVO label and combines a Tiger Lake CPU with a slim design and good mobility. Our detailed review clarifies what buyers can expect from the 14-inch laptop.

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

With the introduction of Intel’s EVO platform, there is now a quite useful label marking laptops that possess some key specifics. Currently these always include Tiger Lake CPUs, a slim build, a specific battery life, and a required brightness of the display. How well these features are implemented is shown for example by our tests of the MSI Prestige 14 EVO, the Schenker Vision 15, and the Dell XPS 13 9310.

The Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T also belongs to the laptops with an EVO label. In our test unit configuration, it competes with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, the internal Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD against the competitors listed below. Below each section, you can also add more laptops from our database to the comparison.

Processor

Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 x 2.4 – 4.2 GHz, 64 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3

Display

14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics AUO7490, IPS, glossy: yes

Mainboard

Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP

Soundcard

Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP – cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)

Connections

2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio port, 1 Fingerprint Reader

Networking

Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0

Size

height x width x depth (in mm): 14.95 x 318.9 x 207 ( = 0.59 x 12.56 x 8.15 in)

Charging

fast charging / Quickcharge

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit

Camera

Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280×720)

Additional features

Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Norton Security, 24 Months Warranty

Weight

1.005 kg ( = 35.45 oz / 2.22 pounds), Power Supply: 275 g ( = 9.7 oz / 0.61 pounds)

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

Acer has manufactured the case of the Swift 5 SF514 from a magnesium-aluminum alloy, making it very light but also extremely robust. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass, and the whole laptop is covered by a coating layer that was created based on silver ions and is supposed to have an antimicrobial effect, according to Acer. This goes for the whole laptop, including the rubber feet, keyboard, and hinges. The latter allow a display opening angle of about 140 degrees and always keep the display tightly in its position.

In the comparison with other laptops of its class, the Acer Swift 5 SF514 offers similarly small dimensions. These are about the same as the Asus ZenBook 14, with that being even slightly slimmer. However, at a weight of only 1 kg (~2,2 lb), the Acer laptop is the lightest in our test field.

331 mm / 13 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 20.4 mm / 0.803 inch 1.7 kg3.72 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs318.9 mm / 12.6 inch 207 mm / 8.15 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 1 kg2.22 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 13.9 mm / 0.547 inch 1.2 kg2.58 lbs

While the amount of connections is limited in the Acer Swift 5, with the available Thunderbolt 4 port, you can add numerous additional connections using the corresponding adapters. However, you have to make do without a storage card reader.

The Acer Swift 5 SF514 is able to create wireless connections via WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. While the WLAN speeds when transferring data using our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router turn out very good at 1329 Mbit/s on average, when receiving data it is only sufficient for the last place in our test field with an average of 744 Mbit/s.

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Like many manufacturers, Acer also uses only a low-resolution webcam with 0.9 MP in the Swift 5 SF514. The image quality turns out correspondingly meager, blurring the contents even in good light conditions. 

ColorChecker

17.6 ∆E

25.1 ∆E

20.3 ∆E

15.8 ∆E

17.1 ∆E

17.5 ∆E

24.8 ∆E

20.8 ∆E

21.4 ∆E

15.5 ∆E

14.8 ∆E

16 ∆E

13.7 ∆E

20.3 ∆E

24.5 ∆E

13.2 ∆E

18.1 ∆E

17.9 ∆E

2.9 ∆E

12 ∆E

21 ∆E

18.7 ∆E

12.1 ∆E

6.8 ∆E

ColorChecker Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN: 16.99 ∆E min: 2.9 – max: 25.09 ∆E

The box of the Swift 5 SF514 only contains the laptop and its power supply. However, Acer offers numerous general accessories on its own website.

The Acer laptop can be opened after removing all the visible screws at the bottom of the case. Once inside, you can only replace the SSD and the WLAN module, since the rest of the components are soldered in.

Acer Swift 5 SF514 - Maintenance options
Acer Swift 5 SF514 – Maintenance options

Acer offers buyers of the Swift 5 SF514 a warranty period of 24 months.

Keyboard

The keys of the Swift 5 SF514 offer a clearly noticeable pressure point that could almost be called “crisp.” After a short period of getting used to the keyboard, typing tasks can be accomplished easily. There is also a single-step keyboard illumination.

As mouse replacement, Acer uses a ClickPad in the Swift 5 SF514. The surface is well suited for navigation of the mouse pointer, and clicks are recognized reliably via mechanical pressure as well as touch input. In addition, there is the 14-inch touchscreen which is very responsive to touch inputs, reliably implementing the commands in the system.

The display of the Acer Swift 5 SF514 consists of a 14-inch touch-capable IPS panel that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The maximum brightness is 377 cd/m² on average, which makes it the highest in our test field. On the other hand, at 79%, the brightness distribution is the lowest. In addition to the screen used here, the Swift 5 SF514 is also available without a touchscreen.

Since PWM is not used for brightness control, users with sensitive eyes should not have to expect any difficulties.

363

cd/m²
377

cd/m²
367

cd/m²
343

cd/m²
404

cd/m²
397

cd/m²
329

cd/m²
418

cd/m²
399

cd/m²

Distribution of brightness

AU Optronics AUO7490

X-Rite i1Pro 2

Maximum: 418 cd/m² Average: 377.4 cd/m² Minimum: 22 cd/m²

Brightness Distribution: 79 %

Center on Battery: 407 cd/m²

Contrast: 1616:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)

ΔE Color 1.47 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 0.84

ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9

98% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)

Gamma: 2.35

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

AU Optronics AUO7490, IPS, 1920×1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 1920×1080, 14.00
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

AUO B140HAN06.2 (AUO623D), IPS-Level, 1920×1080, 14.00
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

AU Optronics B140HAN06.8, IPS, 1920×1080, 14.00
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *

30 (2, 28)

42 (21.6, 20.4)

-40%

59.6 (26.4, 33.2)

-99%

49.6 (27.6, 22)

-65%

Response Time Black / White *

14 (3, 11)

29.6 (15.6, 14)

-111%

32.8 (16.4, 16.4)

-134%

26.4 (13.2, 13.2)

-89%

PWM Frequency
Brightness middle

404

259

-36%

293

-27%

375.1

-7%

Brightness

377

244

-35%

277

-27%

371

-2%

Brightness Distribution

79

92

16%

89

13%

91

15%

Black Level *

0.25

0.21

16%

0.18

28%

0.34

-36%

Contrast

1616

1233

-24%

1628

1%

1103

-32%

Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *

1.47

4.3

-193%

2.95

-101%

1.79

-22%

Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *

2.6

17.7

-581%

6.03

-132%

3.05

-17%

Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *

0.84

3.8

-352%

0.9

-7%

1.79

-113%

Greyscale DeltaE2000 *

1.7

1.5

12%

4.2

-147%

2.3

-35%

Gamma

2.35 94%

2.04 108%

2.099 105%

2.29 96%

CCT

6662 98%

6609 98%

6622 98%

6405 101%

Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)

63

40

-37%

71

13%

63.9

1%

Color Space (Percent of sRGB)

98

62.9

-36%

93

-5%

98.8

1%

* … smaller is better

According to our measurements, the display of the Swift 5 SF514 offers a very good contrast ratio of 1616:1 and a good black value of 0.25 cd/m². With 98% (sRGB) and 63% (AdobeRGB), the color space coverage is also very good. 

In addition, the CalMAN analysis show that colors are reproduced with only few deviations already in the state of delivery. However, a calibration still brings some small improvements. You can download the corresponding ICC file in the link above, to the right of the graphic on the brightness distribution of the display.

Due to the reflective display surface, the Acer Swift 5 SF514 is only suitable to a limited extent for usage outdoors. While the high brightness still allows you to work in the shade, there are too many reflections in direct sunlight.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession – a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.

Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9716 (minimum: 5 – maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

The viewing angles of the Acer laptop’s IPS panel are very stable. The display contents can be read from almost any angle without too many distortions or color deviations.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

With the Swift 5 SF514, Acer targets users who are looking for a light laptop with a good system performance to take along with them on the road. Buyers have the choice of several processors from Intel’s Tiger Lake generation that also have an influence on the price. There are also several configurations of storage and working memory, depending on your selection of equipment. 

For users with a slightly higher demand on the 3D performance, some models with Nvidia’s GeForce MX350 are also available.

The Intel Core i5-1135G7 used here is a quad-core processor from Intel’s Tiger Lake generation. Its clock speeds lie between 2.4 and 4.2 GHz, with the configured TDP and cooling system being the determining factors on the performance. Acer has configured the Swift 5 with a PL2 of 64 watts and PL1 of 28 watts, allowing it to reach the maximum performance of the i5-1135G7 at least in theory.

In our Cinebench R15 constant load test, the CPU starts with a good value. Even though this drops over time, it still turns out better than the Intel Core i7-1165G7 in the Asus ZenBook 14, for example. The Swift 5 SF514 also shows itself significantly more powerful than other laptops with the i5-1135G7 such as the Lenovo ThinkPad L13. In the single benchmarks, the CPU in the Acer laptop achieves an above-average result, with the multi-core value in particular turning out higher than for other laptops with the Intel Core i5-1135G7.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit

198 Points

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit

916 Points

Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit

96.71 fps

Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit

97.8 %

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In the PCMark 10 benchmark, which evaluates the system performance, the Acer Swift 5 SF514 is able to achieve the second place in our test field. Particularly the values for “Digital Content Creation” and “Essentials” turn out very good here. In everyday operation, the Acer laptop also always runs smoothly and there are no micro stutters or anything like that.

You can find out about the performance of other laptops in our tests in our CPU benchmark list.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162


5026 Points ∼100% +7%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI


4719 Points ∼94%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8


4463 Points ∼89% -5%

Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

  (3548 – 4719, n=13)





4343 Points ∼86% -8%

Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB


4218 Points ∼84% -11%

Average of class Office

  (573 – 5878, n=116, last 2 years)





3359 Points ∼67% -29%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8


6619 Points ∼100% +2%

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162


6507 Points ∼98% 0%

Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB


6501 Points ∼98% 0%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI


6487 Points ∼98%

Average of class Office

  (1266 – 9071, n=116, last 2 years)





6362 Points ∼96% -2%

Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

  (5544 – 6487, n=13)





6201 Points ∼94% -4%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI


9772 Points ∼100%

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162


9727 Points ∼100% 0%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8


9585 Points ∼98% -2%

Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

  (8149 – 9772, n=13)





9267 Points ∼95% -5%

Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB


8578 Points ∼88% -12%

Average of class Office

  (2720 – 10457, n=116, last 2 years)





8153 Points ∼83% -17%

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162


4894 Points ∼100% +2%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI


4794 Points ∼98%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8


4704 Points ∼96% -2%

Average Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

  (4026 – 4794, n=13)





4511 Points ∼92% -6%

Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

Vega 6, R5 4500U, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB


4425 Points ∼90% -8%

Average of class Office

  (899 – 5606, n=116, last 2 years)





3982 Points ∼81% -17%

PCMark 10 Score 4794 points

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The Acer Swift 5 SF514 shows the least latencies in our test field, making it very suitable for real-time applications.

In our test configuration, Acer uses a 512 GB SSD from SK Hynix that achieves average results in the storage benchmarks. In the comparison with our selected competitors, the storage also shows itself to be average. However, the read and write rates are still good and are reflected by quick data access and short wait times when starting applications in everyday operation.

You can find out about the performance of other storage solutions in our tests in our HDD/SSD benchmark list.

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Average SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI

 
Write 4K

77.78

76.7

-1%

248.4

219%

132.3

70%

108 (77.8 – 146, n=5)

39%

Read 4K

46.98

32.04

-32%

56.4

20%

51.74

10%

43.2 (38.8 – 48.8, n=5)

-8%

Write Seq

1054

1019

-3%

2513

138%

1264

20%

1066 (1034 – 1117, n=5)

1%

Read Seq

1137

2014

77%

2250

98%

1484

31%

1109 (1030 – 1183, n=5)

-2%

Write 4K Q32T1

474.5

415.6

-12%

588.8

24%

478.4

1%

427 (351 – 475, n=5)

-10%

Read 4K Q32T1

600.9

367.1

-39%

696.2

16%

366.9

-39%

441 (332 – 601, n=5)

-27%

Write Seq Q32T1

1062

1337

26%

2515

137%

1750

65%

1073 (1059 – 1102, n=5)

1%

Read Seq Q32T1

2309

2850

23%

4915

113%

1970

-15%

2256 (2154 – 2309, n=5)

-2%

Score Total

2536

3907

54%

5500

117%

2260

-11%

2407 (2290 – 2562, n=5)

-5%

Score Write

1034

1569

52%

2172

110%

1108

7%

955 (878 – 1034, n=5)

-8%

Score Read

997

1583

59%

2244

125%

760

-24%

971 (905 – 1055, n=5)

-3%

Access Time Write *

0.032

0.029

9%

0.018

44%

0.114

-256%

0.0336 (0.031 – 0.04, n=5)

-5%

Access Time Read *

0.086

0.135

0.083

0.0608 (0.04 – 0.09, n=4)

4K-64 Write

809.99

1332.29

64%

1753.79

117%

862.42

6%

750 (711 – 810, n=5)

-7%

4K-64 Read

802.84

1316.1

64%

1801.15

124%

587.03

-27%

774 (703 – 806, n=5)

-4%

4K Write

122.68

129.08

5%

184.31

50%

150.85

23%

115 (90.1 – 123, n=5)

-6%

4K Read

53.65

42.52

-21%

66.75

24%

50.88

-5%

49.2 (41.8 – 53.7, n=5)

-8%

Seq Write

1010.67

1079.21

7%

2334.57

131%

947.11

-6%

904 (678 – 1064, n=5)

-11%

Seq Read

1405.16

2246.51

60%

3760.24

168%

1218.6

-13%

1472 (1172 – 1975, n=5)

5%

* … smaller is better

CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1:
2309 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1:
1062 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1:
600.9 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1:
474.5 MB/s

CDM 5 Read Seq:
1137 MB/s

CDM 5 Write Seq:
1054 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Read 4K:
46.98 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Write 4K:
77.78 MB/s

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The internal Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs graphics unit in the Acer Swift SF514 is responsible for the display of image content. It shares its working memory with the CPU and benefits from a multi-channel configuration as we see it here. Correspondingly, the benchmark results also turn out good, with the Xe Graphics G7 80EUs in the Acer laptop almost reaching the Xe Graphics G7 96EUs. With this, the graphics unit is suited for tasks such as simple image processing, for example.

You can compare the performance of other graphics units in our GPU benchmark list.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7


1670 Points ∼100% +21%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


1401 Points ∼84% +1%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7


1384 Points ∼83%

Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

  (743 – 1384, n=13)





1136 Points ∼68% -18%

Average of class Office

  (194 – 1975, n=79, last 2 years)





692 Points ∼41% -50%

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7


5848 Points ∼100% +22%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7


5139 Points ∼88% +8%

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7


4775 Points ∼82%

Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

  (2087 – 4846, n=13)





3673 Points ∼63% -23%

Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 5 4500U


2285 Points ∼39% -52%

Average of class Office

  (425 – 5848, n=109, last 2 years)





2058 Points ∼35% -57%

3DMark 11 Performance
6566 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4325 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1556 points

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The graphics unit of the Acer Swift 5 SF514 is suited only for older games or those with little demands on the graphics performance.

We list the performance that you can expect in additional games in our GPU games list.

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

The Swift 5 SF514 remains silent during office and browser operation, and if the fans do happen to turn on, they run evenly, producing an audible whirr that is easy to ignore.

We did not notice any additional noises, such as coil whine or anything similar, in our test unit.

Noise Level

Idle

25 / 25 / 25 dB(A)

Load
34.7 / 34 dB(A)
  red to green bar

 

30 dB

silent

40 dB(A)

audible

50 dB(A)

loud

 

min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.330.732.531.129.3253334.436.335.1333133.432.229.129.433.44024.833.53023.524.85023.829.124.126.523.8632321.817.824.2238023.118.417.722.123.110021.118.617.519.821.112520.517.615.717.320.51601615.614.214.51620017.115.313.614.717.125016.71613.315.416.731515.114.512.514.315.140016.917.411.612.816.950018.218.611.111.918.263020.120.411.111.220.180020.621.21111.220.6100023.124.911.311.223.1125024.223.611.311.324.2160024.223.911.811.524.2200026.726.112.111.926.7250024.423.412.512.324.43150262212.812.526400020.619.51313.320.6500018.717.813.713.618.7630018.417.313.714.118.4800014.914.314.51414.91000014.313.814.513.714.31250014.413.614.313.614.41600013.813.31313.513.8SPL34.73424.824.834.7N1.91.70.60.61.9median 18.7median 17.8median 13median 13.5median 18.7Delta33.41.21.13hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN
Stress test
Stress test

Our measurements attest the Acer laptop with surface temperatures of up to 33.9 °C (93 °F) under load. The warmest spot is in the back area of the center, with the palm rests always remaining cool. This means that you can also use the laptop also easily under load and operate it on your lap, for example.

During our about hour-long constant load test, the temperatures inside the Swift 5 SF514 rose up to 97 °C (207 °F). Until the end of the test, these were lowered by the cooling system down to an average value of about 60 °C (140 °F), with the clock speeds being lower than the basic clock speed at an average of 1.5 GHz. However, the system could still be operated smoothly. Since a load as in our stress test is almost impossible in everyday operation, users don’t need to expect any limitations due to temperatures being too high.

  32.5 °C

91 F
33.9 °C

93 F
31.2 °C

88 F
 
  32.8 °C

91 F
34.5 °C

94 F
27.9 °C

82 F
 
  28.1 °C

83 F
27.6 °C

82 F
25.5 °C

78 F
 
Maximum: 34.5 °C = 94 F

Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
33 °C

91 F
35.4 °C

96 F
33.8 °C

93 F
26 °C

79 F
31.4 °C

89 F
30.2 °C

86 F
25.5 °C

78 F
27 °C

81 F
27.4 °C

81 F
Maximum: 35.4 °C = 96 F

Average: 30 °C = 86 F

Power Supply (max.)  35.8 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket

(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.

(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.

(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.4 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F

(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.3 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.

(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.1 °C / 82.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.

(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (-0.1 °C / -0.2 F).

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The speakers of the Swift 5 play relatively quietly, and their sound spectrum emphasizes the higher notes. While you can still use it occasionally to reproduce media content in quiet surroundings, we recommend headphones or external speakers in the long run.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs202831.1282529.835.129.83128.629.428.64026.723.526.7502526.5256320.324.220.38019.922.119.910018.219.818.212515.517.315.516016.714.516.720021.414.721.425034.515.434.531541.114.341.14004812.84850046.911.946.96304811.24880051.611.251.6100054.611.254.6125055.411.355.416005911.559200060.711.960.7250054.212.354.2315057.812.557.840005713.357500057.813.657.8630061.214.161.280006514651000060.413.760.41250064.313.664.31600062.113.562.1SPL70.924.870.9N25.10.625.1median 54.6median 13.5median 54.6Delta111.11135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DNApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz

Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65.03 dB)

Bass 100 – 315 Hz

(-) | nearly no bass – on average 30.1% lower than median

(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)

Mids 400 – 2000 Hz

(+) | balanced mids – only 4.4% away from median

(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)

Highs 2 – 16 kHz

(+) | balanced highs – only 4.6% away from median

(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)

Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz

(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.9% difference to median)

Compared to same class

» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 10% worse

» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%

Compared to all devices tested

» 85% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 11% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)

Bass 100 – 315 Hz

(±) | reduced bass – on average 11.3% lower than median

(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)

Mids 400 – 2000 Hz

(+) | balanced mids – only 2.4% away from median

(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)

Highs 2 – 16 kHz

(+) | balanced highs – only 2% away from median

(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)

Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz

(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)

Compared to same class

» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse

» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%

Compared to all devices tested

» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

According to our measurements, the Acer Swift 5 has the lowest average performance consumption in idle operation, and with a power consumption of up to 67.2 watts under load, it is also able to lead our test field in the highest power consumption. 

The included power supply is rated for a maximum power delivery of 65 watts, so it is just sufficiently dimensioned to be able to deliver the necessary power to the Acer laptop.

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI, IPS, 1920×1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

R5 4500U, Vega 6, WDC PC SN730 SDBQNTY-512GB, IPS, 1920×1080, 14.00
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162, IPS-Level, 1920×1080, 14.00
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 1920×1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-20VH0017GE

i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920×1080, 13.30
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs

 
Average of class Office

 
Idle Minimum *

2.4

4.4

-83%

5

-108%

4.8

-100%

4.4

-83%

3.59 (2.4 – 5.5, n=11)

-50%

3.84 (1.3 – 9.5, n=120, last 2 years)

-60%

Idle Average *

3.5

7.7

-120%

7

-100%

6.5

-86%

7.2

-106%

6.42 (3.5 – 9.1, n=11)

-83%

7.13 (3.5 – 14.5, n=120, last 2 years)

-104%

Idle Maximum *

6.6

8.9

-35%

11

-67%

7.7

-17%

9.8

-48%

8.05 (4.5 – 10.8, n=11)

-22%

8.86 (4.8 – 16.2, n=120, last 2 years)

-34%

Load Average *

47

31.3

33%

54

-15%

29.6

37%

31.7

33%

36 (25 – 47, n=11)

23%

37.3 (9 – 84, n=120, last 2 years)

21%

Load Maximum *

67.2

50.6

25%

65

3%

57.8

14%

66.6

1%

61 (41.4 – 69.7, n=11)

9%

52.2 (13.2 – 131, n=120, last 2 years)

22%

Witcher 3 ultra *

33

39

28.6

* … smaller is better

In our realistic WLAN test, the Swift 5 SF514 achieves a battery life of more than 13 hours. During the test, all the power saving functions, such as the variable frame rate in Intel’s graphics control app, were turned off. This means that the Acer laptop makes very good use of its 56-Wh battery.

Battery Runtime

NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 13h 14min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness 10h 29min
Load (maximum brightness) 1h 36min
Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN

i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 56 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L14-20U50003GE

R5 4500U, Vega 6, 45 Wh
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 52.4 Wh
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA

i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 67 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen2-20VH0017GE

i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 46 Wh
Average of class Office

 
WiFi v1.3

794

487

-39%

451

-43%

786

-1%

364

-54%

514 (241 – 1124, n=121, last 2 years)

-35%

Load

96

145

51%

68

-29%

194

102%

89

-7%

114 (50 – 241, n=78, last 2 years)

19%

Pros

+ light and robust

+ good system performance

+ good input devices

+ Thunderbolt 4 connection

Cons

hardly any maintenance options

reflective touchscreen

Testing the Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN. Test unit provided by Acer Germany.
Testing the Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN. Test unit provided by Acer Germany.

The Acer Swift 5 SF514 leaves a very good impression in our test. The workmanship is of high quality, and the performance is also very well-suited for mobile operation and office, as well as browser tasks. The built-in hardware is also sufficient for simple image processing and less demanding games. In addition, the package is rounded by the very good battery life.

With the Acer Swift 5 SF514 with Tiger Lake CPU, there is nothing in the way of long lasting activities without the charger. We would have liked an alternative to the highly-reflective display, however.

Unfortunately the maintenance options turn out limited, but this also benefits the slim build. At least, you can replace the SSD and WLAN module and also clean the fan. In our opinion, the reflective display also represents a disadvantage. It is not well suited for working outdoors, and artificial light sources can also lead to annoying reflections. The antimicrobial coating is a nice gimmick, but its usefulness might be limited.

The Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN is available (in Germany) starting right now. In the US, several configurations are available at Acer, starting from $999.

Acer Swift 5 SF514-55T-58DN – 03/31/2021 v7

Mike Wobker

Connectivity

50 / 80 → 62%

Games Performance

70 / 78 → 90%

Application Performance

86 / 95 → 90%

Office – Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2021-04- 2 (Update: 2021-04- 2)

Mike Wobker

I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.

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