Acer Swift 1 2018 14 Inch (N5000, 4GB) Budget Laptop Review

I have reviewed of Acer Swift 1 for couple of times and I consider it as a good option for users who cannot afford for something expensive, but demanding quite bit performance from its system. At the end of 2018, Acer refreshes its hardware and now the device is even more powerful considering they now put of Intel Pentium Silver with quad core CPU cluster rather than dual core cluster we see last year. In term of design, they don’t change much about it and it seems that the manufacture is basically focused on hardware at all. The pricing is remaining similar as it still costs for under 400 dollars depending on what kind of storage you are going to pick here.

I just hope Acer should increase the storage capacity as they still decide to include of 64GB EMMC that won’t let you adding to many things into your system. The storage is expandable through the micro SD card, but it will still limit your movement here. It’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Construction

The overall design promised here is not disappoint at all since Acer puts of sleek and modern approach which makes it does not feel cheap at all. The smooth gray finishing covers of its entire surface and sadly we have no color option besides of this model. In term of build quality, I have to say the chassis itself is made from plastic and will show of flex in both of keyboard deck and lid cover. I notice it easily as soon as twist the lid or putting a pressure into the keyboard deck. However, I find this case as still normal and won’t make a problem for our daily usage. Just never put of great expectation toward this case and should be okay.

Moving into the inside, I am surprised to find a fingerprint reader located near the keyboard. The fingerprint sometimes fails to recognize my finger, but it works ten times from 12 attempts during of my test. It should offer a better security for securing the data inside the laptop. The keyboard at this case features a pretty similar layout and feel like the Ideapad 330 14 inch for some reasons. They even make the power button at the same location which is interested to see it more here.

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Display and Input

Acer Swift 1 14 Inch 2 The 14 inch display features of 1920 x 1080p resolution and could be the biggest selling point here. I am not going to give any complaint if they promise of HD resolution panel here because for 14 inch display, HD resolution is still relatively good. However, Acer promises us of much better thing although the panel quality is not so impressive here. The panel itself manages to cover of good color accuracy and contrast although I see the point where the brightness is quite bad. It’s measured at 218 nits and really makes you need to adjust it couple of times for outdoor usage.

As for the input, the keyboard comes with nice and pretty familiar layout. Unfortunately, the travel distant is quite low at 1.1 mm here. Some users need to get used it for a while especially for users who has just moved from bigger machine. The typing experience is not bad at all here considering the keys are snappy don’t require of great punctuation force. It’s even better when I see the keyboard does not flex at all during of my fast typing. The touchpad offer of similar good impression and has equipped with Windows Precision Driver.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:21:23

Acer Swift 1 14 Inch 2018Main Specs
CPU Intel Gemini Lake N5000 Quad Core 1.1 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14 Inch 1920 x 1080p
OS Windows 10 S
Memory 4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 64GB EMMC (Flash Storage)

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Performance and Battery

The common improvement that often done by the manufacture every year is located on the hardware configuration. This time, Acer refreshes the component inside with much powerful hardware and it sounds so promising in my opinion. The Intel N5000 processor is based on Gemini Lake architecture and offering a better performance thanks to it’s increased of number cores. There are four cores CPU clocked at 1.1 GHz and combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB EMMC. For just a daily usage like browsing and editing document, you should never have any problem and will promise an even better experience than what its competitor offer to us.

For daily usage, the battery life should last longer than you can expect here. The battery capacity is relatively small, but would easily last between of 6 to 8 hours in single charge. I have tested it for couple of times by running browser and streaming of movies for nonstop and always end up between 6 to 8 hours. Sadly, the charging processor is done through the proprietary charger and no USB charging method is available here. Well, 8 hours is a pretty good time to finish many works in single way without worrying for the battery.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:21:23
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Final Thought

The Swift 1 14 2018 is not coming with any difference in design and builds quality matter than the last year model, but its brand new hardware might make you slightly interested here. The hardware featured this time is much powerful compared to the previous generation and allowing you to do some demanding works which impossible to do previously. If you are what looking for is the performance, then this should be a good case for you. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading our article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.




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