How to open Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T) – disassembly and upgrade options

This is an ultrabook. Essentially, this means you shouldn’t expect to find much to upgrade on the inside. Thankfully, the storage is not soldered and supports Gen 4 SSDs.

Check out all Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T) prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To access this laptop’s internals, you need to undo 11 Torx-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and lift it away from the chassis.

2. Remove the battery

This notebook is equipped with a 56Wh battery pack. It lasts for nearly 12 hours of Web browsing, or about 10 hours of video playback. To remove it, unplug the battery connector from the motherboard, and undo the two Phillips-head screws.

3. Upgrade memory and storage

Memory-wise, you get 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, working at 4800MHz. Unfortunately, it is soldered to the motherboard. On the other hand, you can upgrade the storage, via one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, with the support of Gen 4 SSDs.

4. Cooling system

Here, we see two heat pipes, two heat sinks, and two very small fans. As you can see, the VRMs are left uncooled.

Check out all Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T) prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56 / SF514-56T) in-depth review

Once one of the lightest notebooks out there, the Swift 5 has fallen to the clutches of the HP Pavilion Aero 13, and ASUS ExpertBook B9 B9400. However, Acer has figured that having the lightest chassis is not the most important thing anymore. Now, the Swift 5 (SF514-56T) comes with Intel's Alder Lake-P processor. They are pretty powerful but require adequate cooling to perform well. This is why Acer hasn't spared any resources in the design of its thermal management. The company is really proud of its "TwinAir" cooling setup and claims a huge performance boost over last year's model. Of[...]

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Super rigid chassis
  • 100% sRGB coverage and accurate colors with our Gaming and Web design profile (AUO B140QAN03.2 (AUODD9E))
  • No PWM (AUO B140QAN03.2 (AUODD9E))
  • HDMI 2.1 + two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4 + Gen 4 SSD support
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass display surface

Cons

  • No SD card reader
  • Soldered memory
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