Say hello to the thinnest and lightest 14-inch laptop on the market. It is incredible to see how a device with that screen-size can be less than 10mm thick and weight 890 grams. Of course, this notebook received numerous awards thanks to their simple, yet futuristic design and the execution of it.
So, how did Acer actually do it? For now, we can only say that it uses magnesium alloy and black magic. Stay with us to see our in-depth analysis. In addition to the incredible design, the notebook features an IPS panel with touchscreen capabilities, while it is driven by a 5W Y-series processor.
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Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) - Specs
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What’s in the box?
The Swift 7 (SF714-52T) comes in a black box that showcases the awards it got. However, when you open the primary box, there is one very minimalistic inside, that one would wonder how it can fit a laptop inside. Alongside this box, there is a 45W power adapter, as well as some mandatory manuals and guides. Also, you are going to find a USB Type-C dongle. But wait! There is more! Acer supplies you with a special sleeve-type of a bag for protection and ease of transportation (and of course showcasing your class).
Design and construction
Let’s start with the numbers – this device is 9.95mm thick and weighs only 890 grams. However, this is not the only impressive thing about it. It also has an incredibly small footprint, thanks to its super-narrow bezels all around the screen. Honestly, it feels pretty weird in the hand – more like you are holding a small journal, rather than a laptop, you can do stuff on. With that said, we have to mention that despite the magnesium alloy chassis, Swift 7 (SF714-52T) feels very fragile – it is very easy to flex the device even in a closed position.
Expectedly, you can’t open the lid with a single hand. It is good that the display is a touchscreen model, but there is some shaky-shaky going on when you try to use it. On the bright side, it has a Gorilla Glass 6 cover, which greatly increases the structural integrity of the entire lid portion. As we mentioned, there are barely any bezels around the screen, but more importantly – there is no camera.
This is because the camera is found on the base. At first, you won’t be able to find it. The reason for that is that Acer has embedded the nose-peeker inside a button that lifts up upon pressing. Indeed, the location is very uncomfortable – not only it is showing the creepy elements of your face, but it is placed on the left side, which makes it look like you are talking to a camera, moments before your death.
On a slightly brighter note, it is still great that Acer has managed to put a cam on their laptop. Also, their keyboard is better than the Butterfly one, found on the MacBooks. Additionally, it has a decent click to it and it is equipped with a backlight. Given the thickness, it is interesting that there is some bend to the base when you press too hard, but it is unnoticeable when typing.
Further below you are going to notice the extremely long touchpad. Despite the awkward aspect ratio, it is very comfortable for use and has distinguished clicks, without needing too much force to activate. By the way, this laptop features a fingerprint reader as well. It is super fast and accurate, and also doubles as a power on/off button.
When you turn the laptop upside down (which is a two-finger job, honestly), there is only one vent you can see. Actually, this is where the camera module resides. On either side of the machine, you can see the speaker cut-outs.
This laptop comes with an extremely limited I/O – there is only a headphone jack on the left and two Thunderbolt connectors on the right (one is used for power, as well). Thankfully, you are supplied with a dongle by Acer that expands to, again, USB Type-C, as well as a USB Type-A port and an HDMI connector.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
For a laptop that small, it is not very easy to get into its guts. Obviously, you have to remove the bottom panel to do so. But how can you do that? Well, first, you need to remove all four feet, as they hide a Phillips-head screw beneath (no, the fifth and smallest foot hides nothing, we checked). Then, remove them, as well as the six other Torx-head screws and you are free to pry the plate up. It would be best to start from the front, but be very careful, as the clips are very fragile.
Interestingly, the Swift 7 (SF714-52T) doesn’t have any moving objects inside – this means no HDD and ultimately – no fan. Additionally, the motherboard is placed upside down, and we can’t see the passive cooling solution – it should be just thermal paste, connecting the board to the base of the device.
Sadly, there are no upgradability options, as both the memory and the storage is soldered to the motherboard.
In terms of battery – it takes around 65-70% of the space inside and has a capacity of 31.9Wh. This might sound small, but keep in mind we are talking about a 5W TDP processor inside a very-very tight chassis.
Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) features a Full HD IPS touchscreen display, model number AUO B140HAN06.0 (AUO603D). Its diagonal is 14″ (35.56 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, their pitch – 0.161 x 0.161 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 56 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).
Its viewing angles are excellent. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.
The maximum measured brightness is 310 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 288 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 17%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 7200K (average) – colder than the 6500K optimum for sRGB. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 7000K.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 51% Brightness (White level = 143 cd/m2, Black level = 0.084 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is very good – 1690:1 (1520:1 after profiling).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is an essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T)’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers just 97% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
According to our tests, the gamma curve is flat across all grey levels, with an average value of 2.23.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display can reproduce dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 30 ms
Health impact – PWM / Blue Light
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T)’s display doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness values at any point. This makes it comfortable for long working periods while being comfortable with your eyes in this aspect.
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) has a touchscreen IPS display with a Full HD resolution, great contrast ratio, comfortable viewing angles, and wide color coverage. Its backlight doesn’t flicker. Additionally, with the appropriate profile, its colors are accurate-enough to work with the standards on the Web. Our unit had a disadvantage with the uniformity of Luminance across the screen.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Despite its good quality, the sound coming from Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T)’s speakers is very quiet, even at maximum volume. Additionally, its low tones have deviations, while the mid and high frequencies are clear.
You can download all of the drivers and utilities for this notebook from here: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/support-product/8000?b=1
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. This notebook is equipped with a 31.9Wh battery pack.
With it, we were able to extract around 11 hours of Web browsing and 10 hours and 11 minutes of video playback.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
We use F1 2017’s built-in benchmark on loop in order to simulate real-life gaming.
As of the moment of writing this review, the Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) comes equipped with the 5W Core i7-8500Y. It is part of the Amber Lake family and is built on a 14nm node. It has two cores and four threads that work at 1.50 GHz Base clock and reaches up to 4.20 GHz in Turbo.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
As there are no dedicated GPU options for this device, you are stuck with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 615.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
The Intel UHD Graphics 615 is clearly not the best option for gamers, as you can see from the chart below.
|CS:GO||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)||HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||12 fps||– fps||– fps|
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Intel Core i7-8500Y (5W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T)||2.00 GHz (B+33%) @ 57°C||1.99 GHz (B+33%) @ 61°C||1.72 GHz (B+15%) @ 64°C|
Given the 1.50-4.20 GHz tolerance given by Intel, when it comes to the Turbo boost, these results may seem a little… disappointing. However, if we take into consideration that we are working with a passively-cooled processor (without the use of a fan), this is a whole different story. As you can see during the test, the temperature slowly, but gradually rises to 64C, while the frequency slowly, but yet – gradually drops to 1.72GHz.
Comfort during full load
Obviously, there was no noise coming from the laptop, apart from some coil whine. However, due to the use of the chassis as a heat dissipator, the maximum temperature we measured was around 49C. Nevertheless – it was in the top right corner – away from the keyboard and the palm-resting area.
If you want a laptop that is super easy to carry, seamless as a Cosmopolitan magazine and portable as a toothbrush – the Swift 7 (SF714-52T) is the perfect device for you. Its super thin and light chassis makes it one of a kind, even in a world where gaming devices are now thinner than ever.
Of course, this is no gamer laptop, and neither it is a device that can help you with your art, or workstation needs. You can look at it more as a statement. Since, it costs quite a lot, features a 5W extremely efficient Y-series processor from intel and has extremely limited I/O, it certainly is not for everybody.
Not only its I/O is limited, though. You are also going to be unable to upgrade any of the hardware, as either the RAM and the storage are soldered to the motherboard. Obviously, this played a big role in the size benchmarks this guy set. Additionally, the strength of the chassis is also something to talk about, as the thin design results in a rattling sound when you give it a gentle twist on the base.
Although it may sound like that, not everything about it is bad. First – the display. It covers 97% of sRGB has 300 nits of brightness, which is just enough for outdoor use, has great viewing angles and excellent contrast ratio. Moreover, it doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness levels and with the help of our Gaming and Web design profile, you can view everything with the necessary accuracy for Web design. It is another thing that you might not be able to use pixel and vector editing programs to a full extent, due to the Y-series processor. Sadly, we found that the main disadvantage of this panel is the lack of uniformity of the Luminance across the display.
In addition to that, we can’t pass on mentioning the super-wide touchpad this laptop has. While it may seem like something weird because of the obvious difference between its aspect ratio and that on the display, it was actually very comfortable to use. Let’s also not forget the included dongle, that provides you with some versatility.
Then, there is the battery. At first, the 31.9Wh seems a bit too little. However, the results speak otherwise – 11 hours of Web browsing and 10 hours of video playback, which is perfect for a day at work or a road trip.
Although this is not the strongest laptop on the market, the lack of moving parts in it gives it a lot of breathing space. What we saw on this device is a bold statement from Acer – you can do almost everything – from a 21-inch ultra gaming monstrosity – to a 14-inch ultrabook that weighs just 890 grams. Whether you will buy it or not – it is your choice.
- Super thin and light (9.95mm and 890 grams)
- Great battery life
- IPS touchscreen panel with great contrast ratio and 97% of sRGB coverage
- Our Gaming and Web design helps it reach an Average dE of 1.1
- Doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment
- Comes with a dongle inside the box
- Has two Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) ports
- Its fingerprint reader is blazingly quick
- Weak chassis
- Not a very uniform panel in terms of luminosity
- Extremely limited I/O
- Practically no upgradability options
- Its camera is on a weird location
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