Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) vs Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56)

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CPU Intel Core i7 1260P
RAM
Storage

Review

Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Can run popular games at about 114-156% higher FPS
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 2
  • Around 45% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Thinner bezels and 6% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
  • 21% sharper screen – 254 versus 210 pixels per inch (PPI)
Advantages of the Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56)
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 900 grams less (around 1.98 lbs)
  • Display has support for touch input
  • Much smaller footprint: 25% more compact case (102.4 vs 136.7 square inches)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs) 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs)
Dimensions 355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
309.8 x 213.3 x 14.9 mm
12.2 x 8.4 x 0.59 inches
Area 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2) 661 cm2 (102.5 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~86.2% ~81.7%
Side bezels 3.4 mm 0 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Black, Gold
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° -
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 1
Noise level 37.4 dB -

Display

Size 16.2 inches 14 inches
Type Mini LED IPS LCD
Refresh rate 120 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 254 ppi 210 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:9
Resolution 3456 x 2234 pixels 2560 x 1440 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Touchscreen No Yes
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Matte
Display tests
Contrast 25700:1 -
sRGB color space 100% 100%
Adobe RGB profile 88% -
DCI-P3 color gamut 99.1% -
Response time 67 ms -
Max. brightness
500 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 1:25 hr -
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left, Right Left
Charge power 140 W 65 W
Cable length 2 meters -
Weigh of AC adapter 353 gramm -

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.0 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.2 GHz 4.7 GHz
Cores 10 12
Threads 10 16
L3 Cache - 18 MB
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core) Intel Iris Xe Graphics (96EU)
Fabrication process 5 nm 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 30 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 5 nm 10 nm
GPU base clock 450 MHz 300 MHz
GPU boost clock 1296 MHz -
FLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS 1.69 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory bus 256 bit -
Memory speed 6.4 Gbps 4.27 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2048 768
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 128 48
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 64 24
GPU performance
5.2 TFLOPS
1.69 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 4x4 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 6400 MHz 4266 MHz
Type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Upgradable No No

Storage

Storage size
Bus Custom PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable No Yes
Total slots - 1
NVMe - Yes

Sound

Speakers 4.2 2.0
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Loudness 84.7 dB -
Microphones 3 -

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5.2
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Ports
USB-A No 2x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 2x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes No

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1 mm -
Touchpad
Size 15.5 x 9.9 cm -
Surface Glass -
Windows Precision No Yes
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