Dell XPS 13 9310 vs Acer Swift SF514-55T: Which Is Better

Dell XPS 13 9310 2020 vs Acer Swift SF514 55T

Long considered THE benchmark for Windows ultrabooks, the only one capable of constituting a credible alternative to the MacBook Pro, the Dell XPS 13 has to face increasing competition in recent years. Dell can, however, count on an excellent chassis and a 16:10 screen, an unusual format, appreciable for working. 

The Acer Swift SF514-55T follows in the footsteps of other laptops in the Acer range. Namely balanced models, well finished and without major defects.

Lets check out and compare Dell XPS 13 9310 (2020) vs Acer Swift SF514-55T.

Pros and Cons

Dell XPSAcer Swift
Stunning UHD + displayPretty unusual color
Discreet ventilationAnti-microbial touch screen
Windows Hello via Webcam
and fingerprint reader
Weight (1 Kg only)
Compact sizeUnpleasant fan noise
Average battery lifeKeyboard backlight too low

General Info

Dell XPSAcer Swift
ModelXPS 13 9310Swift SF514-55T
Weight1.2 Kg1 kg
OSWindows 10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit
Dimensions13.4 inches14 inches

Dell XPS

Dell the latest version of the XPS 13 is no exception to the rule and therefore takes the design of its predecessors. Aluminum color on the outside and black with carbon pattern on the inside, a trademark of the range. Let’s leave aside the aesthetic aspect, subjective by definition, to focus on the material of this wrist rest. Qualified as “soft touch,” the feeling of the touch is similar to that of rubber. Advantage, a material always at temperature, unlike aluminum which can sometimes be cold. A disadvantage, greater sensitivity to fingerprints and more frequent “patina” in some users.

Dell XPS

Apart from these considerations to which each buyer will be more or less sensitive, the chassis of the XPS 13 performs flawlessly. Well finished, dense to the grip (and on the scale), it inspires confidence and seems ready to follow you on your travels for the next few years.

Dell XPS Rear

Access to components does not pose any particular difficulty, but like other ultrabooks of this size, the operation is of little interest apart from the possibility of changing the SSD.

Acer Swift

Acer was one of the first brands of laptops to dare to move away from the traditional gray/black colors. Several generations of Swift have been declined in various colors with always one point in common: remaining sober thanks to pastel tones, while others have bet more on flashy, often with mixed success. Let’s close the parenthesis to come back to our Swift SF514-55T, the subject of our test this week. Therefore, our loaner copy sports a pretty dark green color which, depending on the light, can sometimes be perceived more as gray with a slight green tint. Small coppery touches embellish the design and blend wonderfully with the main color.

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Acer Swift

Good point; the matt coating is not sensitive to traces, even after several days of handling. The aluminum and magnesium frame allows you to graze the kilo on the scale while ensuring flawless rigidity. It is obvious at the level of the back of the screen, where closed computer, no bending is visible, and this even by applying a strong enough pressure in its center.

Acer Swift Rear

The underside of the chassis is to match, also in the same color. Access to internal components does not pose any particular difficulty; you just need to arm yourself with a Torx screwdriver. However, the interest is limited, only the SSD being upgradable.


Dell XPSAcer Swift
Display Size13.4 inches14 inches
Display Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Display FeaturesHDR 400 InfinityEdge multi-touch
90% DCI-P3
Full HD LED IPS multi-touch
100% sRGB 340 nits
Dimension 296 x 199 x 14.8 mm318.9 x 207 x 14.95 mm

Dell XPS

The screen is undoubtedly THE strong point of the Dell XPS 13 9310. On the one hand, because it is one of the few models to adopt a 16:10 format instead of the traditional 16: 9 present on almost all computers. . Advantage, more than 10% more display surface in height, which is ideal for office automation or even for surfing the Internet. But it is true; it is a little less suitable for video because it is synonymous with black bands. But with a 1600: 1 contrast ratio, that’s not much of a problem except maybe if you spend your days on Netflix / Youtube.

Dell XPS 13 9310 Display

Our test model has the UHD + panel (3840×2400 px). In practice, with a scaling of 200%, we obtain a useful surface equivalent to 1920×1200 px. And if you find the characters a bit small anyway, you can, for example, opt for a custom scaling of 240% for a 1600x1000px equivalent.

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Qualified as CinemaColor, the Sharp LQ134R1 panel supports HDR400. It displays a maximum brightness of 495 cd / m2—something to work comfortably whatever the environment. Touch screen with Gorilla Glass requires, its surface is shiny but with nonetheless a fairly effective anti-reflective treatment (compared to computers in the Surface range, for example).

If the Cinemacolor utility gives rise to very (too) contrasting colors, once deactivated, we benefit from a much more convincing colorimetry with a native white point at 6450K and DeltaE less than 1.9 for coverage at 120% of the light. sRGB space (around 83% of RGB / DCI P3).

Let’s finish with a point that will be more or less problematic depending on the habits of each one; the minimum brightness of the panel is very high, at 59 cd / m2. No problem during the day, but if you like to be in the dark in the evening, you might find the screen still too bright.

Acer Swift

Without having the thinnest bezels on the market (4 – 8mm), the screen of the Swift SF514-55 can nevertheless be described as borderless. Another feature, it benefits from a Gorilla Glass, which gives it more robustness. More original, but undoubtedly an asset in this period of Covid, it also benefits from an anti-bacterial treatment.

Acer Swift Display

Who says Gorilla Glass says shiny and tactile surface. The hinges are, however, conventional and therefore do not allow tablet mode. Despite everything, it is quick to get into the habit of pressing the screen rather than the touchpad or mouse to click on a link, validate a dialog box, or even scroll through a photo on the screen.

The AU Optronics B140HAN06 IPS panel (AUO7490) displays Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px), a maximum brightness of 430 cd / m2 for a contrast ratio of 1540: 1, and an average DeltaE of 3.4 bases, 0, 9 after characterization. The sRGB space is fully covered against 72% for the RGB.

The webcam retains its usual location. No surprise either as to the quality of the images. Correct during the day but with noise and loss of detail as the brightness declines.


Dell XPSAcer Swift
ProcessorIntel Core i7-1165G7 (1.3 GHz, 4 cores)Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake (2.8 GHz, 4 cores)
GraphicsIntel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM16 GB LPDDR4 4233 MHz16 GB LPDDR4X 4266MHz
Storage512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)


Dell XPSAcer Swift
CPU Base frequency1.7-3.0 GHz0.9-2.4 GHz
Turbo frequency4.1 GHz4.2 GHz
L3 Cache8 MB8 MB
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G4Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU
GPU base clock300 MHz300 MHz
GPU boost clock1100 MHz1100 MHz

Dell XPS

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Dell XPS performance

Dell XPS geekbench1 Dell XPS Geekbench

Acer Swift

Acer Swift performance

Acer Swift Geekbench1 Acer Swift Geekbench


Dell XPSAcer Swift
Web-camAbove the displayAbove the display
Webcam Resolution1280 x 7201280 x 720
Microphone JackYesYes
NetworkWi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.1Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax), Bluetooth 5.0
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.0
Backlit KeyboardYesYes
Keyboard NumpadNoNo
Connectivity2 USB 4.0 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 4, microSD2 USB 3.2 + 1 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI

Dell XPS

Dell has chosen to limit itself to two Thunderbolt 4 ports for reasons of chassis compactness. This is undoubtedly THE weak point of the XPS 13 for many, even if, in practice, these ports allow you to recharge the computer and connect any peripheral if necessary, using an adapter (a USB-A supplied) or via the appropriate cable.

Dell XPS Side Dell XPS Side view

Conversely, the XPS retains a micro-SD card reader (increasingly rare) and a headphone/microphone output.

Dell XPS Audio

Located under the chassis, the two speakers deliver a rather pleasant sound that does not lack power as a bonus. Of course, we remain on the rendering of an ultrabook, but for all that, the Dell XPS 13 fared better than most of its competitors. The only condition is to activate the MaxxAudio utility and not to exceed 40-50% under penalty of distortion.

Acer Swift

Acer does not give in to the temptation of USB-C at all, a wise choice not to offend some of the potential buyers. On the left, there is the socket for the mains power supply, an HDMI output, a 3.2 gen2 USB-A, and a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port (compatible with charging and video output).

Acer Swift Side Acer Swift Side view

On the right, there is a Kensington anti-theft slot, a second USB-A port, and a headphone/microphone jack.

Acer Swift Audio

We repeat it often, but the audio is often neglected on laptops. The Swift SF514-55T is a good example with disappointing sound, to say the least. The power is sufficient for most uses, but the rendering really lacks warmth. And for once, even the DTS Audio utility fails to delude itself. Better to even turn it off.


MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
Battery TypeLi-Polymer 4 cells Li-Ion 4 cells
Battery Life10 hours 12 hours
Power45 W65 W

Dell XPS

With an average battery life of 9 hours, the XPS 13 does not break records. Its UHD + screen is no stranger to this. If the battery is your priority, it is better to settle for the Full HD + panel. By activating the airplane mode, and with the minimum brightness (59 cd / m2 all the same!), It is possible to last nearly 17 hours on battery.

Conversely, continuously requested, the Dell XPS offers an autonomy of 2h15. A good result.

The power supply unit is compact (60x55x22 mm), light (225g), and benefits from a cable length of almost 2.8m.

Acer Swift

Intel gives an important place to battery life for an ultrabook with its new Tiger Lake processors to be eligible for Intel Evo certification. The Swift SF514-55T thus benefits from a fast charge and a comfortable average autonomy of around 12 hours in mixed-use (WiFi active, brightness set to 140 cd / m2).

With the airplane mode active and the minimum brightness (25 cd / m2), the autonomy exceeds 30 hours. Conversely, at full power, it is possible to hold about 1h45 on battery. Acer has chosen to keep a charger with a dedicated plug. It is, of course, also possible to recharge it via USB-C, but this will occupy the only available port of this type. The charger is compact 90x52x29 mm for a weight of 310g and a cable length of 2.5m. It supports fast charging and thus offers the possibility of regaining 80% capacity in less than an hour.