Value for Money - 75%
Quality - 80%
Look/Feel - 80%
Extra's/Features - 70%
“Empowered Performance: Choose a laptop that lets you stay active and on the move—combining speed, efficiency and power, all in one device.” – Acer
For this review I received the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-52). Let’s see what makes this little ultra-book so cool.
Design-wise the Swift 3 looks absolutely amazing! From the brushed aluminium exterior to the polished bevelled edges. Complimenting this industrial look is the glossy Gorilla Glass screen. The Swift 3 has no beaming lights trying to impress you, other than the backlit keyboard you wouldn’t even know it’s on. The Swift 3 would not look out of place in any corporate boardroom next to its much pricier competitors. But let us not start comparing fruit…
The Screen is glossy Gorilla Glass, which to some might be an issue, but I quite like it. It gives the Swift 3 a classy appearance, yes reflections and dust might be an issue, but as with everything in life, you have to choose your battles. The panel is nice and bright and comparing it to my monster gaming laptop, it measured up pretty well.
Acer offers the Swift 3 in various hardware levels, I received the Core i7-7500U processor with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, two SSDs and an Nvidia MX150 dedicated graphics chip with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. Performance wise I cannot fault the Swift 3, it even allowing me to try to odd game or two without any issues.
The keyboard is nice and compact, some might call it small, but I found it more than ample considering that this is a 14″ laptop. The keys are backlit and can be adjusted for various levels of illumination. The trackpad was nice and easy to use and very responsive.
The typing surface also includes a fingerprint reader. Initially I was weary of this feature because fingerprint readers from back in the day felt slow and archaic. I am pleased to say that the one included with the Swift 3 is sharp and instant and makes using Windows Hello a pleasure.
Probably the most impressive feature of the Swift 3 is how they managed to squeeze a battery in that small space that can last a claimed 10 hours. Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity to test this claimed figure of 10 hours at various stages of performance.
All tests were performed with Wi-Fi on as I was connected to the internet all the time.
Light browsing, YouTube and responding to mails – 7 hours
Playing FHD movies using the laptop speakers – 10 hours
Gaming – 2 hours
I could not get enough of the Acer Swift 3. With its sharp design and awe-inspiring features. I would recommend it to anyone in the market for a compact ultra-book that can run a full day on a single charge.
- Super light weight
- Sharp design elements in a classy package
- Incredible battery life
- Glossy screen prone to marks and dust
- Keyboard might be a little small for some, but please keep in mind that this is a 14″ ultra portable laptop
- Screen: 14.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, glossy
- Processor: Intel Skylake Core i7-7500U CPU
- Video: Intel HD 620 + Nvidia MX150 2GB DDR5 (optional)
- Memory: 8 GB LPDDR3
- Storage: 128 M.2 SATA SSD (80 mm) + 512 GB SSD (2.5″ bay)
- Connectivity: Wireless AC (Intel AC 7265), Bluetooth 4.1
- Ports: 2x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, card-reader, 3.5mm, Kensington lock
- Battery: 48 Wh, 65W charger
- OS: Windows 10
- Size: 338 mm (w) x 234 mm (d) x 18 mm (h)
- Weight: 1.74 kg
- Extras: backlit keyboard, HD webcam, fingerprint reader