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Acer Swift 3 (SF-314) review

Like so many finances laptops, the Acer Swift Three does not tick each field however is sweet worth purchase in some ways

Acer has established itself as a power within the laptop computer world, providing nice worth for cash. The most recent model of the Swift Three is not any exception with each AMD and Intel fashions to select from.

The identical is true of the Lenovo IdeaPad S340, one of many Swift 3’s key rivals within the finances laptop computer market.


Only a few laptops are available in only one mannequin and due to this fact as soon as value. The Swift 3 (SF-314 by mannequin quantity) is not any exception and might be present in a variety of totally different configurations.

Making issues a bit extra complicated is the truth that you possibly can select AMD or Intel processors.

We’ve examined the most cost effective AMD mannequin right here which is powered by a Ryzen Three and prices £499 from Currys PC World. There are additionally Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 fashions do you have to need extra energy at your fingertips.

Over on the Intel facet of the fence, issues begin at £449 in the event you’re proud of a Pentium processor and there are additionally 10th-gen Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 choices to select from going all the best way as much as £1,099. Both approach, these laptops run Home windows 10.

Within the US, it is accessible from $499 as this comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 – view the opposite fashions at Acer.

We’re specializing in the AMD Ryzen Three mannequin right here, which should compete with rivals such because the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 and HP 250 G7. Try all the perfect finances laptops in our chart.

Design & Construct

For an inexpensive laptop computer, the Swift Three is a fairly enticing product. You wouldn’t guess the worth tag in the event you picked it up and had play.

The principle factor making it look extra premium is the brushed metallic on the lid and surrounding the keyboard. Bevelled edges give it a bit additional flash of favor. Granted, different sections are plastic however these are areas you’ll not often see.

Acer Swift 3 design

A small lip on the lid helps you open the laptop computer up, though the hinges are stiff sufficient that you just’ll want to make use of two palms.

You’ll discover what seems like a small black button beneath the keyboard by itself. That is really a fingerprint scanner which helps you log in securely.

The Swift Three is a middling 1.5kg so it’s not crazily mild, but it surely’s additionally not too heavy both.

Keyboard & Trackpad

We’ve blended emotions concerning the keyboard. On the one hand it’s fairly first rate, sitting barely sunken so the keys are stage with the encircling metallic they usually supply a properly crisp motion with an affordable quantity of journey.

There’s additionally a backlight, though it’s both on or off fairly than having totally different ranges of brightness.

Nevertheless, as with so many laptop computer keyboards, there are some actually tiny keys which are tough to make use of. Particularly the arrow keys that are all half measurement as a result of up and down take up the area of 1 regular key, and the web page up and down keys are sandwiched above left and proper. The left Shift key can be smaller than standard to permit room for backslash.

Acer Swift 3 keyboard

It’s comprehensible that the highest row of operate keys is a bit smaller, however we really feel that the primary keys may all be a bit greater because it’s too straightforward to hit the hole between letters and numbers whereas typing.

We’ve not run into any points with the trackpad. It’s a great measurement and responds properly to enter, whether or not it’s a single digit or multiple-finger gestures.


The show on a finances laptop computer is commonly the most important downfall, however Acer hasn’t gone for the most cost effective panel it might probably discover for the Swift 3.

It’s Full HD (1080p) like most these days however importantly utilizing IPS expertise. This ensures viewing angles are good so if you tip the display screen or take a look at it from the facet, you possibly can really nonetheless see what’s on it.

The slight draw back is that it doesn’t have an enormous quantity of brightness accessible. We have been nonetheless in a position to write this assessment utilizing the laptop computer on a practice with vibrant daylight streaming within the window, but it surely wasn’t notably straightforward.

Acer Swift 3 screen

Throughout the day, we anticipate you’ll want the brightness set to most. We measured it peaking at simply 183cd/m2.

Specs & Efficiency

The complicated world of laptop computer fashions isn’t going away any time quickly and as such, the Swift Three is offered in a variety of fashions (or SKUs).

We’ve examined the AMD Ryzen 3-3200U mannequin, which comes with 4GB of RAM. That matches the IdeaPad S340 precisely.

You may also get the Swift Three with numerous Intel processors, too, together with Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7.

We’ve discovered efficiency to be good throughout use, so long as you retain issues on the fundamental finish of the spectrum. It is a finances laptop computer in spite of everything, so that you’re going to want to pay extra if you wish to do issues like video enhancing easily.

For those who’re much less fussed about issues like design, the Lenovo V330 and Acer’s personal Aspire Three have extra energy at related costs.

Inside is a wholesome 256GB of storage and the fingerprint scanner we talked about earlier works properly more often than not to log in rapidly.

The Swift Three additionally has a pleasant vary of ports. One thing that finances laptops do higher than premium fashions as they’re not making an attempt to be skinny and flashy. You continue to get the trendy USB-C, however alongside three full-size USB ports and HDMI.

Acer Swift 3 ports

A headphone jack and full-size SD card reader spherical issues out properly – plus you don’t have to take up the USB-C port for energy because the Swift Three has a devoted energy enter of the previous barrel type.

Battery Life

Acer claims the Swift Three will last as long as 10 hours and in our video loop take a look at that every one laptops undergo (we loop a 720p video at 120cd/m2 display screen brightness), the consequence wasn’t far off.

At 9 hours and 33 minutes, that’s nearer to the marketed size than many laptops get. Whereas it’s a great consequence, there are rivals that last more.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 we reviewed not too long ago managed a whopping 14 hours and 26 minutes.

Acer Swift 3 battery life

Additionally, in precise use, the Swift Three struggled to get by means of a day of labor – and we’re solely speaking a little bit of internet shopping and phrase processing. We solely bought round 5-6 hours earlier than the battery was low sufficient that we plugged into the mains.


There’s loads to love concerning the Swift 3, particularly contemplating the mannequin we examined is available in at underneath £500. It’s well-made and classy, each of that are uncommon within the finances laptop computer world.

For as soon as, promoting this as an all-rounder is fairly correct. You get a pleasant steadiness of favor, specs, options and efficiency making it a fantastic selection for blended utilization.

Keep in mind we’ve examined the AMD Ryzen Three mannequin right here however there are lots extra highly effective fashions accessible too, together with Intel processors.

One of many highlights is the IPS display screen, which is an uncommon function for a finances laptop computer. As is the fingerprint scanner for fast and safe log in.

Nevertheless, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is value consideration if battery life is extra vital and the V300 or Aspire Three have higher efficiency if design is decrease down your precedence record.


Acer Swift 3 (SF-314): Specs

  • Home windows 10 Residence
  • 14in Full HD (1920×1080) IPS show
  • As much as Intel Core i7-1065G7
  • As much as AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  • As much as Nvidia MX250 (2GB RAM)
  • As much as Radeon RX Vega 10
  • 4/8/16GB RAM
  • 256/512GB SSD
  • 1x USB-A 2.0
  • 2x USB-A 3.1
  • 1x USB-C
  • HDMI
  • Headphone jack
  • SD card reader
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 2x audio system
  • As much as 10 hours battery
  • 322x228x17.95mm
  • 1.5kg

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