Acer Swift 3 Review – Ryzen 8 Core Laptop For $650!
Build quality is fine, its plastic with a silver finish: nothing amazing, but no sharp corners or edges.. It cant be opened up with one finger, as I guess its, not heavy enough, but the screen goes the full 180 degrees back for sharing., The lid didnt flex too much. But doing this revealed that its fairly easy for the laptop to slide around on a flat surface.. This is partly due to it being on the lighter side, but the feet underneath also didnt feel that grippy. Theres some flex to the keyboard and lid. If you push hard, but it felt sturdy enough during regular use. Acer lists the weight as 1.2kg or 2.6lb, which is close to what I got. With the small 65w power, brick and cables. The total rises to under 1.5kg or 3.3lb. Its less than 1.6cm thick, and the smaller 14 footprint results in just 7mm thin screen bezels. The 14 1080p IPS screen wasnt amazing. I measured colour gamut at 61 of sRGB 44 of NTSC, 46 of AdobeRGB and 45 of DCI P3. It wasnt as bright as Id like either maxing out at around 266 nits at full. Brightness though the 10801 contrast ratio was decent., I cant recommend it for content creation or colour accurate work, but for office tasks or browsing the web, its fine. No problems with backlight bleed in my unit, but this will vary between panels.. The 720p camera is above the display in the center no IR for face unlock though.
. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like on the Acer, Swift, 3 and heres. What it sounds like to type on the keyboard.. The keyboard has white backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions, though in a lit room. It looks a bit patchy, but it was less of an issue in a darker environment. Theres, no brightness control. You can only turn it on or off with the F8 shortcut key.. The power button is part of the keyboard and an accidental press puts it straight to sleep, so you might want to change this through the Windows. Power options. Typing was an average experience, no problems. There heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The precision touchpad clicks down anywhere and works without issue.. I found the fingerprint scanner just below the keyboard on the right to work fast and accurately.. The silver finish prevents fingerprints and dirt, showing up but its easy to clean. In any case, due to the smooth surface. On the left from the back theres, the small power input USB 3.2 Gen1 Type C port, which can also be used to charge the laptop instead. Hdmi 2.0 output and USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A port. On the right from the front theres a 3.5mm, audio, combo jack, USB 2.0 Type, A port status LEDs and Kensington lock. Theres, nothing on the back air is instead exhausted below the screen.. The front has an indentation in the center, so you can open the lid.
Underneath just has some air intake vents towards the back. The bottom panel wasnt too hard to remove after taking out 10 Phillips head screws. Inside weve, got the battery taking up the front. Half of the machine single fan and single heatpipe for the Ryzen 7 4700U processor WiFi 6 card in the middle of those and the single M.2 storage slot on the far right memory is soldered to the motherboard, but thats pretty standard for a machine of this size.. There are two speakers on the left and right towards the front. They sounded pretty decent with a little bass, but there was some distortion at higher volume levels and the latencymon results looked good.. The Swift 3 is powered by a 3 Cell 48Wh battery and in my YouTube playback test. It lasted for just under 10 hours, so quite good for the size of the battery.. It was cool to the touch at idle below the usual 30 degrees, Celsuis that I typically see. With a CPU, only stress test, running its still quite cool, considering Ive tested other laptops that idle around these temps. Lets have a listen to fan noise.. It sounded silent to me at idle, then its still not loud, even with the fans going at what I assume is full speed during the stress test.. The CPU was averaging around 73 degrees Celsius, With Aida64, going with the four default options checked and running at around 2.85GHz on all 8 CPU cores.
. It seemed to be capped to an 18 watt power limit. I tried boosting this with Ryzen controller software and, while temperatures rose to 90 degrees, the clock speeds were behaving strangely constantly dipping down to 400MHz, but I didnt spend much time trying to tune it. When looking at the Cinebench R20 results, I wasnt seeing a difference with, Or without Ryzen controller anyway., It looks good when compared against other laptops, though keep in mind. This is a 14 thin and light laptop, its beating, larger, more expensive machines with ease.. Although not a gaming laptop by any means, you can get away with some light. 720P gaming, with the Radeon graphics at lower settings, but dont expect miracles due to lack of discrete graphics., For the same reason, its difficult to recommend for photo or video editing workloads. If the screen wasnt, already enough of a reason. Ive, used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD was alright, though the write speed was less than half the read speed. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will Change over time. At the time of recording its around 650 USD for the configuration Ive tested here, but theres also, a 4500U model for 50 less.. Meanwhile, here in Australia were looking at around 1900 AUD through Acers store, though this one has twice the storage space. With all of that in mind. Lets conclude by considering the good and the bad to help you decide if the Acer Swift 3 is worth buying.
. The price point is nice in terms of the CPU performance on offer, thanks to AMDs Zen2 processors., The performance from a 14 inch machine is far ahead of what was available just one generation ago.. This also allows for great battery life, and the machine is fairly lightweight and portable.. The keyboard and touchpad were fine, though the white lighting wasnt, even in a lit room., The fingerprint scanner was fast and the screen was nothing special, but fine for office work or browsing. The internet indoors. Theres not really any killer features, but for 650 I think youre getting a capable laptop.. Of course, if you need more power with discrete graphics, Acer also have the Nitro 5 gaming, laptop though that is bigger, so just depends on what youre after.. Let me know what you thought about: Acers Ryzen based Swift, 3 laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, then get subscribed for future tech.