{Disarmed} Acer Swift 3, review: a lightweight ultrabook that boasts the Ryzen 7 5700U

Acer Swift 3, review: a lightweight ultrabook that boasts the Ryzen 7 5700U

A classic like the Acer Swift 3 goes one step further in 2021 and acquires a configuration where the interesting ** Ryzen 7 5700U ** is the main pillar of the notebook.

After the excellent performance of the Ryzen 4800U processors in last year's ultrabook models, this new processor from AMD comes to face the new generation of Intel on a reliable basis such as a 14-inch ultrabook ready for almost anything. And we have already tried it.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-43 datasheet

Acer Swift 3 SF314

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

323.4 x 218.9 x 15.95 mm
1.2 kilos

SCREEN

14 "FullHD (1920x1080 pixels)

PROCESSOR

AMD Ryzen 7 5700U

GRAPHIC CARD

Integrated Radeon

RAM

16 GB LPDDR4X

STORAGE

256GB M.2 PCIe SSD

OS

Windows 10 Home

BATTERY

48 WHr

CONNECTIVITY

WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0

PORTS

1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
1 x Audio Combo Jack
1xHDMI 1.4b

OTHERS

Fingerprint reader
DTS sound

PRICE

From 599 euros

Acer Swift 3 Ultrathin Laptop | SF314-43 | Silver Windows 10 Home 64-bit Processor AMD Ryzen ™ 3 5300U Quad-core (4 cores) 2.60 GHz 35.6 cm (14 ") Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16: 9 IPS 8 GB, LPDDR4X 512 GB SSD

Acer Swift 3 Ultrathin Laptop | SF314-43 | Silver Windows 10 Home 64-bit Processor AMD Ryzen ™ 3 5300U Quad-core (4 cores) 2.60 GHz 35.6 cm (14 ") Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16: 9 IPS 8 GB, LPDDR4X 512 GB SSD

RRP in Acer Store € 599.00

No surprises at the design level

The Acer Swift 3 is an old acquaintance in the ultrabook world. With a base price of around 1000 euros, this laptop does not compromise at the design level and focuses on the elementary.

The chassis is metallic , with aluminum and magnesium-aluminum alloy as the base. This allows you, in the model with a diagonal of 14 inches and without being limited in terms of performance or battery, not to exceed 1.2 kg in weight .

Its robustness, resistance and low weight is the trio of most outstanding design features of the Acer Swift 3

The appearance of the Acer Swift 3 notebook is stylish and weather resistant . Its thickness of 1.6 cm does not make it among the thinnest on the market, but it is not at all uncomfortable to carry from one place to another both in the hand and in a backpack.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol Detail Design Acer's Swift ultrabooks usually offer high detail in their finishes

The case is pleasant to the touch, with smooth, beveled edges. Opening the screen, which cannot be done with one hand, slightly raises the laptop base to improve ergonomics and cooling.

The exterior design of the Acer Swift 3 is limited to the brand logo. As for the interior, the silver tone is maintained even on the keys , which gives it an extra differentiation.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol General Resource

Under the screen, with contained frames, a cooling grid is located that occupies just a third of the length of the notebook. The rest of the air outlets / intakes are already placed in the lower part, where the two main speakers of the laptop are also fixed.

As for the available ports, I consider them adjusted to the profile and use of this type of equipment.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol Right

On the right side we have a Kensington security lock, the headphone / microphone combo and a USB-A port. There are also the power and battery indicator LEDs. Interestingly, the power button has been placed inside, integrated into the first row of the keyboard.

Although it has a proprietary charger, the available USB-C port can also be used to charge the Acer laptop battery.

On the left side of the laptop are the rest of the ports: the charging owner, a USB-C, the HDMI and another USB-A.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol Latyeral Ports

Wireless connectivity is characterized by its compatibility with WiFi 6 networks, a relief in times of the connected home and the prevalence of a large number of WiFi networks everywhere.

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The Acer Swift 3 also has a fingerprint reader for biometric identification of users. It is located under the keyboard but in isolation. Its operation is fast and is complemented by the camera also compatible with Windows Hello.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol Reader

14 inch with matte finish

The Acer Swift 3 is a laptop with the standard diagonal of recent years to try to combine viewing comfort and portability: 14 inches .

The Acer Swift 3 screen has its highlight in the matte finish

The panel offers a standard resolution, 1080p , enough for satisfying work and leisure sessions.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol General Screen

The rest of the specifications follow the maximum to be adjusted to the minimum so as not to disappoint, such as the brightness, which remains at 300 nits. This probably would have been an outdoor display issue had it not been for the screen's matte finish .

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This non-bright screen is the great success of the Acer Swift 3 because it allows a comfortable viewing without the fact that the reader supposes to reduce the spectacularity of the panel or color fidelity, although the latter is not a strong point.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol Multimedia Video

As we have indicated, the frames around the screen are well reduced, ensuring that the dimensions of the equipment do not skyrocket.

Sound is not a remarkable aspect of this Acer Swift 3; we miss more forcefulness and global power

As for the sound , it does not go beyond a discreet in its rating of our review. It complies without more, offering a volume only correct for non-specific content in addition to without the clarity in voices or the forcefulness of bass than we expected more.

The DTS certification is accompanied by its corresponding application to slightly personalize the experience but without achieving sufficient improvement of the sound experience.

Ryzen 5700U, the reason for this Swift 3

Users are in luck for a couple of years. More and more manufacturers are offering their computers with configurations based on both Intel processors and AMD chips.

It is true that the equivalence is not usually exact and that some other parameters of the technical sheet change, among them unfortunately the screen, but that there is variety is always good news.

The premiere of the Ryzen 7 5700U is the great attraction of this Acer Swift 3, although at the graphics level the integrated Intel Xe are superior

This Acer Swift 3 is presented on the market with the powerful argument of releasing the Ryzen 7 5700U . This processor has 8 cores at 1.8 GHz (up to 4.3 GHz) and 16 threads, with a TDP of 15 W and integrated Radeon GPU (other 8 cores at 1900 MHz).

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol Detail

The model that we have analyzed accompanies this Ryzen 7 with 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory and a 256 GB PCIe SSD. This amount of storage is the weakest point of its interesting technical sheet. For performance, as we see below, nothing to object.

Crystaldisk

Regarding raw performance, the Acer Swift 3 has maintained a very good performance in our tests, achieving high scores in benchmarks such as 898 points in CineBench R15 (47 fps in OpenGL) re or 4008, 5085 and 5212 points in the PCMark Home, Creative and Work tests respectively. These are figures slightly lower than those we get with the Ryzen 7 4800U in laptops with identical characteristics.

At the graphics level, where last year's Ryzen 7s outperformed Intel's equivalents, we have noticed that the Intel Xe perform better on these types of computers. The Acer Swift 3 was less than 900 points for Time Spy and 2138 for Fire Strike, all of them 3DMark tests.

Cinebench R15

In operation, I was positively surprised that the notebook is silent for the vast majority of the time we work with it. Only with the most demanding graphics is when we can hear the cooling system, but always with a low margin of work.

Regarding heating, only in the air outlet area is the heat noticeable , always controlled, but nowhere on the keyboard, touchpad or wrist rest is there any sign of heating.

The Acer Swift 3 model we have reviewed comes with Windows 10 Pro and the expected add-on software, from Radeon graphics management to Acer team management / control applications. And some bloatware mainly basic games and antivirus demo versions.

Radeon

Autonomy for a working day

With a battery of slightly less than 50 Wh , the autonomy of this equipment remains within the acceptable limits for a device that we intend to carry with us and that, at least during a work or study day, does not require charging.

The Acer Switch 3 offered us between 7-7.5 hours of real autonomy , with a varied workload including some gaming, video playback, office automation, social networks and a lot of web browsing.

More than 7 hours of real autonomy and charging via USB-C, the minimum for a laptop worth its salt today

As we have indicated before, charging can be done both with the proprietary serial charger, always faster, and via USB-C, something very useful because we will probably have a reserve charger in the place where we usually take the equipment to work. .

Comfortable keyboard and precise touchpad

The Acer Swift 3 , like other ultrabooks, faces the complexity of providing the best keyboard and touchpad experience that the small size available allows.

The keyboard, for example, sacrifices the size of some secondary keys (or dividing the Enter key) and the numeric part so that the main base maintains dimensions that allow comfortable typing . And so it turns out, both for its good size and for the correct response of each key and its path.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Spanish Keyboard

What can be improved on the keyboard, as sometimes happens with those who bet on different tones and silkscreens, is the display of the keys. The silver tone of the same together with the little contrasting color of the silkscreen has not been visually comfortable for me when the ambient light is low and especially when activating the backlight .

In that regard, the keyboard of the Acer Swift 3 has a lot of room for improvement because it only supports one intensity (on or off) in the keyboard backlight.

The touchpad , which uses up all the space available to it in the design, is comfortable to use and very precise , which allows you to use gestures under Windows 10 without missing too much larger dimensions.

Acer Swift 3 Review xiaomist.com Espanol

Acer Swift 3, the opinion and note of xiaomist.com

With the rise of teletraining and remote work, the sale of portable equipment does not stop growing. In the entry market, Acer's new ultrabook has a lot to say.

The Acer Swift 3 is presented in society with a light and robust design, correct screen and a very interesting technical sheet a priori. It has a lot of competition and that always encourages manufacturers to get on with it.

But the interest of this new generation of the Acer Swift 3 is inside, where the Ryzen 7 designed for light laptops debuts in 20201 and that, at least in this team, does not just surprise us as it did in similar teams a few months ago, at least by not taking advantage of the graphics level over the eleventh generation of Intel chips.

8.5

Design 9.25 8.5 screen Yield 8.25 Keyboard / trackpad 7.75 Software 8.75 Autonomy 9

In favor

  • Good behavior at the level of heat and noise
  • Correct autonomy
  • Lightweight and robust portable equipment

Against

  • The Ryzen 7 doesn't quite stand out like last year's teams
  • Touchpad somewhat hard to click
  • Sound that could be improved

Acer Swift 3 Ultrathin Laptop | SF314-43 | Silver Windows 10 Home 64-bit Processor AMD Ryzen ™ 3 5300U Quad-core (4 cores) 2.60 GHz 35.6 cm (14 ") Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16: 9 IPS 8 GB, LPDDR4X 512 GB SSD

Acer Swift 3 Ultrathin Laptop | SF314-43 | Silver Windows 10 Home 64-bit Processor AMD Ryzen ™ 3 5300U Quad-core (4 cores) 2.60 GHz 35.6 cm (14 ") Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16: 9 IPS 8 GB, LPDDR4X 512 GB SSD

RRP in Acer Store € 599.00

The computer has been released for testing by Acer. You can consult our policy of relations with companies

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The news Acer Swift 3, analysis: a lightweight ultrabook that boasts the Ryzen 7 5700U was originally published in xiaomist.com by Javier Penalva .

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