Acer Swift 3 Review
Emmanuel reviews the Acer Swift 3, an affordable ultrabook that seems very promising. Enjoy! ACER SWIFT 3 UNBOXING: ...
Acer Swift 3 Review: The Acer Swift 3 is a 14in laptop for normal individuals, not those with the spare money for something extravagant like a MacBook Pro or HP Spectre. And, compared to those 13in laptops, the Acer’s screen is an inch bigger.
Thanks to the falling price of constructing a laptop thin and lightweight, the Swift 3 is no brick. No, it’s fairly slim, fairly light and fairly attractive.
Processor: Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 520
Display Size: 14 inch
Battery: 4 cells, 48.9 Wh Lithium-Ion
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Price: 1000 Euro
Acer Swift 3 is one of the budget “all-metal” laptops around. In this sense, it’s even a step up from the nice Acer S 13, which has a plastic lid.
To make clear: the underside, the keyboard surround, the lid and even the silver components of the area around the screen are all aluminum. One of the only non-metal components on show apart from the keyboard keys is the black part of the hinge you see if using the laptop.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is also remarkably good for the cash, primarily because it’s backlit. This makes typing in dark rooms much simpler, with sub-key LEDs that shine via the little characters on each key.
Maximum plastic trackpads are a lot less smooth than glass, creating a type of squeaky creak when your finger’s glide modifications direction, however here the feel is very similar to glass. We’d favor glass, of course. However, you can’t have everything on a budget.
The Swift 3 gets a 14-inch screen with a matte finishing and an IPS panel. It comes with a Full HD resolution, so there’s been no scrimping if it comes to the number of pixels you get to enjoy with. It’s also an IPS LCD panel, that means viewing angles are excellent.
Audio and Graphics
As for audio, a pair of speakers fire down from the bottom of the laptop, and they create a reasonably satisfyingly and powerful stereo sound, with none of the irritating tininess of the worst laptop speakers.
The Intel HD Graphics 520 (GT2) is a built-in graphics unit, which can be found in numerous ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors of the Skylake generation.
Hardware and Performance
We received to test the beefiest Swift 3 configuration available to date, with a Core i7-6500U processor, a 512 GB M.2 SSD and 8 GB of RAM. However, retail configurations also include Core i5 or i3 processors, 128, 256 of 512 GB of SSD storage and 4-8 GB of RAM.
Performance wise, the Swift 3 is simply as snappy as you’ll be able to anticipate from a Core U configuration with sufficient RAM and SSD storage. It handles everyday duties easily and doesn’t struggle with multitasking either.
Acer comes with a 48 Wh battery on the Swift 3. However, they could have gone with a bigger one, as there’s plenty of spare room inside to accommodate it. Still, let’s not ignore this is a budget laptop, and a 48 Wh battery in its class isn’t bad, especially since the laptop runs efficiently.
The latter contains an Intel Core i7 processor from the Skylake generation, a Full HD panel, 8GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD. Acer sells the Swift 3 for just below 1000 Euros (~$1038). However, there are also less expensive SKUs with slower CPUs and smaller storage capacities. The entry-level model currently begins at 600 Euros (~$623).
The Swift 3 is a near-perfect laptop for individuals who need an ultraportable, however, don’t wish to fork out £1000+. Build quality is nice, battery life excellent, and performance a match for much more costly laptops. There are simply two areas the place the low price exhibits. First, it’s a little thicker and heavier than some ultrabooks.
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