Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R1PR
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Reviews for the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R1PR
The Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 4500U is a solid productivity laptop. It has a good build quality, it’s really light, and the performance is good for this type of laptop. I’m personally amazed that the battery life is great on this, and I am now true believer than you can have good battery life even with AMD Ryzen laptops.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/12/2020
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 75% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
Source: Komputerswiat PL→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; nice performance; long battery life; silent system. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/29/2020
Source: PurePC PL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; metal case; great built quality; comfortable keyboard; good speakers; decent performance; long battery life. Negative: Poor display; overheats while using.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/24/2020
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN
Positive: High gaming performance; solid workmanship; compact size; light weight; thin frames; silent system; long battery life; fast fingerprint sensor; attractive price. Negative: Poor display; overheats while using; no memory card reader.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/22/2020
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Great hardware; high performance; elegant design; solid workmanship. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/01/2020
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: High performance; powerful processor; silent system; nice display; comfortable keyboard; elegant design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/19/2020
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: Slim size; light weight; powerful hardware; stylish design; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/01/2020
Source: enet.com.cn - 中正评测
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/30/2020
The Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 is the latest device to join the Acer family. This new 14-inch laptop has AMD’s brand new Ryzen 7 4700U APU on board that lacks neither CPU nor GPU performance. Being a chic and compact laptop, the Swift 3 SF314-42 succeeds the SF314-41, which was released by AMD last year with the AMD Picasso APU on board. The SF314-42 has been equipped with a Renoir APU, the Ryzen 7 4700U, which has been equipped with Zen 2 architecture that provides a definite increase in performance compared to the Zen+ architecture found in the Ryzen 3000 Picasso APUs. The CPU part of the Ryzen 7 4700U comprises an eight-core processor that works at a base clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The processor can turbo up to 4.2GHz, but it does not support Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT), which simply means that it can only execute one thread per core.
Just like its predecessor, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 received a rather stylish and slim metal case as its overall design. The chassis has a matte silver finish that is contrasted with a black plastic display frame. Due to the fact that there is no maintenance hatch, accessing the laptop’s internal components would require some disassembly. Apart from that, the display is held in place by pleasingly tight hinges, which allows the display to be opened up to 180-degrees. In addition, it should be noted that any pressure applied to the back of the lid does not cause any distortion on the display. The 14-inch screen of the Acer Swift 3 works natively at 1920 x 1080 pixels.
In terms of its connectivity, the Swift 3 SF314-42 has been equipped with two USB Type-A ports, with one operating at the USB-2.0 standard and the other at the USB-3.2 Gen1 standard. In addition, there is a USB Type-C port that utilizes the latest USB-3.2 Gen2 standard. This port supports both DisplayPort and USB Power Delivery (PD) which simply means that the device can output audio and video even while being charged. There is also an HDMI port and a power connector.
As far as the keyboard is concerned, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 has been equipped with a backlit chiclet keyboard. The flat and smooth keys offer a short drop with a rather clear pressure point. There is also an acceptable level of resistance in the keys. However, the keyboard gives way a little while typing, but not to an excessive extent. The single-stage backlight can be controlled using a function key. As for the touchpad, it is multi-touch and occupies a rather large space, thus offering plenty of room for performing gesture controls. The touchpad has a smooth finish, which makes it quite easy to glide across its surface. Overall, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 deserves a user’s consideration due to its excellent features. But again, the choice of owning one is rather subjective, depending on the individual’s need and choice.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
AMD Vega 6 R4000: Integrated graphics card of the Ryzen APUs based on the Vega architecture with 6 CUs (= 384 shaders) and a clock of up to 1.500 MHz.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
R5 4500U: Mobile Hexy-Core APU using six Zen 2 cores clocked at 2.3 to 4 GHz and a Vega graphics card with 6 CUs clocked at up to 1500 MHz. The CPU does not support SMT / Hyperthreading.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.