Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
Popular companion. High-quality materials coupled with responsive hardware leave a good impression. Even though the display luminance does not seem very up-to-date, we like the overall package of the new Acer Swift 3.
Source: Gadgetspeak Archive.org version
In use I was able to switch between programs seamlessly and everything ran smoothly, I have no real complaints and surely soon the ‘Anniversary’ update will come pre-installed with all new machines.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 100% workmanship: 80%
Source: Connect - 5/2017
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2017
Source: Chip.de DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 84% features: 72% display: 86% mobility: 66% ergonomy: 78%
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2016
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 80% display: 60% mobility: 100%
Source: PCM NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; metal case; backlit keys; lightweight; nice display; good ergonomy; powerful processor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/24/2017
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; comfortable keyboard; flexible fingerprint sensor. Negative: Poor display; low autonomy; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/06/2017
Source: Geeks.hu HU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Compact size; metal case; backlit keys; light weight; good ergonomy; decent hardware; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/30/2017
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Nice design; fast fingerprint sensor; high autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2017
Model: Acer’s machines were once more known for its functionality rather than its finery. The Swift series seems to defy this notion as Acer shifts towards building well-crafted devices both in its interior and exterior. The Acer Swift 3 is a subnotebook built for everyday use. It is built on an all-metal chassis which assures users of its solidness. With a 14-inch form factor it is amazingly slim with a sleek metal finish. At a glance, it looks a little bit like the Apple Macbook Air. Toting this ultrathin laptop about will surely grab attention. Its dimensions measure at 1.78 x 34.04 x 23.63 cm (0.7 x 13.4 x 9.3 inch) and it is lightweight at approximately 1,5 kg (3.31lbs). For now, it is shipped only in silver colour, which most might consider the best color for a laptop. Its 14-inch display (Full HD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD) uses IPS technology and is driven by an Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU with shared DDR4 SDRAM. Colors appear bright with strong details. The precision touchpad with multi-touch control is wide and sensitive. The keyboard bundled together is backlit for use under dim environments and is good for typing on. Notwithstanding its sleek profile, Acer has certainly not compromised on its hardware as its specs prove to be equally impressive. It runs on an Intel Core i7-6500U processor with 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM. In terms of storage, it is fitted with a huge 512 GB M2 SSD. Storage is also expandable via an SD card.
Wireless connectivity on this notebook is swift as suggested by its name. The devices uses 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO technology. For added security, swipe-style fingerprint scanner unlocks the laptop quickly. One may question the Swift 3’s battery life from its slimness; yet Acer assures a 10-hour battery life, which is sufficient for the Swift 3 to “stay unplugged on a flight from Dubai to Hong Kong…” This will definitely appeal those who wish to stay productive on their laptops. This laptop is also installed with high end connectivity options which include one HDMI port, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and one USB 3.1 (Type-C) port. It would also be nice to see the Type-C port capable of supporting Thunderbolt. Sound quality is crisp and clear. The Swift 3 comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The Acer Swift 3‘s high performance renders it a powerful contender among its rivals. Its main rivals are the Asus UX330 and the HP Envy 13.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6500U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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 very old and big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal; nowadays, rather typical for 15 inch laptops.
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.
81.34%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.