Acer Swift 3 SF314-52-517Z
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Reviews for the Acer Swift 3 SF314-52-517Z
Source: Gotta Be Mobile
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Acer Swift 3 is not the slimmest, nor the lightest, nor the most powerful laptop I’ve used, but it’s also significantly more affordable than those other options. The line includes models with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $499, all the way up to a model with an Intel Core i7 processor, discreet NVIDIA GPU, 8GB RAM and a 256 SSD for $999. The model I tested out falls in the middle and retails for $680.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Model: The Acer Swift 3 SF314-52-517Z is one of the best value laptops. However, it differs from its predecessor in many ways: it has a different build and design, a glossy non-touch screen this time, a backlit keyboard with a new layout, new hardware inside and optional Nvidia MX150 dedicated graphics. The new Swift 3 gets a slight design change as well. The old version looked a lot like a MacBook Air, this one looks like a standard Acer laptop, with lines and branding elements that Acer puts on all their computers, like the Switch engraving on the piece of plastic between the screen’s hinges. The updated Swift 3 has gained some weight from the previous generation. It weighs nearly 1.72 kg (3.8 lbs) and is about 18 mm thick, which makes it pretty much averagely sized: portable enough to grab along in your bag or backpack, but a little heavier than the new generation 14-inchers like the Lenovo IdeaPad 320S or Asus Zenbook UX410, for example. It’s also a few millimeters bigger, as the bezels around the screen are fairly chunky, but it’s worth noting that all the 14-inchers with more compact builds are also more expensive. The 14-inch display is protected by Gorilla glass. There’s no touch though, Acer just decided to go with the glossy cover for extra strength and protection. It gets an IPS panel, so the viewing angles and contrast are fairly good, but it’s otherwise dim and limited in terms of color coverage.
Under the hood, this laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Crucially, unlike even cheaper laptops, the level of performance here is fine for multi-tasking. Acer’s laptop is not alone here, since every laptop with Intel UHD 620 graphics suffers from the same shortfall in gaming performance. While this is unlikely a strong gaming machine, technically, it would be just about possible to play older titles on it, at very low resolution. As far as the speakers go, they’re actually punchy and a step-up from the older Swift 3. They’re still placed on the bottom, but no longer distort at high volumes and no longer sound weird on a desk or when using the laptop on the lap and occasionally covering them. They’re also fairly loud at up to 80 dB at head level and the sound is surprisingly rich and clean. As for the webcam, it’s placed on top of the screen and flanked by microphones and it’s an average option with HD resolution that should do fine for occasional Skype calls. Acer puts a 48 Wh battery on this Swift 3, which is not bad for a budget laptop, especially since there’s no energy-hungry screen on this thing, but still a little smaller than what some of the competition offers.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa RajarathnamIntel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620. 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.
8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » 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 big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 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.
85%: 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.
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