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Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G (i7-8550U, MX150, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Sven Kloevekorn, 11/01/2017

Dim screen. Acer stuffs lots of computing power into the compact Swift 3 and even manages to deliver long battery life. The dim, glossy screen is its weak spot.

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Acer’s compact 14-incher with a brand-new ULV i7 quad-core processor and a dedicated GeForce MX150 GPU does not need to worry about lacking performance. It rivals the Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ and the Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB.

Since we already tested an identically constructed Swift 3 SF314-52 iteration, we refrain from elaborating on case, equipment, input devices, and loudspeakers. These detailed descriptions can be found in the aforementioned review.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL (Swift 3 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 1469 - 1797 MHz, Memory: 1502 MHz, GDDR5, 64-Bit connection, ForceWare 387.92, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3, Dual-Channel, no slots, memory soldered onto the motherboard
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics B140HAN02.1, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, 512 GB 
, 450 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.95 x 338 x 234 ( = 0.71 x 13.31 x 9.21 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MS Office 365 (Trial), Norton Security (Trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79.6 MB/s ∼100% +249%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.1 MB/s ∼44% +54%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.1 MB/s ∼29% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.8 MB/s ∼29%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.6 MB/s ∼100% +252%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
 
40.4 MB/s ∼46% +62%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.8 MB/s ∼32% +12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.9 MB/s ∼28%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
552 MBit/s ∼100% +127%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
503 MBit/s ∼91% +107%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
343 MBit/s ∼62% +41%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
243 MBit/s ∼44%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
670 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
666 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
504 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
300 MBit/s ∼45% -55%

Display

Subpixels
Subpixels

The Swift 3 is furnished with a 14-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has a barely acceptable contrast ratio of 863:1, and for a laptop of this price range it is supposed to surpass 1000:1. The low maximum brightness of 217.4 cd/m² is definitely unacceptable as we would have wanted at least 300 cd/m². Something positive at last: at no time could we observe PWM flicker.

211
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 233 cd/m² Average: 217.4 cd/m² Minimum: 19.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 233 cd/m²
Contrast: 863:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.85 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.87 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
54% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.47

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Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Screen
5%
10%
39%
Brightness middle
233
281
21%
274
18%
353
52%
Brightness
217
259
19%
256
18%
366
69%
Brightness Distribution
88
81
-8%
83
-6%
88
0%
Black Level *
0.27
0.45
-67%
0.18
33%
0.34
-26%
Contrast
863
624
-28%
1522
76%
1038
20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.85
4.19
28%
6.7
-15%
2.88
51%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.51
10.64
8%
14.8
-29%
6.61
43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.87
2.55
48%
6.3
-29%
4.24
13%
Gamma
2.47 89%
2.24 98%
2.04 108%
2.38 92%
CCT
6908 94%
6555 99%
6363 102%
7380 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34
39
15%
39.6
16%
64
88%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
54
61
13%
61.5
14%
99
83%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Out the box, we have a Delta-E-2000 color deviation of 5.85, which is not too far above the desired value of less than 3. There’s no blue hue observable.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grey scales
CalMAN - Grey scales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The viewing-angle stable IPS screen of the Swift 3 allows for comfortably viewing the content in every position – as long as that position is not assumed somewhere outdoors due to the dim and glossy screen.

Swift 3 outdoor use (the sky was completely overcast)
Swift 3 outdoor use (the sky was completely overcast)

Performance

With the Swift 3 SF314-52G, Acer offers a compact 14-inch allrounder with sufficient computing performance for all usual applications. Our test device is currently available for around 1200 Euros (~$1400). For U.S customers who find $730 a more attractive price tag, a slightly lower performant model with a 256GB SSD and a Core i5-8250U can be obtained as of November 2017.

Processor

In the gut of our Swift 3, an Intel Core i7-8550U (kaby Lake Refresh) quad-core ULV processor with a TDP of 15 Watts, a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz and a boost clock of up to 4 GHz putters around. In our single thread tests, we see clock speeds between 3.7 and 4 GHz. In multi-threading scenarios, those speeds fluctuate between 2.3 to 2.4 GHz and 3.7 to 3.7 GHz. During Cinebench benchmark tests, these high clock speeds occur only briefly before the system stabilizes at around 2.3 to 2.4 GHz. 

We let Cinebench R15 run for 30 minutes to assess mulit-thread performance while the laptop is plugged into the power supply. After the first run, it drops to 520 points and remains at this level for all subsequent runs. The 2.3 to 2.4 GHz turbo speeds can thus be maintained.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The performance of the CPU falls within the ranges of the Core i5-7300HQ and the Core i7-7700HQ, depending on the benchmark. The latter is even slightly surpassed in single-thread tests.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6400
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
16804
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6823
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
167 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
550 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
96.97 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼78%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼76% -3%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼76% -3%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
148 Points ∼69% -11%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼68% -13%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
143 Points ∼67% -14%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
143 Points ∼67% -14%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
Intel Core i7-7500U
135 Points ∼63% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
132 Points ∼62% -21%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼60% -23%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
727 Points ∼23% +32%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
699 Points ∼22% +27%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
724 Points ∼23% +32%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
560 Points ∼18% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
550 Points ∼18%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
517 Points ∼17% -6%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
511 Points ∼16% -7%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
Intel Core i7-7500U
346 Points ∼11% -37%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
334 Points ∼11% -39%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel Core i5-7200U
327 Points ∼11% -41%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
6400 Points ∼59%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5908 Points ∼55% -8%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5542 Points ∼51% -13%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5502 Points ∼51% -14%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5488 Points ∼51% -14%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5436 Points ∼50% -15%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22209 Points ∼45% +32%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21561 Points ∼43% +28%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18304 Points ∼37% +9%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18158 Points ∼37% +8%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
17505 Points ∼35% +4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
16804 Points ∼34%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13991 Points ∼45% +3%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
13553 Points ∼44% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
13525 Points ∼43%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9840 Points ∼32% -27%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9752 Points ∼31% -28%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
3779 Points ∼80%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3585 Points ∼76% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
3416 Points ∼73% -10%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3195 Points ∼68% -15%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3163 Points ∼67% -16%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
14257 Points ∼52%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14084 Points ∼51% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
13486 Points ∼49% -5%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10551 Points ∼38% -26%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8085 Points ∼29% -43%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
4699 Points ∼81%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4482 Points ∼78% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
4162 Points ∼72% -11%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4022 Points ∼70% -14%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3387 Points ∼59% -28%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
15117 Points ∼42%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14975 Points ∼41% -1%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
14207 Points ∼39% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
11075 Points ∼31% -27%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8081 Points ∼22% -47%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
4813 Points ∼76%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4540 Points ∼72% -6%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
4266 Points ∼67% -11%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4040 Points ∼64% -16%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3387 Points ∼53% -30%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
Intel Core i7-8550U
287.11 Points ∼86%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
261.18 Points ∼78% -9%
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
258.4 Points ∼77% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
248.01 Points ∼74% -14%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
247.51 Points ∼74% -14%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
245.51 Points ∼74% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
198.43 Points ∼59% -31%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel Core i5-7200U
127.69 Points ∼38% -56%

System Performance

Unsurprisingly, the system runs smoothly without any issues as the Core-i7 processor and the fast SSD make for good results in our PC-Mark benchmark tests. The computer shows good performance in all usual applications. The already maxed-out system can’t be further upgraded.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3968 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3968 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
3913 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3636 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Ramaxel RTNTE256PCA8EADL
3554 Points ∼90% -10%

Mass Storage

Our test device is equipped with an NVMe SSD by Intel. NVMe SSDs are connected via 4 lanes of PCIe 3.0, which allows for blazing fast transfer speeds that SATA III HDDs can’t compete against. Consequently, the SSD in our system delivers a very convincing performance.

Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Sequential Read: 944.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 552.4 MB/s
512K Read: 615.7 MB/s
512K Write: 483.3 MB/s
4K Read: 13.98 MB/s
4K Write: 133.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 462.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 496.2 MB/s
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Ramaxel RTNTE256PCA8EADL
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
12%
-32%
-20%
Write 4k QD32
496.2
251
-49%
244.8
-51%
251.1
-49%
Read 4k QD32
462.6
290.1
-37%
279.6
-40%
311.3
-33%
Write 4k
133.6
108.3
-19%
77.69
-42%
56.85
-57%
Read 4k
13.98
31.6
126%
24.74
77%
28.34
103%
Write 512
483.3
564.4
17%
252.8
-48%
415
-14%
Read 512
615.7
800.4
30%
347.8
-44%
345.6
-44%
Write Seq
552.4
605.6
10%
254.1
-54%
457.4
-17%
Read Seq
944.4
1137
20%
472.3
-50%
500.2
-47%

Graphics Card

With the GeForce MX150, Acer utilized the latest mobile mid-range GPU by Nvidia. It is the mobile equivalent to the GeForce GT 1030 graphics card. The MX150 supports DirectX 12, clocks up to 1797 MHz and is backed by 2048 MB GDDR5 memory. Our 3DMark results concur with those of other devices that utilize the same graphics card.

3DMark 11 Performance
4857 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), AMD FX-9830P
7794 Points ∼100% +66%
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 N580VD-DM028T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7712 Points ∼99% +64%
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000
AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5557 Points ∼71% +18%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
4742 Points ∼61% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4690 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-7200U
4575 Points ∼59% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2535 Points ∼33% -46%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2197 Points ∼28% -53%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1509 Points ∼19% -68%

Gaming Performance

As long as users don’t require their gaming experience to be on maximum resolution and maximum details, all latest games are displayed smoothly by the relatively potent CPU-GPU combo. For most games, a HD resolution of 1366x768 pixels and medium details is recommended. Moderately demanding games such as FIFA 18 or Rocket League can often be played at higher resolutions and higher details. For performance-hungry titles like Ark Survival, the graphics settings should be lowered.

To check thr frame rate consistency, we’re running The Witcher 3 for around 60 minutes at Full HD resolution while not moving the character at all. We could not observe frame rate drops.

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The Witcher 3 ultra
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 162.2105.29034fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 10.2fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 73281814fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
90 fps ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
89.5 fps ∼99% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-7200U
82.2 fps ∼91% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
63.84 fps ∼71% -29%
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
25.2 fps ∼28% -72%

Emissions and Energy

System Noise

The Swift 3 doesn’t emit much noise at any time. The fan, and the entire laptop, remains mostly silent when idling or under low load. Even under maximum load, the fan barely spins up. We measure a noise volume of 35.6 dB in our stress test.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 30.9 dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 35.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.128.931.433.234.1253030.330.332.5303128.731.929.534.328.74029.931.129.330.229.95039.23938.531.239.26328.827.928.628.728.88026.626.526.726.726.610025.825.525.925.925.812525.125.224.72425.116024.724.72523.924.720022.723.822.523.822.725022.823.521.921.722.831522.523.82121.122.540022.223.120.320.222.250022.12219.819.222.163022.221.919.318.822.280024.223.718.818.124.2100025.324.819.117.625.312502423.918.917.624160025.425.818.617.825.420002625.91817.626250025.125.21817.825.1315024.624.81817.924.6400021.321.418.218.121.3500021.221.118.418.321.2630019.619.918.718.419.680001919.618.718.719100001919.518.818.9191250018.919.51918.818.91600019.420.619.31919.4SPL35.635.630.930.535.6N2.32.31.51.42.3median 22.7median 23.7median 19median 18.8median 22.7Delta1.81.81.41.91.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL

Temperature

The Swift 3 in our stress test
The Swift 3 in our stress test

When running Prime95 and FurMark on battery for one hour each, the processor clocks at 1.8 to 1.9 GHz, and the graphics card between 400 and 800 MHz. 

The laptop doesn’t heat up too much. The 40-C mark is exceeded only on a few locations on the case during the stress tests. Although, when running The Witcher 3 on Full HD and maximum graphics quality, we observe higher temperatures.

Max. Load
 39.3 °C
103 F
44.9 °C
113 F
44 °C
111 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
40.2 °C
104 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
28.8 °C
84 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 44.9 °C = 113 F
Average: 36.1 °C = 97 F
34.7 °C
94 F
42.9 °C
109 F
40.1 °C
104 F
31 °C
88 F
35.4 °C
96 F
35 °C
95 F
29.3 °C
85 F
31.5 °C
89 F
32.7 °C
91 F
Maximum: 42.9 °C = 109 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  50.1 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 22.6 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.9 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 42.9 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F, ranging from 21.5 to 82 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.7 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.9 °C / 100 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.7 °C / 89.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (-2.5 °C / -4.5 F).

Loudspeakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.833.232.82532.532.532.53133.434.333.44029.330.229.35039.331.239.36328.728.728.78026.326.726.310025.925.925.912530.52430.516039.623.939.62004323.8432505321.75331556.521.156.540062.220.262.250061.719.261.763063.218.863.280068.618.168.6100066.217.666.2125063.117.663.116006017.860200065.117.665.1250062.717.862.7315062.617.962.6400061.918.161.9500061.918.361.9630058.818.458.8800061.218.761.21000062.118.962.11250062.118.862.11600049.71949.7SPL75.330.575.3N36.81.436.8median 61.9median 18.8median 61.9Delta5.61.95.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SLApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 0.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 30% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequenzdiagramm im Vergleich (Checkboxen oben an-/abwählbar!)

Energy Consumption

The Swift 3 doesn’t suffer from excessive energy thirst. On idle, we measure a maximum energy consumption of 9.2 Watts and 50 Watts during stress testing. To keep the temperatures below critical and the wattage below the nominal power adapter output of 65 Watts, the CPU and GPU throttle noticeably.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.29 / 0.32 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 6.6 / 9.2 Watt
Load midlight 61 / 50 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Our realistic WiFi test uses a script to simulate the system load when loading websites. The ‘Balanced’ Windows energy profile is selected, the screen brightness is set to 150 cd/m², and all power saving options are turned off. The Swift 3 runs for 7:45 hours in these settings.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 40)
7h 45min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer Swift 3 (i5-7200U, HD 620)
48 Wh
653 min ∼100% +40%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
52.5 Wh
568 min ∼87% +22%
Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ-GV012T
50 Wh
527 min ∼81% +13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL
48 Wh
465 min ∼71%

Pros

+ IPS screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ NVMe SSD
+ quiet
+ good battery life

Cons

- dim, glossy screen

Verdict

The Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL, supplied by: notebooksbilliger.de
The Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL, supplied by: notebooksbilliger.de

Acer’s new and compact Swift 3 SF314-52G, an allrounder with a 14-inch screen, did not compromise a good battery life for good hardware. In fact, the latest quad-core processor and the dedicated GeForce graphics unit are a potent combination, and the battery has sufficient juice for long hours of media consumption. Those specs are accompanied by a good backlit keyboard and a blazing fast NVMe SSD drive.

The viewing-angle stable IPS screen isn't convincing, and is not suited for a device of its price range and potency.

While we can still accept the low contrast ratio of the screen, the maximum brightness is not bright enough for convenient usage. Acer makes this even worse by giving the screen a glossy finish, which greatly limits the usability of the device and makes nonsense of its good battery life.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-52G-89SL - 10/26/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
49 / 81 → 61%
Weight
68 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
90%
Display
79%
Games Performance
76 / 85 → 90%
Application Performance
92 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
89%
Noise
92 / 95 → 97%
Audio
73%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
76%
84%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-11- 1 (Update: 2017-11- 1)