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Acer Swift 7 SF713-51 Notebook Review

Sebastian Bade, 12/17/2016

Slim, Slimmer, Acer Swift 7! The trend towards slimmer devices keeps going on. Acer has now created the slimmest notebook in the world: less than 10 mm (~0.4 in) thick. We will check to see how well the Kaby Lake dual-core SoC works in our review.

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Slimmer devices - manufacturers are constantly trying to bring the slimmest devices to the market. Acer has decided to produce the slimmest and lightest notebook in the world. This 13-inch model weighs a mere 1.1 kg (~2.4 lb) and is less than 10 mm (~0.4 in) thick, which makes it slimmer than the HP Spectre 13 (10.4 mm/~0.41 in). This skinny build has a few disadvantages: limited selection of ports and lack of space for 2.5-inch storage devices.

The Acer Swift 7 uses a dual-core SoC from the current Intel Kaby Lake series. The processor clocks at 1.2 GHz and has an integrated graphics processor, the Intel HD Graphics 615. The system is equipped with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and an SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. Acer has priced this model at around 1300 Euros (~$1359) and, at the time of testing, we did not find other configurations of this model. The Acer Swift 7 has to compete with devices from Apple, HP and Asus. All of these 12 to 14-inch laptops have conservative SoCs.

For our comparison, we have selected 4 models:

Acer Swift 7 SF713-51 (Swift 7 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 615, Core: 300 - 950 MHz, 21.20.16.4494
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3, 1866 MHz, Dual-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, Chimei Innolux, N133HCE-GP1, IPS, WLED, CineCrystal, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG, 256 GB 
, 256GB SSD Serial ATA/300, 202 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: Headphones Mic Combo, 3.5mm, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros QC61x4 Wireless Network Adapter (n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.98 x 324.6 x 229.6 ( = 0.39 x 12.78 x 9.04 in)
Battery
41.58 Wh, 2700 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 1.3M
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Adapter USB Type C to USB 3.0, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.1 kg ( = 38.8 oz / 2.43 pounds), Power Supply: 293 g ( = 10.34 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
1299 EUR

 

Case

The Acer Swift 7 looks elegant thanks to its colors. The top of the base unit is a stylish gold, while the display cover and the bottom of the base unit are matte black. The design includes other gold-colored accents and rounds it all off with a nice Acer logo below the screen.

Subjectively, we like the black and gold color choice. The case is made of aluminium and has rounded corners. It feels great and is very sturdy. We could not deform the base, but we could bend the display slightly. However, there is no reason to worry as the laptop is quite strong and one would need a lot of force to damage any part of it. Overall, we feel the case is sturdy despite being so slim. The workmanship of the Acer Swift 7 is flawless: no uneven gaps or parts of the case that creak.

We can criticize one part of the Acer Swift 7: it is quite easy to leave a trail of smudges and fingerprints on the matte black surfaces of this model. The gold surfaces are not as sensitive in this respect, as, despite using the laptop for a long time, we were not able to discern any fingerprints on them.

Due to the flat and light build of the laptop, it is only possible to open it with both hands. The two hinges hold the screen in place without allowing it to wobble. If you push the display to its maximum opening angle, the laptop might tip over backwards. This is due to the base of the laptop being lighter than the display (which is protected by Gorilla Glass). 

Size Comparison

The Acer Swift 7 is very slim at 9.98 mm (~0.4 in). In fact, it is (so far) the slimmest notebook of the world. The difference in size can be seen from our size comparison diagram. The Acer Swift 7 is a little larger than the Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016, 12-inch format), due to its 13-inch format. Our test model is placed in the middle of the table with its weight of 1.1 kg (~2.4 lb). The HP EliteBook Folio G1 and the Apple MacBook 12 are slightly lighter.

Connectivity

Acer has installed two USB 3.1 Type C ports and a 3.5 mm combo audio jack in its laptop. Due to the thickness of this model, it is not possible to add more interfaces. The two USB 3.1 Type C ports can be used to charge the laptop with the power adapter. The ports are positioned well towards the back of the right side. If the user needs to use other devices, an adapter will be required.

Left side: ring ferrule
Left side: ring ferrule
Right side: combo jack for headphones and microphone, 2x USB 3.0 Type-C, suitable for charging
Right side: combo jack for headphones and microphone, 2x USB 3.0 Type-C, suitable for charging
Front: no ports
Front: no ports
Back: no ports
Back: no ports

Communication

Wi-Fi: 801.11ac + Bluetooth
Wi-Fi: 801.11ac + Bluetooth

The Qualcomm Atheros QC61x4 WLAN module is used for wireless transmissions. This module works on the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies and also offers Bluetooth. Theoretically, it is possible to transmit at speeds of up to 867 MB/s. During our test with a reference router, we measured 673 MB/s (receiving) and 642 MB/s (sending). These values place our Acer Swift 7 at the top of the table. We did not have any issues with network connections during our tests. The laptop was even able to transmit large files reliably and quickly.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Qualcomm Atheros QC61x4 Wireless Network Adapter (jseb)
673 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (jseb)
638 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
609 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Broadcom 802.11ac
570 MBit/s ∼85% -15%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (jseb)
482 MBit/s ∼72% -28%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Qualcomm Atheros QC61x4 Wireless Network Adapter (jseb)
642 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (jseb)
596 MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Miix 510 Pro 80U10006GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (jseb)
500 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
421 MBit/s ∼66% -34%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Broadcom 802.11ac
397 MBit/s ∼62% -38%

Security

The Acer Swift 7 is not designed to be a business laptop. This means that it has a limited assortment of security features: a ring ferrule on the left side (for a security cable to prevent theft) and the integrated Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM).

Accessories

The laptop comes with an adapter for USB 3.1 Type-C to USB 3.0 (see picture). The manufacturer does not provide a sleeve for this notebook and we were not able to find any special accessories for the Swift 7 on the Acer homepage. However, it is possible to use the accessories from other manufacturers, thanks to the dual USB 3.1 Type-C ports on this model.

Standard USB devices can be connected using ...
Standard USB devices can be connected using ...
... the provided adapter.
... the provided adapter.

Maintenance

The maintenance options for a fanless laptop are limited. The user can only think about upgrading the hardware of the laptop. The bottom plate of the Acer Swift 7 can be taken off without any special tools. The inside holds a battery, which occupies around 75% of the case. Above it, the user will find the motherboard and the CPU and the RAM are below the copper plate. The WLAN module and the M.2 2242 SSD can be swapped out.

The cover can be removed.
The cover can be removed.

OS

Acer runs Windows 10 64-bit on the Swift 7. A look at the support page from Acer shows that this is the only OS that is officially supported in this model.

Warranty

Acer offers a 2-year manufacturer warranty for the Swift 7. We did not find any other options for this model.

Input Devices

The keyboard of the Acer Swift 7.
The keyboard of the Acer Swift 7.

Keyboard

The keyboard has been lowered a little into the case, which puts it a little lower than the hand-rest area. The very short stroke distance detracts from the great feedback the laptop offers while typing. After a short adjustment period, the user can type fast on the Acer Swift 7. The keys are matte, average in size and have white lettering. In good lighting, the keyboard is clearly legible, but in reduced lighting conditions a backlight option would have been nice to improve legibility of the keys. A sacrifice made due to the flat build? HP has managed to install backlight for the keyboard in the Spectre 13.

The function and the cursor keys are slightly smaller. Furthermore, the "Power On" button is on the top right side of the keyboard. We liked the keyboard, but a lighting option would have earned it more points.

Touchpad

The touchpad of the Acer Swift 7.
The touchpad of the Acer Swift 7.

The touchpad is decently sized at 14 x 6.5 cm (~5.5 x 2.6 in). This allows the laptop to use the space below the keyboard optimally. The touchpad is the same color as the rest of the case. It is easy to recognize thanks to the slight border around it. The surface is smooth, which allows the user to move their finger comfortably over the touchpad. Moist fingers will not have as good a time on this surface.

The ClickPad provides good feedback when pressed. The stroke distance is short, but noticeable. It is possible to click the touchpad easily in the bottom third of the device. Above this section, the user will need more force to produce a click.

Display

Subpixel
Subpixel
Very good: no "Screen Bleeding"
Very good: no "Screen Bleeding"

The screen of the Acer Swift 7 comes from Chimei Innolux. This is an IPS panel with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. There are no alternatives offered for the Swift 7, but this is not necessarily bad. One look at the comparison table shows that the panel does a good job. The standard FHD resolution for a 13-inch device is comfortable (166 dpi pixel density). For higher resolutions, the scaling would need to be adjusted as programs might have problems.

Our test model has a very good average brightness of 344 cd/m² (max. 359 cd/m²). The good combination of high contrast (1436:1) and low black value (0.25) ensures that colors are rich. This prevents scenes from having a grey tinge and allows the laptop to produce a nice black.

Buyers will get a display suitable for the price tag. The illumination is very balanced at 92%. We did not encounter any issues with our test model, such as "Screen Bleeding".

347
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
359
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
337
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 359 cd/m² Average: 344.2 cd/m² Minimum: 19.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 359 cd/m²
Contrast: 1436:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.57 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | - Ø
89% sRGB (Argyll) 58% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.47
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
IPS, 2304x1440, 12
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
IPS, 3200x1800, 13.3
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-23%
4%
-12%
-31%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31 (14, 17)
41.2 (15.6, 25.6)
-33%
32 (14.8, 17.2)
-3%
38 (24, 14, Spikes in between)
-23%
51 (13, 38)
-65%
Response Time Black / White *
27 (7, 20)
30.4 (6.8, 23.6)
-13%
24 (12.4, 11.6)
11%
27 (13, 14, Spikes in between)
-0%
26 (6, 20)
4%
PWM Frequency
1429 (20)
Screen
2%
-11%
-22%
-47%
Brightness
344
358
4%
298
-13%
352
2%
292
-15%
Brightness Distribution
92
88
-4%
87
-5%
81
-12%
72
-22%
Black Level *
0.25
0.47
-88%
0.27
-8%
0.69
-176%
0.26
-4%
Contrast
1436
823
-43%
1070
-25%
565
-61%
1323
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.57
1.6
65%
4.82
-5%
3.04
33%
12.65
-177%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.2
1
81%
3.84
26%
2.88
45%
12.95
-149%
Gamma
2.47 97%
2.26 106%
2.41 100%
2.43 99%
1.33 180%
CCT
6887 94%
6680 97%
6492 100%
6848 95%
6441 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58
61.6
6%
42.03
-28%
55
-5%
58
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
89
82.2
-8%
64.8
-27%
85
-4%
89
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -3%
-4% / -8%
-17% / -20%
-39% / -44%

* ... smaller is better

89% sRGB coverage
89% sRGB coverage
55% AdobeRGB coverage
55% AdobeRGB coverage

It is fun to work on the Acer Swift 7 due to the quality of the display. The colors are strong thanks to high contrast and low black value. Out-of-the-box, the DeltaE 2000 values are slightly raised (ColorChecker 4.57 and grey levels 5.2). A value below 3 would be ideal. However, this does not damage our overall good impression of the screen. We linked a suitable ICC profile, which allows us to get more out of the panel.

The color space coverage of the IPS display produces good numbers. The sRGB spectrum is covered up to 89% and the AdobeRGB space is 58% covered. The sRGB space should be sufficient for designers and photographers.

Grey levels
Grey levels
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Saturation
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
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 52 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

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: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6577 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing angles of the Acer Swift 7.
The viewing angles of the Acer Swift 7.

The viewing angles of the Acer Swift 7 are good thanks to the IPS panel. If the panel is pushed forward, a slight yellow tint is noticeable. However, this position is impractical for normal use and as such, this deviation will not affect users. Acer does not use PWM to regulate the brightness of the screen, which means that we were spared any annoying flickering.

We were surprised how well the notebook works outdoors. Despite the glossy screen, the Acer Swift 7 is legible even in bright surroundings. There are reflections on the display, but these are not as distracting as one would have thought. The high brightness of 344 cd/m² ensures that the laptop stays legible almost all the time. The only exception is direct sunlight. We recommend finding a shaded area to work so that the brightness can be lowered, thus increasing the battery life.

The Acer Swift 7 in a shaded area.
The Acer Swift 7 in a shaded area.
Despite the glossy screen ...
Despite the glossy screen ...
... the user can work outdoors.
... the user can work outdoors.

Performance

This laptop is no power performer. The Intel Core i5-7Y54 is a dual-core SoC, which is specifically designed for tablets and passively cooled notebooks. Nevertheless, the performance of this CPU suffices to run the Acer Swift 7 fast. The processor, which is based on the Kaby Lake architecture, can use the 8 GB DDR3 RAM of the system. This is more than enough, considering the performance of the CPU.

The Acer Swift 7 handles typical office tasks very well. Video editing should be avoided, as the CPU is quickly pushed to its limits. The SSD of the system ensures that everything runs smoothly and loading times are short. So far, we could only find one configuration for the Acer Swift 7.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC latency

Processor

The conservative SoC is placed under the copper plate.
The conservative SoC is placed under the copper plate.

For this laptop, a conservative CPU is a must. The manufacturer has chosen the Intel Core i5-7Y54 dual-core processor, which is based on the Kaby Lake architecture and is manufactured in the 14 nanometer process with FinFET transistors. The base clock speed of 1.2 GHz can increase to 3.2 GHz, depending on the load of the laptop. The CPU boasts Hyperthreading, which allows it to simultaneously process up to 4 threads.

From the comparison table, it is clear to see that both Acer models (Acer Swift 7 and Acer Spin 7) perform at the same level in Cinebench R15. The HP EliteBook Folio G1 takes a clear lead in the Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64-bit benchmark. The reason for this discrepancy is immediately clear: our processor runs at a TDP of 4.5 W, whereas HP has raised the TDP value of their CPU to 8.5 W. This allows it to handle multi-thread applications much better. However, it also requires a better cooling system and it will reduce the battery life.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100
111 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
111 Points ∼100%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
111 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
100 Points ∼90% -10%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
91 Points ∼82% -18%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
90 Points ∼81% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100
250 Points ∼100% +21%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
218 Points ∼87% +5%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
214 Points ∼86% +3%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
207 Points ∼83%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
205 Points ∼82% -1%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
1.28 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
1.27 Points ∼99%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
1.27 Points ∼99% 0%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
1 Points ∼78% -21%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
0.95 Points ∼74% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
2.47 Points ∼100% +6%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
2.35 Points ∼95% +1%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
2.29 Points ∼93% -1%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
2.32 Points ∼94%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
2.27 Points ∼92% -2%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
5646 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
5545 Points ∼98%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
9681 Points ∼100% +11%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
8756 Points ∼90%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
198.16 Points ∼100% +7%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
188 Points ∼95% +2%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
184.5 Points ∼93%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
143 Points ∼72% -22%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
130.7 Points ∼66% -29%
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100
115 Points ∼58% -38%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
29889 Points ∼100% +16%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
27627 Points ∼92% +7%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
25796 Points ∼86%
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100
23217 Points ∼78% -10%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
21739 Points ∼73% -16%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
18464 Points ∼62% -28%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
1770 ms * ∼100% -35%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900
1663 ms * ∼94% -27%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
1309 ms * ∼74%
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100
1285.5 ms * ∼73% +2%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200
1255 ms * ∼71% +4%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200
1161.3 ms * ∼66% +11%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7323
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6854
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4392
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7445 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
8756 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5545 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.32 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
26.19 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.27 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
207 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
111 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
31.67 fps
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System Performance

The technical specifications hint at a smooth running system. On the inside of our laptop, we have a dual-core SoC, which can process up to 4 threads and 8 GB DDR3 RAM (running in dual-channel mode). An SSD rounds off the package. The system starts fast and the device is ready within a few seconds. In PCMark 8, the Acer Swift 7 can position ahead of the HP EliteBook Folio G1

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage
 
PCMark 8
Storage Score v2
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200, Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG
4885 Points ∼100%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200, Kingston RBUSNS4180S3256GG
4876 Points ∼100% 0%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
3430 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200, Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG
3429 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
3298 Points ∼96% -4%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200, Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG
3064 Points ∼100%
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54, 1100, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
3037 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel Core i5-7Y54, 1200, Kingston RBUSNS4180S3256GG
2979 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel Core m7-6Y75, 1200, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
2614 Points ∼85% -15%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30, 900, Apple SSD AP0256
2550 Points ∼83% -17%
PCMark Vantage Result
12765 points
PCMark 7 Score
4857 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3064 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3429 points
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Storage Device

Kingston M.2 SSD.
Kingston M.2 SSD.

The M.2 2242 storage device comes from Kingston. According to AS SSD, the SSD can reach a sequential read speed of 492 MB/s. For sequential write, we note a speed of 292 MB/s. The 4K read and write rates are good at 39 MB/s and 67 MB/s. Other SSDs can be slower at times (see Apple MacBook 12 in the comparison table) and manage a mere 20 MB/s. The performance of the SSD in our test model is quite good. However, the faster Samsung SM951 SSD of the HP EliteBook Folio G1 beats our model clearly. Despite the Acer Swift 7 taking last place in this segment, the laptop runs well and it is comfortable to use.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Apple SSD AP0256
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Kingston RBUSNS4180S3256GG
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
34%
144%
6%
4%
Write 4k QD32
325.6
315
-3%
292.1
-10%
242.3
-26%
307.4
-6%
Read 4k QD32
329.4
464
41%
464
41%
288.9
-12%
324.8
-1%
Write 4k
76.07
20.5
-73%
100.7
32%
90.66
19%
75.48
-1%
Read 4k
36.62
14.6
-60%
46.96
28%
28.57
-22%
37.57
3%
Write 512
313.6
678
116%
1220
289%
396.2
26%
368.5
18%
Read 512
283.7
616
117%
1191
320%
404.8
43%
309.5
9%
Write Seq
401
638
59%
1232
207%
423.7
6%
407.7
2%
Read Seq
431.2
754
75%
1482
244%
475.2
10%
472.6
10%
Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG
Sequential Read: 431.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 401 MB/s
512K Read: 283.7 MB/s
512K Write: 313.6 MB/s
4K Read: 36.62 MB/s
4K Write: 76.07 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 329.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 325.6 MB/s

Graphics Card

The iGPU is no miracle worker. The Intel HD Graphics 615 chip of our test model performs at the same level as that of the Acer Spin 7. The HP EliteBook Folio G1 performs at a higher level thanks to its raised TDP value. The Intel HD Graphics 615 chip can decode H.265/HEVC and Google VP9 codec with the hardware, thanks to the Kaby Lake architecture.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 06
3DMark 05
3DMark 03
3DMark 2001SE
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
844 Points ∼100% +30%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
735 Points ∼87% +14%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
647 Points ∼77%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m7-6Y75
507 Points ∼60% -22%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
7035 Points ∼100% +27%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
6078 Points ∼86% +10%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
5541 Points ∼79%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
5478 Points ∼78% -1%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m7-6Y75
4286 Points ∼61% -23%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
41566 Points ∼100%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
37865 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m7-6Y75
35580 Points ∼86% -14%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
1254 Points ∼100% +21%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
1186 Points ∼95% +14%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m7-6Y75
1083 Points ∼86% +4%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
1039 Points ∼83%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
1032 Points ∼82% -1%
1280x720 Performance
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
1360 Points ∼100% +19%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
1277 Points ∼94% +12%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m7-6Y75
1188 Points ∼87% +4%
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
1143 Points ∼84%
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
1141 Points ∼84% 0%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
6921 Points ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m7-6Y75
5860 Points ∼85%
3DMark 2001SE Standard
19381 points
3DMark 03 Standard
16620 points
3DMark 05 Standard
8649 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
4081 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1143 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
41566 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4113 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
582 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
274 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
239 points
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Gaming Performance

This is not one of the strengths of the Intel HD Graphics 615, as even older games have a hard time running on the Acer Swift 7. This performance is not surprising, as the manufacturer is limited by the flat build of this laptop. If you like gaming, you should look for an alternative to the Acer Swift 7 and all other comparison models. 

low med. high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 88.983.260.97.9fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 40.622.417.86fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 29.418.317.6fps
Sims 4 (2014) 147.39041.528.4fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 59.152.727.425.1fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 138fps

Emissions

Noise pattern
Noise pattern

System Noise

The Acer Swift 7 has a passive cooling system, which means that it will have no noise emissions from the fan. The test model runs silently, with small electrical noises interspersed here and there. However, these are so quiet, that they are only audible if you put your ear to the Acer Swift 7. 

Temperature

3DMark 11 after stress test.
3DMark 11 after stress test.

Despite passive cooling, the temperatures are reasonable. Under load, we measure 48.7 °C (~120 °F; bottom) and 45.7 °C (~114 °F; top). These values were measured near the back of the device, where the CPU, iGPU and RAM are placed. While idle, the Acer Swift 7 stays comfortably cool and the previously mentioned area stays within the 25 °C (~77 °F) zone.

Inside the laptop, temperatures are slightly higher. After 1 hour of load using the Prime95 benchmark, we observed the CPU reaching a maximum of 68 °C (~154 °F). At the start, it runs at 2.8 GHz, but the clock speed is regulated quickly down to 1.7 - 1.9 GHz. The iGPU heats up to a maximum of 66 °C (~151 °F). At the beginning, the iGPU runs at 950 MHz, but it quickly drops to 650 MHz, where it holds for the rest of the test. Right after the stress test, we ran 3DMark 11 again to measure any discrepancy in performance when the laptop is "hot". The difference is very slight compared to the performance offered by the laptop when it is "cool". This means that the temperatures will not have a lasting effect on the performance.

Stress test with Prime95 + FurMark
Stress test with Prime95 + FurMark
Stress test with FurMark
Stress test with FurMark
Stress test with Prime95
Stress test with Prime95
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Apple SSD AP0256
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
HD Graphics 515, 6Y75, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, Kingston RBUSNS4180S3256GG
Heat
-7%
-10%
8%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
45.7
39
15%
42.7
7%
39.1
14%
46.5
-2%
Maximum Bottom *
48.7
44
10%
45.8
6%
38.7
21%
45
8%
Idle Upper Side *
25.5
32
-25%
32.1
-26%
26
-2%
27.6
-8%
Idle Bottom *
25.2
32
-27%
32.3
-28%
25.7
-2%
27.1
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 35.9 °C45.7 °C41.8 °C 
 29.6 °C34.2 °C31.2 °C 
 27.4 °C26.2 °C28.2 °C 
Maximum: 45.7 °C
Average: 33.4 °C
38 °C48.7 °C37.9 °C
32.1 °C34.6 °C31.5 °C
28.9 °C28.7 °C28.3 °C
Maximum: 48.7 °C
Average: 34.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.8 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Idle above
Idle above
Idle below
Idle below
Load above
Load above
Load below
Load below

Speakers

Dolby Audio software
Dolby Audio software

The two speakers are placed on the sides of the laptop and provide downwards output. This means that the sound quality depends entirely on what is below the laptop. If the laptop is on a soft base, the sound is easily dampened and the volume is slightly reduced. Due to the limited space of the laptop, it is not possible to produce great sound. High and middle notes populate the majority of the output and the bass is barely noticeable. The volume is sufficient for home use. The sound output is clear, even at maximum volume. 

The dual-array microphone under the display border (near the Acer logo) works well as there is no fan to disturb recordings.

The two speakers are placed ...
The two speakers are placed ...
... to the left and the right of the battery.
... to the left and the right of the battery.
The bottom has an opening for the speakers.
The bottom has an opening for the speakers.
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.834.634.82543.239.643.23142.939.942.94034.735.234.75034.432.334.46330.628.230.68036.12636.110039.92639.91254425.44416045.423.345.420041.223.841.225050.622.750.631557.921.657.940063.420.263.450063.419.663.463063.318.663.380068.118.668.1100065.41865.4125061.317.461.3160063.217.963.2200062.317.562.3250058.417.858.4315059.817.959.8400062.11862.1500057.918.357.9630061.418.461.4800055.218.455.21000053.618.453.6125005418.2541600048.618.448.6SPL74.230.574.2N34.61.434.6median 58.4Acer Swift 7 SF713-51median 18.4median 58.4Delta6.226.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, 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, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram for comparison (checkboxes above can be selected!)

Energy Management

The 45 W power adapter has ...
The 45 W power adapter has ...
... a USB Type-C connector.
... a USB Type-C connector.

Power Consumption

The consumption of the test model is decent. The laptop needs between 4.1 W to 18.7 W. While idle, the Apple MacBook 12 does a better job of keeping the consumption low. At load, the tables turn and the Acer Swift 7 is one of the least demanding at 16 W. The Asus ZenBook UX305CA needs a little less on average (0.1 W) than our test model.

The power adapter of the Acer Swift 7 can provide up to 45 W. This means that the laptop has everything it needs, even at full load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.1 / 6.4 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 16 / 18.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
7Y54, HD Graphics 615, Kingston RBU-SNS4180S3256GG, IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2304x1440, 12
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
6Y54, HD Graphics 515, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
6Y75, HD Graphics 515, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2, IPS, 3200x1800, 13.3
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
7Y54, HD Graphics 615, Kingston RBUSNS4180S3256GG, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
8%
-20%
-17%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
4.1
2.7
34%
4.3
-5%
4.2
-2%
4.3
-5%
Idle Average *
6.4
2.7
58%
6
6%
8.4
-31%
7.4
-16%
Idle Maximum *
6.8
7.2
-6%
6.4
6%
8.9
-31%
8
-18%
Load Average *
16
22
-38%
22.7
-42%
15.9
1%
22.1
-38%
Load Maximum *
18.7
20.5
-10%
31.2
-67%
22.5
-20%
21.7
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The LiPo battery takes up most of the case.
The LiPo battery takes up most of the case.

Considering the consumption of the laptop, we hope to see long battery life. The test model meets our expectations, but the Apple MacBook 12 can trump our model with its longer battery life. The Acer Swift 7 uses a LiPo battery with a capacity of 41.58 Wh. While idle, the laptop can run for 13:12 hours. At full load, the laptop is depleted after 3 hours. The WLAN test is more realistic. We run a script which loads a website every 30 seconds. The power profile is set to "Balanced" and the brightness is regulated to around 150 cd/m² (6 brightness levels from the max). With these settings, the laptop lasts 7:18 hours, which is quite good. The Apple MacBook 12 (8:21 hours) is the only competitor which lasts longer. In the H.264 test, our laptop lasts 6:50 hours, which is enough to see 2 or 3 movies.

Maximum battery life.
Maximum battery life.
Minimum battery life.
Minimum battery life.
WLAN battery life.
WLAN battery life.
H.264 run time.
H.264 run time.
AufladezeitaCharging time.
Charging time.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 12min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
7h 18min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 50min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 02min
Acer Swift 7 SF713-51
7Y54, HD Graphics 615, 41.58 Wh
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, 41.4 Wh
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
6Y54, HD Graphics 515, 38 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX305CA-FB055T
6Y75, HD Graphics 515, 45 Wh
Acer Spin 7 SP714-51-M09D
7Y54, HD Graphics 615, 42 Wh
Battery Runtime
22%
-17%
6%
-9%
Reader / Idle
792
526
-34%
1013
28%
748
-6%
H.264
410
512
25%
413
1%
418
2%
WiFi v1.3
438
501
14%
355
-19%
402
-8%
391
-11%
Load
182
231
27%
152
-16%
182
0%
163
-10%

Pros

+ 9.98 mm is quite thin
+ stylish design with nice colors
+ relatively light
+ good battery life
+ decent system performance
+ large touchpad
+ IPS display with stable viewing angles
+ quite when idle
+ adapter for USB 3.1 Type C to USB 3.0

Cons

- only 2 USB 3.1 Type-C ports
- very easy to smudge
- no backlit keyboard

Verdict

In review: Acer Swift 7. Test model provided by Acer Germany.
In review: Acer Swift 7. Test model provided by Acer Germany.

At 9.98 mm thick (~0.4 in), the Acer Swift 7 is the slimmest model of the world. The black-gold color scheme looks nice and the case feels great. The super-flat construction is easy-to-handle. Overall, Acer has produced a good laptop. The workmanship is flawless and the performance is good (considering the limitations of the case). At the time of testing, this laptop cost 1300 Euros (~$1359).

The Acer Swift 7 is a high-quality laptop, which was reliable in our tests and in use. The hardware is good and ensures that the system will run smoothly.

 Buyers should be aware that the performance is a deciding factor for the Acer Swift 7. 3D games are hard to run on this laptop. Video editing is also not possible. These are definite weaknesses of our test model. However, this is also not the goal of the Acer Swift 7. The great IPS panel and low consumption/relatively long battery life (up to 7 hours) provide the user a portable, good-looking laptop.

Acer Swift 7 SF713-51 - 12/19/2016 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
92 /  98 → 94%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
35 / 80 → 44%
Weight
74 / 78 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
86%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
78 / 87 → 90%
Temperature
91 / 91 → 100%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 91 → 70%
Camera
38 / 85 → 44%
Average
74%
86%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2016-12-17 (Update: 2016-12-18)