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Face Off: Asus Zenbook UX3410UA vs. Acer Swift 3 vs. Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

Mainstream performers. The latest 14-inch Zenbook is faster, lighter, smaller, and brighter than both the Swift 3 and Yoga 510. Unfortunately, it also runs significantly louder as well.

The 1200 Euro Asus Zenbook UX3410UA may be more expensive than the 1000 Euro Acer Swift 3 and the 800 Euro Lenovo Yoga 510 14IKB, but there are still key reasons to choosing one of the cheaper models over it. For this Face Off, we want to see what advantages the higher price tag of the Asus can bring and how the Acer and Lenovo can hold surprises of their own despite the price discrepancies.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

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Case

The Asus notebook is the lightest and smallest in terms of length and width yet its chassis is as strong if not stronger than the Acer and Lenovo. Its lid and base are rigid with no major creaking or warping when attempting to twist them. Its notable weak spots are the center of the keyboard and the hinge in particular as the lid teeters much too easily for our liking. The Acer notebook has a more stable hinge and also utilizes aluminum for a high quality feel, but its lid is slightly more flexible than on the Asus. Additionally, neither the Acer nor the Lenovo have super-thin bezels to reach the same smaller dimensions as the Asus notebook.

The Lenovo notebook is the heaviest of the bunch and is mostly plastic compared to its two competitors. Its base and lid warp and creak slightly from pressure, but never by a worrying degree. In fact, we find the chassis to be quite impressive considering its cheaper material makeup.

341 mm / 13.4 inch 237 mm / 9.33 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs336 mm / 13.2 inch 232 mm / 9.13 inch 20.9 mm / 0.823 inch 1.7 kg3.81 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 223 mm / 8.78 inch 18.95 mm / 0.746 inch 1.3 kg2.94 lbs

Ports in Comparison

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

Connectivity

There are minor but notable differences in port options between the three systems. While they each carry USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, and a SD card reader, The Lenovo is lacking USB Type-C. It partly makes up for the missing port with an integrated LAN port, but we feel that the versatile USB Type-C port may be more useful in the long run.

Transfer rates from the SD reader on the Lenovo system are significantly speedier than the ones on the Asus and Acer.

Ports and Connections

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA Acer Swift 3 Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
USB 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1 (+ DisplayPort) 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Video-out 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1 (+ DisplayPort), 1x HDMI 1x HDMI 1x HDMI
Audio 3.5 mm combo 3.5 mm combo 3.5 mm combo
Other SD reader SD reader SD reader, Gigabit RJ-45, Kensington Lock
Storage Bays 2.5-inch SATA III + M.2 2280 M.2 2280 2.5-inch SATA III
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
59.7 MB/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
32.9 MB/s ∼55%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D512
22.7 MB/s ∼38%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
85.3 MB/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1002
38.49 MB/s ∼45%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D512
26.2 MB/s ∼31%

Input Devices

We find the Lenovo keyboard to be the most comfortable due to the slightly rubberized keys and clear pressure point when pressed. The four Arrow keys are full-size unlike on the Asus or Acer, although the adjacent Shift key is much shorter as a result. The Acer comes in at a close second in terms of feel while the Asus is last as its keys tend to wiggle around their edges and can be spongier as a result. It's worth noting that all three models offer keyboard backlighting at varying brightness level settings: Three on the Asus, two on the Lenovo, and just one on the Acer.

Whereas the keyboard on the Asus isn't as good as on the Acer or Lenovo, we find that its touchpad is the best of the three. The reasonably sized surface area (10.5 x 7.5 cm) responsd swiftly and evenly to cursor movements and multi-touch gestures. Its integrated mouse keys are loud with firm feedback when pressed. In comparison, the Lenovo touchpad is not as reliable around its edges and corners while the integrated mouse keys on the Acer feel uneven with weak haptic feedback.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

Display

The 14-inch 1080p panels come from different manufacturers on each notebook and they carry very different color gamuts and contrast levels between them. The Asus display is the best by far in terms of backlight brightness, contrast, and color coverage at essentially 100 percent of sRGB. Meanwhile, the Acer display is the dimmest with the lowest contrast ratio and color coverage out of the three. Perhaps its only redeeming qualities are its faster black-white response times and slightly more accurate grayscale. The Lenovo touchscreen lies in between the two notebooks, although it is unfortunately closer to the Acer than to the Asus and suffers from PWM on lower brightness settings as well.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Displays at a Glance

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA Acer Swift 3 Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Size 14-inch IPS 16:9 matte 14-inch IPS 16:9 matte 14-inch IPS 16:9 glossy touchscreen
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Pixel Density 157 PPI 157 PPI 157 PPI
Panel ID Chi Mei N140HCE-EN1 AU Optronics AUO213D B140HAN02.1 BOE0637 / BOE DT NV140FHM-N41
Asus Zenbook UX3410UAAcer Swift 3 SF314-51-731XLenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33 (14, 19)
42 (18, 24)
53 (20, 33)
Response Time Black / White *
34 (15, 19)
24 (8, 16)
39 (12, 27)
PWM Frequency
350 (60)
Screen
Brightness middle
376
215
243
Brightness
355
208
248
Brightness Distribution
87
91
91
Black Level *
0.32
0.31
0.32
Contrast
1175
694
759
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.2
5.6
5.44
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.1
11.29
9.73
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.4
4.2
4.74
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.46 89%
2.38 92%
CCT
7440 87%
6564 99%
7799 83%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63.78
35
39.6
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.98
55
62.5
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA color profile
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA color profile
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

Performance

CPU Performance

The i7-7500U, i5-7200U, and i7-6500U are all common ULV processors found on most newer Ultrabooks. The Kaby Lake i7-7500U in the Asus outperforms both the i5-7200U and Skylake i7-6500U by about 10 to 15 percent each according to CineBench benchmarks. Meanwhile, the i5-7200U in the Lenovo is only marginally faster than the i7-6500U in the Acer by just a few percentage points despite the two processors carrying the same 2.5 GHz base clock rate. In typical web browsing conditions, however, users will not feel any tangible performance benefits or drawbacks between these systems.

See our dedicated CPU pages on the i7-7500U, i5-7200U, and i7-6500U for for more benchmarks and comparisons.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Hardware at a Glance

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA Acer Swift 3 Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
CPU 2.7 GHz Core i7-7500U 2.5 GHz Core i7-6500U 2.5 GHz Core i5-7200U
CPU TDP 15 W 15 W 15 W
GPU Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 520 AMD Radeon R5 M430
RAM 16 GB DDR4 (8 GB soldered), Dual-Channel, 1x SODIMM 8 GB, Dual-Channel, Soldered 8 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz, Single-Channel, 1x SODIMM
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
142 Points ∼65%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
127 Points ∼58%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
130 Points ∼60%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
368 Points ∼8%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
323 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
332 Points ∼8%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
5867 Points ∼20%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
4486 Points ∼16%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
4070 Points ∼10%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
3388 Points ∼9%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
3551 Points ∼9%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
5033 Points ∼77%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
4385 Points ∼67%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
4529 Points ∼43%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
3965 Points ∼65%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
3503 Points ∼57%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
3550 Points ∼58%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
23.7 fps ∼1%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
127.7 fps ∼47%

GPU Performance

Graphics performance from the Radeon R5 in the Lenovo is inferior to the HD Graphics 620 and even the HD Graphics 520 in the i7-7500U and i7-6500U, respectively. Raw GPU power according to 3DMark 11 is about 10 percent slower on the Lenovo system. When under real-world gaming load, however, the Lenovo system is about on par with the HD Graphics 520 when on medium graphical settings according to the Bioshock Infinite benchmark. Overall performance differences between these three GPUs are still far too low to declare an objective winner.

See our HD Graphics 620, HD Graphics 520, and Radeon R5 M430 GPU pages for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
1758 Points ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
1519 Points ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
1487 Points ∼85%
1280x720 Performance Physics
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
5090 Points ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
4402 Points ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
3720 Points ∼73%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
1666 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
1643 Points ∼99%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
1475 Points ∼89%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
50.67 fps ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
43.62 fps ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
32 fps ∼63%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
9.2 fps ∼3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
7.1 fps ∼3%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
8.2 fps ∼3%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
28.5 fps ∼7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
24 fps ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
22.5 fps ∼6%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
32.7 fps ∼8%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
28.7 fps ∼7%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
26.5 fps ∼6%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
62.9 fps ∼14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
57.2 fps ∼13%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
42.3 fps ∼9%

Stress Test

We run both Prime95 and FurMark to simulate maximum stress and to test system stability. These unrealistic conditions do not represent daily workloads and are instead meant to put both the CPU and GPU at 100 percent capacity.

The Acer notebook is the only one out of three where the CPU will not throttle. Instead, it maintains its base core clock rate of 2.5 GHz whereas the Asus and Lenovo will throttle to 1.7 GHz each when under similar conditions. The main drawback for the Acer is its significantly higher core temperature of 91 C compared to just 66 C on the Asus and 72 C on the Lenovo. 

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
CPU and GPU Clock Rates Under Stress

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA Acer Swift 3 Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Processor Core i7-7500U Core i7-6500U Core i5-7200U
Rated GPU Core Clock (MHz) 300 - 1050 300 - 1050 1030
Stable GPU Core Clock on FurMark (MHz) 1050 -- 955
Rated CPU Core Clock (GHz) 2.7 2.5 2.5
Stable CPU Core Clock on Prime95 (GHz) 1.7 2.5 1.7
Average CPU temperature 66 C 91 C 72 C
Average GPU temperature -- C -- 77 C
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
Acer Swift 3
Acer Swift 3
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emissions & Energy

System Noise & Temperature

Fan behavior is slightly different between the three notebooks. The Asus is silent when idling but unfortunately suffers from a pulsing fan that will periodically and inexplicably rev up to about 35 dB(A) from time to time. More demanding loads like gaming will bump fan noise up to the 43 dB(A), which is noticeably louder than both of its competitors when under similar stress conditions. In contrast, the Acer notebook remains very quiet - although not completely silent - at about 31 dB(A) regardless of the processing load. This behavior is very strange as a more active fan could have helped cool the very hot CPU as illustrated in the section above when under stressful loads. The Lenovo system is silent when idling, but its fan is more sensitive and will begin to spin at faster RPMs even when under low loads or short processing spikes.

Surface temperatures are cooler on average on the Acer followed by the Lenovo and Asus when under low loads. When subjected to extreme loads, the Lenovo system will have the warmest hot spot at just over 46 C compared to 44 C and 39 C on the Acer and Asus, respectively. The warmest system on average, however, is the Acer. Hot spots are fortunately relegated to the rear of each notebook due to the placements of their processors and heat pipes. Thus, the palm rests and keyboards never become uncomfortable during use. Different halves of the keyboards can become warmer than the others, however, as shown by our temperature maps below.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA (extreme load)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA (extreme load)
Acer Swift 3 (extreme load)
Acer Swift 3 (extreme load)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA (extreme load)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UA (extreme load)
Acer Swift 3 (extreme load)
Acer Swift 3 (extreme load)
Asus Zenbook UX3410UAAcer Swift 3 SF314-51-731XLenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Noise
off / environment *
29.9
30.5
29
Idle Minimum *
29.9
31.4
29
Idle Average *
29.9
31.4
29
Idle Maximum *
35.2
31.4
29
Load Average *
43.5
31.5
37.3
Load Maximum *
43.8
31.3
43.1

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

The Skylake Acer is just slightly less power efficient than both the Asus and Lenovo when idling or during low processing loads. Interestingly, the Acer draws comparatively less power when under extreme loads despite the good CPU performance possibly due to throttling of the integrated GPU. The Lenovo demands the most power at almost 56 W when under high loads even though it carries both a weaker CPU and GPU than the Asus. Average load when gaming will see the three systems drawing about the same power at around 33 W to 37 W each.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UAAcer Swift 3 SF314-51-731XLenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.7
4.9
3.9
Idle Average *
6
7.4
7.1
Idle Maximum *
6.78
9.2
7.7
Load Average *
37.3
34
33.4
Load Maximum *
47.4
32.2
55.9

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes are longest on the Asus at almost 7.5 hours compared to about 6 hours each on its two competitors when under similar WLAN loads. Note that the Acer carries a larger internal battery capacity than the Lenovo, yet its battery life is slightly shorter under all tested conditions. The batteries are integrated and not easily removable on all three cases.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA
48 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X
49 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
35 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1063
707
722
H.264
607
343
WiFi v1.3
443
354
373
Load
98
96
100

Verdict

The more expensive Zenbook UX3410UA is stronger than both the Swift 3 and Yoga 510 on most fronts. It does, however, have some key weaknesses that can still make the Acer or Lenovo worth considering.
The more expensive Zenbook UX3410UA is stronger than both the Swift 3 and Yoga 510 on most fronts. It does, however, have some key weaknesses that can still make the Acer or Lenovo worth considering.

The Zenbook UX3410UA retails for almost twice the price of the Acer Swift 3 or Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB. Its advantages are clear: The Asus notebook is lighter than both of its competitors while offering a brighter display with wider color coverage, longer battery life, stronger chassis, and slightly faster performance. The thin display bezels of the UX3410 are becoming popular on flagship models like the Spectre x360 13/15 and XPS 13/15 series and will likely work their way down to more affordable models in the near future. For now, however, Asus can justify its price premium with superior hardware from top to bottom.

There are still a small handful of disadvantages on the Zenbook compared to its less expensive competitors. For one, we find that its display hinge and keyboard keys are disappointingly loose and soft, respectively, and not as firm as those on the Acer or Lenovo. Secondly, it runs louder when under heavy processing loads even though its CPU and GPU performance deltas are rather minimal. Lastly, its integrated SD card reader runs at about half the speed as on the Yoga 510.

It's a much tougher call if deciding between the Swift 3 or Yoga 510. The Yoga is heavier and runs comparatively louder, but its versatile 360-degree hinges and slightly brighter touchscreen could come in handy depending on the user preference.

Asus Zenbook UX3410UAAcer Swift 3Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB

+ Lighter and smaller footprint; Narrower display bezels

+ Strong aluminum chassis

+ USB Type-C w/ DisplayPort support; Dual internal storage options

+ Excellent touchpad

+ Brighter display backlight

+ Nearly 100 percent sRGB coverage and deeper contrast levels

+ Lower core temperature under load

+ Longer runtimes; Slightly more power efficient

+ Strong aluminum chassis

+ No CPU throttling under Prime95 stress

+ Low fan noise regardless of processing load

+ 360-degree hinges; Touchscreen

+ Faster SD card reader

+ More comfortable keyboard keys

- Weak hinge; teetering display

- No RJ-45

- Spongier keyboard keys

- Pulsing fan noise even when under very low processing load; Generally louder fan noise

- Longer length and wider width

- No RJ-45; Slow SD card reader

- Poorer clickpad keys

- Dimmer display backlight; Narrower color gamut

- Warmer core temperatures

- Shorter runtimes

- More difficult serviceability

- Heavier; Largely plastic design

- Uneven cursor responsiveness from touchpad

- Unimpressive Radeon R5 graphics

- Higher power consumption when under extreme loads

Asus Zenbook UX3410UA

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Allen Ngo, 2017-02-28 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.