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Fully Loaded Acer Swift 3 SF313 with Ice Lake Processor in Review

Acer Swift 3 meets Ice Lake! Thanks to Ice Lake the new Swift 3 offers more CPU performance than before, and 3D has also improved with the new SoC. The subnotebook is jammed into a modern case equipped with a bright 3:2 display, and it is served with a great stamina. Find out in our review whether there are any weaknesses to report as well.
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Acer’s Swift 3 SF313 is a small subnotebook equipped with a 13.5-inch display. It is based on Intel’s latest Ice Lake SoC and successor to the Kaby Lake generation of devices. In this review, we take a closer look at the high-end model equipped with an Intel Core i7-1065G7, a fast 1 TB SSD, and 16 GB of RAM. In other words: a mobile workhorse. Unfortunately, the LTE option is no longer available. This particular model is on sale for around $1,200 plus tax in Europe, and US prices are not yet available.

A cheaper SKU equipped with a Core i5-1035G4 is also available. With the same amount of RAM and storage it is currently listed for around $950 plus tax. The low-spec model equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD is sold for around $850 plus tax. Future models will feature an optional GeForce MX350. Prices for those SKUs are not yet available.

Generally speaking, the Acer Swift 3 is a great device for office work and photo editing. For comparison, we have chosen the following 13 and 14-inch subnotebooks:

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Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 (Swift 3 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1065G7 4 x 1.3 - 3.9 GHz, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) - Shared Memory MB, Core: 300 - 1100 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz, 26.20.100.7463 DCH
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR4, soldered, max 16 GB
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 2256 x 1504 pixel 201 PPI, BOE, NE135FBM-N41, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, 1024 GB 
, M.2-2280, NVMe, 910 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headphone jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.6 x 302 x 234 ( = 0.65 x 11.89 x 9.21 in)
Battery
54.5 Wh, 3545 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet, Power supply, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.163 kg ( = 41.02 oz / 2.56 pounds), Power Supply: 275 g ( = 9.7 oz / 0.61 pounds)
Price
1299 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87 %
02/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.2 kg16.6 mm13.5"2256x1504
88 %
10/2019
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.4 kg14.95 mm14"1920x1080
86 %
01/2019
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
01/2019
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.2 kg11.6 mm13.3"3840x2160
86 %
07/2019
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg15.9 mm13.3"1920x1080
85 %
08/2019
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
i7-8565U, GeForce MX250
1.2 kg14.7 mm13.3"1920x1080

Case – Modern and Well-Made

The Swift 3’s case has been completely redesigned, and the result is a modern-looking case with thin bezels made of plastic and aluminum. Thanks to the latter, both the base and the display lid, are fairly rigid. We were unable to warp the base, and only managed to slightly twist the lid. The bezels around the display are now black while the rest of the case is clad in an inconspicuous silver-gray.

The hinges allow for an opening angle of a full 180 degrees. Despite their ease of operation, you will have a hard time opening the display one-handed due to the base’s low weight. Teetering has beeb reduced to a minimum, and our review unit’s build quality was impeccable. Everything fits perfectly, and we found no inconsistent gaps anywhere around the case.

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7

Size Comparison

The Acer Swift 3 SF313’s foot print is slightly larger than its predecessor’s due to the ever so slightly larger display that now comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio. At around 1.2 kg (2.65 lb) our review unit was comparatively light and weighed about as much as the HP Envy 13 or the Dell XPS 13. The small charger adds another 275 g (0.61 lb).

320.3 mm / 12.6 inch 215.6 mm / 8.49 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs309 mm / 12.2 inch 214 mm / 8.43 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.3 kg2.89 lbs307.6 mm / 12.1 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.3 kg2.94 lbs307 mm / 12.1 inch 211.5 mm / 8.33 inch 14.7 mm / 0.579 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 16.6 mm / 0.654 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs

Connectivity

All ports are situated along the left and right sides, and their selection is pretty limited. In addition to two USB-A ports, one of which only supports the slower USB 2.0 standard, we can find a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port to connect external third-party devices to as well as an HDMI port to connect external displays to. Just like its predecessor, the current model continues to lack a card reader.

Left: power, HDMI, USB-A 3.0, Thunderbolt 3
Left: power, HDMI, USB-A 3.0, Thunderbolt 3
Right: 3.5-mm headphone jack, USB-A 2.0, status LEDs, Kensington lock
Right: 3.5-mm headphone jack, USB-A 2.0, status LEDs, Kensington lock

Communication

Wi-Fi modem
Wi-Fi modem

Wi-Fi 6 is included in all Swift 3 models by default, and Acer’s modem of choice is Intel’s AX201 Wi-Fi 6 module with support for Bluetooth 5.0. However, we were baffled by the device’s very poor transfer rates and were unable to determine the root cause. Given the poor results, we have to assume that the Swift 3 was hampered by some sort of driver issue. At just 50 and 289 Mbps (TX/RX) the Swift 3 was the slowest device in our test group by a long shot. Unfortunately, there are no alternatives since the device lacks an ethernet port, and it would have to be added retroactively with a USB dongle. LTE support is not available either.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
648 MBit/s ∼100% +124%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
635 MBit/s ∼98% +120%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=159)
588 MBit/s ∼91% +103%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
536 (min: 506, max: 552) MBit/s ∼83% +85%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
534 (min: 293, max: 602) MBit/s ∼82% +85%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
524 (min: 459, max: 576) MBit/s ∼81% +81%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
289 (min: 167, max: 328) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
743 MBit/s ∼100% +1392%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
658 MBit/s ∼89% +1221%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
628 (min: 591, max: 673) MBit/s ∼85% +1161%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
623 (min: 439, max: 714) MBit/s ∼84% +1151%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
594 (min: 579, max: 616) MBit/s ∼80% +1093%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=159)
570 MBit/s ∼77% +1045%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
49.8 (min: 3, max: 102) MBit/s ∼7%
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Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø289 (167-328)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø523 (459-576)
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø533 (293-602)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø49.6 (3-102)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø594 (579-616)
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng Intel Wireless-AC 9560; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø623 (439-714)

Security Features

Fingerprint reader
Fingerprint reader

The included fingerprint reader is a very useful security feature for Windows login authentication. Setup is quick and painless, and the sensor worked without any issues. The Swift 3 also supports Kensington locks.

Accessories

There are not really any accessories in the box. All we could find were the device itself, a power supply, and the mandatory quick start and warranty guides.

Maintenance

Since maintenance is rather uncommon on the Acer Swift 3 the OEM decided not to equip this laptop with a maintenance opening. Should you decide to clean the fan or replace the built-in storage device you will have to remove the entire bottom cover, which will require special tools given that the cover will continue to sit very firmly in place with all screws undone. Once removed you have access to the internal components, although upgrades are limited to the storage device only. Upgrading the RAM is not possible.

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 with the bottom cover removed
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 with the bottom cover removed

Warranty

The Acer Swift 3 SF313 comes with Acer’s standard warranty by default, which differs in length and service options depending on region and country of purchase. For example, our European review unit comes with a 24-month limited warranty with free mail-in and return service.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 keyboard
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 keyboard
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 keyboard (backlit)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 keyboard (backlit)

The first thing we noticed about the new keyboard was that just like the case it is now also painted silver. While this makes for a more uniform and fitting design, it also means that the key caps were very hard to read in daylight due to the white backlight. Other than its color, the keyboard is very similar to its predecessor’s. The main keys are still 16 x 15 mm (~0.63 x 0.6 in) large, but the top row function keys have increased slightly in size. The keys themselves are smooth and without any texture, which required some getting used to at first. Accentuation is very well-defined, and feedback is nicely dampened.

The backlight can be adjusted in two stages or turned off entirely.

Touchpad

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 touchpad
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 touchpad

The ClickPad’s color matches the case very well. At 10.5 x 7.8 cm (~4.13 x 3.1 in), it is conveniently large to support multi-touch gestures. Its surface is smooth and without any texture, which means that fingers glide over it with ease. Navigating through menus is a breeze. That said, we did notice some input inaccuracies in all four corners. Fortunately, the touchpad was large enough so we barely noticed them during everyday work. The buttons are located at the bottom, and they offer a very distinct and clear click sound.

Display – New Aspect Ratio and Higher Resolution

Subpixel geometry
Subpixel geometry
Minor clouding around the edges
Minor clouding around the edges

The new Swift’s display has grown ever so slightly from 13.3 to 13.5 inches. The 3:2 panel runs at a native resolution of 2256-x-1504 resulting in a pixel density of 201 dpi. Thanks to its average display brightness of 426 nits it managed to secure second place behind the HP Envy 13. While brightness distribution was not the greatest, we failed to notice any shadowing.

The combination of high display brightness and low black level makes for a decent contrast ratio of 1,634:1. The Swift 3 uses PWM for brightness regulation. At just 208 Hz its PWM frequency is so low that sensitive users might suffer from eyesore. Clouding was not particularly pronounced on our test unit, and we found no issues in everyday use.

429
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
415
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
445
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
415
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE, NE135FBM-N41
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 474 cd/m² Average: 425.8 cd/m² Minimum: 31 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 466 cd/m²
Contrast: 1634:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.38 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 2.69
ΔE Greyscale 3.75 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
100% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.37
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
BOE, NE135FBM-N41, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.5
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
LP140WF9-SPE2, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
BOE NV133FHM-N62, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
ID: AUO 282B B133ZAN Dell: 90NTH, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
N133HCE-EN2, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
InfoVision M133NVF3 R2, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
7%
48%
-11%
3984%
630%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
55 (25, 30)
49.6 (23.6, 26)
10%
44 (22, 22)
20%
58 (26, 32)
-5%
40.4 (22, 18.4)
27%
31 (15, 16)
44%
Response Time Black / White *
31 (17, 14)
30 (16.4, 13.6)
3%
36 (21, 15)
-16%
36 (20, 16)
-16%
28.8 (15.6, 13.2)
7%
24 (14, 10)
23%
PWM Frequency
208 (90)
500 (90)
140%
25000 (20)
11919%
4000 (90)
1823%
Screen
4%
-40%
-16%
-1%
0%
Brightness middle
474
384
-19%
300
-37%
404
-15%
319
-33%
768
62%
Brightness
426
363
-15%
277
-35%
389
-9%
309
-27%
778
83%
Brightness Distribution
82
90
10%
87
6%
85
4%
92
12%
82
0%
Black Level *
0.29
0.17
41%
0.26
10%
0.37
-28%
0.28
3%
0.48
-66%
Contrast
1634
2259
38%
1154
-29%
1092
-33%
1139
-30%
1600
-2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.38
3.5
-47%
5.96
-150%
3.72
-56%
2.4
-1%
3.49
-47%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.88
5.5
6%
10.6
-80%
7.38
-26%
6.3
-7%
7.41
-26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.69
1
63%
2.47
8%
2.06
23%
0.6
78%
2.07
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.75
4.6
-23%
7.64
-104%
4.44
-18%
3.8
-1%
4.09
-9%
Gamma
2.37 93%
2.32 95%
2.44 90%
2.34 94%
2.16 102%
2.54 87%
CCT
6466 101%
6884 94%
6877 95%
7095 92%
7335 89%
6452 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65
62
-5%
57
-12%
60
-8%
63.5
-2%
60
-8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
97.7
-2%
88
-12%
93
-7%
99.1
-1%
92
-8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 5%
4% / -21%
-14% / -15%
1992% / 853%
315% / 135%

* ... smaller is better

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 vs. sRGB (100 %)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 vs. sRGB (100 %)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 vs. AdobeRGB (65 %)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 vs. AdobeRGB (65 %)

Overall image quality was decent thanks to the display’s high contrast ratio and its accurate color representation. Out of the box it only showed slightly raised DeltaE 2000 deviations for colors and grayscale, which left us wondering whether Acer pre-calibrates the Swift 3 ex factory. Nevertheless, we conducted an individual calibration and were able to improve upon grayscale significantly. Colors, on the other hand, remained unchanged. Of particular note and praise is the Swift 3’s color space coverage. At 100% it managed to cover sRGB completely. As such, the Acer Swift 3 is well suited for amateur as well as semi-professional photo editing.

CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: saturation (calibrated)

Outdoor usability was somewhat challenged by the reflective display coating. Nevertheless, the display remained usable even in bright sunlight thanks to its high brightness. A shady spot is definitely preferable, though, as can be clearly seen in the two photos below.

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 in bright sunlight
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 in bright sunlight
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 in the shade
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 in the shade

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
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
55 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 30 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. » 89 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.2 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 detected 208 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 208 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 208 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18099 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

As expected, the Acer Swift 3 SF313’s IPS panel offered wide viewing angles. Our test image remained well recognizable at all angles without any noticeable bloom.

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 viewing angles
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 viewing angles

Performance

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7

The device is very well-suited for office work. Its Intel Core i7-1065G7 is a great fit for the compact subnotebook, and offers plenty of performance headroom, for example for editing photos. Its 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD are an added bonus. If you do not require this level of performance the Core i5-based Swift 3 might be the better choice as it, too, is more than capable of handling everyday office tasks.

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CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DPC-Latenzen
HWiNFO

Processor

Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7

Acer's processor of choice is the Intel Core i7-1065G7. It offers four cores with Hyper-threading running at a base clock speed of 1.3 GHz and turbo boost speeds of up to 3.9 GHz on two cores and up to 3.5 GHz on all four cores. In our benchmarks the SoC was not capable of fully utilizing its turbo boost potential and thus scored below average occasionally. The Lenovo Yoga C940 is a great demonstration of what this particular processor is capable of. Nevertheless, overall performance has increased over the Swift 3’s predecessor, particularly in regards to single-core performance.

In our Cinebench R15 multi-thread loop the Swift 3 offered a level of performance comparable to the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s. Scores dropped after the initial run since turbo boost was only applied for a short period of time. Performance remained consistent afterwards, and the Acer Swift 3 averaged 553 points in this benchmark.

Additional benchmarks and scores can be found on our CPU comparison page.

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Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø553 (544.51-599.88)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7; Performance Mode: Ø702 (693.71-740.11)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø672 (659-720)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø475 (441.38-576.87)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019 Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø614 (574.66-670.36)
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø557 (546-655)
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø480 (438.45-513.08)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
179 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (149 - 190, n=22)
178 Points ∼99% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
175 Points ∼98%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
172 Points ∼96% -2%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
162 Points ∼91% -7%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
148 Points ∼83% -15%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼80% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=314)
119 Points ∼66% -32%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
740 (min: 693, max: 740) Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
720 (min: 659, max: 720) Points ∼97% +17%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (495 - 836, n=23)
683 Points ∼92% +11%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
666 Points ∼90% +8%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
655 (min: 546, max: 658) Points ∼89% +7%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
615 Points ∼83%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
576 Points ∼78% -6%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
517 Points ∼70% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=326)
369 Points ∼50% -40%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.09 - 2.17, n=4)
2.12 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2.09 Points ∼99%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.64 Points ∼77% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.09 - 2.18, n=281)
1.172 Points ∼55% -44%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (5.69 - 9.37, n=4)
7.37 Points ∼100% +16%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
6.38 Points ∼87% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
6.37 Points ∼86%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.33 - 11.8, n=420)
2.62 Points ∼36% -59%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
441 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (358 - 474, n=20)
438 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
386 Points ∼88% -12%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
354 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 466, n=55)
346 Points ∼78% -22%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1081 - 2024, n=20)
1542 Points ∼100% +11%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1392 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
1202 Points ∼78% -14%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
1166 Points ∼76% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 2410, n=55)
1144 Points ∼74% -18%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
261.59 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (205 - 273, n=13)
257 Points ∼98% -2%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
234.26 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
216.21 Points ∼83% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
207.63 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 297, n=163)
190 Points ∼73% -27%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
36670 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (25166 - 38842, n=15)
35294 Points ∼96% -4%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
33597 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
32789 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
28455 Points ∼78% -22%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
28023 Points ∼76% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3963 - 50464, n=175)
26561 Points ∼72% -28%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
25166 Points ∼69% -31%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (740 - 30250, n=199)
1850 ms * ∼100% -90%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
1322 ms * ∼71% -36%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
1245 ms * ∼67% -28%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
1232.7 ms * ∼67% -27%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
1162.7 ms * ∼63% -20%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
987.7 ms * ∼53% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (806 - 1249, n=18)
976 ms * ∼53% -0%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
971.6 ms * ∼53%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=47)
1331 Seconds * ∼100% -59%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (679 - 1340, n=11)
864 Seconds * ∼65% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
835 Seconds * ∼63%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
812.5 Seconds * ∼61% +3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
807 Seconds * ∼61% +3%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
765 Seconds * ∼57% +8%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (40.6 - 49.5, n=2)
45.1 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
40.6 (min: 39, max: 42.8) fps ∼90%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1.96 - 58.9, n=120)
16.9 fps ∼37%
Pass 1
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (176 - 194, n=2)
185 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
175.5 (min: 174, max: 198) fps ∼95%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (11.6 - 196, n=121)
86 fps ∼46%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
5.1 fps ∼100% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2.98 - 6.38, n=11)
4.78 fps ∼94% +3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4.66 fps ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel Core i5-8265U
4.5 fps ∼88% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
4.49 fps ∼88% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 7.81, n=43)
3.78 fps ∼74% -19%
wPrime 2.10
1024m
Average of class Subnotebook
  (171 - 4608, n=296)
1042 s * ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
303.05 s * ∼29%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (233 - 354, n=3)
281 s * ∼27%
32m
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.38 - 174, n=297)
32.3 s * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (6.97 - 9.19, n=3)
7.95 s * ∼25%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel Core i5-8250U
7.917 s * ∼25%
Geekbench 5
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4736 Points ∼100% +8%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4368 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (3375 - 4839, n=4)
4330 Points ∼91% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 5018, n=23)
2815 Points ∼59% -36%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1328 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1301 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (1184 - 1328, n=4)
1281 Points ∼96% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (260 - 1312, n=23)
902 Points ∼68% -31%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4374 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (2464 - 4855, n=8)
4194 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 4855, n=37)
2908 Points ∼66% -34%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1316 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7
  (948 - 1324, n=8)
1254 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1324, n=37)
933 Points ∼71% -29%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
1.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
5.75 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
45.43 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.09 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
47.49 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
175 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
615 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
64.56 fps
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System Performance

The Acer Swift 3 performed very well in our synthetic system performance benchmarks, and while it managed well above-average scores, it had to succumb to the Lenovo Yoga C940 once again. Subjectively, the Swift 3 performed very well, and using the device for work turned out to be a joyful and pleasant experience.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3900 Points ∼100% +20%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (3260 - 3998, n=13)
3739 Points ∼96% +15%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3260 Points ∼84%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
3133 Points ∼80% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3125 Points ∼80% -4%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3058 Points ∼78% -6%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
2905 Points ∼74% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4709, n=127)
2603 Points ∼67% -20%
Productivity
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6924 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (5518 - 7379, n=13)
6794 Points ∼98% +8%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
6789 Points ∼98% +8%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
6301 Points ∼91%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6101 Points ∼88% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
6090 Points ∼88% -3%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
5836 Points ∼84% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=127)
5324 Points ∼77% -16%
Essentials
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
9678 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (8302 - 9902, n=13)
9219 Points ∼95% +11%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8302 Points ∼86%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8033 Points ∼83% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
7574 Points ∼78% -9%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
7465 Points ∼77% -10%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
7278 Points ∼75% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=127)
7018 Points ∼73% -15%
Score
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4583 Points ∼100% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (3878 - 4679, n=13)
4416 Points ∼96% +11%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3975 Points ∼87%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
3882 Points ∼85% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3835 Points ∼84% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3668 Points ∼80% -8%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3630 Points ∼79% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4886, n=130)
3262 Points ∼71% -18%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5158 Points ∼100% +7%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
4922 Points ∼95% +2%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
4845 Points ∼94% +1%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
4841 Points ∼94% +1%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4802 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (2768 - 5291, n=13)
4663 Points ∼90% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4302 Points ∼83% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=242)
4096 Points ∼79% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4003 Points ∼100% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3773 Points ∼94% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3759 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (3397 - 4030, n=13)
3745 Points ∼94% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3519 Points ∼88% -6%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3467 Points ∼87% -8%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
3331 Points ∼83% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4251, n=271)
3086 Points ∼77% -18%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3759 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5979 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4802 points
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Storage Devices

1 TB Intel NVMe SSD
1 TB Intel NVMe SSD

The built-in storage device is an M.2-2280 SSD made by Intel offering a whopping 1 TB of space. Since the device supported the fast NVMe protocol, its transfer speeds turned out to be very fast. We were particularly impressed with its 4K read performance of 57 MB/s. The Acer Swift 3 SF313 does not support a secondary storage device.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
CDM 6
CDM 6
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
Average Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
8%
-7%
-36%
-34%
-42%
-15%
Write 4K
187.4
128.4
-31%
113.7
-39%
84.57
-55%
89.33
-52%
106.2
-43%
136 (141 - 190, n=9)
-27%
Read 4K
63.8
46.37
-27%
40.6
-36%
38.52
-40%
37.4
-41%
44.89
-30%
51.5 (55.6 - 63.8, n=9)
-19%
Write Seq
1776
1863
5%
844.5
-52%
556.7
-69%
608.2
-66%
638.7
-64%
1364 (1415 - 1776, n=8)
-23%
Read Seq
1693
2340
38%
1137
-33%
1393
-18%
1019
-40%
849.1
-50%
1342 (1516 - 1693, n=8)
-21%
Write 4K Q32T1
492.3
451.1
-8%
867.7
76%
339.5
-31%
487.9
-1%
217.4
-56%
401 (469 - 545, n=9)
-19%
Read 4K Q32T1
539.4
415.3
-23%
1579.9
193%
255.4
-53%
284.8
-47%
322.1
-40%
452 (403 - 582, n=9)
-16%
Write Seq Q32T1
1769.9
2985
69%
345.6
-80%
557.6
-68%
872.1
-51%
864.9
-51%
1548 (1770 - 1802, n=9)
-13%
Read Seq Q32T1
1715
2565
50%
411.7
-76%
2541
48%
1635
-5%
1630
-5%
1612 (1898 - 1929, n=9)
-6%
Write 4K Q8T8
899.2
451.4
-50%
646.7
-28%
387.3
-57%
880 (860 - 899, n=2)
-2%
Read 4K Q8T8
630
1004.4
59%
684.7
9%
756.6
20%
629 (628 - 630, n=2)
0%
AS SSD
35%
-26%
-33%
-18%
-72%
-12%
Copy Game MB/s
819.74
1278.47
56%
478.45
-42%
617.61
-25%
374.15
-54%
452.69
-45%
1109 (820 - 1328, n=6)
35%
Copy Program MB/s
480.42
541.73
13%
315.19
-34%
287.93
-40%
292.16
-39%
277.65
-42%
511 (444 - 564, n=6)
6%
Copy ISO MB/s
1400.88
2015.93
44%
585.97
-58%
893.32
-36%
943.09
-33%
593.39
-58%
1602 (1401 - 1736, n=6)
14%
Score Total
2313
3670
59%
2163
-6%
1479
-36%
2234
-3%
1607
-31%
2212 (2033 - 2372, n=8)
-4%
Score Write
1085
1721
59%
789
-27%
471
-57%
843
-22%
450
-59%
1034 (867 - 1174, n=8)
-5%
Score Read
811
1322
63%
921
14%
704
-13%
939
16%
779
-4%
767 (730 - 811, n=8)
-5%
Access Time Write *
0.038
0.029
24%
0.045
-18%
0.051
-34%
0.031
18%
0.168
-342%
0.0848 (0.038 - 0.127, n=8)
-123%
Access Time Read *
0.044
0.052
-18%
0.074
-68%
0.061
-39%
0.046
-5%
0.147
-234%
0.0571 (0.036 - 0.128, n=7)
-30%
4K-64 Write
783.07
1461.29
87%
606.21
-23%
300.07
-62%
671.71
-14%
272.41
-65%
763 (603 - 854, n=8)
-3%
4K-64 Read
583.98
1010.39
73%
738.16
26%
460.96
-21%
772.2
32%
603.87
3%
585 (582 - 588, n=8)
0%
4K Write
164.37
134.11
-18%
99.67
-39%
105.65
-36%
119.08
-28%
118.82
-28%
124 (77.5 - 164, n=8)
-25%
4K Read
56.81
59.06
4%
42.19
-26%
39.74
-30%
40.31
-29%
45.58
-20%
45.4 (25.6 - 57.8, n=8)
-20%
Seq Write
1373
1253
-9%
835.83
-39%
657.79
-52%
517.69
-62%
592.65
-57%
1464 (1069 - 1624, n=8)
7%
Seq Read
1703
2524.94
48%
1402.9
-18%
2034.83
19%
1264.37
-26%
1295.33
-24%
1367 (1038 - 1703, n=8)
-20%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
22% / 24%
-17% / -18%
-35% / -34%
-26% / -25%
-57% / -61%
-14% / -13%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Sequential Read: 1544 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1638 MB/s
512K Read: 1103 MB/s
512K Write: 1602 MB/s
4K Read: 63.33 MB/s
4K Write: 189.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 551 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 501.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

Given that our particular review model was equipped with an Ice Lake SoC the integrated GPU was an Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7. In our benchmarks it turned out to be slightly faster than a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX250 and significantly faster than a Intel UHD Graphics 620. That said by comparing it with the Lenovo Yoga C940 we can once again see how Acer has failed to squeeze out the maximum from this particular SoC.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4613 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (2924 - 4630, n=19)
4143 Points ∼90% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
4138 Points ∼90%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
3622 Points ∼79% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1818 Points ∼39% -56%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1815 Points ∼39% -56%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1759 Points ∼38% -57%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=400)
1469 Points ∼32% -64%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
3156 Points ∼100% +15%
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
2988 Points ∼95% +9%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
2743 Points ∼87%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1487 - 3156, n=18)
2649 Points ∼84% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1225 Points ∼39% -55%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=279)
1174 Points ∼37% -57%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1105 Points ∼35% -60%
1280x720 Sky Diver Graphics
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
9265 Points ∼100% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
8774 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (6634 - 9413, n=4)
8330 Points ∼90% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (511 - 10548, n=78)
4459 Points ∼48% -49%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
4340 Points ∼47% -51%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-8565U
20618 Points ∼100% +23%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Core i7-1065G7
16731 Points ∼81%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (7045 - 18881, n=17)
15917 Points ∼77% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10126 Points ∼49% -39%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9974 Points ∼48% -40%
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
9058 Points ∼44% -46%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 30436, n=297)
8244 Points ∼40% -51%
3DMark 11 Performance
4308 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
63796 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11959 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2508 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1252 points
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Gaming Performance

The Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 is no dedicated graphics card made for demanding 3D games. Nevertheless, it is well capable of running less demanding titles smoothly on the Acer Swift 3. Some games, such as "Bioshock Infinite" or "Rocket League", were even playable in their respective high preset.

Additional benchmarks for Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics G7 can be found here.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 91.6 58.6 50.9 19.4 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 82.7 52.7 32.8 30 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 38.9 23.4 13.6 fps
Rocket League (2017) 100 52.8 39.6 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 28.2 12.5 12.1 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 26.7 11.7 7.73 fps

Emissions – Quiet and Persevering in Everyday Life

System Noise

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 single fan
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 single fan

A small fan is tasked with ensuring that all internal components are cooled properly. When idle, the fan is completely off, and the device thus dead silent. Even under load it remained inconspicuous and peaked at just 32.7 dB(A). Accordingly, the Swift 3 can take the lead and was the quietest device of our test group.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
31.7 / 32.7 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: 30.3 dB(A)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
Noise
1%
-2%
-3%
1%
-3%
off / environment *
30.3
29.3
3%
30.4
-0%
30.4
-0%
28.8
5%
30
1%
Idle Minimum *
30.3
29.3
3%
30.4
-0%
30.4
-0%
28.8
5%
30
1%
Idle Average *
30.3
29.3
3%
30.4
-0%
30.4
-0%
28.8
5%
30
1%
Idle Maximum *
30.3
29.3
3%
30.7
-1%
30.4
-0%
29.7
2%
30
1%
Load Average *
31.7
33.3
-5%
33.7
-6%
31.7
-0%
30.7
3%
Load Maximum *
32.7
33.3
-2%
34
-4%
38.1
-17%
38.3
-17%
39.5
-21%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.232.230.334.531.22532.631.732.933.732.63131.23132.333.331.24029.1292931.629.1503228.430.430326327.828.226.926.727.88025.325.724.826.225.310025.724.325.824.725.712524.523.224.124.624.516023.922.923.624.223.92002322.423.222.52325021.621.42120.621.631521.721.521.220.921.740020.120.220.119.920.150020.319.719.419.320.363019.719.419.218.519.780019.718.818.818.519.7100020.519.518.417.820.5125020.31918.117.820.3160020.318.817.717.820.3200021.119.417.817.521.1250024.723.917.717.624.7315021.618.617.817.821.6400018.617.917.917.918.6500018.41817.91818.4630018.318.118.11818.3800018.3181818.118.31000018.318.118.218.218.31250018.21818.118.218.21600018.217.918.11818.2SPL32.731.730.430.332.7N1.71.61.41.41.7median 20.3median 19.4median 18.2median 18.2median 20.3Delta21.91.91.22hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7

Temperature

3DMark 11 after our stress test
3DMark 11 after our stress test

Even though the Swift 3 comes with just a single small fan we found no evidence of heat accumulation that heated up the case. As our tests showed the case peaked at just 35.6 °C (~96 °F), which is an excellent result. All of its competitors were hotter under load.

During our one-hour long load test we noticed that the cooler reached its limit very quickly. At 92 °C (~198 °F), which was reached after a very short period of time, the SoC was very hot under load. On average, the temperature then settled between a more acceptable 70 to 80 °C (~158 - 176 °F). At this stage the CPU ran at 1.6 GHz, and thus faster than its 1.3 GHz base clock speed.

Sustained load only had a minor impact on 3D performance, and we do not expect a significant drop in performance.

Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Max. Load
 32 °C
90 F
33.5 °C
92 F
30.1 °C
86 F
 
 30.6 °C
87 F
31.9 °C
89 F
26 °C
79 F
 
 25.8 °C
78 F
26.1 °C
79 F
25 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 33.5 °C = 92 F
Average: 29 °C = 84 F
32.4 °C
90 F
34.8 °C
95 F
35.6 °C
96 F
26.3 °C
79 F
30.6 °C
87 F
29.4 °C
85 F
25.5 °C
78 F
26.3 °C
79 F
27.1 °C
81 F
Maximum: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Average: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.8 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 22.7 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.5 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 39.7 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.9 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.1 °C / 79 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (+2.4 °C / 4.3 F).
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G
Heat
-11%
-12%
-22%
-10%
-20%
Maximum Upper Side *
33.5
41
-22%
40.4
-21%
47.2
-41%
40.3
-20%
41
-22%
Maximum Bottom *
35.6
44.6
-25%
42.1
-18%
43.3
-22%
44.6
-25%
42.9
-21%
Idle Upper Side *
24.9
24.4
2%
26.2
-5%
27.6
-11%
24.3
2%
29.3
-18%
Idle Bottom *
25.4
25
2%
26
-2%
28.6
-13%
24.4
4%
30.2
-19%

* ... smaller is better

Heatmap top (load)
Heatmap top (load)
Heatmap bottom (load)
Heatmap bottom (load)
Heatmap top (idle)
Heatmap top (idle)
Heatmap bottom (idle)
Heatmap bottom (idle)

Speaker

Both speakers continue to be of the downward-facing specimen, although in this latest iteration they no longer sit on the sides, but at the front right underneath the palm rest instead. Voices were very clear and well recognizable. Music playback lacked bass. For an improved audio experience, we would advise you to use external speakers or headphones, which can be connected to the Acer Swift 3 via a 3.5-mm headphone jack.

Downward-facing speakers
Downward-facing speakers
Speakers hidden behind the bottom cover
Speakers hidden behind the bottom cover
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203434.5342535.833.735.83133.633.333.64037.331.637.35035.33035.36327.726.727.78027.226.227.210024.924.724.912528.224.628.216028.724.228.720031.222.531.225040.720.640.731547.120.947.140051.119.951.150055.619.355.663057.618.557.68006018.560100054.317.854.3125059.917.859.9160062.917.862.9200065.117.565.1250065.317.665.3315062.917.862.9400065.117.965.1500065.21865.2630061.31861.3800065.618.165.61000069.318.269.31250071.718.271.716000701870SPL76.230.376.2N351.435median 60median 18.2median 60Delta10.11.210.133.733.526.126.628.831.629.829.924.630.222.440.121.841.82351.12353.52258.822.963.322.767.120.56920.370.919.168.518.869.11868.518.164.817.36616.966.216.663.416.464.916.162.816.162.516561652.315.947.515.746.815.546.815.341.829.376.81.240.5median 17.3median 63.327.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.66 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 80% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 75% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 7.6% lower than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 15% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

65 W power supply
65 W power supply

Acer has managed to create a very energy-efficient subnotebook, which becomes clear when looking at the table below. No other device from our test group was capable of keeping up with the Swift 3. At just 1.8 to 6.1 W it was extremely efficient when idle, and only under load did it ever reach double digits. On average, its power consumption under load was measured at 27.4 W. A short peak of up to 45 W signifies the CPU’s use of its turbo boost capabilities. The power supply is rated at 65 W and thus more than adequate.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.8 / 4.6 / 6.1 Watt
Load midlight 27.4 / 27 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.5
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A, a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
i7-8565U, GeForce MX250, Toshiba KBG30ZMV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
-77%
-48%
-88%
-42%
-98%
-75%
-107%
Idle Minimum *
1.8
3.2
-78%
3.4
-89%
4.8
-167%
3.1
-72%
3.9
-117%
4.11 (1.8 - 6.9, n=17)
-128%
6.46 (1 - 36, n=638)
-259%
Idle Average *
4.6
7
-52%
5.8
-26%
8.6
-87%
5.87
-28%
7.8
-70%
7.43 (4.6 - 10.5, n=17)
-62%
9.67 (2.06 - 39, n=638)
-110%
Idle Maximum *
6.1
8.9
-46%
8.8
-44%
10.4
-70%
6.6
-8%
10.8
-77%
8.91 (6.1 - 12, n=17)
-46%
11.9 (3.9 - 55, n=638)
-95%
Load Average *
27.4
47.6
-74%
34
-24%
37.9
-38%
35.3
-29%
53
-93%
40.1 (25.7 - 53.3, n=17)
-46%
33.4 (6.3 - 75, n=628)
-22%
Load Maximum *
27
63.1
-134%
42
-56%
48.5
-80%
46.5
-72%
62.7
-132%
52.3 (27 - 65.2, n=17)
-94%
40.7 (7.6 - 111, n=631)
-51%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 on battery
3DMark 11 on battery
Cinebench R15 on battery
Cinebench R15 on battery

Compared to its predecessor the new Swift 3 is not just more efficient, but features a bigger battery to boot, resulting in very long battery life. It managed to last for a full 10.5 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test with display brightness normalized to 150 nits (40% in the Swift’s case). Given that it lasted just as long in the H.264 test it should be well-suited for even the longest movie night conceivable.

The only competitor capable of keeping up with the Swift 3 was Lenovo's Yoga C940, mostly thanks to its larger 60 Wh battery. On battery, the Swift 3 throttled both CPU and GPU performance noticeably, which was evident in both the single and multi-core benchmarks. In return, 3D performance was not throttled on battery at all.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 21min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge: 44.18362.449.0)
10h 20min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge: 44.18362.449.0)
7h 48min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 27min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 19min
Maximum battery life
Maximum battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life (max. brightness)
Wi-Fi battery life (max. brightness)
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 54.5 Wh
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 60 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-59SZ
i5-8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48.8 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s-20R90071GE
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
HP Envy 13-aq0003ng
i7-8565U, GeForce MX250, 53.2 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-8%
-11%
-13%
-16%
-17%
-26%
Reader / Idle
1281
1117
-13%
1032
-19%
629 (87 - 2735, n=559)
-51%
H.264
627
793
26%
495
-21%
647
3%
502 (182 - 1312, n=130)
-20%
WiFi v1.3
620
636
3%
573
-8%
498
-20%
545
-12%
512
-17%
491 (206 - 991, n=258)
-21%
Load
139
64
-54%
137
-1%
141
1%
83
-40%
122 (40 - 369, n=577)
-12%

Pros

+ modern slim design
+ robust base and decent material choice
+ bright 3:2 IPS display
+ decent color space coverage
+ fingerprint reader
+ USB-C with support for DisplayPort
+ backlit keyboard
+ fast 1 TB NVMe SSD
+ good system performance
+ very quiet under load
+ long battery life

Cons

- RAM not upgradeable
- LTE option no longer available
- no SD card reader
- display with low PWM frequency
- poor turbo boost utilization
- Wi-Fi performance (bug? driver issue?)

Verdict – A Good Subnotebook with some Minor Flaws

In review: Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Acer’s new Swift 3 SF313 is an overall improved device. It was not just redesigned to look better, but has received a major internal overhaul as well. Intel’s latest Ice Lake SoC makes for a small performance improvement, which, truth be told, we would have expected to be bigger. The Intel Core i7-1065G7 performed very well and better than its Kaby Lake predecessors. However, when compared to other similarly equipped devices, the Swift 3 fell behind. It scored with its great design and its robust build quality. The bright IPS display will definitely remain a memorable experience, and its 3:2 aspect ratio fit the Swift’s overall concept very well.

The Acer Swift 3 SF313 offers decent performance, long battery life, and a great display without stretching the budget too much.

Its flaws include the poor Wi-Fi performance and the keyboard, which was very hard to read in daylight due to its white backlight. That said, disabling the backlight in bright environments did improve upon the keyboard’s legibility somewhat. Connectivity is modern albeit a second USB-C port would not have hurt anyone. We would have also not complained about a card reader or an LTE option.

All things considered the Swift 3 is an improvement over its predecessor resulting in an all-over solid subnotebook that also does a great job as a multimedia device. Adding a secondary storage device and making the RAM upgradeable would have made the device even better than it already is.

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7 - 02/17/2020 v7
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
54 / 75 → 72%
Weight
73 / 20-75 → 96%
Battery
87%
Display
89%
Games Performance
58 / 78 → 75%