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The Acer Swift 3 is so much more than just a visual upgrade

Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
Acer's Swift 3 SF313 has been visually and technically upgraded, and it scored very well with its Ice Lake CPU and its bright 3:2 display. Nevertheless, the SoC's overall performance did not meet our expectations.

Acer’s latest Swift 3 SF313 is a compact subnotebook, and we had the full-loaded high-end model in review. Compared to its predecessor the new Swift 3 received not just an Ice Lake CPU upgrade but also a complete redesign. Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 is a great fit for the device, and it even offers decent 3D performance thanks to its Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7.

In our review, the Swift 3 SF313 held its own very well against its competitors even though it was incapable of delivering peak performance. Nevertheless, it was fast enough to outperform its own predecessor. The display was also improved, and the new Swift 3 comes with a bright 3:2 display with great color space coverage. Emissions were a particular highlight, and the Swift 3 was not just very efficient but also surprisingly quiet under load. Battery life benefited from this immensely, and the device lasted more than 10 hours in our real-world tests and should thus easily last all day long.

Connectivity is modern albeit a second USB-C port would not have hurt anyone. At least the single USB-C ports supports Thunderbolt 3, a great way to ensure the device is future-proof. Unfortunately, it lacks a card reader and an LTE option.

For around $1,400 you get a good-looking subnotebook with a great display capable of much more than just office work. Since its performance is more than adequate for photo editing the Swift 3 will be a great fit for amateur photographers who will benefit immensely from the giant 1 TB SSD.

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Sebastian Bade, 2020-02-19 (Update: 2020-02-19)