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Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the price and battery are overall positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the screen. There are some critical opinions about the image quality and sound.

performance, portability, design, battery, price

keyboard, sound, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Edward Chester (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Swift 3

 

Acer's range of Swift laptops is available in four flavours: the range-topping Swift 7, the mid-tier Swift 5 the cheaper Swift 3 and the budget Swift 1. Don't let the latter's standing against its siblings put you off, though. The Swift 3 includes...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (pcmag.com)

Acer Swift 3

 

The 14-inch Acer Swift 3 is a well-rounded ultraportable laptop at a moderate price, with solid port selection and strong battery life that offset a merely average screen.

Classy aluminum design. Windows Hello fingerprint reader. Perky performance from Core i5 CPU and PCIe SSD. Good battery life.

Limited screen brightness. Shallow keyboard with small, crowded cursor control keys.

As you can tell, there's a lot to like about the Acer Swift 3. Our only real gripes are with the keyboard's cursor cluster, which you can master with a little practice, and the slightly dim display, which we don't want to overemphasize. If we don't...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Xiomara Blanco (cnet.com)

A partly premium and totally affordable laptop

 

The Acer Swift 3 is a stylish and affordably priced laptop that has a lot of ports and connections.

The Acer Swift 3 is a stylish and affordable laptop. Unlike a lot of current laptops, it has lots of ports and connections.

The shallow keyboard isn’t great for typing. The display is dim and the speakers are weak. Battery life is short.

The Acer Swift 3 is a budget laptop with an impressive all-metal design, but it skimps on some features you might find important.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Gabe Carey (techradar.com)

Acer Swift 3 review

 

Don't be deceived – this laptop is better than it looks

Powerful for the price ; Stellar battery life ; Plenty of ports ; Killer keyboard and trackpad

Boring looks ; Down-firing speakers

Focused on delivering the best performance for the lowest price, the worst part about the Acer Swift 3 is that all of its best qualities may very well go unnoticed.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Nino Ricchizzi (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-731X Notebook Review

 

Popular companion. High-quality materials coupled with responsive hardware leave a good impression. Even though the display luminance does not seem very up-to-date, we like the overall package of the new Acer Swift 3.

Solid chassis ; good input devices ; system performance ; low temperature and noise development

SD performance ; shocking WLAN performance (maybe defective test model) ; memory not expandable ; no maintenance hatches ; dark display

Acer's Swift 3 is a successful entry in the subnotebook segment. It is covered in a sophisticated aluminum chassis that does not cause a lot of criticism. Only the access for maintenance works could have been easier. The input devices were surprisingly...

Dec, 2016

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (techadvisor.co.uk)

Acer Swift 3 review

 

Acer has done it again. This latest ultraportable offers much of what you'd want from a premium model at a bargain price. Here's our Acer Swift 3 review

The Acer Swift 3 is a near-perfect laptop for those who want an ultraportable, but don’t want to fork out £1000+. Build quality is great, battery life very good, and performance a match for much more expensive laptops. There are just two areas where...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Acer Swift 3 review

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The Acer Swift 3 is a stylish 14-inch laptop. It's modern, too, with a USB-C port and fingerprint reader for security. So far, so good. But to compete with the best laptops on test, it needs a long battery life, be easy to use and have a decent screen....

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Housen Maratouk (computershopper.com)

Acer Swift 3 Review and Ratings

 

The Swift 3 is an affordable mainstream laptop that offers a decent set of features in a thin, portable package. But as you might expect, it's not without its compromises.

Slick design for the price ; Decent mainstream-apps performance ; Reasonably priced for feature set

Not the brightest of screens ; Muffled sound ; Slightly limited storage space

The Acer Swift 3, in the form we tested it, is a midrange laptop that demonstrates the compromises we often have to make when shopping for a laptop. Are there faster systems available? Sure. Are there lighter, cheaper, or better-equipped ones?...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Sven Schulz Ingolf Leschke (computerbild.de)

Acer Swift 3: Test des 2018er-Modells

 

Kompakte Größe, großes Display, gute Ausstattung – das Acer Swift 3 hat mehr als nur ein buntes Gehäuse. Das zeigt der Test von COMPUTER BILD.

Hohes Arbeitstempo ; Sehr lange Akkulaufzeit ; Angenehm leise ; WLAN-ac und Bluetooth 4.2

Blasse Darstellung von Farben ; Für Spiele ungeeignet

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Rainer Müller (connect.de)

Acer Swift 3 (SF314

 

Das Ultrabook Acer Swift 3 sammelt im Test mehr Punkte als das Topmodell Swift 7. Der Grund: Es ist weniger schlank und hat mehr Platz für Anschlüsse.

elegantes Mittelklasse-Ultrabook ; leistungsstarker Core-i7-Prozessor ; ordentliche Ausdauer ; großer SSD-Speicher ; gute Schnittstellenausstattung ; Fingerabdrucksensor ; moderater Preis

schwache Displayhelligkeit ; vergleichsweise hohes Gewicht

connect-Urteil: gut (412 von 500 Punkten)

Jun, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:3220
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery life (max):10 / 104 / 12
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p

Design

Colour of product:Aluminium / Black / Black, Gold / Gold / Grey / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Aluminium / Black, Gold / Gold / Silver
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:N / No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 510 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No / Y
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 48 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:2133
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:OPI / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 3.1 / 3.10 / 3.5 / 3.50
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-6xxx / Intel Core i3-7xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:2 / 2.00 / 2.1 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.40 / 2.5 / 2.50 / 2.7 / 2.70
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:4405U / i3-6006U / I3-6100U / i3-7100U / I5-6200U / i5-7200U / I7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-6000 Mobile Processor Series / Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 series / Intel Pentium 4000 series for Mobile
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1356 / LGA 1356 (Socket B2) / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / H0
System bus rate:3 / 4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:88180 / 88193 / 88194 / 89611 / 91157 / 95442 / 95443 / 95451 / I3-6100U
Processor code:SR2EU / SR2EX / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2ZU / SR2ZV / SR2ZW / SSSR2UW
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:N / No / Y / Yes
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, SSD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, Supervisor, User / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Linux Linpus / No / Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME
Operating System Language:Italian

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:2.5"
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:136.6 / 23.7 / 236 / 236.2 / 236.6
Height :1.8 / 17.8 / 17.9 / 18
Height (front):1.7 / 1.79 / 1.8
Height (rear):1.7 / 1.79 / 1.8
Weight:1 / 1.5
Width:34.1 / 340.4 / 341