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Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the battery and price are on the whole positive. The portability and design also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the image quality and sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-51) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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)

Acer Swift 3 review

 

The Acer Swift 3 is like a plate of food that looks better than it actually tastes. It's slim, all-metal build and glass-front screen make a great first impression, but flaws become apparent after (figuratively) biting into it.

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: 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

Techradar Great Value 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.

Nov, 2017

Recommended by TR

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

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

Consumer review by: SSD (reevoo.com)

Acer Swift 3

 

Cool aluminium case design. Fingerprint reader really useful.

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Hugh (reevoo.com)

Acer Swift 3

 

ABSENCE OF A WINDOWS 10 DISC, OF A MANUAL RELATING TO THE MACHINE, REALLY OF ANY USEFUL INFORMATION AT ALL. SUPPORT IS ABYSMAL. STUCK WITH A USELESS MACHINE AFTER PASSWORD PROBLEMS AND ADVISED TO SEEK OUTSIDE HELP.

Sep, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera signal format:720p

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Black / Gold / Grey / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter power:45

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: 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
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 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

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

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: 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 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Data

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

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: 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:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:Opi / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i3-6006U / i3-6100U / i3-7100U / i5-6200U / i5-7200U / i7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 3.1 / 3.5 / 3.50
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i3-6xxx / Intel Core i3-7xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.7 / 2.70
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i3-6006U / i3-6100U / i3-7100U / i5-6200U / i5-7200U / i7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes: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
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1356 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / H0
System bus data transfer rate:3 / 4
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

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

Security

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

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux Linpus / No / Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home
Operating System Language:Italian

Storage

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.38 / 9.29 / 9.3 / 9.31 / 9.33
Height:0.707 / 0.709
Height (front):0.669 / 0.705 / 0.709
Height (rear):0.669 / 0.705 / 0.709
Weight:2.2 / 3.31
Width:13.4