Acer Swift 3

Acer Swift 3

Acer Swift 3

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BEST RATING
Portability:
4.7
GENERAL USE: Good7.7/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.4/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.6/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.7/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Good7.7/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.3/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.8/10
SIZE: 14"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • High-resolution display
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Good general use performance
  • Thunderbolt support
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • No touchscreen
  • Fair speaker quality
  • Moderate 3D performance

Ratings by Category

Portability:
4.7
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Operating Noise:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
General Use:
4.3
The Acer Swift 3 is praised for general use because of its robust Intel i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, which support efficient multitasking and responsive performance, and its high-resolution IPS screen offers clear and vivid visuals for a variety of tasks.
Software Development:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Engineering & Design:
4.2
The Acer Swift 3 is equipped with a high-performance CPU and integrated graphics, suitable for demanding engineering and design tasks, and has a high-resolution IPS screen that ensures sharp visuals and accurate colors. Despite its powerful internals, it maintains a balance with good portability and a comfortable keyboard quality, making it practical for on-the-go use and extensive typing sessions.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.2
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Gaming & AI:
3.6
The Acer Swift 3's gaming and 3D capabilities are limited by its integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, which can't match the performance of dedicated gaming GPUs, and a screen refresh rate of 60Hz which is adequate for casual gaming but not ideal for high frame rate experiences. While the screen quality, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, is sharp, gamers and 3D professionals prefer faster refresh rates and more powerful GPUs for smoother visuals and better overall performance.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$758
Release Date
May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12.6'' x 8.3'' x 0.63''
Weight
2.76 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1260P
Graphics
Iris Xe G7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
48 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
340 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.4/10
Portability Score
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8.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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8.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7/10
Speaker Quality Score
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6.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Sebastian Jentsch | February 2022
"With the Swift 3, Acer delivers a 14-inch laptop with a sleek, slim metal chassis. The latter is of high quality and sturdy enough for everyday use, which is a real plus point among the 700-Euro (~$798) models. A new feature is Thunderbolt 4 in the Type-C format for peripherals or even displays (DisplayPort via Type-C). Unfortunately, a card reader is still missing, and the RAM is completely onboard, so there are no upgrade options here. Acer's 14-incher is affordable, yet it does everything most would want from a truly mobile laptop: Long battery life, a great display, quality, sufficient ports, light weight, and low noise and heat emissions."

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