Acer Swift three (2018) assessment
The Acer Swift three is not only a single laptop computer design. This one is sort of totally different to the Acer Swift three we reviewed final yr.
It has a 15.6in display and, most attention-grabbing of all, an AMD Ryzen CPU with Vega graphics slightly than the standard Intel chips. Should you’re after a sub-£800 aluminium laptop computer with a big display, the Swift three SF315 is a stable selection. Battery life and the show’s color depth could possibly be higher, although.
The Acer Swift three prices £799/$749. It has an AMD Ryzen CPU, 256GB storage, a 15.6in 1080p display and 8GB RAM. This mannequin has the half quantity SF315-41-R8PP.
Within the UK you should buy it from Currys PC World. Within the US, you may get it from Amazon.
Laptops which are comparatively inexpensive however have an aluminium shell and a 15in display are surprisingly skinny on the bottom. HP Pavilion 15 and Asus Vivobook have extra of a funds vibe than the Swift three.
Watch out when purchasing for the Swift three, as most fashions have a 14in display and use Intel processors. And, funnily sufficient, It’s really one other Swift three we’d be tempted by. You will get the 14in mannequin with an eighth Core i5 and GeForce MX150 graphics for roughly the identical value.
Within the UK, you should buy the 14in model from Debenhams for £800 and within the US, you should buy it from Amazon for $778.
Should you’re not set on having a 15.6in display, that Swift three is sort of the deal. All Swift three fashions include a one yr return-to-base guarantee.
Design and construct
The Acer Swift collection often strikes an incredible stability between pragmatism and magnificence. They’re hardly ever essentially the most stunning laptops of their class, however are typically cheaper, whereas matching the alternate options on efficiency and flexibility.
This Acer Swift three has a very sober, impartial look that gives the fundamentals of premium laptop computer design with none probably off-putting prospers. Components to notice embrace the all-aluminium case, a light-weight brushed end on the lid and the display building.
There’s no ‘lip’ to the Swift three’s display encompass. It’s only a flat pane of glass.
The sides of the keyboard encompass and trackpad are beveled to disclose the intense aluminium beneath too. Nonetheless, the principle impression the Swift three leaves is of a wise, however in the end fairly smart and plain laptop computer.
It weighs 2.1kg and is 18.9mm thick. This, clearly, isn’t splendid if you need a laptop computer you may carry round on a regular basis. Nevertheless, it’s considerably thinner than the HP Pavilion 15. We’ve taken the Acer Swift three out in a rucksack on a number of events and didn’t thoughts the burden too. Keep in mind it’s solely round 200g heavier than the Apple MacBook Professional 15.
The Acer Swift three’s construct high quality may be very stable. Other than a tiny little bit of keyboard flex, which isn’t noticeable in regular use, it’s stiff and sturdy.
On the Swift three’s sides is the everyday connection array of a laptop computer making an attempt to please these with little persistence for adapters. You get two USB three.zero ports, one other USB 2.zero on the best facet and only a single USB-C.
That is the connection that can ultimately take over in laptops, however given how previous a few of the peripherals we nonetheless use are, it’s not as if we’re going to cease utilizing previous USBs. The Swift three additionally has a full-size SD card slot, HDMI and a Kensington safety slot.
Keyboard and Trackpad
We’ve no complaints in regards to the Swift three’s keyboard. There’s sufficient journey to fulfill, the important thing motion is stable, their response isn’t hole. It is a lighter-feel keyboard, however typing feels good.
This isn’t the quietest keyboard round, as typing units off some high-pitch micro-click noises. Nevertheless, we don’t discover it irritating.
The Swift three keyboard additionally has a white LED backlight. You don’t have any management over its depth, however we’re simply glad it’s right here. Some mid-price laptops like this should not have a backlight.
The trackpad under seems to be and feels nice too, though it makes use of a plastic floor slightly than a textured glass one. We’d be stunned if Acer had managed to slot in such a pad at this value, although, as they’re hardly ever seen in laptops under £1000.
Its buttons are built-in into the pad itself. The clicker is stable, with no annoying pre-click or any sense of a too-stiff motion. There’s additionally zero useless zone on the high of the pad, though the clicker is less complicated to depress within the center/backside than the highest.
You get a 15.6in 1080p display. That is, oddly, one in all this laptop computer’s distinctive promoting factors, as you received’t at present discover all that many alternate options with as good a construct. The HP Envy 15 is the plain rival, however as of February 2018 there are not any variations of that laptop computer with present .
In line with our benchmarks at the least, the show is without doubt one of the Swift 5’s weaker factors. Its color saturation is simply OK and high brightness isn’t spectacular. Nevertheless, we will’t ignore how surprisingly good it seems to be to the bare eye.
A part of this will probably be all the way down to its stable distinction of 1009:1, half the pleasing color calibration of the panel. It has a barely heat tone, which is commonly the perceived impact when a TV is professionally tuned.
Till we noticed the Swift three’s color rendering outcomes we anticipated higher than the 57 p.c of sRGB it achieves. After this, trying extra carefully on the vivid reds utilized in, for instance, the Chrome and YouTube logos, the restricted color depth is there to see.
We’d nonetheless class this as an satisfying show, although, and have seen screens look considerably worse with the same color protection ranges.
Most brightness is one thing to think about in case you want a laptop computer to make use of out of the home. Maxing-out at 229cd/m², it doesn’t have the backlight energy to comfortably deal with the reflections the shiny show end will trigger outside.
We will’t complain in regards to the display’s building, although. The Swift three’s high show layer is Gorilla Glass, much like that utilized in cellphone shows, and the display half has stiffness comparable with that of laptops effectively over £1000.
The Acer Swift three factor that originally us most was its processor. It’s the primary Acer laptop computer we’ve reviewed to make use of one in all AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. It’s the Ryzen 5 2500U CPU, with Vega eight graphics.
It is a quad-core CPU with eight threads, a clock velocity of 2GHz and a lift of three.6GHz.
Let’s examine it to the Intel Core i5-8250U, its nemesis. Regardless of having a decrease clock velocity, Intel nonetheless wins for uncooked CPU efficiency. In Geekbench four, the Swift three scores 10,216 factors, the place you may anticipate 12-13,000 from a Core i5.
Nevertheless, the AMD chipset has much better built-in graphics. This isn’t simply higher for gaming, however video enhancing too.
Typical for a laptop computer with a robust CPU, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, the Swift three makes Home windows 10 really feel good. It’s quick and responsive. Nevertheless, we’ve seen the occasional oddity. Video playback with some apps isn’t all the time easy, which is nearly actually a driver difficulty given the processor load for one thing like that is minimal.
How good is it for video games? The Vega eight GPU trashes the Intel HD 620 chipset utilized in Intel processors, however you’ll nonetheless get significantly better efficiency from a GeForce MX150, as utilized by a equally priced 14in Swift three variant.
It runs Alien: Isolation at a median of 56fps at 720p, low settings, or 25fps at 1080p. The GeForce MX150 manages round 36fps at 1080p.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided runs at simply acceptable 27fps common at 720p minimal settings, or a very unplayable 6.9fps at 1080p Extremely. The MX150? It runs Deus Ex at 36.8fps at 720p, 9.4fps at 1080p, within the HP Envy 13.
Gaming efficiency is roughly much like that of a laptop computer with a GeForce 940MX graphics card. It’ll do the trick for mild gaming, however the Vega eight GPU doesn’t set any new requirements.
Noise and fan behaviour isn’t too totally different to that of an Intel laptop computer. Write a doc or browse a few easy web sites and the Swift three is near-silent. Play a sport and the interior fan system fires-up fairly fast. Nevertheless, its noise isn’t offensive or high-pitch.
At this level, having not reviewed many Ryzen-powered laptops, we will’t actually inform how their battery effectivity stacks up subsequent to Intel’s. Nevertheless, the Acer Swift three suggests AMD’s energy consumption is larger.
Enjoying again a 720p video on loop at 120cd/m² brightness, the Swift three lasts 5 hours. That appears honest given the best way many individuals use 15.6in laptops, in a much less transportable method than 13in and 14in fashions. Nevertheless, it’s nothing to get too enthusiastic about.
The battery itself is a 48Wh unit — not enormous. However the 51Wh HP Envy 13 reviewed final yr lasts a terrific 12 hours 20 minutes in the identical check. Think twice about whether or not 5 hours away from the charger is sufficient for you earlier than shopping for.