Acer Swift Three SF313-52 evaluate (2020 mannequin, Three:2 show and IceLake )
There aren’t many Home windows laptops with Three:2 shows on the market, and that is the area of interest Acer aims-for with their 2020 Swift Three SF313-52 mannequin.
Most notebooks get wider 16:9 screens, with some shifting to 16:10 shows recently, such because the Dell XPS 13 or the LG Gram 17. 16:9 shows are perfect for watching motion pictures, however 16:10 or Three:2 choices supply extra vertical house and are extra productive for work and even common use. To place it merely, you possibly can see extra content material on a taller display screen.
Again to our Acer Swift Three, it will get a 13-inch Three:2 high-resolution show, with out contact. That is applied in a mid-range product, introduced at $699 MSRP at launch. That form of cash will get you a sturdy magnesium construct and light-weight chassis, wonderful IO contemplating the present miniaturization tendencies, a full-size backlit keyboard, an Intel IceLake platform with LPDDR4 reminiscence and SSD storage, in addition to a reasonably large 56 Wh battery.
All these make the 2020 Swift Three SF313-52 a aggressive mid-range ultrabook and one of many best-priced choices to fulfill Intel’s Venture Athena necessities. It’s not with out quirks, although, as you’ll discover from this detailed evaluate that gathers our impressions after spending the final week with the 13-inch Swift Three as our day by day driver.
Specs as reviewed – Acer Swift Three SF313-52/G
|Acer Swift Three SF313-52/G|
|Display screen||13.5 inch, 2256 x 1504 px, Three:2, IPS, shiny, non-touch, BOE NE135FBM-N41 panel|
|Processor||Intel Ice Lake Core i5-1035G4 CPU, quad-core|
|Video||Intel Iris Professional G4, Gen11 with 48 EUs (elective Nvidia MX graphics)|
|Reminiscence||eight GB LPDDR4x (soldered, dual-channel)|
|Storage||512 GB SSD (Intel HFM512GDJTNI-82A0A – M.2 2280 PCIe x4)|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6 Gig+ (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||1x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-A 2.zero, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt Three, HDMI, mic/headphone, Lock|
|Battery||56 Wh, 45W charger (barrel-plug)|
|Measurement||302 mm or 11.91” (w) x 234 mm or 9.21” (d) x 16 mm or zero.63” (h)|
|Weight||2.53 lbs (1.15 kg)+ .53 lbs (.24 kg) charger, EU model|
|Extras||white backlit keyboard, HD webcam, stereo audio system, finger sensor|
Our mannequin is a mid-tier configuration, with the Intel Core i5-1035G4 processor, eight GB of LPDDR4x RAM and a 512 GB PCIe SSD, nicely suited to an on a regular basis ultrabook and moveable faculty/work laptop computer. Larger tier configurations get the Core i7-1065G7 processor with the quicker Iris Professional G7 graphics and 16 GB of RAM, and there’s additionally the choice for an undisclosed Nvidia MX dGPU, probably a direct followup of the MX250 applied on present ultraportables. I wouldn’t pair that with an IceLake i7 configuration, as it might negate the improved iGPU within the 10nm Intel .
Design and development
For this lineup, Acer went with the identical magnesium-alloys construct they’ve additionally applied within the 14-inch 2020 Swift Three replace. It’s sturdy and feels alright to the contact, but not as premium because the supplies you’ll get in higher-tier units.
What it does is permits the Swift 3s to be a few of the lightest merchandise of their lessons, with the Swift Three SF313-52 weighing round 2.5 lbs despite the fact that it’s a bigger product to be able to accommodate the taller Three:2 show. The magnesium shell additionally does an excellent job at hiding smudges and even scratches on this lighter-color scheme, however take into account it nonetheless scuffs and scratches pretty simply, so I’d suggest utilizing a protecting sleeve when carrying this in your backpack.
So far as practicality goes, you’ll want each palms to raise the display screen, however there’s little or no else to complain about. The laptop computer is pretty compact for what it’s, however nonetheless provides a full-size keyboard and large-enough arm-rest, plus a stable set of ports on the perimeters. You’re getting USB-A and USB-C with Thunderbolt Three assist, HDMI and an audio jack, so the one factor lacking is an SD card reader.
Acer additionally applied grippy rubber toes on the underside and made certain there’s sufficient house between the exhausts (hidden behind the hinge) and the display screen, so sizzling air gained’t heat-up the panel. That’s particularly the case for the iGPU solely variations, which run very cool and quiet.
Lastly, I respect the blunt front-lip and rounded corners, in addition to the truth that the display screen leans again flat to 180-degrees, wonderful for individuals who use their computer systems on the lap or the thighs whereas laying on the couch.
In conclusion, Acer did an excellent job with this product, setting it a step in entrance of the only a few different Three:2 Home windows laptops, such because the Huawei MateBook 13, from the get-go.
Keyboard and trackpad
The typing expertise isn’t, nevertheless, one in all its strongest property, not less than based mostly on my expertise with this take a look at unit.
This isn’t the identical keyboard from the 14-inch Swift 3s or the earlier 13-inch SF313-51 variant, however a barely extra compact structure. Nonetheless, that’s not a difficulty, you don’t have to simply accept miniaturized keys or any of that crap, so the one complaints stay the usual ones for Acer keyboards: cramped arrow keys, an influence button within the top-right nook and linked Enter and keys.
My points are with the suggestions and color-scheme. First, this can be a very unforgiving typer that leaves no room for errors, as a consequence of its gentle keys and really fast actuation. I’ve given it time, and several other 1000’s of phrases later I nonetheless couldn’t considerably enhance my velocity or accuracy.
That apart, Acer went with silver keys and white backlighting, which makes the writing on the keys nearly undistinguishable in most circumstances. It’s troublesome to learn even with the illumination switched off, as you possibly can inform from a few of the photos. The lighting is in any other case vivid and pretty uniform, however with mild creep noticeable from the traditional use angle and with a really quick standby time. The keys flip off rapidly and don’t come up by swiping your fingers over the clickpad, as on the higher-tier laptops, however solely by hitting a key.
So far as the clickpad goes, the design allowed Acer to implement a spacious floor, made from plastic and with Precision drivers. It really works nicely with day by day use and gestures, and the clicks are pretty clean, but clunky. Nonetheless, identical to on the 14-inch Swift Three, the floor rattles loudly with even the easier of faucets on this pattern. Undecided in the event that they’re going to handle it on the ultimate merchandise, but it surely’s one thing to check for in your unit.
Lastly, Acer additionally implements a finger-sensor on this laptop computer, just about just like what they placed on all their different Swifts and Spins. It’s positioned in direction of the fitting facet of the palm-rest and works high-quality with Home windows Howdy.
The display screen, alternatively, is a serious step ahead from what Acer implements of their 14-inch Swift Three replace.
For the SF313-52 they went with a higher-quality panel, with improved brightness, distinction and coloration protection, in addition to higher-resolution.
That is additionally a Three:2 panel, as talked about already, so provides extra space for content material than a daily 16:9 display screen.
Nonetheless, it’s essential to say that this panel will get a shiny coating, with out supporting contact. A few of you like shiny screens for his or her lowered graininess impact and punchier impression over perceived colours, however on the similar time, shiny screens include glare and reflections in vivid environments, which isn’t a difficulty on matte panels.
I might have most popular a matte display screen since there’s no contact, but it surely’s as much as you to determine on this facet based mostly in your desire and desires.
Right here’s what to anticipate from the panel, knowledge collected with our Spyder4 sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE08BC (NE135FBM-N41);
- Protection: 99% sRGB, 72% AdobeRGB, 76% DCI P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.33;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 398 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 1006:1;
- White level: 7960 Ok;
- Black on max brightness: zero.39 cd/m2.
Calibration goes to handle the skewed white level and gamma imbalances, however as soon as that’s performed, that is going to be a wonderful display screen: sharp, punchy and with out important uniformity points.
One facet it’s best to additional look into is flickering, although. We don’t have the precise instruments to measure for PWM, however we did discover flickering with our digital camera take a look at even on greater brightness ranges.
Our pattern is a mid-tier configuration of the Swift Three SF313-52 mannequin, with an Intel Ice Lake Core i5-1035G4 processor, eight GB of RAM and 512 GB of PCIe x4 SSD storage.
The i5-1035G4 is the mid-range IceLake CPU, a quad-core eight-thread processor, a lot because the Whiskey Lake i5-8265U it replaces, however constructed on Intel’s 10nm processor and operating at decrease default and turbo speeds. That apart, a much bigger a part of the design is reserved for the built-in GPU. The G4 is a Gen11 Intel Iris Plus UHD chip with 48 EUs (execution models), a 100% enhance from the 24 EUs within the Intel UHD 620 embedded with the i5-8265U and 33% enhance from the Intel UHD G1 embedded within the i5-1035G1 possibility.
The processor is paired with quick and environment friendly LPDDR4 reminiscence and PCIe SSD storage. Our unit got here with an Intel QLC drive, however you possibly can add quicker choices as a substitute.
Acer additionally provides the SF313-52 with the higher-tier i7-1065G7 Intel IceLake processor and elective Nvidia MX graphics. Choosing the dGPU makes little or no sense on the i7 mannequin, as it might negate its major power, the G7 Iris Professional graphics. Pairing it with the i5 is perhaps worth-while, although, in case you’re in search of elevated efficiency in GPU-dependant workloads and video games. Be mindful although that the thermal design may battle with such a configuration, so search for evaluations that fastidiously go over the efficiency, temperatures, and acoustics of these Nvidia dGPU variants.
Again to our unit, getting inside is pretty straightforward and requires you to take away the again panel, maintain in place by a handful of Torx screws. Right here you’ll discover the upgradeable M.2 2280 SSD and M.2 WiFi chip, in addition to the essential thermal module, the tiny audio system and 56Wh battery.
Our mid-range Core i5-1035U configuration is primarily designed for informal use, for shopping, text-editing, and flicks, which it handles easily whereas retaining thermals and noise at wonderful ranges.
We additionally examined our pattern in additional demanding masses. The Cinebench loop take a look at runs Cinebench R15 for 10+ loops, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, to check for efficiency in taxing longer-term situations. The i5-1035G4 did nicely out of the field on the Finest Efficiency Home windows energy mode, settling for its designed 15W TDP, frequencies of 1.9 GHz and temperatures of round 77-79 levels Celsius. The 15W TDP allocation is the limiting issue right here, and higher efficiency might be obtained if Acer would enable the i5 to run at greater energy.
Since that’s not an possibility, we additional regarded to enhance the efficiency by undervolting the CPU, doable with the newest variations of Throttlestop. Our take a look at unit ran stably at -100 mV, which interprets in 10% improved frequency and scores inside the similar 15W envelope, with comparable 77-79 C temperatures. We additionally acquired the identical outcomes with the laptop computer unplugged.
Moreover, to check the efficiency in mixed CPU+GPU masses that will simulate duties like video encoding or knowledge processing, we ran our 3DMark and Luxmark Three.1 stress exams. The system didn’t move the 3DMark stress take a look at, however did very nicely in Luxmark, continually operating at its 15W energy allowance for your entire length of the take a look at. After all, the CPU drops in frequency compared to the Cinebench take a look at, because it has to separate its allowance with the iGPU.
Most of those findings are according to what we acquired on the 14-inch Swift Three, though the i5-1035G1 carried out 10% higher within the Cinebench loop take a look at on that implementation and handed the 3Dmark stress take a look at as nicely. That’s probably due early-software on our take a look at unit and maybe a point of silicon lottery, however general I anticipate last i5-1035G4 configurations of this Sfit3 SF313-52 to carry out barely higher than our pattern.
Maintain that in thoughts when going via the benchmarks outcomes beneath. Right here’s what we acquired on inventory settings:
- 3DMark 11: P3346 (Graphics – 3178, Physics – 6104);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: dnf;
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 674 (Graphics – 596, CPU – 2660);
- Uniengine Superposition – 720p Low: 3423;
- GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5341, Multi-core: 16163;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1217, Multi-core: 3508;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 491 cb, CPU Single Core 162 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 1148 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 135.25 fps, Move 2 –28.64 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 110.18 s.
We additionally reran a few of them on the -100 mV undervolted CPU profile:
- 3DMark 11: P3379 (Graphics – 3131, Physics – 6990);
- Uniengine Superposition – 720p Low: 3339;
- PCMark 10: 2419 (Necessities – 5713 , Productiveness – 3021 , Digital Content material Creation – 2228);
- GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 540692, Multi-core: 16232;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1219, Multi-core: 3793;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 569 cb, CPU Single Core 164 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 1262 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 151.12 fps, Move 2 –32.22 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 101.25 s.
Undervolting helps enhance CPU efficiency throughout the board. Nonetheless, the system continues to be restricted by the 15W energy allowance, and there’s room for enchancment if Acer decides to boost the restrict in direction of 25W, which is an possibility for IceLake platforms.
The facility restrict is maybe not that a lot of a difficulty for the i5-1035G4 model, however the i7-1065G7 would certainly profit from a better TDP threshold in mixed masses and video games.
Talking of video games, we ran a couple of titles on our pattern. The G4 is the mid-level Intel UHD Gen11 possibility for Ice Lake chips. For comparability, Intel additionally provides an i5-1035G1 model, with 33% much less EUs (32, vs 48 on the G4), in addition to the i7-1065G7 with 64 EUs, 50% additional of what the G4 provides.
Right here’s what to anticipate by way of gaming on the i5-1035G4 powered Swift Three SF313-52. We’ve added our outcomes of the i5-1035G1 powered 14-inch Swift Three SF314-57, outcomes of a Ryzen 3500U platform (from our evaluate of the Lenovo IdeaPad S540) and an Intel i7 WhiskeyLake + devoted MX250 graphics configuration (from our evaluate of the Asus ZenBook 14), for comparability.
You must also do not forget that the Swift Three SF313-52 provides a high-resolution display screen, with roughly 60% extra pixels than the usual FHD decision on the opposite choices. Which means gaming on the native decision is just about inconceivable with this type of graphics, and general a tricky job even for the G7 Iris Professional on Nvidia MX configurations. You may, after all, decrease the decision in-game. Even so, take into account as nicely that many of the older titles that this can be able to dealing-with battle with Three:2 facet ratios.
|Swift Three 13- native||Swift Three 13- FHD||Swift Three 14- FHD||IdeaPad S540- FHD||ZenBook UX434FL- FHD|
|Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset)||– fps||38 fps||34 fps||52 fps||77 fps|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, TAA)||9 fps||13 fps||11 fps||18 fps||23 fps|
|NFS: Most Needed (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||26-32 fps||34-44 fps||32-40 fps||46-54 fps||– fps|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||24 fps||– fps||30 fps||32 fps||50 fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Low Preset, FXAA)||13 fps||19 fps||14 fps||18 fps||32 fps|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off)||– fps||– fps||– fps||17-21 fps||27-38 fps|
- The Witcher Three, NFS – recorded with Fraps in marketing campaign mode
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities
The logs beneath additionally present you what to anticipate by way of temperatures and CPU/GPU efficiency whereas taking part in video games, on the undervolted CPU profile and native decision.
And right here’s what occurs when taking part in video games at FHD. I wasn’t anticipating a distinction, however there may be one: the CPU runs at barely greater clocks, and thus the GPU runs at decrease.
General, whereas our i5 variant of the SF313-52 carried out OK in day by day use and exams, and last retail fashions will probably carry out even higher, I feel it’s crucial to know that this pocket book isn’t meant for gaming, not at the same time as a lot as different Intel IceLake or Nvidia MX fashions are. And that’s as a result of uncommon Three:2 high-resolution display screen, a format that older titles will battle with, paired with a decision that can take a serious toll on efficiency within the extra fashionable video games that assist it.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
This 2020 Swift Three SF313-52 will get a really primary thermal module, with a single fan and a skinny heatpipe between the CPU and radiator, one thing it has in widespread with the 14-inch 2020 Swift Three replace.
Not like on the 14-inch mannequin, the fan inside this 13-inch model was energetic on a regular basis, even with primary use. It remained quiet, barely noticeable even in a superbly silent room, and we haven’t seen any coil whining or digital noises on our pattern.
The fan kicks up with demanding masses and video games, and whereas it stays quiet (at 37-38 dB max quantity, at head-level), we did discover a somewhat annoying high-pitch tonality that bothered us when operating demanding masses in a quiet room. The audio system cowl it, in order that shouldn’t be an issue so long as you’re listening to music or when taking part in a recreation, however can be in a quiet surroundings.
On the similar time, the Swift Three on this i5-1035G4 configuration barely passes 40 levels Celsius on the underbelly with video games, so thermals are by no means going to be a priority. Nonetheless, i7 variants (if allowed to run above 15W) and particularly the MX dGPU variants will run hotter and probably noisier as nicely.
*Load – taking part in Want for Pace: Most Needed for 30 minutes, followers 37-38 dB
For connectivity, there’s latest-gen WiFi 6 with an Intel AX200 module on this laptop computer. It did nicely with our setup and the sign and efficiency remained sturdy at 30-feet, with obstacles in between.
Alternatively, very like on the 14-inch Swift Three replace, for audio Acer went with a few of the smallest audio system I’ve seen shortly. They’re positioned on the entrance lip on this 13-inch mannequin, and nonetheless fireplace downwards, via grills on the stomach. These will not be utterly terrible, but it surely’s certainly no shock they sound mediocre, with almost no bass and volumes of as much as 70 dB.
Lastly, there’s an HD digital camera on the prime of this laptop computer’s display screen, flanked by 2 microphones. These are high-quality for infrequent calls, however the digital camera high quality continues to be muddy and washed out.
There’s a 56 Wh battery contained in the Swift Three SF313-52, a bit bigger than what’s usually included in mid-range ultraportables of this dimension. The Intel Icelake implementation proved, nevertheless, much less environment friendly than the Whiskey Lake construct on the earlier Swift Three, which paired with the toll taken by the higher-resolution display screen, translated in solely common runtimes with multitasking, however good outcomes with video and primary use.
Remember that our unit is pre-production and the habits may enhance on last variants with a better-tuned CPU profile. Nonetheless, the IceLake additionally proved much less environment friendly than Whiskey Lake on the retail model of the 14-inch Swift Three we’ve reviewed lately, so I wouldn’t anticipate main variations.
Right here’s what we acquired on our evaluate unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).
- eight.7 W (~6+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 6.7 W (~eight+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5 W (~10 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 18 W (~Three h of use) – shopping in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.
The laptop computer comes with a 45W charger (on this configuration) that plugs-in by way of a traditional barrel plug. It’s a two-piece design with a small brick, and a full cost takes about 2 hours, however fast charging fills-up a giant chunk of the capability in beneath one hour. USB-C charging isn’t supported.
Value and availability
The Acer Swift Three SF313-52 isn’t broadly available in shops on the time of this text and is scheduled for early-Spring 2020, with a beginning worth of $699.
We’ll hold updating this part as soon as we all know extra about last configurations and costs. Within the meantime, observe this hyperlink for extra particulars.
Update1: Prime-tier configurations with the Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage are listed in Germany/France for 1099 EUR. No phrase on the lower-specced variations but, although.
Whereas not with out quirks, I really feel that this Swift Three SF314-52 is among the most attention-grabbing mid-range ultraportables you’ll discover in shops throughout 2020. Hear me out.
The three:2 display screen is its main promoting level, a wonderful possibility for productiveness generally or for a pc you’re utilizing for varsity/work. Moreover, the format is backed out by the brilliant and punchy panel.
Display screen apart, this Swift is nicely constructed and lightweight, even lighter than a few of the higher-tier choices on the market, because of its magnesium chassis. It’s additionally a sensible pc with a 180-degree display screen, full-size ports, and no sharp edges. Lastly, with IceLake on board, it’s snappy and succesful sufficient for on a regular basis multitasking, runs cool and quiet, and the 56 Wh battery ensures honest battery life, even with the toll taken by the higher-resolution show.
Alternatively, inputs will not be wonderful on this laptop computer, and I wasn’t proud of the typing expertise or the clunky clickpad. Moreover, audio is tinny and the display screen is shiny, though it doesn’t assist contact. For some, these may deal-breakers.
Lastly, the superb pricing additional provides to this product’s general worth, and I really feel many will be capable of have a look at the higher image and get previous its quirks, which is why the Swift Three SF313-52 will get our advice and a high-score on this evaluate. I wouldn’t essentially go together with an Nvidia MX variant, although, these may battle with this type of design and thermal module, so not less than search for extra detailed evaluations earlier than deciding if the positive factors in gaming efficiency can be price it this product.
On the finish of the day, although, I’m left longing for a higher-quality Three:2 ultraportable which might verify all my required packing containers. This got here shut, however the unforgiving keyboard and shiny display screen kill it for me, whereas the Huawei Matebook 13 reviewed final yr misplaced factors within the specs, IO and battery life division. After all, there are additionally Three:2 Chromebooks to think about, however I simply want a Home windows pc as my work-companion and a Chromebook gained’t do it for that function.