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Acer Swift 3 SF313-53 review (2020 – Tiger Lake hardware and 3:2 display)

Acer Swift Three SF313-53 overview (2020 – Tiger Lake and three:2 show)

Earlier this yr I’ve reviewed the 13-inch Swift Three ultraportable with Intel IceLake , an attention-grabbing and pretty reasonably priced transportable laptop computer with a productivity-focused Three:2 show.

A number of months later, Acer up to date the collection with the newer Intel Tiger Lake , up to date the thermal design to be able to higher deal with this new-generation , and barely revamped the inputs, which at the moment are friendlier in on a regular basis use.

Are these updates sufficient to make this late-2020 Acer Swift Three SF313-53 mannequin an excellent purchase? That’s what this text goes to reply for you, as we’ve gathered all our ideas and impressions on this ultraportable after utilizing it for a few weeks.

Specs as reviewed – Acer Swift Three SF313-53

Acer Swift Three SF313-53
Display 13.5 inch, 2256 x 1504 px, Three:2, IPS, shiny, non-touch, BOE NE135FBM-N41 panel
Processor Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 4C/8T
Video Intel Iris Xe G7
Reminiscence 16 GB LPDDR4x (soldered, dual-channel)
Storage 512 GB SSD (SK Hynix 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 barrel-plug charger, USB-C Charging assist
Dimension 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 check unit is the higher-tier configuration, however retail fashions may also be out there in a few different lower-tier variations, with numerous quantities of storage, i3 to i7 Intel TigerLake processors, and non-obligatory Nvidia MX450 graphics.

Design and building

Aesthetically, this late-2020 Swift Three 13-inch replace is equivalent to the mannequin initially launched earlier this yr. That signifies that silver magnesium alloys are used for its unibody building, making it one of many lightest and, on the identical time, sturdiest builds in its class; its inner-deck and keyboard space are particularly stable, and barely bulge even when pressed more durable.

The magnesium shell additionally does an excellent job at hiding smudges and even scratches on this lighter-color scheme, however have in mind it nonetheless scuffs pretty simply, so I’d watch out when carrying it in my bag or backpack. A protecting sleeve could be welcomed.

On the sensible facet, this Swift Three is a reasonably tall product, because it has to accommodate the three:2 show and its bezels, that are nonetheless pretty chunky for this point in time. That allowed Acer to implement a full-size keyboard on this laptop computer, a big clickpad, and a spacious armrest, with pleasant lips and corners throughout.

However, the rubber toes on the underside may have been just a little grippier, and the display’s hinge can be a bit stiff, requiring using each arms to open up it up. On the identical time, it retains the show nicely in place and permits it to lean again flat to 180-degrees, a particularity I extremely respect in a conveyable pc.

The thermal design is pretty commonplace, with air being sucked in from the underside, by way of these spacious unobstructed air flow women, after which exhausted by way of the grills beneath the display, beneath the hinge. The hinge’s angled design pushes a number of the sizzling air down and again, and a few of it into the display, the place the pretty hefty chin takes in many of the warmth and permits the panel to relaxation cooly.

As for the IO, there’s virtually all the things you’ll need right here, apart from a card-reader, and the standing LEDs have additionally been conveniently pushed on the perimeters, out of the way in which. The laptop computer prices through a basic barrel-plug connector, however USB-C charging can be potential by way of the Thunderbolt port. Moreover, a fingerprint sensor can be included, positioned beneath the arrows keys.

Keyboard and trackpad

I wasn’t very pleased with the inputs on the unit examined earlier this yr, and whereas they’ve been barely revamped on this up to date mannequin, they’re nonetheless not my favorites.

The design is ok for on a regular basis use and commonplace for an Acer laptop computer, with the cramped arrows/PgUp/PgDn keys, an influence button within the high nook, and a Capslock key with out a bodily activation indicator.

The suggestions is what you’ll should get used to, because the keys take little or no pressure to actuate, making them reasonably unforgiving to any straying fingers. On the identical time, this can be a very fast typer and one thing skilled writers will most likely respect, however not essentially the common Joe. It’s additionally a reasonably loud implementation which may increase some eyebrows within the classrooms or different quiet environments.

Lastly, I’m not a fan of this silver keys + white illumination combo, one thing I’ve consistently complain about at any time when I encounter it, as a result of its poor readability and distinction with the illumination activated.

The clickpad is spacious, correct, and dependable, nevertheless it’s additionally pretty clunky when tapped and never as clean because the glass implementations on the market.

As for biometrics, there’s a finger sensor on this collection, however not IR cameras.


Acer places a good-quality Three:2 IPS show on this collection, which is the truth is the principle cause you’d need to go along with considered one of these Swift Three 13s over the multitude of different choices on the market.

As a Three:2 show, that is taller than the common 16:9 screens on most different laptops, thus gives an elevated workspace. Moreover, Acer carried out a high-resolution panel with good brightness, distinction, and shade accuracy, completely appropriate for on a regular basis use, and even fine-enough for infrequent shade correct work.

My solely gripe is with the truth that this can be a shiny display, however doesn’t assist contact, not ultimate for a matte-screen fanatic similar to myself. You mgith really feel in any other case, although.

Right here’s what we acquired in our assessments, with a X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUO408D (B140HAN04.E);
  • Protection: 98.7% sRGB, 70.1% AdobeRGB, 73.Three% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.12;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 441.14 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the course of the display: 37.23 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1494:1;
  • White level: 6600 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.29 cd/m2;
  • PWM: Sure ( tbu ?? –  see beneath)

This panel is nicely calibrated out of the field and we haven’t seen shade/uniformity points in our assessments, nor extreme quantities of sunshine bleeding across the edges, with just some stress factors on the lower-lip.

Flickering would possibly nonetheless be a problem right here, although. We don’t have the precise instruments to measure for PWM, however NBC’s overview of the early-2020 mannequin exhibits that this panel used PWM at 200 MHz for <90% of the brightness protection (supply), and I don’t suppose that has modified. Look into different opinions for updates on this matter.

and efficiency

Our pattern is a higher-specced configuration of the Swift Three SF313-53 mannequin, with an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 512 GB of PCIe x4 SSD storage.

We’re testing a pre-release pattern of this laptop computer, with the software program and drivers out there as of late-Sept 2020, thus a few of our findings would possibly change with future software program optimizations. Our check unit was supplied by Acer, and despatched again to them as soon as we completed up the assessments.

Spec-wise, that is based mostly on the late-2020 Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 , the identical carried out by a large number of different ultrabooks of this era. It’s a 4C/8T processor, very snappy in single-core duties, and averagely competent in multitasking, particularly when allowed to run at larger TDP settings. OEMs can implement this in a few completely different variations, with a sustained TDP of as much as 28W. As you’ll discover from our assessments, this Swift is generally a mid-tier implementation, able to roughly 17+W of sustained energy in demanding masses.

Graphics are the most important novelty of this Tiger Lake platform, and the i7-1165G7 will get essentially the most succesful model of the Iris Xe iGPU, with 96 Execution Models clocked at as much as 1350 MHz. That’s a big improve over the Iris Professional G7 within the Ice Lake i7-1065G7 processor, carried out within the early-2020 Swift Three 13.

These apart, our configuration additionally will get 16 GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz of RAM out of the field, in dual-channel, and an SK Hynix PCIe x4 SSD, a mid-performance possibility. This would possibly differ for the retail variations, although. Upgrades are potential for those who take away the again panel, maintain in place by a few seen Philips screws.

The CPU and reminiscence are soldered on the motherboard and non-upgradable, however the SSD is. You’ll additionally discover the GPU-slot beneath the thermal heatpipes, which means that a few of these Swift Three configurations may also be paired with Nvidia graphics – probably MX350 or MX450 chips.

So far as the software program goes, there’s no devoted management software program on this Swift, so you’ll be able to solely toggle between the Home windows energy modes, with a gentle impact on the CPU’s efficiency and energy allocation.

Okay, let’s get to some check outcomes, first taking a look at how this laptop computer handles informal use similar to looking, text-editing, and flicks, which it copes easily whereas maintaining thermals and noise at glorious ranges.

Onto extra demanding assessments, the Cinebench loop check runs Cinebench R15 for 15+ loops, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, to check for efficiency in taxing longer-term situations. The i7-1165G7 did pretty nicely on this implementation on the Greatest Efficiency Home windows energy mode, talking up at excessive energy and frequencies for just a few runs, after which stabilizing at round 17W TDP, frequencies of two.6 GHz, and glorious temperatures of round 63-65 levels Celsius. The 17W TDP allocation is the limiting issue right here, and higher efficiency might be obtained if Acer would enable this i7 to run at larger energy on the retail fashions, which this implementation may positively deal with.

We additional seemed to enhance the efficiency by undervolting the CPU, however that’s no potential with Thorttlestop on Tiger Lake for now.

However, the laptop computer performs nicely on battery, just like its efficiency whereas plugged in.

To place these leads to perspective, right here’s how a few different AMD and Intel ultraportable notebooks rating on this identical check.

The 8Core and 6Core Ryzen 4000 platforms are a transparent step-up in efficiency over the Intel choices, however TigerLake appears to be a slight enchancment over matching IceLake configurations on this type of CPU-heavy masses, and a match for the most effective IceLake fashions (such because the Razer Blade Stealth 13) even on this restricted 17W-only implementation.

Working the longer and tougher Cinebench R20 check leads to comparable findings, whereas on the grotesque Prime 95 check the CPU stabilizes at round 17+ W after a brief preliminary enhance, with temperatures of 70+ levels C.

We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book, on the identical Efficiency profile.

3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit didn’t go it, which suggests a efficiency degradation as soon as the warmth builds-up. That’s not surprising given the excessive CPU energy within the early runs, which latter stabilizes at round 17+W. Luxmark Three.1 totally masses each the CPU and GPU on the identical time, nevertheless it doesn’t correctly assist the Tiger Lake at the moment, so it’s not related right here.

Subsequent, listed below are some benchmark outcomes. We ran the whole suite of assessments and benchmarks on the usual Home windows Greatest Efficiency profile. Right here’s what we acquired.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 4407 (Graphics – 4968, Physics – 10480, Mixed – 1623);
  • 3DMark 13 – Night time Raid: 15493 (Graphics – 19256, CPU – 7352);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1539 (Graphics – 1391, CPU – 3886);
  • AIDA64 Reminiscence check: -;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2876;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 964;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 23.32 common fps;
  • PassMark: Ranking: 5415 (CPU mark: 12283, 3D Graphics Mark: 3433, Disk Mark: 11676);
  • PCMark 10: 4830 (Necessities – 10159 , Productiveness – 6686 , Digital Content material Creation – 4502);
  • GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 6317, Multi-core: 23072;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1463, Multi-core: 5836;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 940 cb, CPU Single Core 218 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 1885 cb, CPU Single Core 370 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 201.82 fps, Cross 2 – 47.96 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 68.55 s.

We additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the identical Efficiency profile:

  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 8m 18s (Auto);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 27m 41s (Auto);
  • Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU not correctly acknowledged;

These outcomes are inside 20% of the Intel i7-1185G7 reference configuration that has been supplied by Intel for the preliminary Tiger Lake efficiency previews, which runs at roughly 28W of sustained energy. Meaning the retail models may run quicker, if Acer provides them with extra energy, on the potential expense of thermals and noise.

Whilst it’s, this implementation is quick sufficient for every day multitasking and also can deal with GPU-loads and light-weight gaming considerably higher than the earlier IceLake fashions.

We ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the Greatest Efficiency profile and Low/Lowest graphics settings. Right here’s what we acquired:

Swift Three – Intel 1165G7 – FHD UX393 – Intel 1165G7 – FHD Swift Three – Intel 1065G7 – FHD UX425 – Intel 1065G7 IdeaPad 7 – AMD R7 + Vega eight UM425 – AMD R7 + Vega 7
Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset) 76 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 83 fps (44 fps – 1% low) 38 fps 40 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 81 fps (58 fps – 1% low) 66 fps (50 fps – 1% low)
Dota 2 (DX 11, Greatest Trying Preset) 71 fps (46 fps – 1% low) 63 fps (39 fps – 1% low) 34 fps (20 fps – 1% low) 53 fps (40 fps – 1% low) 39 fps (28 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, no AA) 32 fps (19 fps – 1% low) 29 fps (19 fps – 1% low) 9 fps 12 fps (10 fps – 1% low) 28 fps (24 fps – 1% low) 21 fps (17 fps – 1% low)
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset) 60 fps (43 fps – 1% low) 44 fps (33 fps – 1% low) 24 fps 32 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 33 fps (24 fps – 1% low) 45 fps (36 fps – 1% low)
NFS: Most Needed (DX 11, Lowest Preset) 60 fps (53 fps – 1% low) 60 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 31 fps 42 fps (25 fps – 1% low) 60 fps (46 fps – 1% low) 56 fps (34 fps – 1% low)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, Lowest Preset, no AA) 36 fps (5 fps – 1% low) 46 fps (12 fps – 1% low) 13 fps 16 fps (Three fps – 1% low) 41 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 28 fps (22 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (Vulkan, Lowest Preset, no AA) 37 fps (21 fps – 1% low) 34 fps (18 fps – 1% low) 17 fps (12 fps – 1% low) 38 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 27 fps (16 fps – 1% low)
Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Low Preset) 50 fps (40 fps – 1% low) 54 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 21 fps (7 fps – 1% low) 41 fps (36 fps – 1% low) 37 fps (32 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off) 28 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 21 fps (14 fps – 1% low)
  • The Witcher Three, Dota 2, NFS – recorded with MSI Afterburner in sport mode;
  • Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;

I’ve added a few different configurations for comparability, both ultraportables out there inside the identical phase and worth vary, or a number of the few different Tiger Lake fashions we’ve examined thus far.

We’re taking a look at 2x or larger enchancment over the i7-1065G7 Swift Three configuration examined earlier this yr, even on this 17W implementation which doesn’t enable the Iris Xe graphics to run at its full potential. The truth is, it’s pretty removed from it, with the GPU averaging frequencies of solely .9 to 1 GHz in our gaming assessments, down from the 1.35 GHz peak efficiency that the platform is theoretically able to.

Moreover, don’t overlook that our pattern is pre-production, so there’s a good likelihood the retail fashions may run at larger energy and end-up performing quicker in video games. As it’s, our pattern averages temperatures of round 68-70 levels Celsius in video games and different demanding masses, with quiet followers that solely ramp as much as sub 40 dB noise ranges, so there’s room for an influence improve that may bump-up the temperatures to round 80 C and barely quicker followers, as we seen in different transportable Tiger Lake fashions.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

Acer up to date the thermal design on this Swift Three SF313-53 including an additional heatpipe over the mannequin examined earlier within the yr. It’s nonetheless a reasonably primary design, although, with a single fan and these two heatpipes that deal with each the CPU and dGPU. This design is completely nice for the Intel-only configurations similar to this one examined right here, nevertheless it won’t suffice for these fashions additionally geared up with the Nvidia MX350/MX450 dGPU, one thing to positively think about if purchasing for a kind of.

The fan rests quietly in our check mannequin. It’s at all times energetic, however barely audible with every day use, and it ramps as much as 38-39 dB at head-level with video games. We did, nevertheless, discover some digital noises on our pattern, so make sure that to verify for them in your unit.

With the pretty cool inner parts, this laptop computer additionally runs cooly on the within, each with every day use and with video games. We solely measured temperatures within the very low 40s in the course of the chassis, and low 50s on the again, across the CPU. The display’s backside chin runs at round mid-40s, as a number of the warmth is pushed straight into that half by the fan, however due to the marginally thicker chin on this laptop computer, the panel itself stays inside comfy temperatures of sub-40s C.

*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Higher Battery Mode, followers at 29-35 dB
*Gaming  – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Greatest Efficiency Mode, followers at 38-39 dB

For connectivity, there’s latest-gen WiFi 6 with an Intel AX201 module on this laptop computer. It carried out nicely with our setup and the sign and efficiency remained sturdy at 30-feet, with obstacles in between.

However, Acer didn’t do something concerning the audio system on this Swift Three and nonetheless implement measly audio. The interior audio system are tiny and positioned on the entrance lip, firing downwards. They’re not utterly ineffective, but they sound mediocre, with almost no bass and volumes of as much as 70 dB at head-level.

Lastly, there’s an HD digicam on the high of this laptop computer’s display, flanked by 2 microphones. These are nice for infrequent calls, however the digicam high quality continues to be muddy and washed out.

Battery life

There’s a 56 Wh battery contained in the Swift Three SF313-53, averagely sized for a mid-range ultraportable thee days.

We ended up with pretty poor runtimes on this early unit that we have now right here, and I’d anticipate these to enhance with the retail merchandise, particularly for the less-demanding actions similar to watching movies or enhancing texts.

Right here’s what we acquired on our overview unit, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).

  • 11.2 W (~5+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.four W (~6+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.eight W (~7+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14 W (~four h of use) – looking in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

The laptop computer comes with a 65W charger (on this configuration) that plugs-in through a basic 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 an enormous chunk of the capability in beneath one hour. USB-C charging can be potential with an acceptable charger.

Worth and availability

The Acer Swift Three SF313-52 isn’t extensively stocked in shops on the time of this text and is scheduled for This fall 2020, with a beginning worth of 899 EUR.

We’ll preserve updating this part as soon as we all know extra about closing configurations and costs. Within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for extra particulars.

Ultimate ideas

Whereas not with out quirks, I nonetheless really feel that this Swift Three SF313-53 is an attention-grabbing mid-range ultraportable with a give attention to daily-use productiveness, due to its Three:2 show. That is what primarily places it on the map, as one of many extra reasonably priced laptops with TigerLake and an excellent high quality Three:2 show. I’d have most well-liked if this was both contact or matte, however this no-touch shiny implementation ought to nonetheless enchantment to lots of you.

These apart, Acer constructed a sturdy and light-weight product right here with a quiet, cool, and pretty competent TigerLake implementation and good battery life.

However, the Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 isn’t pushed to its finest on our early overview pattern, and I’d look into later opinions if that’s one thing of curiosity for you. For me, this performs nicely sufficient and I respect the wonderful thermal and noise-levels even when that comes with a 10-20% efficiency lower in video games and a few assessments.

I do have a few gripes with this laptop computer, although, such because the quirky inputs, with the unforgiving and hardly seen keyboard and the clunky clickpad, in addition to the measly audio. Moreover, whereas we couldn’t correctly check this out, make sure that to verify different opinions for stories on display flickering, which has been a problem on the early-2020 model of this laptop computer, which shipped with the identical form of panel. I didn’t discover flickering with the bare eye throughout my time with this laptop computer, however I’m not extremely delicate to this matter, so these of you which are ought to positively additional look into this.

Backside level, this Acer Swift Three SF313-53 has its ups and downs, so it’s not a transparent advice for everybody, however might be a nice selection so long as you’re OK with its inconveniences and might discover it for an excellent worth. As I discussed already, that is among the many most reasonably priced ultraportables with TigerLake , an enormous battery, and a Three:2 show, and that alone may be simply sufficient to persuade you to purchase it.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been overlaying cellular computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you may largely discover opinions and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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