Review: Acer Swift 3

July 22, 2018 • Features, Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

Design: 80%

Performance: 75%

Connectivity: 75%


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Review: Acer Swift 3 (image source: Fundi Maseko

The Acer Swift 3 is a compact lightweight device. It scores highly in terms of looks, build, performance, and features. The laptop has a solid keyboard. With island-style keyboard that feels soft, the Swift 3 offers a decent typing experience for long typing sessions. The perfect balance between the sleek, slimness of premium ultrabook, the machine is stylish and luxurious, made for a person looking for speed and processing power.

The Acer Swift 3 looks a lot like a Macbook Air, with an all-metal body, it boasts Intel’s 8th-Gen Core CPUs. It is very well built; slim and light, has a decent keyboard and excellent trackpad, fast hardware and it performs smoothly with all sorts of tasks; good wireless performance, efficient, long battery life, a perfect combination for the price. There is a pair of downward-facing speakers at the bottom of the Acer Swift 3. The maximum volume was rather low, which was a bit of a downer because noisy environments would make for a frustrating experience.

The Swift 3 has a glossy glass surface which gives it additional protection. The display’s maximum brightness isn’t high enough to combat glare and working outside becomes a bit of a challenge.

The review unit we received was a 14-inch pink, which was appealing to the eye. It looks and feels great with a Core i7-7500U processor, 8GB of RAM loaded on the device.

The Swift 3 Ultrabook features Full HD 1080p1 resolution with Intel HD Graphics 620. A clear image characterizes the Full HD panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. With the Swift 3, you can edit photos and videos as well as stream videos online and get quality picture.


(image source: Fundi Maseko)

(image source: Fundi Maseko)

Aluminum is used for the entire outer case that is attached to a plastic inner chassis, making it sleek and sturdy as well as lightweight. Adding to its already sleek appearance is an unbroken strip of rubber that runs around the screen to protect it when closed.

The bezel around the screen is somewhat narrow. It gets blunt edges and round corners, perfect for grabbing and using it. The major selling point is that the device can be lifted up with one hand and at the same time goes flat to 180 degrees to the back. The hinge seems to be well made and keeps the display well in place as set up.

The device weighs 1.6 kg and comes in at 338 x 234mm dimensions. The Swift 3 is impressively slim, though, at just 17.95 mm in height.


The trackpad is spacious with a pleasantly smooth texture. (image source: Fundi Maseko)

The trackpad is spacious with a pleasantly smooth texture. (image source: Fundi Maseko)

Moving on to the trackpad, at 72mm, it is rather spacious with a pleasantly smooth texture. It supports all Windows Precision Touchpad features and offers plenty of space to swipe and touch. The Swift 3 has a fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support on the top right corner which makes it easy to locate.

As for connectivity, you get a full-size HDMI, USB Type-C, two USB 3.0 ports and headphone jack run down the left edge of the device, as well as a combo microphone/headphone jack, while the right has an SD card reader and a USB 2.0 port. A separate, proprietary charger is also included to charge the battery, as the USB-C port can’t juice the battery.

The Acer Swift 3 offers a pretty decent battery life, getting close to a full day of work done without having to charge the battery. There are a collection of indispensable features for great productivity, mobility and security.

The Swift 3 is available in South Africa and could cost you between R10 000 to a little over R20 000 depending on the features and size.

This laptop is extremely well equipped for the future. It has a fast processor, plenty of RAM, and a quick, reasonably large solid-state drive. This is a timeless device and it is suitable for everyday use. The Swift 3’s performance, connectivity, and bargain pricing are enough to encourage you to buy one. Although it has a few downs, the Swift is a good choice overall. If you want the best possible performance and value, this is the laptop for you. It is well-designed with a very high-quality look.

By Fundisiwe Maseko
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