[Review] Acer Swift 3: Work Swiftly

Convenient for working anywhere

The laptop is designed to be slim enough that you can carry and work anywhere. Sure it’s not meant to be as portable as say a razor thin convertible, but feels like a slightly chunkier cousin of the Macbook Air. Great for the person on the go, who still likes the feel of a full sized laptop.

Nice feel

The keyboard is easy to type with, trackpad is very reactive – sometimes a bit too reactive. For a person not used to the Mac style trackpad, it can get frustrating after accidentally tapping instead of right clicking. On the keyboard there’s an extra column on the right with page navigation, as well as the on/off button. The on/off button actually resembles a key, where normally you’d expect the “del” button. Slightly odd, but if you accidentally press the wrong button nothing drastic will happen. (ie. It won’t just suddenly turn off)

Solid workhorse – if you’re not a creative

Daily usage of editing word documents, opening several browser tabs for web browsing, playing videos, simple editing for pictures – all works pretty well. Say you’re opening 30 tabs, with about 5 loading videos; at the same time editing some pictures and editing content on a webpage and a word document – well, it gets rather confused at times and seizes up, causing significant lag.

Highlights

1 – Ports! 

There are enough ports to go around. Which is a plus over some of the more portable options out there

2 – Fingerprint Sensor 

Comes with a fingerprint sensor for extra security. Boots really quickly too!

3 – Smooth finish

The finishing of the laptop feels really nice with a rather slim profile. Not the slimmest or the smallest, but for a full size laptop it does feel rather portable.

 

Specs

Price: RM3,199
Weight: 1.5kg
Dimensions (HxWxD): 17.95mm x 341mm x 236.6mm
Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U processor Quad-core 2.50 GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Display: 14″ Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 with Shared DDR4 SDRAM
Connectivity: IEEE 802.11ac
Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0 Ports; 1x USB 3.0 Ports; 1x USB 3.1; USB connector type-C
Battery: 3220 mAh

Benchmark Score

PCMark 8 – Work Conventional – 2812
                      – Creative Conventional – 2467
3DMark – Fire Strike – 823

RATING

Value: 8
Features: 7
Performance: 7.5
Design: 8.5
Usability: 7.5

Verdict: For day to day work and home use, it’s a solid laptop that can do a bit more. Perfect for businessmen and office workers on the go.

Total Score: 7.7

Byline: By Satoko Omata

 

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