Acer Swift 3

The Good The Acer Swift 3 is a stylish and affordable laptop. Unlike a lot of current laptops, it has lots of ports and connections.

The Bad The shallow keyboard isn’t great for typing. The display is dim and the speakers are weak. Battery life is short.

The Bottom Line The Acer Swift 3 is a budget laptop with an impressive all-metal design, but it skimps on some features you might find important.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

A better-looking budget laptop with plenty of ports

The Acer Swift 3 is like a plate of food that looks better than it actually tastes. It's slim, all-metal build and glass-front screen make a great first impression, but flaws become apparent after (figuratively) biting into it.

A dim, reflective display, disappointing battery life and a shallow keyboard overshadow the impressively stylish construction. It's still worth a look if an affordable laptop with a sharp design is your main goal. But comparable laptops with prices ranging from $500 to $800 (roughly £400 to £630 or AU$630 to AU$1,000) could save you some money. It might require a trade-off to a plastic body instead of metal, but that's not necessarily a dealbreaker.

The model we tested had a Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, for a total of $650 or £750 (converts to AU$873) and other configurations start at $499, £600. 

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $800
  • Brand Acer
  • Type Core i7
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Edition Windows 10 Home
  • Capacity 512 GB
  • Diagonal Size 14 in
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model Acer Swift 3 SF314-51-71UU - 14" - Core i7 7500U - 8 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD - US International

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