Acer is a bit left out when it comes to recent news. We guess they felt that as well, and that is why they prepared these new devices for the market. One of them is the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-43), which has AMD hardware from top to bottom. Of course, there is an Intel-powered device as well, but we will focus on the former one.
When you read the specs on paper, you would be pretty satisfied with the specs of the device and might just go online and order it. But, as always, you would have to dig a bit deeper, and when you do you find that the same device isn’t what you thought it would be. This is the situation with the Acer Swift 3, which we will talk about today.
Today, we are giving you a quick overview of the new Acer Swift 3 (SF314-43).
Acer Swift 3 (SF314-43): Full Specs
In terms of design, this is a Swift 3, so portability is key. You get a lightweight body, which weighs 1.20 kg and is just under 16 mm, in terms of thickness, which is a whole two millimeters shorter. Build materials aren’t specified, but we would imagine that it has the same build as the previous year’s device, which had a unibody made out of aluminum and magnesium alloy. The unibody was very rigid and had little to no flex. The metal has a nice finish, which gives you a cool-to-the-touch feeling. Branding-wise, the Acer logo isn’t overused, being found only on the center of the lid and below the display.
Acer has simplified the display choices, by giving you only one screen to choose from. It is a 14-inch Full HD IPS panel, which sounds very similar to the screen on the previous Swift 3. If it indeed is the same panel, we would be happy, because that panel had everything you would ever want if you were an average consumer. It had good viewing angles and was bright enough. The color coverage wasn’t going to blow you away, but not everyone needs a display with wide coverage or super accurate colors.
Specifications and features
The specifications look to be improved, but looks can be deceiving and they for sure are here. The laptop uses the Ryzen 5000 U-series processors, some of which use the older Zen 2 architecture. The CPUs in question are the Ryzen 3 5300U, the Ryzen 5 5500U and the Ryzen 7 5700U. The exact same CPUs that power the Swift 3 that we have here today. This essentially makes the upgrade only on paper, besides for the more cache, which can actually help the performance, as the CPU has more quick access memory at its disposal. Taking care of the graphics are the same Radeon RX Vega iGPU solutions that we know from the previous Ryzen U-series processors. Although the CPUs seem old, they still have plenty of power, even when compared to the Tiger Lake options so you wouldn’t need to be worried.
On the Swift 3, you also get a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint reader, which are becoming more and more common in laptops. Audio will be on a good level, as there is a stereo speaker setup from DTS Audio, which is a well-known brand in the audio space. Overall, buying this laptop over its predecessor doesn’t make a lot of sense, in which case finding the best value for your money would be the plan to go for. If you’re a diehard Intel fan, however, take a look at the Intel-powered model.
- CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U
- GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000,5000 15W)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (R4000/5000, 15W)
- Display 14.0”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
- Dimensions 322.8 x 212.2 x 15.9 mm (12.71" x 8.35" x 0.63")
- Weight 1.20 kg (2.6 lbs)