Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT to buy the Acer Swift 3 (SF316-51)
The Swift 3 lineup from Acer has enjoyed a lot of success, combining elegant designs with powerful hardware to create some great value notebooks. Today we have the future of the Swift 3 brand, which packs a 16.1-inch Full HD screen with a supposed Full sRGB coverage. Hardware-wise, you have the Tiger Lake H-series, which are the big boys in Intel’s arsenal.
Today we present you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Acer Swift 3 (SF316-51).
Acer Swift 3
- Intel Core i5-11300H
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 8GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
3 reasons to BUY the Acer Swift 3 (SF316-51)
1. Design and build quality
As with most of the Swift laptops, this one gets a full-aluminum construction, which provides strength and makes the laptop lightweight for its size. The laptop is only 1.70 kg heavy while being 15.9 mm tall. While there was some flex it was nothing out of the ordinary.
The lid is unable to be opened with a single hand, which is weird since we were satisfied with the overall build quality of the laptop. We expected better hinges, but at least we get some rubber feet on the bottom which lift up the base of the device.
The display that is chosen here is pretty darn good. It provides an excellent platform for a creator to thrive. The display has comfortable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 357 nits in the middle of the screen, 329 nits as an average for the entire display area, and a maximum deviation of 11%. The contrast ratio is also quite good – 1350:1. The panel covers 98% of the sRGB color gamut.
The color accuracy was a bit off with the factory settings but quickly got within the standard after we applied our Design and Gaming profile. Here are the results of the color accuracy test with both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
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3. Battery life
The laptop packs a 60Wh battery unit, which provided excellent battery life. The battery pack lasted for 15 hours and 25 minutes of Web browsing, and 10 hours and 17 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
2 reasons NOT to buy the Acer Swift 3 (SF316-51)
The I/O here is shallow and lacks a MicroSD card slot, which is important for Photographers, who want to quickly edit photos on the go. Despite that, you get a Thunderbolt 4 connector, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, an HDMI connector, the power plug, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Sadly, due to the lightweight and portable nature of the laptop, the upgradeability has been sacked. There are zero SODIMM slots, leaving you with soldered RAM. As for the storage, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 drive, which actually supports PCIe 4.0 drives, delivering faster read and write speeds.
Here is our teardown video, which shows exactly how to access said SSD slot.