A versatile thin, light and nomadic laptop PC with its 12 hour battery life, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R5M1 is elegant with its silver design. Equipped with a 14-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen, it relies on an AMD Octo Core Ryzen 7 Renoir processor with Radeon Vega graphics solution for good overall performance and the ability to run low-power games. This laptop also benefits from a backlit chiclet keyboard, a fingerprint reader and Wi-Fi ax and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity.
Specifications Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R5M1
|Screen (s)||14 ” Full HD LED IPS ComfyView with thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Renoir (2.0 GHz, 8 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (soldered) LPDDR4 3200MHz|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 7 integrated into the processor|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||1 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64 bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||12 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.2 Kg / 323.4 x 218.9 x 17.95|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R5M1
It sports a sober and elegant appearance with its fine and light light silver frame.
This laptop is equipped with good connectivity consisting of 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, Wi-Fi ax wireless modules ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) and Bluetooth 5.0 for connections and communications to distance, a useful HDMI video output to easily connect it to a monitor or a TV for example, an audio port as well as 2 USBs all compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, the USB 3.0 guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected to it.
As a fingerprint reader is integrated, authentication is possible by biometric recognition via Windows Hello technology.
The chiclet keyboard can be backlit which is very practical to distinguish its keys if the ambient light is limited.
Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen benefits from large vertical and horizontal viewing angles. It also lends itself very well to the display of videos and more generally of High Definition content thanks to its 16: 9 format and its precise Full HD definition. As it is anti-reflective, the screen is also more readable than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors).
In addition, Acer BluelightShield technology ensures that the blue light emitted by the screen is attenuated by up to 30%.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R5M1 performance, battery life
The Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R5M1 is a compact High Definition laptop designed for everyday versatile use on the go.
It is indeed easy to transport, as easily as an Ultrabook, thanks to its lightness, finesse and compactness. This thin and light laptop will be of particular interest to nomads as it can last about 12 hours on battery in light use.
To do this, it relies on energy-efficient components such as its AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Ryzen 7 4700U Renoir Octo Core processor. Coupled with 8 GB of RAM, the Ryzen 7 4700U delivers good overall performance that can satisfy many users.
And all the more so since the Radeon Vega 7 graphics part housed in the Octo Core Renoir is capable of running low-consumption games. Positioned at the level of a dedicated entry-level graphics card and therefore significantly more efficient than the UHD 620 of Intel processors, the Radeon Vega 7 also allows of course to watch photos and videos.
On the storage side, Acer opts for an SSD that is more energy efficient than a hard drive but also silent, more robust and much faster.
In practice, thanks to the SSD, we benefit from much faster starts / stops, processing and software launches than with a simple hard drive. More generally, an SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a hard drive.
Here the 512 GB SSD rivals the standard of hard drives in terms of capacity.
And if that turns out to be too fair, you can use an external storage unit such as a USB-C / USB 3.0 device to take advantage of fast transfers.