Lightweight, design, robust, well-equipped, enduring and silent, the Acer Swift SF114-33-P8T3 has several assets to its credit and stands out as an ultrabook of choice for mobile office automation. Behind a silver metal case, this 14-inch installs an office base that holds the road with a fast SSD storage of honest capacity that combines with a recent small Pentium Quad Core N5030. The whole is dominated by a beautiful full HD IPS borderless matte screen tilting up to 180 degrees and completed by a generous battery life (10h), a backlit keyboard, silent operation and a biometric reader . On the other hand, the RAM is a little light to serve multitasking.
Specifications of the Acer Swift 1 SF114-33-P8T3
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS LED ComfyView edge to edge (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Pentium Silver N5030 Gemini Lake Refresh (1.1 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||4 GB LPDDR4 2400 MHz (soldered)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD Graphics 605|
|Storage||256 GB M.2 SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||12 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.3 Kg / 323 x 212 x 14.95|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Swift 1 SF114-33-P8T3
The design of this Swift 1 SF114-33-P8T3 has some good surprises in store, starting with its metal frame that it imprints on the Swift 3. Its smooth and matt surfaces and compact dimensions give a very good first impression and its silver color plays the card of discretion and elegance. Some care is taken to detail for a quality feel. In addition, the format is where the youngest progresses the most compared to its predecessor (SF114-32) since it loses 16 mm in depth . The result is a 14-inch ultrabook weighing 1.3 kg and less than 15 mm thick , perfectly suited to mobile use.
Another important detail on the go, the backlit keyboard highlights the keys when working in a dark place (train type) and the absence of mechanical ventilation (fanless – passive cooling) added at the discretion of the SSD makes it completely silent .
The screen continues in the same way and collects the good points. Surrounded by thin borders , it offers a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) with an extended display space allowing you to take full advantage of the High Definition content while the IPS panel opens up the viewing angles for a perfect rendering whatever the angle at which you view the screen. Let’s not forget the comfort of the Confyview matt panel which will prevent ambient light from being reflected on the screen.
Distributed on each side of the PC, the connection does not disappoint and receives a fingerprint reader allowing you to log in quickly and safely to your session (Windows Hello support). We note all the same that the compacting of the case led to reducing the connection and in particular to eliminating the card reader as well as a USB port. All that’s left is an HDMI output and three USB ports including two USB 3.2 and a USB 3.2 Type-C Gen1 that accepts charging, a plus on the go. Wireless connectivity is provided by recent WiFi AX and Bluetooth 5.1 modules.
Performance, battery life of the Acer Swift 1 SF114-33-P8T3
The Swift is equipped with a Pentium Silver Quad Core N5030 Gemini Lake Refresh whose performance is similar to that of a small Core i3. In other words, the processor largely supports office use built around web browsing, office work or video playback and won’t be against some light photo editing. On the other hand, there is only 4 GB of RAM in support, which could constitute a brake in multitasking. These days, 6-8 GB of RAM is recommended to navigate smoothly in standard Windows 10.
Another component that emphasizes the speed of the system, the SSD storage brings a little responsiveness to the whole. This solution offers a much faster response time than a standard hard drive, in addition to being more energy efficient, more robust and quiet. In addition, its capacity of 256 GB will accommodate the operating system, programs and work files as well as some multimedia documents. For the rest, it will be necessary to turn to an external storage solution or to the Cloud (or other online storage system).
The Swift 1 SF114-33-P8T3 is absolutely not intended for gamers. And it’s not the recent Intel UHD 605 graphics chipset integrated into the processor that will make the difference. Only a few less greedy titles will be able to shoot in HD (1366 x 768px) with reduced details, at a pinch.
Let’s finish with a characteristic that is important, battery life. It seems that Acer has reduced the capacity of the built-in battery in the Swift 1 SF114 from 53Whr to 48Whr. However, battery life should not suffer greatly and ensure a respectable total of 10 hours of battery life in Internet browsing with active Wifi. It is ideal for surfing on the go for a day.