Here is a 15-inch ultrabook AMD Ryzen architecture that does not lack responsiveness. From the top of its dedicated 512 GB SSD, the Acer Swift SF315-41-R31C will never lack responsiveness or storage space. What’s more, its base encourages multimedia and its graphic support is enough to play a few games. On the other hand, the screen is brilliant and the autonomy ridiculous (5 hours).
While the AMD architecture remains largely in the minority compared to Intel in the notebook market, the offer has expanded and we now find a large number of PCs input / mid-range under AMD Ryzen. In this landscape, the Swift SF315-41-R31C is a little UFO because it displays a price of 850 euros, a bit too high for AMD and at the same time a compact design rarely lent to this type of configuration.
Specifications of the Acer Swift SF315-41-R31C
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS Edge to Edge (1920×1080, Glossy)|
|Processor||AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5 2500U (2.0 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB DDR4 2400 MHz (8 GB)|
|Storage space||PCIe 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 integrated into the processor|
|Audio system||2 speakers, Acer TrueHarmony Dolby Home Premium|
|webcam||Yes, HD 720p CrystelEye HD with microphone|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Video output (s)||HDMI|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 4 cells 48Whr|
|Autonomy announced||5 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||370.5 x 255 x 18.9|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis, connectivity, screen of the Acer Swift SF315-41-R31C
Built in a mix of brushed metal and plastic, the Acer Swift SF315-41-R31C offers a rather neat silver and anthracite aesthetic. The look is everywhere with some more visual elements: the chamfered contours of the touchpad, the base and the biometric reader, the mark on the back of the lid and the angular hinge.
Connectivity provides all standard ports with a well thought out layout. The right edge accommodates a USB 2.0 port, the Kensington lock and the SD card slot while the left receives the HDMI output, the USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, the headphone jack and the power jack. A fingerprint reader also answers this and allows you to log in to Windows without having to type your password.
Useful for working in the dark, the keyboard is backlit on a nuance and incorporates a numeric keypad, a nice attention for who enters numbers regularly.
This 15 inches is also quite light (2.1 kg) and rather thin (18.9 mm) but we now cross much more compact in its category. The hinge is solid and opens the screen on a 180 degree angle, it’s convenient.
The screen of the Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R31C is installed on a IPS panel Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) surrounded by wide borders and covered with a layer of glass Gorilla (non-touch). As a result, it is particularly resistant to shocks and scratches but its glossy finish will tend to reflect the ambient light. Thanks to the high display density, you can watch your content in High Definition under the best conditions while the IPS panel opens the viewing angles.
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Swift SF315-41-R31C
Significant feature on this Acer Swift SF315-41-R31C, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB SSD . Overall quieter, more robust, and more energy efficient than a mechanical drive, it allows Windows to achieve a remarkable level of fluidity with short loading times and latency-free operation. To avoid spoiling, its storage capacity is generous for a SSD with 512 GB and can contain a large part of your toy library without necessarily resort to an external solution.
With a latest generation base, the ultrabook advance interesting performance arguments, starting with the AMD Raven Ridge Ryzen 5 2500U Quad Core processor that provides what ensure a high-quality office and multimedia operation. Tasks like video playback, surfing the web, or the Office suite are well supported, as are advanced editing missions (editing / editing, Photoshop / Premiere). Opposite, the RAM is present in sufficient quantity (8 GB) to give amplitude to multitasking .
The AMD Radeon Vega 8 chipset integrated into the Raven Ridge processor will be responsible for the graphical rendering, namely that it holds the top of the Intel UHD 620 chip of the Kaby Lake Refresh GPUs. While the latter is similar to a GeForce 920MX in terms of performance, the Vega 8 will match a GeForce 940MX and allow a little game definition and average details (1366 x 768 px).
Finally, autonomy is not exceptional with a little over 5 hours reached in Internet browsing with active WiFi. It’s too little for a PC that wants to be mobile.