The Acer Swift SF314-59-551Z looks big in a sleek body weighing just 1.2kg. Inside, we find a state-of-the-art processor, the Core i5-1165G7 Gen11 associated with 8 GB of RAM and fast 512 GB SSD storage, a high-performance package capable of meeting a large number of profiles in the frame of common use with a little creation and play. The frame is solid and well assembled around a matte Full HD IPS screen, the battery life flirts with 10 hours and the amenities are not lacking: retro keyboard illuminated, fingerprint reader and Thunderbolt 4. Some might blame it for its slightly dark screen though.
Specifications of the Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-551Z
Easily transportable for a versatile gaming-oriented laptop, the MSI GF63 10SC-083XFR Thin with 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 144Hz improves fluidity in mobile games with its 7-hour battery life. This black Ultrabook benefits from enhanced responsiveness thanks to its fast SSD storage but also solid overall performance thanks to its Intel Comet Lake-H Quad Core i5 processor and its NVIDIA Turing GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card capable of running a number of games. and which also speeds up treatment. Thin and light, this laptop is also equipped with a backlit chiclet keyboard (but without a numeric keypad) and a Wi-Fi ax and USB-C connection, but is not supplied with Windows.
Features of the MSI GF63 10SC-083XFR Thin
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS LED ComfyView with thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake (2.4 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB LPDDR4X (soldered)|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 1 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz with thin edges 4.9mm (1920×1080, anti-glare / matt)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10300H Comet Lake-H (2.5 GHz, 4 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated Max-Q, Intel UHD 630 integrated into the processor|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe Pcie 3.0 x4) 1 free 2.5 inch slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet (Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171, 1 Gbps)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes (red, Lining Print), SteelSeries|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) Nahimic 3 Audio Boost|
|battery life announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 51Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.86 Kg / 359 x 254 x 21.7|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GF63 10SC-083XFR Thin
It sports a rather elegant and discreet design for a gaming laptop PC which it nevertheless adopts the codes with its black aluminum frame with angular lines and touches of red.
Thin and light, this versatile Ultrabook is cooled by Cooler Boost 3 technology via fans and heat pipes. It has the SHIFT function to switch between 3 operating modes (Sport, Comfort and Eco).
This gaming laptop is offered without an operating system. But it is necessary to install a complete OS to use its full capabilities, such as a Linux or Windows distribution.
Thus, for example, we can benefit from NVIDIA Optimus technology which switches automatically and in real time between the graphics part integrated into the processor and the dedicated graphics card. The first is requested as much as possible because it is energy efficient which favors battery life compared to the second use to perform demanding graphics work.
In terms of connectivity, this portable Ultrabook is well equipped with its USB-C, its HDMI video output (positioned at the back), useful if you want to easily connect it to a TV or a monitor for example, its wireless modules. Bluetooth 5.1 wire and Wi-Fi ax ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect remotely, its audio and Ethernet ports but also its 3 USBs all compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, the USB 3.0 guarantees transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are plugged into it.
The chiclet keyboard can obviously be backlit which is very practical to distinguish its keys when the ambient light is reduced.
On the other hand, it skips a numeric keypad while its standard presence in 15 inches, which will no doubt be deplored by those who are used to entering numbers regularly.
The screen will be of particular interest to gamers because it enhances fluidity in games thanks to its frequency of 144Hz higher than the 60Hz standard. It lends itself well to displaying High Definition content such as videos with its precise Full HD definition and 16: 9 format. As it is anti-reflective, the screen is also more readable than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors). Besides, since it adopts IPS technology, both horizontal and vertical viewing angles are important.
Performance, battery life of the MSI GF63 10SC-083XFR Thin
The MSI GF63 10SC-083XFR Thin is a versatile 15-inch portable PC on the go and yet powerful while being gaming oriented.
Nomads will appreciate the battery life of about 7 hours on battery offered by this Ultrabook in light use with Optimus (expect at least 2 times less without).
And all the more so since, due to its controlled weight and its thinness, it is easy to transport.
It is all the more appreciable that this laptop PC delivers solid overall performance able to suit a maximum of users because it is based on 8 GB of RAM and a Comet Lake-H Intel Quad Core i5- processor. 10300H, driven by an Intel HM470 chipset.
Compared to a low-power Quad Core, the Core i5-10300H notably guarantees much faster processing, particularly in areas that consume CPU resources using multicore, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
In addition, the dedicated NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 on-board graphics card, here in the Max-Q edition , is able to speed up processing under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power. This is for example the case with Adobe Premiere / Photoshop and Sony Vegas.
The GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q will also be of interest to gamers since it is able to support a number of games for a concession under the opus demanding in graphic resources to benefit from a good playability.
Whether in games, under treatment and more generally on a daily basis, the onboard SSD storage clearly enhances responsiveness and fluidity in games.
As a result, thanks to the SSD, we benefit from much faster game / software launches, processing and starts / stops, or even faster arrival on the cards of online games.
Because an SSD is, let us remember, much faster than a hard drive but also more robust, less energy-consuming and silent.
With its 512 GB, the SSD here integrated offers a capacity similar to the standard of hard disks. If this turns out to be too tight, a 2.5 inch slot is free to add a second SSD or a hard drive.
Of course, you can also use an external storage unit favoring a USB 3.0 / USB-C device to obtain fast transfers.
Finally, it should be borne in mind that the finesse of this laptop PC implies, with regard to the greedy on-board components, noise and heating when it is strongly pushed (eg: games, processing).
Audio system2 Dolby Home Theater speakersOperating systemWindows 10 Home 64-bitbattery life announced / Battery10 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 56WhrWeight / Dimensions (mm)1.2 Kg / 323 x 219 x 15.95
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Swift SF314-59-551Z
No doubt, we are dealing with a Swift. Acer maintains the series identity with a sober and uniform silver aesthetic around a pressure- and scuff – resistant aluminum-magnesium alloy case that is lightweight at the same time. Acer ditches all aesthetic frills like its shiny chamfered edges to return to a more understated (let’s not say ordinary) look.
A visible effort has been made on the format and on the weight of the ultrabook compared to the previous generation (SF314-58) since the Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-551Z weighs only 1.19 kg on the scale (against 1.6 kg for the SF314-58) and gain 2 mm in thickness with 16 mm, as well as in depth. These are particularly compact measurements that offer a great mobile propensity to the ultrabook and which allow you to take advantage of a rather convincing borderless screen.
The keyboard is backlit in white, making it easier to type in a dark environment. Although in our experience, the effect will be the opposite in bright light on the silver keys.
Then let’s talk about the screen which is highlighted by rather thin side borders (thicker at the top and bottom). It provides a dense Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) which allows you to get the best of High Definition content while the IPS panel promotes immersion with a perfectly readable display whatever the angle of approach and a balanced colorimetry. Good news, it is based on a ComfyView matte panel , a plus if you have to work outdoors or travel by train for example. Note that the screen is not very bright (approximately 230nits).
For its part, the connection receives a slight cut. There are no longer four but now three USB ports including a USB 2.0 on the right edge (for the mouse), a USB 3.2 port and a versatile USB Type-C which, with the new generation of Tiger Lake processor, is upgraded to the version. USB 4 with Thunderbolt 4 . There is also an HDMI output and a biometric reader (under the keyboard, on the right) to secure your data and authenticate you to your session with a simple touch of your finger, but the SD card reader has disappeared. The connection modules are state-of-the-art with Wifi 6 (802.11AX) and Bluetooth 5.0.
Performance, battery life of the Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-551Z
Inside this Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-551Z, we find a Core i5-1135G7 processor11th generation Tiger Lake. This processor benefits from a higher TDP (28W) where its predecessors, the Core i5-1035G4 and the Core i5-10210U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W. This leads to a fairly visible increase in performance on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic everyday tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the ultrabook, but since these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. And then keep in mind that we still have a low consumption Core i5 in front of it, so nothing to provide intensive performance in creation as non-low consumption processors (-H) would.8 GB RAM is the minimum currently for multitasking, knowing that the RAM is soldered so take your needs into account.
More interestingly, the new integrated graphics chip Iris Xe . Thanks to it, Intel is back in the race against AMD but also and above all against small NVIDIA graphics cards such as the GeForce MX250 or the GeForce MX350. The performances of the Iris Plus G7 of the Gen10 (Ice Lake) are exceeded by a good length. So, with the Iris Xe, you should be able to play many games at 1080p under good conditions and work on fairly graphics-intensive tasks (Lightroom) without delay. Another benefit of having a faster graphics chip integrated into the processor is that it simplifies the design of the ventilation system and therefore causes less noise and heat than in a configuration with a dedicated graphics card.
For its part, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, is is quieter, more robust and energy efficient, and allows Windows to achieve remarkable smoothness with short load times and zero latency execution. What’s more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good chunk of your game library although some may not find it sufficient.
Last important point for nomads, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-59-551Z is ready for mobility thanks to its 56Whr battery which allows nearly 10 hours of battery life in current use with active WiFi. This is ideal for working a whole day without worrying about the proximity of a power outlet.