Latest release in the range Acer, we’ve been running tests onSwift 3 SF314-41-R1G0…Some computers have power, others have more basic features.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 the right choice for surfing the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0. This Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. The material used by Acer are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Ryzen 3 3500U. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 128 Gb, this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 is one of the smallest in its category. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 can work 8 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Is Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Acer presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.5 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Ryzen 3 3500U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon Vega 3, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Acer didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 has only 4 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 8 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Acer didn’t really take into account in the design of this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
The processor Ryzen 3 3500U is inferior to other competitive products.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 8 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Acer was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 14 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 4 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 on holiday.
Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Acer have thought of for this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Ryzen 3 3500U that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 128 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
With 8 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
Clearly, it’s not Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 designed for audio-visual editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 for video games?
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Our tests have shown that yhis Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Our tests have shown that for Acer this computer is not intended for playing video games. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 128 Gb it Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Acer decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.5 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 one. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 for office automation.
Not really designed for office use, Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Acer has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. A weight of 1.5 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Acer chose the matt tile option for thisSwift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 that does not reflect light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In short, the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
What about the Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 ?
This Swift 3 SF314-41-R1G0 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks