Acer Swift 3X overview: A light-weight laptop computer for creators underneath

Acer Swift 3X overview: A light-weight laptop computer for creators underneath

Acer Swift 3X

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The Acer Swift 3X won’t look all too totally different from the PC maker’s common Swift 3, and that is as a result of it is not. The X within the title is to let you realize what’s inside: Intel’s Iris Xe Max, its first discrete graphics processor in additional than 20 years. Mixed with its Eleventh-gen Intel Core processor, the Swift 3X is elevated from what would usually be a very good, general-purpose, thin-and-light laptop computer to at least one that may meet the fundamental wants of creators and creatives with out giving up battery life and mobility or costing a small fortune. 

The Swift 3X at present begins at $900 with an Eleventh-gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of reminiscence and 512GB of storage. Figuring out that actually makes the $1,200 configuration I examined appear to be a steal with twice the reminiscence and storage and a quicker Core i7 CPU. (Plus, for the reason that reminiscence is onboard, you’ll be able to’t improve it later.) Laptops made for creatives can simply be two or 3 times this value. This mannequin can be obtainable within the UK for £899, whereas the beginning configuration is out there in Australia for AU$1,200. 

Like

  • Glorious general efficiency
  • Light-weight with lengthy battery life
  • Good mixture of connection choices

Do not Like

  • No SD, microSD card reader
  • Wants Intel Deep Hyperlink-enabled apps for finest efficiency.
  • Show solely covers 72% NTSC colour gamut.

Additional oomph on the go

The Iris Xe Max GPU is a step up from the built-in graphics you’d usually discover in a thin-and-light laptop computer just like the Swift 3X and is sweet competitors for Nvidia’s entry-level discrete graphics just like the GeForce MX350. It isn’t designed for actually demanding graphics duties, however can pace up issues like video encoding and uncooked photograph modifying. What makes it a compelling various to Nvidia, although, is Intel’s Deep Hyperlink know-how that basically permits the GPU and Intel’s Eleventh-gen Core CPUs to work higher collectively.

The Swift 3X weighs about 3 kilos (1.4 kg).

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A part of Deep Hyperlink, for instance, is a Dynamic Energy Share characteristic that can routinely shift energy and cooling to the CPU when the GPU is not working, which in flip will increase processing efficiency for duties like previewing, importing and exporting content material. Nevertheless, to get probably the most from what Deep Hyperlink has to supply, you may want to make use of Deep Hyperlink-enabled software program. That listing at present consists of HandBrake, Topaz Gigapixel AI, Adobe Lightroom Traditional, OBS and XSplit. Help can be coming quickly for CyberLink, Magix and Blender. 

In the event you commonly use or plan to make use of any of the Deep Hyperlink-enabled functions, effectively, you must critically take into account the Swift 3X or different fashions utilizing Iris Xe Max graphics. If these aren’t on the high of your software program listing, that is OK too, for the reason that laptop computer did prove wonderful efficiency regardless. Consider, although, that regardless of the discrete graphics this is not made for gaming. With demanding video games, you may get playable body charges at low settings, however set on excessive you may be fortunate to interrupt 30 frames per second. 

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Acer Swift 3X SF314-510G-767Y

Value as reviewed $1,200
Show dimension/decision 14-inch 1,920×1,080 show
CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7
Reminiscence 16GB 4266MHz LPDDR4X (onboard)
Graphics 4GB Intel Iris Xe Max
Storage 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Networking IEEE 802.11ax wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.1
Connections Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, USB-A (x2, 3.2 Gen 1), HDMI 2.0, headset combo jack
Working system Home windows 10 House 64-bit (20H2)

The remainder of the laptop computer is pretty just like the common Swift 3, which is an efficient factor general. It has an aluminum and aluminum-magnesium physique that retains weight down whereas nonetheless being sturdy (though there’s some flex within the lid). It has a cushty backlit keyboard and a responsive fingerprint reader for fast sign-ins. Its Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 provides you a little bit wi-fi future-proofing, too.

The Swift 3X has a pleasant keyboard and touchpad.

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Battery life is lengthy — it reached 11 hours, 22 minutes in our testing — and it may be rapidly charged with the included barrel-style adapter or by means of its Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port. There’s additionally an environment friendly cooling system with twin warmth pipes and a giant vent on the suitable aspect on the high, giving it an attention-grabbing asymmetrical design.

The 14-inch full-HD matte show has a brightness of 300 nits, and as a general-use show it seems to be wonderful. The truth that it solely covers 72% NTSC colour gamut is disappointing for a laptop computer aimed toward creators. It is near 100% sRGB however ought to actually be 100% sRGB. The equally priced HP Envy 14 hits that colour gamut and it is manufacturing unit calibrated. 

The show covers 72% NTSC colour gamut. 

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After all, you’ll be able to all the time hook up with an exterior show for those who want a wider colour gamut or higher accuracy. The Swift 3X has each a Thunderbolt 4 port and an HDMI 2.0 output to deal with that. What you will not discover is an SD or microSD card slot, which appears odd given the laptop computer’s goal consumer. That is the draw back to repurposing a design for a brand new viewers, I suppose. 

Alongside that very same line, there are not any shortcut keys for muting the mic or blocking the digicam to assist with privateness. Whereas this is not a deal-breaker, you may discover this on competing laptops from HP, Dell and Lenovo. And, given how far more time many people are spending on video convention calls, it is more and more necessary for work laptops.

Create for much less 

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The Acer Swift 3X is a secure wager for creators on a finances. As I mentioned earlier, laptops constructed for creatives can price 1000’s, which could not be potential for somebody simply beginning out. This offers you extra graphics efficiency than you’d usually discover at this value, together with a light-weight physique and a protracted battery life. 

You is perhaps tempted to go along with a gaming laptop computer as a substitute and, in case your purpose is gaming efficiency alone, you would be higher off with one thing like Acer’s personal Nitro 5. Nevertheless, a $900 gaming laptop computer just isn’t as skinny or gentle because the Swift 3X and wouldn’t have nice battery life. (Though the Nitro 5 is a uncommon exception at simply over 12 hours in our assessments.) Additionally, gaming laptops underneath $1,000 usually do not have shows adequate for color-critical work. The Swift 3X’s would nonetheless be a lower above.

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R20 CPU (multicore)

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Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

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Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain check (minutes)

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Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System configurations

Acer Swift 3X Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 4,096MB Intel Iris Xe Max graphics; 1TB SSD
Razer Guide 13 (late 2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 256GB SSD
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch) Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Acer Nitro 5 Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit); 3.0GHz AMD Ryzen 5 4600H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 4,096MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics; 256GB SSD
HP Envy x360 13 (2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.3GHz; AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,933MHz; 512MB Radeon graphics; 256GB SSD

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