as of late reviewed a lot of understudies about the most significant parts of a secondary school or school PC. They were on the whole in concession to their main concerns: battery life and conveyability.

That is truly who the Acer Swift 3 is focusing on. It checks the entirety of the “ultrabook” boxes, however it’s a strong “B” understudy inside that classification. It’s somewhat more terrible in many regions than players like the Dell XPS 13 or Acer’s better quality Swift 5 and Swift 7, and there’s nothing especially showy or energizing.

That is a component, however, not a bug. Since at $649 list value (it’s about $673 on Amazon at season of press), the inquiry isn’t “Does this PC take your breath away?” The inquiry is “Does it take care of business, and where are you approached to settle?”

The trade offs exist — I’ll get into them later — however the significance is that, for Google Docs work, Zoom calls, streaming, messaging, and different undertakings that numerous understudies go through the day doing, the Swift 3 works. What’s more, it offers the blend of transportability and sturdiness that is ideal for a grounds understanding or other in a hurry ways of life.


  • Incredible execution at the cost
  • Light, versatile body
  • Illuminated console
  • A lot of ports


  • Diminish show
  • Financial plan PC structure
  • Bloatware
  • No Thunderbolt 3 on AMD rendition

On the convenientce first. The Swift 3 is 2.65 pounds (1.2kg) and 0.63 inches thick. That implies it’s not the lightest 14-incher out there. The Swift 5 is 2.18 pounds (0.99kg) and 0.59 inches, and a couple of different PCs past the $1,000 value point are near the two-pound mark. This Swift isn’t light enough that getting it plays with your brain. In any case, it’s still very versatile and altogether more slender than many spending alternatives like Acer’s Aspire 5. You shouldn’t experience any difficulty hauling it around or pressing it into a full rucksack

This additionally isn’t one of those midrange machines like HP’s Envy x360 that looks and feels more premium than it is. Sit the Swift 3 close to the Swift 5, and you’ll most likely estimate which one is more costly. I’d call the previous’ tasteful moderate. The suspension is a brilliant dim, and there are sparkling Acer logos on the cover and (thick-ish, however not horrendous) base bezel. There is one thing I especially like: “Quick” is imprinted in an in vogue textual style over the middle pivot, loaning an atmosphere of advancement to what in particular may some way or another be a cumbersome looking element.



  • 14-inch IPS show, 1920 x 1080
  • 8-center AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHz with support up to 4.1GHz
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • 2.65 pounds (1.2kg)
  • Ports: one USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DisplayPort, one USB 3.2 Gen 1, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, one sound jack
  • Windows Hello unique finger impression peruser
  • $649.99
  • Unadulterated Silver

Understudies will welcome that everything feels really tough, particularly for a ultraportable. The top and base spreads are aluminum, and the palm rests are magnesium-aluminum. There’s some flex in the screen and console, however insufficient to make me stress over battering it around in my rucksack. There are likewise solid cushions on the base to forestall slipping.

Note, however: There’s no touchscreen, and the presentation doesn’t flip around to tent or tablet shape (however it can lay level if need be). In case you’re beginning secondary school or school this year, it merits thinking about whether you’d lean toward a gadget with which you can take notes or draw charts.

nOn the sides, you’ll locate a really decent determination of ports. There’s a force plug, a HDMI, a USB-An, and a USB-C on the left; on the right, there’s an earphone jack, another USB-An, and a Kensington lock space. In case you’re not a devotee of Acer’s block, you can accuse of the USB-C port too. One thing that may be ideal to have is a SD opening, yet I’ll excuse that exclusion since this gadget is unmistakably not implied for innovative work.

That carries me to the showcase, which is the greatest trade off you’ll be making on the off chance that you pick the Swift 3. In testing, the 1920 x 1080 board repeated a disappointing 65 percent of the sRGB range and just hit 218 nits of splendor. For work and amusement needs, that outcome is alright, however it precludes the Swift for any individual who needs to accomplish aesthetic work or needs their recordings to look as perfect as possible. (Those individuals ought to be taking a gander at better quality choices like the Swift 5.)


It makes issues with open air use, however. I accomplished some work on my yard, and even on a genuinely inauspicious evening, with the screen at greatest, glare blocked my experience. I continually ended up wishing I could wrench things up additional. Some tantamount PCs improve: the Aspire 5 gets marginally more brilliant with comparable sRGB results, while Lenovo’s IdeaPad 5 accomplishes more than 300 nits (however shading propagation is somewhat more regrettable).



Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

The Acer Swift 3 presents you with multiple things to agree to or decline upon setup.

The mandatory policies, for which an agreement is required, are:

  • A request for your region and keyboard layout
  • Windows 10 License Agreement
  • A Microsoft account for sign-in (this can be bypassed if you don’t connect the computer to the internet during setup)
  • A PIN

In addition, there is a slew of optional things to agree to:

  • Windows Hello fingerprint sensor authentication
  • Activity History
  • Link your smartphone
  • OneDrive back up
  • Office 365
  • Cortana (which allows Microsoft to access your location, location history, contacts, voice input, speech and handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, messages, apps, and Edge browsing history)
  • Device privacy settings: online speech recognition, Find My Device, Inking and Typing, Advertising ID, Location, Diagnostic data, Tailored experiences
  • Acer has another request for your name, region, and email address upon setup, which is then used for support, product improvement, personalized offers, and news updates. All of these are optional.
  • Enroll in Acer’s mailing list and the Acer User Experience Improvement Program (allowing them to collect information on your usage and send it to Acer), and allow Acer to share contact details with Norton so it can send you updates about its pre-installed security software. All of these are optional.

In total, that’s four mandatory agreements and 17 optional ones.

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