Absolutely While every laptop seems to want to be the next smart one, the Acer Swift 3 is freshly restrained. It’s not trying to flaunt you with a very thin bezel or a single piece of machined metal that was hand-crafted by artisan robots using artificial intelligence. It’s a laptop. It’s a well-designed, well-built laptop that won’t break the bank. This is why last year’s Acer Swift 3 topped our guide for budget laptops.
Based on the few weeks I’ve spent with this year’s modest update, I see no reason to change that pick. The Swift 3 is a solid, no-frills, fairly expensive machine. It’s not going to play very good graphics-intensive games, but the battery life is fantastic. It will take you through day work or late night study without breaking a sweat.
Before I dive in, I need to clear up some confusion. Acer calls two different laptops with the same name: Swift Both. Both versions use 11th generation Intel Core processors. Both have the same keyboard trackpad and fingerprint reader, but one – which I’m reviewing here – has a 14-inch, 16: 9, 1080p IPS display.
The other Swift 3, which I haven’t tested, uses a 13.5-inch (2256 x 1504) 3: 2 IPS display. The internal components are the same, but the resolution and shape of the display are different. Yet, with the exception of the screen, almost everything I say here will apply to the model you choose.
The new Swift 3 is a slim, silver, unpublished, flawless looking laptop. All of its metallic construction feels tough and stands out well for living in a backpack, which makes it a good choice for college-bound ones. It’s also lightweight, weighing just 2.6 pounds, which is pretty unheard of for less than 800 800. But as I said above, this is not a laptop that has come out to win a design award. It looks good, but in most cases it stays out of your way and helps you get the job done.
The keyboard I used is not the best or the worst. I like thicker, more ThinkPad-style keyboards and keys, but for Chiclet-style keys, they travel much better and are much faster for typing. The trackpad is a significant step up from the other Acer I used. It’s more responsive and doesn’t feel like some Acer trackpads.
Thanks to its slightly fragmented design, the Swift 3 has plenty of ports. There are two USB-A ports, a USB-C Thunderbolt port (which you can charge from an adapter, or a portable battery that provides enough power), a headphone jack, and an HDMI out. There’s no SD card port, so you’ll need a dongle to dump photos and videos from your digital camera, but otherwise you won’t need a bunch of adapters to use the items you already own, which is nice.
The model I tested has 16GB of RAM and 512-GB of SSD, paired with an 11th-generation Intel i7 processor with Intel’s new EVO rating, which means it’s optimized for battery life, fast charging and instant sleep. Note that the list does not include performance. Still, I was impressed with the performance of Swift of. It seemed like I was able to handle my daily tasks very quickly, including browsing every day, video conferencing, and even rendering some short 5.3K videos shot on the new GoPro Hero 10 Black. .