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Acer Swift 3 review: a light and powerful ultrabook | Digital Trends Spanish

Acer Swift 3 review: a light and powerful ultrabook

“If you are looking for an efficient team and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is an excellent option”


  • Flawless performance

  • Great autonomy

  • Very light


  • The screen is not too bright

  • Audio is not very good

  • Keys don’t look too good

In the world of laptops, the Acer name resonates as one of the most important. The manufacturer launched its Swift 3 range in 2021 in two versions, one of them with the powerful AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor. This chip is more than a match for the latest generation of Intel and we have the proof in this ultrabook 14-inch off-road.

I had the opportunity to test the Acer Swift 3 with this internal configuration, so I give you all the details about this it and its performance in this in-depth review.

Linear design and flawless display

This device does not stand out for its design and not because it is not interesting, but because it is identical to previous models or to other competitors. In other words, it focuses on the essential, on the functional, without stopping to innovate. It is a sober team, with a metallic chassis in which everything has the same color. The only element that adds a differential touch to this computer are the keyboard lights, although these are completely white. Don’t expect fanfare like in teams gaming.

What I like most about this computer is that, despite having a 14-inch screen, it doesn’t weigh too much (1.2 kg), so it is very comfortable to transport or work with it on your lap. It is not the thinnest on the market, but at 1.6 centimeters thick it is not annoying when held closed or stored in a bag or backpack.

Below the screen has a cooling grill. The ports for headphones, microphone and a USB-A port are located on the right side. On the left side is the charging port, a USB-C, the HMDI and another USB-A. The device also incorporates a Kensington security lock, a small hole to anchor a lock of the same brand.

The Acer Swift 3 has a fingerprint sensor under the keyboard, on the right side. This has a perfect, fast and precise operation. As we said a line above, the Acer Swift 3 has a 14-inch screen. This panel has a standard resolution of 1080p with which I have been able to get the most out of it, both to work and to watch movies, play games or surf the internet.

On the other hand, it should be noted that the maximum brightness of the screen is not too high, something that could seem like a problem outdoors with light shining on it, but Acer solves this problem thanks to the matte finish of the panel that also prevents reflections. . The screen arrives well calibrated from the factory, although I think it slightly saturates the colors.

In short, this computer is sober, functional and its design and screen offer a good experience in all aspects.

Keyboard and touchpad

The Acer Swift 3 has a large enough keyboard for comfortable typing, but it does not have a number pad. Key travel feels comfortable, not too long or too short. The same happens with the resistance and the sound level, slight and ideal for those of us who write for hours and sometimes do it in public places.

Acer Swift 3

Despite being a comfortable keyboard, it has a drawback: being a monochrome device and all the elements being so integrated, the keys blend (so to speak) with the body of the keyboard. ultrabook. This added to the fact that the font used in the keys is a dark gray tone, which makes them not distinguishable too well with the naked eye, something that also worsens with the keyboard backlight activated.

The touchpad It has a good size, enough to be able to work comfortably without your wrist suffering, and it is also very precise.

Flawless performance

Although this computer does not stand out from others on the market because of its design, it does in terms of performance. The culprit is the Ryzen 7 5700U chip, an eight-core processor that runs at 1.8 GHz and is accompanied by an integrated Radeon graphics processing unit.

Acer Swift 3

Technical aspects aside, let’s get to the important thing: how it performs on a day-to-day basis. The analyzed unit has 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory and SSD storage that gives it an internal memory of 256 GB.

In general, the device not only performs in all scenarios, it makes little noise and heats up very little. Of course, with games with high graphics demand we noticed how the cooling system got to work. As a simple example of performance in a workday we could point out that the device is capable of playing five YouTube videos at the same time while more than 30 Google Chrome tabs are open, all without showing any performance drop, crash or slowdown.

Battery enough for a day

The truth is that the autonomy that the Acer Swift 3 reaches with a single charge is surprising. In a day at work, when browsing the internet, making video calls and working with editing programs like Photoshop, the team allowed me to use it without having to charge it for more than 10 hours, so if you are looking for a computer to work you should keep it in mind .

In addition, it has a fast charging system with which, with just 30 minutes connected to the electrical current, you can get up to four hours of use.


The Acer Swift 3 leaves us very good feelings for its price range (part in 649 euros). Its strengths are the performance thanks to the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U CPU, long battery life and lightness, however, it lacks some brightness on the screen, as well as a keyboard that is better visualized. The audio is not the best either, but we must not forget that it is not a high-end laptop.

In general, if you are looking for an efficient computer and you do not want to spend a lot of money, this is an excellent option, because in addition to the above it is a versatile computer with which you can do any task in your day to day.

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