This AMD Ryzen 5 powered ultraportable device is a great laptop for students providing them with the two most demanded qualities that are long battery life and portability. Acer Swift 3 ‘aces’ these two domains; providing a lightweight laptop with premium performance, all under a fairly low price. Lucky us, we already had one of these with us so writing about it comes easy – so let’s get into our Acer Swift 3 review. What should be the starting title?
Acer Swift 3 Review – Premium Performance with ‘Slight’ Compromises?
This title seems apt given what we are about to disclose for all you potential buyers out there – keeping it transparent for best-learned buy. So, what does one of the cheapest laptops running on the new AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPU serves us?
Now, right off the bat you are getting the following when you unbox.
- User guide
- Warranty card
- Power cable
- 65W power brick
- The Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 4500U
Design – Ultrathin, Lightweight, Compact and Metal Body Sleekness
It doesn’t get better than this.
Already excited for this Acer Swift 3 review? This 14-inch laptop with no dedicated GPU isn’t meant for gaming. Just to make this clear in case you are hoping to get some serious heavy gameplay session on this small laptop.
Now, with that disclaimer out of the way and coming to the design in its entirety, you are looking at a sleek and feathery light compact laptop that won’t be felt in the backpack. To back this up, it is 15.95mm thin and weighs a mere 1.2kg.
It has a premium looking magnesium-aluminum chassis with Acer logo in the center giving a neat high-end look. It is, however, a bit of a fingerprint magnet but all is good here.
With the lid open, you get a 14-inch Full HD IPS display with Acer logo at the bottom. The Acer Swift 3 Ryzen packs a nice backlit keyboard and a smooth trackpad. There’s a webcam on the top bezel and a fingerprint scanner below the arrow keys; which is reliable and secure in my experience. As for the speakers themselves, they are decent enough which can provide sound quality that is passable. But if you want good enough sound quality then I would suggest you find external speakers for a more refined audio experience.
Now, you must have noticed that there is a Numpad missing. But given the compactness of the machine, it is understandable that there was no room for it.
Other than all this, the lid is pretty sturdy and not made to be open with just one hand alone which is a blessing. You wouldn’t want hinges that loosen up easily overtime.
Specs Sheet of AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
On the left side you are getting a dedicated charging port, USB-C port, USB-A port, and an HDMI port as well. On the right you have another USB-A port, LED indicators, a Kensington Lock, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
In a Nutshell
Overall, the feel is great and solid with nothing wobbly or loose hinges considering it does bend 180-degrees. However, the keyboard shows a bit of flex – so all you aggressive typers out there – you have been warned. Of course, you cannot expect to receive a feel like that of Macbook Pro 16-inch but considering the low price point, you are still receiving a great premium feel with that metal body.
The laptop lives up to its claim of being super productive as it provides 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD with a 60Hz refresh rate display. Yes, I would like to upgrade the RAM given the multi-task I do at work, but if you are a student, you may be alright with 8GB. Moreover, since the memory is soldered onto the board, you cannot expand it.
The downer would be the color inaccuracy and dim display (278-nits) but you can still work around it and it is not that big of an inconvenience given the price, so you can pass.
Let’s Talk About that AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and AMD Radeon Graphics
Unlike most of Ryzen 5 products out there in the market, this Acer Swift 3 includes Ryzen 5 without multithreading. So its a 6-core and 6 threads CPU and is a low powered version. Meaning, you cannot expect it to be as powerful as those higher-end ones including Acer Swift Ryzen 7 4700U.
Running a test on this, we were not disappointed as the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU performance outperformed the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU. In addition, it is faster than high powered AMD CPUs from previous generations. Given the results, this little powerhouse can enable photo editing and light 1080p video editing. Which is quite decent given the mid-ranger AMD is providing.
Coming to the AMD Radeon Graphics, it easily beats Intel’s HD Graphics and is in line with the MX150 and MX230 dGPU. Meaning, you can play light games like Overwatch, Minecraft, and similar comfortably over 1080p at over 60fps. Again, not a gaming laptop, but can manage on low settings.
Other than that, on the whole, considering the price range of the Acer Swift 3 Ryzen, these specs are an upgrade for a cheap laptop. Agree?
You get 6 hours of productivity, nearly 9 hours of Netflix (I know, right?), and 9-10 hours of light work that includes browsing and such. So, the battery life on this little compact Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 5 is above average. If the work gets tough and those processors start doing the heavy work, that one fan that Acer Swift 3 comes with won’t run at full speed and you will get a quiet laptop.
It’s a fantastic compact greatness that provides decent performance under a small price tag making it the cheapest AMD Ryzen laptop with great specs. Overall, this laptop provides a solid build quality with amazing battery life. Unlike the popular belief of AMD Ryzen’s exhausting the batteries out. Yes, it is not a perfect machine, but it did outperform some high-end components as we mentioned above – so this Acer Swift 3 is a winner.
If this Acer Swift 3 review has got you into buying it for yourself then, check out the competitive price this laptop is being offered at Amazon.
So, What Are Your Planning?
If you ask us, you should go for it and you will not be disappointed. If anything, the convenience will make it hard for you to let it go that easily. Ask me, one of us uses this machine as our go-to travel buddy.