Acer Swift X (2021) assessment: A 3-pound laptop computer with some graphics muscle


Late in 2020, Acer launched the Swift 3X, the PC maker’s first laptop computer utilizing Iris Xe Max discrete graphics, Intel’s first discrete GPU in additional than 20 years. The increase in graphics efficiency elevated the Swift 3X from only a good, general-purpose, thin-and-light laptop computer to 1 that could possibly be used for entry-level content material creation. With the Swift X, Acer stored the identical total design, however switched to AMD and Nvidia and, effectively, its efficiency is best in each means — and it is cheaper, too.  

Like

  • General sturdy efficiency
  • Improved show high quality from Swift 3X
  • Over 12 hours of battery life

Do not Like

  • No SD, microSD card reader
  • No webcam, mic privateness options

The Acer Swift X begins at $850 with an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. My assessment configuration is round $1,000, though it generally jumps nearer to its checklist worth of $1,099, which remains to be worth contemplating its dimension and efficiency. The identical configuration is £1,600 within the UK and AU$1,792 in Australia. When you’re contemplating this for normal use as a content-creation machine, you may wish to spring for the higher-end Swift X I examined. 

Acer Swift X (2021)

Worth as reviewed $1,003
Show dimension/decision 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 show
CPU 1.9GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
Reminiscence 16GB 4266MHz LPDDR4X (onboard)
Graphics 4GB GeForce RTX 3050Ti
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Networking 802.11ax wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.2
Connections USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2), USB-A (x2, 3.2 Gen 1), HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
Working system Home windows 10 Dwelling 64-bit (21H1)

Acer designed the Swift X for use for fundamental content material creation in addition to common day-to-day duties whereas nonetheless being small and lightweight sufficient to take wherever, and that is basically what you get. Each the processor and graphics chip have been proper the place I anticipated them to be, in a position to deal with uncooked photograph enhancing and easy video enhancing. (You possibly can see the way it measured up towards different techniques on the backside of the assessment.)

Additionally, despite the fact that it is not designed for gaming, you may actually try this. On Far Cry 5’s built-in benchmark, it hit 60 frames per second at 1080p on excessive graphics settings. That is greater than twice what the Swift 3X was able to and for about $200 much less. What’s equally as spectacular is its battery life. On our streaming video check, the Swift X reached 12 hours, 36 minutes.

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The HDMI and USB-C port provide you with straightforward choices for exterior shows.


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To go together with its entry-level creator capabilities, Acer upgraded the show from the Swift 3X to the X. Acer says the full-HD 14-inch show covers 100% sRGB colour gamut and a peak brightness of 300 nits. In my exams, the colour gamut protection comes shut with 96% of sRGB in addition to 76% NTSC and 72% of each the Adobe RGB and P3 colour areas. Brightness really was barely higher than the declare at 309 nits, which mixed with the matte end makes it straightforward to make use of in brilliant lighting.

In fact, you may all the time connect with an exterior show should you want a wider colour gamut or higher accuracy. The Swift X has each a USB-C 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 person. 

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The backlit keyboard is okay, however Acer does not embrace a couple of options the competitors has.


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Alongside that very same line, there aren’t 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 these 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.

I’ve no complaints about the remainder of the package deal, although. It has an aluminum and aluminum-magnesium physique that retains weight down whereas nonetheless being sturdy; it solely weighs 3.3 kilos (1.5 kilograms). It has a cushty backlit keyboard and a responsive fingerprint reader for fast sign-ins. I did not expertise any points with the sleek precision touchpad and it feels good, too. Plus, its Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 provides you just a little wi-fi future-proofing, too.

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PC makers are actually going after creators currently together with, fortunately, these on a finances. Laptops constructed for creatives can value 1000’s, which could not be doable for somebody simply beginning out. This provides you extra graphics efficiency than you’d usually discover at this worth, together with a light-weight physique and an extended battery life. 

You is perhaps tempted to go together with a gaming laptop computer as a substitute of one thing just like the Acer Swift X and, in case your purpose is gaming efficiency alone, there are higher choices for $1,000 or much less. Nevertheless, a $1,000 gaming laptop computer isn’t as skinny or gentle because the Swift X and wouldn’t have nice battery life. Additionally, gaming laptops below $1,000 usually do not have shows adequate for color-critical work. The Swift X’s would nonetheless be a more sensible choice.

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Alienware m15 Ryzen Version R5

Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 (multicore)

Alienware m15 Ryzen Version R5

Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

Alienware m15 Ryzen Version R5

Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming Battery Drain check (in minutes)

Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6

Alienware m15 Ryzen Version R5

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

UL Procyon Video (1,920 x 1,080)

Alienware m15 Ryzen Version R5

Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

Dell Inspiron 16 Plus Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-11800H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit); 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5800H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070; 512GB SSD
HP Envy 14 Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti graphics; 256GB SSD
Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit); 1.9GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5800U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM; 4GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti; 512GB SSD
Alienware m15 Ryzen Version R5 Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit); 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 7 5800H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060; 512GB SSD
Acer Swift 3X Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 4,096MB Intel Iris Xe Max graphics; 1TB SSD



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