OUR VERDICT

  • High performance
  • Too lightweight
  • Has thunderbolt-3 port
  • Pretty tactile backlit keyboard
  • Smooth, responsive, and accurate precision touchpad
  • Pretty solid all-metal build
  • Fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support
  • Much silent machine
  • Doesn't open with one finger
  • No dedicated GPU
  • Little poor thermal management
  • Little below average brighter display
  • Screen color gamut are on the poor side
  • A below average speakers in terms of sound level
  • Cooling pad is found to be useless for this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop during stress test.
  • Can do
  • Web/Desktop programming
  • Running the engineering-specific software like AutoCAD, DWSIM, and like.
  • Graphics editing
  • Can't do
  • Android programming with emulators in parallel
  • Smooth video editing
  • Machine learning tasks
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Hello, guys. Today, in this article, I am going to review the Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop in detail. In addition to that, I will also compare it with other laptops to give you an idea of what to expect from the same price range laptops. So, let's get started. But before I begin, read my dedicated article on laptop specs written in easy-to-understand language.

Table of Contents

Furthermore, the review unit that I have received from New Delhi, India has the following specs.

Technical specs of Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop
  • CPU: 1.0GHz 10th Gen 4 Core Intel Core-i5 1035G1 Processor, 6MB cache, Max 3.6GHz
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD GPU
  • RAM: 2400MHz Dual Channel 8GB LPDDR4 | Upgradable to 32GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD display | IPS & Anti-glare panel | 264 nits
  • Battery: 48Wh 3 Cell Li-ion battery | Lasted for 7 hours and 21 minutes while watching YouTube.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 1.19 Kg (2.6 Pounds)
  • Laptop dimensions: 32 x 21.7 x 1.6 cms

The Build Quality and Material

An all-metal build of this Swift 3 laptop.

This Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 is an all-metal build. However, the solid build isn't contributed by only single metal. The lid is made of aluminum and the rest is made of magnesium-aluminum. The build quality really feels pretty solid and sturdy. This laptop has a unique design that feels quite a premium.

Dimensions and Weight

Acer Swift 3 laptop on hand

The dimensions of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 are 32 cms (12.6 inches) in width, 21.7 cms (8.5 inches) in depth, and 1.6 cms (0.6 inches) in height. In addition to that, I have also measured the weight using Propert's weighing scale. The weight is

  • For laptop only: 1.19 kg (2.6 lbs)
  • For laptop with charging accessories: 1.45 kg (3.2 lbs)

The purpose to check the laptop’s weight with its charging accessories is to give you an idea about the weight you may need to carry during traveling. When compared to other laptops, it found much lightweight.

Display Quality and Color Reproduction

Size and Quality

The 14-inch FHD IPS display of Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

This Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 is coming with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. And, it has a 60Hz refresh rate. The display is surrounded by just a 4.5mm thin bezel which gives you more screen-to-body ratio. It has better viewing angles with a 1170:1 contrast ratio, thanks to the IPS display.

The contrast ratio for this display is above average (1000:1). At thanalysis, we recommend the minimum 1000:1 value for it. Next, see the color gamut of the screen.

Screen Color Reproduction

I have measured the screen color gamut to measure color reproduction efficiency. For that, I have used the Spyder 5 PRO. And the SRGB, AdobeRGB, and NTSC results for this 14-inch IPS display are in the below image.

The bar chart about the screen color gamut results of this laptop.

As shown in the above image, the color gamut for this laptop's display is 58% of SRGB, 36% of AdobeRGB, and 35% of NTSC as produced by Spyder 5 PRO. Honestly, the color gamut result is quite poor which makes this laptop useless for professional photo and video editors. However, there are some reasons that they can use it. I will discuss it later in this article.

Display Nits at different Brightness levels

A line chart about the display nits at different levels of brightness of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

This Swift 3 SF314-57's display has reached 264 Nits at 100% of screen brightness at the center of the screen as shown in the above image. So, below an average brighter display. The average brighter display should have nits value of at least 290 to 300. The 300 nits display allows you to work in direct sunlight without having pain in your eyes.

Screen Flex

When intentionally moved the screen with fingers up and down, I found a little screen flex there. But, honestly, it wasn't problematic for me, thanks to the aluminum lid of the laptop. Acer has done an excellent job by equipping an Aluminum metal for the lid which contributes to the highest possible strength in low weight.

The hinge of this laptop is found to be running mostly along the base.

As you can see in the above, the hinge is running mostly along the base. Such placement of hinge also helps to reduce the flex. The hinge allows the display to turn 180-degree right back to the keyboard.

It is to note that I failed when I have tried to open the display with one finger. That shows the uneven distribution of weight across the hinge. See the below image where I have tried to open the display but ended up with the base lifted up.

While trying to open this laptop with one finger, I failed.

Keyboard

Build Quality and Flex

The chiclet keyboard of Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

The chiclet keyboard has a metal island which gives it more strength to resist flex as much as possible. When pressed the keyboard of this laptop down hard with fingers with a fair amount of pressure, I found little flex there. But, to be frank, it wasn't even problematic for me during aggressive typing.

The flat square keys which are mostly identification marks of the chiclet keyboards are made of plastic keys. It has black color with white fonts on it for both primary and secondary functions.

In addition to that, the WASD part isn't highlighted here, which isn't even required since this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop is not a gaming machine.

Backlit

White backlit of the keyboard of this laptop.

The keyboard has a white zonal backlit to illuminate the keys in the low-light or darkroom. The backlit is enough bright to illuminate the keys' secondary functions.

Overall, I found the Chiclet keyboard of this laptop quite better than Mi Notebook 14 Horizon’s Scissor mechanism. Also, Mi has not put the backlit on it. So, not incredible but not bad even, just a little above an average to get the job done.

Typing Experience

I am typing on the keyboard to check for the tactile feedback and its consistency.

While typing on this keyboard, I found the keys were traveling on average 1.45mm of distance down. That's a little below than we recommend. At thanalysis, we recommend at least 1.5mm of travel for keys for tactile feedback. However, I found the feedback consistent.

On 10FastFingers.com, I achieved 84 words per minute (WPM) speed while my speed on Macbook Pro 16-inch is 101 WPM. The keyboard of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 gives tactile feedback. In addition to that, during aggressive typing, I found no flex on the keyboard.

However, the keys are a little bit noisy but you will find them considerably silent when compared to the mechanical keyboards.

Furthermore, the power button is placed next to the "Delete" key doesn't create any problem because it requires a long press to execute the function assigned to it. So, the accidental wrong press isn't a matter to worry about in this Swift 3 laptop.

Small and Very Closely Placed 4 Arrow Keys

Small and very closely placed 4 arrow keys incuding Page Up/Down, Home, and End keys.

The 4 arrow keys are smaller in size and also bad-placed. They are too small and near to each other, which will make the accidental wrong press very easily. In addition to that, Page Up/Down keys are also similarly smaller in size and very closely placed.

I have sometimes pressed Page Up key when wanted to press the Left-Arrow key. So, overall, the keyboard is better than the Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 M513 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptops.

Touchpad

A smooth, responsive, and accurate precision touchpad. It's 4.1-inch long and made of plastic.

The plastic touchpad of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop occupies the area of 10.1 x 6.5 cms (4.1 x 2.55 inches) approximately. In my experience, it is found to be smooth, responsive, and accurate. And it uses Windows Precision drivers despite made of plastic material instead of glass.

In addition to that, it has two integrated buttons to click. Unlike Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 M513, the fingerprint sensor isn't integrated with a touchpad. This touchpad will surely not help you in gaming. For that, you need to buy a dedicated gaming mouse.

Fingerprints on the Smooth Surface

Fingerprints on the smooth matte gray surface of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

Fingerprints easily show up on the smooth matte gray finish. But, I found it easy to clean using a micro-fiber cloth. In addition to that, unlike Alienware m15 R2 gaming laptop, I found no change in surface color over the use. In Alienware’s white version, I found it was getting slightly yellowish at some of the parts.

RAM

This Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop is equipped with 2400MHz Dual Channel 8GB LPDDR4 RAM which you can upgrade to 32GB maximum. So, a quite big amount of Acer is giving you an option to upgrade for smooth and better multitasking.

See below the other laptops that allows you to upgrade the RAM.

  • Acer Aspire 3 A315 (review) – 2666MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 12GB
  • HP 14 DK0093AU (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 16GB
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 12GB

Processor and Graphics

The Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor and Intel UHD Graphics are powering this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop. In addition to that, Acer has equipped this laptop with 512GB of the solid-state drive to make this laptop work faster. An SSD storage allows us to read and write files at lightning speed.

So, let’s check some of the benchmarks to see where this laptop stands in terms of specs.

Cinebench R20 Score

Here, I took 3 runs of Cinebench on this laptop and shown the average of it. Cinebench is a tool to measure the single and multi-core scores of the CPU.

Unlike in Mi Notebook, Dell G3 3500, and other Intel-powered laptops, I cannot do CPU undervolting here. Hence, the only thing that remains for us is to check the performance with and without a cooling pad.

A bar chart about the Cinebench R20 single and multi-core scores of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

So, without a cooling pad, the single and multi-core scores were 411 and 1142, respectively. And, with a cooling pad, both’ scores were found the same. So, the use of a cooling pad for this laptop is useless as no change is shown on the Cinebench score. Now, the question is what these scores tell?

First of all, During the testing, Cinebench R20 puts an excessive load on the CPU to execute the tasks. By doing so, it will check the machine’s cooling solution also which other tool doesn’t except for 3DMark. So, when the CPU comes under a heavy load, thermal throttling takes place in the processor and it reduces the performance.

For example, If your CPU has a max clock speed of 4.5GHz, then you will reach 4.1GHz max during gaming or stress tests. The reason for not picking up the limit is thermal throttling. So, If the Cinebench R20 score of the laptop is high means the laptop has a high powerful CPU with better thermal management.

Now, let’s check Geekbench benchmarks.

Geekbench 5 Score

A bar chart about the Geekbench 5 Single and Multi-core CPU scores of this laptop.

When tested this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop using Geekbench 5, I found this laptop has scored 1180 for single-core and 3674 for multi-core. Now, what does this score tell?

It tells the performance of the laptop. The higher the score, the higher the performance. Here, you have to consider the multi-core score. Look, Geekbench doesn’t put an excessive load on the CPU like Cinebench R20. And, Geekbench considers mainly productivity tasks like emailing, browsing, multitasking, and etc to evaluate the hardware.

And, such ways cannot give you an idea about the cooling solution. Because tiny tasks don’t make much weight on the CPU. Hence, If the laptop has a higher Geekbench multi-core score means its capability for productivity is much better. But, at the same time, information about thermal throttling and the cooling solution will remain unanswered by this tool.

Hence, for gamers and programmers, Geekbench isn’t a tool to evaluate the laptop. It’s better to consider Cinebench here. And, for normal users or office users, this one seems to be getting the job done. For higher performance, look at its variant Acer Swift 3 SF314-57G which has a dedicated NVIDIA MX250 GPU with a little bit more money.

Average CPU Clock Speed

A bar chart about the clock speeds measured during stress test using AIDA64 with turbo boost in this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

To check the CPU clock speeds, I have used AIDA64 tool.

In a stress test at an auto fan without a cooling pad, the CPU and GPU clock speeds were 2675MHz. The same test with a cooling pad has raised the CPU speed by 3MHz. So, no noticeable change has been observed. It clearly indicates that the use of a cooling pad for this laptop is useless. Hence, only buy it if you’re about to waste your money.

As Intel UHD Graphics is integrated within the same silicon board and not much powerful as dedicated GPUs, it’s worthless to measure its speed. Because it won’t make any noticeable change.

Furthermore, as this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 is neither a gaming laptop not it has even MX series NVIDIA GPU, it’s void to conduct the CPU and GPU TDP test. Hence, for a non-gaming laptop like this one, I have skipped such a test.

Video Editing Performance

The video editing performance of this laptop was tested by two ways.

  • Average of the video export time
  • Multitasking during video export

Average of the video export time

In this test, I have exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video on YouTube 4K H.264 preset using Adobe Premier CC. And I have repeated the same test 4 times further to show you the average result.

The bar chart about the video export test carried out for 5 times on this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

So, during my test of video export in 4K preset, the Acer has ended up in on average 30 minutes and 17 seconds. That’s too much.

Multitasking during video export

The motive to conduct this test wasn’t other than to rate the smoothness of this laptop when the CPU is busy with intense work. I have checked the following during the video export, the touchpad, keyboard, and laptop’s response time.

So, During this test, I found this laptop almost laggy. As it has no dedicated NVIDIA graphics, not even of the MX series, the expectation of good performance is useless. Overall, I found it below an average for video editing when compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon edition.

Thermal Performance

Average CPU temperature

This test was performed to tell you whether the cooling pad is efficient in temperature reduction with stable or increased performance. For the stress test, I have used the AIDA64 tool. So, the results are in the below image.

A bar chart about average cpu and gpu temperature in this laptop found during stress test.

At idle at the auto fan, the CPU temperature was 47 degrees C. In the stress test at an auto fan, it has raised to 81. With the use of a cooling pad, it has a little reduced to 80 C.

So, the use of a cooling pad has shown a little noticeable reduction of 1 degree in CPU temperature. That’s not a big change in my eyes, but if you think it’s a matter for you then must go for buying.

Laptop’s Exterior Temperature

At idle at an auto fan, both the palm rest and a keyboard found pretty cool.

During the stress test at the auto fan, the palm rest was found cool to touch. The middle of the keyboard was at mid 40 C. The sides of the middle of the keyboard were found less hot compared to it. The exterior above the function keys was a bit hotter to touch. Furthermore, there was no difference between the QWERTY part and other keys in terms of temperature.

During the same test with a cooling pad, I found nearly similar results that I have got without it except for the right part of the keyboard. It was a little less hot to touch.

Fans Noise Emission

A bar chart about the emission of fans noise measured at idle and stress test.

At idle, the fan of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop has emitted 32dB of noise which is not even heard. During the stress test at an auto fan, the level was increased to 41dB.

In addition to that, the gaming laptops like Lenovo Legion 7i, Dell Alienware m15 R2, MSI GS65 Stealth-004, and like have more noisy fans than this one. the noise level during gaming at performance mode increases to 60dB. And, that’s become equal to the noise emitted by a washing machine, hairdryer, and electric toothbrush.

But, such scenario is not the case with this laptop.

Camera and Microphone

The 720p camera and microphone of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop are below average good at capturing the face and voice, respectively. Furthermore, the camera doesn’t support Windows Hello here. And, the microphone is good but also captured some noise with my voice.

For both camera and microphone, I have given a 4 score out of 10.

Speakers

Down-firing Speakers of this laptop.

The 2 down-firing speakers are placed at the front corners of the sides underneath the laptop. They are below average at maximum volume and a bit tiny with a little bass present.

In addition to that, while watching the YouTube video, Digitech’s sound level meter has measured the sound. The sound level was 72dB and changing around it.

Fingerprint Reader

Fingerprint reader on this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

The fingerprint reader is located on the right side below the arrow keys. Thanks to Acer, it does support Windows Hello unlock. It allows you to log in to the device and other supported services very fast and secure.

Ports on Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop

Ports on the left side of the laptop.
Ports on the left of the laptop.
Ports on the right side of Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.
Ports on the right of the machine.

Left Side

  • 1 x Power input
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen-1 Type-A
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port with support for charging

Right Side

  • 1 x 3.5mm audio/combo jack
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Kensington lock

Backside

There’s nothing on the backside of this SF314-57 Swift 3 except air exhausts.

Air Intake Vents

Air intake vents on the back of the laptop.

There is an almost 1-inch thick two long belts consists of several holes for air intake. Such a mechanism allows the fresh air to enter to cool down the processor and a machine.

Battery

A bar chart on the battery life of this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.

To be frank, this laptop didn’t get a long-lasting battery for CPU-intensive tasks. The 48Wh battery is powering this Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop and lasted for 1 hour and 19 minutes during continuous stress tests using AIDA64. And, 7 hours and 12 minutes on YouTube Watching at 50% of screen brightness, keyboard backlighting turned off, and background apps disabled.

When compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop, it's pretty average. Because a 48Wh battery is powering the Mi Notebook and, it has lasted for 7 hours and 29 minutes. Overall, the battery life is about average in life and quality.

Storage

This laptop has got 512GB of PCIe-based solid-state storage to provide a possible high performance. I have used the CrystalDiskMark tool to test its speed. And the results are below.

A bar chart on the ssd storage speed of this laptop.

It’s too fast. The read speed I got was 2407MB/sec on average and, the write speed was 1486MB/sec. So, better results to load and edit large files quickly and smoothly. The above figure consists of many technical terms like 4K, Seq, and the like. You can read more about the easy-to-understand interpretation of the CrystalDiskMark tool here.

Other Variants of Acer Swift 3 Laptop

Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU, NVIDIA MX250 2Gb GPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, 14-inch FHD IPS Display. Read the full review of this variant here.

AMD Ryzen 5-4500U CPU, AMD Radeon GPU, 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, 14-inch FHD IPS Display.

FAQs

Should I buy this laptop?

This laptop is recommended for those who are not willing to play games or perform any processor-intensive tasks like Machine Learning, Video editing, and like. This Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 is best for office uses because it's lightweight to carry. Its Intel Core i5 processor and Intel UHD GPU can do your office-level tasks smoothly.

Is this laptop good?

Yes, it is good for college students as most of the students don't require a laptop with heavy specs. So, this little one can help them easily. It is good for graphics editing for a graphics designer, for web and desktop programming for CSE students and programmers, and for other engineers like chemical and mechanical to use AutoCAD, DWSIM, and other software in their projects for process and equipment design.

Can I add HDD/SDD to ths laptop?

No, there's no extra slot for an upgrade.

Is this laptop is good for video editing?

No, this laptop isn't good for video editing as it has no dedicated graphics. In addition to that, the screen color gamut values measured by Spyder 5 PRO are also quite on the poor side. That makes this laptop below average to meet video editing capabilities.

Can I play Games on it?

Yes, you can play lightweight PC games like GTA Vice City, Project IGI, and many more. But, you cannot play heavy games like The Witcher 3, CS:GO, and many more. This laptop doesn't have even NVIDIA's MX series GPU to be able to play games. If you're looking for a laptop just for gaming, you can read our dedicated article on the best laptops for gaming. In addition to that, you can play Android games using BlueStacks or other emulators which works well on Intel UHD GPU.

Is this laptop upgradable?

Yes, you can upgrade RAM to 32GB which is just 8GB at the time of buying this laptop. There's nothing remain that you can upgrade.

Is Acer, the manufacturing company of this laptop, the best?

Yes, Acer is one of the best laptop manufacturing companies on this planet. It manufactures many outstanding products. But, the customer service isn't satisfactory. In fact, According to the survey by LaptopMag, Acer's customer service got 54 scores out of 100.

Final Thoughts

This Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop is the most lightweight machine offered under ₹60K price in India. At a very cheap rate, it has many things to serve you. This laptop is first of all, all-metal build which gives it a premium look. The 14-inch FHD IPS display is near to the average display nits that are required. Although, it's below-average. Also, the screen colour gamut are poor which make this laptop useless for professional photo and video editing. But, having little above-average screen contrast ratio leaves bit more opportunities for lightweight gaming. The keyboard gives pretty impressive tactile feedback which is most important in the slim laptops like this one nowadays. The touchpad is plastic, but it is smooth, responsive, and accurate like glass surface. Moreover, it does support windows precision drivers. That makes this laptop pretty useful for office-uses.

Furthermore, its Core i5 CPU is average capable to power its (laptop's) performance. However, it's not much powerful as it should be. And, this machine has no dedicated GPU, so all graphics-intensive tasks like gaming, smooth video editing, and graphics rendering are extremely poor. But, you can play lightweight PC games likes GTA Vice City, Project IGI, and like. In addition to that, there are many things which has punished the laptop's ranking. It doesn't open with one finger. Our stress tests revealed its little poor performance.

But, the two things has rewarded it with good points. It's nothing other than the Thunderbolt-3 port and an Intel Wi-Fi 6. It has also version 5 bluetooth which ensures faster and more stable connectivity of wireless devices such as keyboard, mouse, bluetooth speakers, and many more. Overall, I've rated this laptop 44.42 out of 100, which is pretty awesome for the laptops under ₹60,000 price range in India.

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