Can Acer Swift 3 SF314 overtake Lenovo IdeaPad S340?

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN Face-off.

So, here, the face-off between Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 and S340 Ideapad gonna take place. Both are the best budget laptops in the Indian market. But, we're committed to finding the one who is the most powerful.

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Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN: Price and availability

In terms of price, the SF314-57 is almost Rs 14,000 more costly than Ideapad S340. That's because Swift 3 offers a lot of extra features which S340 don't. Anyway. Prices of the laptops are subject to change over time. So, better to check it by the links below.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

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Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN

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So, both laptops are available on Amazon India and Flipkart to buy. However, Acer Swift 3 is cheaper on Flipkart whereas, Lenovo Ideapad S340 is cheaper on Amazon India. So, the choice is yours. As both laptops are taking their side in their way, I must have to declare this round draw.

Winner: Draw.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Specs compared

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57Lenovo Ideapad S340
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1035G1Intel Core i5-1035G1
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHDIntegrated Intel UHD
RAM2666MHz 8GB DDR42666MHz 8GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD1TB HDD, 256GB SSD
Display14-inch FHD IPS14-inch FHD IPS
Battery7 hrs 21 mins8 hrs 39 mins
Dimensions32 x 21.7 x 1.6 cms32.3 x 23 x 1.8 cms
Weight1.19 kg1.55 kg
PortsThunderbolt-3USB Type-C

Both laptops are nearly similar in terms of specs. The same processor, graphics, and basic display specs. But, Acer Swift 3 is more lightweight compared to Lenovo Ideapad S340. In addition to that, the SF314-57 has superior ports than Lenovo S340. So, the winner is finalized in this round.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Design

In the design face-off, it’s really easy for me to decide the winner. You just look at both machines below.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.
Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 laptop.
Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.
Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN laptop.

In comparison, Acer Swift 3 is coming with more premium look whereas Lenovo IdeaPad 81VV008TIN is at the middle of the race.

Both laptops have different build quality. Acer Swift 3 is made of all-metal. However, it's not a single metal. The display lid is made of aluminium whereas the rest is made of aluminium and magnesium metals. On the other hand, the S340 has only aluminium lid whereas the rest is all-plastic. Despite the plastic build, I found Lenovo S340 pretty solid and sturdy.

The dark grey colour of Acer Swift 3 is really more pleasant than the light silver one of Ideapad S340. Acer is reflecting a more premium look.

The SF314-57 laptop is 2mm slimmer than the S340. It also 360 grams lightweight. That's pretty good.

Both laptops have a clean bottom cover with some air intake vents. So, the time has come to declare the winner.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Display

In this round, I will take size, resolution, nits, colour gamut, panel, and contrast ratio into consideration.

Both laptops have a 14-inch display with 1980 x 1080 resolution. Also, both have an IPS panel to give you very good viewing angles. I hope I could find something different otherwise I've to through this round to draw.

During the display nits measurement, Acer SF314-57 ended up with 264 whereas Lenovo Ideapad just 223. It’s to note that none of them has touched the average value – 300. At Thanalysis, we recommend 300 nits as an average value the laptop’s display must-have.

The colour gamut consists of RGB and AdobeRGB mainly, as far as the laptop is concerned. So, SRGB and AdobeRGB values are the same for both laptops. They are 58% and 36%, respectively.

So, technically, I wouldn't recommend anyone for professional photo and video editing due to low AdobeRGB and NTSC values.

The contrast ratio for SF314-57’s display is 1170:1, whereas the same for Lenovo S340 is 1141:1. So, now you probably know which one is the winner.

One thing I forget to mention here is the size of the side bezel. In Acer swift 3, the side bezels are 4.5mm thick whereas, in S340, they are almost 6mm thick. It's a common trend that the laptop with thinner side bezels contributes towards a more premium look. However, it has several cons also.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Keyboard and Touchpad

In this round, the face-off will happen at different angels like typing experience, keyboard build quality, backlit, and touchpad.

The SF314-57 has a chiclet keyboard with black keys and white fonts on it, including the secondary functions. The Ideapad S340 has an island-style keyboard with dark grey keys and white fonts, including the secondary functions.

Both laptops have a backlit keyboard to help you find the right keys very easily while typing in the low light environment. At Thanalysis, we strongly recommend a laptop with a backlit keyboard. In fact, we consider backlit as a major factor while calculating the overall ratings.

This round of face-off doesn't end here. Many things remain to consider.

Both' keyboards give pretty tactile feedback with a consistent 1.45mm of keys' travel. At Thanalysis, we recommend a minimum of 1.5mm of keys' travel to get the tactile experience. However, there're many premium laptops like, Dell XPS 13 that gives just 1.1mm of travel and still make you feel a good tactile.

Furthermore, the Swift 3 SF314-57 has a total of 6 keys which are smaller in size and also placed messy whereas Lenovo 81VV008IN laptop has only two.

In addition to that, I got 84 WPM speed while typing on machines on 10FastFingers.com. However, my typing speed is 101 on Apple Macbook Pro.

When it comes to a touchpad, both laptops have 4.1-inch wider ones. Luckily, both are smooth, responsive, and accurate. And It's a matter to surprise that both are precision-enabled despite having a plastic surface instead of a glass.

A little bit awkward thing you will find with Acer's touchpad. It doesn't click down anywhere. For left and right clicks, it has two integrated buttons placed at the bottom underneath the trackpad. Lenovo's touchpad clicks down anywhere.

So, it's favouring Lenovo.

Winner: Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Ports

Both laptops have USB 3.1 and 2.0 ports including 3.5mm audio/combo jack. But, I’m interested to see something more.

I’m looking for the thunderbolt-3 port which only Acer has. The Ideapad S340 laptop has only a USB Type-C port. Furthermore, Acer’s thunderbolt-3 port also support charging.

Furthermore, the placement of a 3.5mm audio/combo jack is perfectly fine in both laptops. Guess, who is the winner?

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Performance and graphics

This face-off will look at different angles in both laptops like CPU, GPU, several benchmark tests, and many more. So, let’s start with the CPU first.

Both laptops have the same Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor. In the first sight, it looks like this round will go draw. But, performance doesn’t mean the processor. Hence, I’ve conducted several benchmark tests like Cinebench R20, Geekbench 5, and PCMark 10.

In Cinebench R20 test without a cooling pad, Swift 3 has achieved 411 scores for Single-Core and 1142 for Multi-Core. Lenovo S340 has achieved 403 for Single-Core and 1382 for Multi-Core. Have you seen it? I think Yes. The Core i5 doesn’t seem to be powerful enough for Acer Swift 3. No, Intel Core i5 is powerful, but the internal design in Acer SF314-57 laptop is too bad to smoothly handle CPU-intensive tasks. So, S340 is ahead in this step.

In Geekbench 5 test, Acer got 1180 and 3674 scores for Single and Multi-Core, respectively, whereas the Lenovo's Ideapad got 1084 and 3386. This time Acer is ahead in the competition.

Let’s measure the clock speeds.

During the stress test at an auto fan, Swift 3 SF314-57 achieved 2675MHz CPU clock speed whereas Lenovo has ended up with 2572MHz. So, a noticeable difference I got. Again, for the final nomination, I will send Lenovo S340. But, this face-off doesn’t end up here. Something remains that must be accounted for.

Before we end this round, we’ve to look at the temperature profile and video export time.

So, At idle state, the SF314-57’s CPU was 47 degrees Celsius hot whereas Lenovo’s CPU was at 48 degrees Celsius. During the stress test at an auto fan, the CPU temperatures for both devices was 81 degrees Celsius.

So, both have reflected a nearly identical temperature profile. Last, let’s check the video export time.

I’ve exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video in YouTube 4K H.264 preset and repeated the same test 4 times further to find out the average video export time in Adobe Premiere CC.

Acer has exported in 1817 seconds whereas S340 81VV008TIN took almost 1841 seconds to complete. Here, Acer is a little bit ahead. Now, it’s GPU’s turn.

Both laptops have an integrated GPU which can't handle competitive gaming. So, what's about the winner?

Winner: Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Battery

Battery life is one of the most important factors the face-off round must include. And I’ve included it.

The Swift 3 SF314-57 has 48Wh capacity battery whereas Lenovo Ideapad S340 has 52.5Wh one.

I’ve tested the battery life in two ways, watching YouTube videos, and performing stress test till the battery dies.

So, the battery during YouTube watch lasted for 441 minutes in Swift 3 whereas 519 minutes in Ideapad S340. So, a noticeable difference found.

In the stress test, Acer has ended up with 89 minutes, whereas Lenovo's laptop has died in 132 minutes. So, the winner is clear.

Winner: Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Camera and microphone

And, finally the last step of this face-off – The camera and a microphone.

Both machines have a 720p camera and a microphone integrated at the top bezel of the laptop.

But, when it comes to the quality ratings, Acer's one got 4 out 10 whereas Lenovo's are one step ahead. So, the winner is probably that one you're thinking.

Winner: Lenovo IdeaPad S340 81VV008TIN.

Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 vs. Lenovo Ideapad S340 81VV008TIN: Wireless connectivity

We recommend Intel Wi-Fi 6 for the laptop you buy in 2021.

In this face-off, this round favours Acer Swift 3 because it’s been equipped with latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 and a Bluetooth version 5. On the other hand, Lenovo Ideapad has just a traditional old Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth version 5.

So, who won this round? You may be got an answer.

Winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57.

Overall winner: Acer Swift 3 SF314-57

RoundAcer Swift 3 SF314-57Lenovo Ideapad S340
Price & availabilityDrawDraw
SpecsWinnerLoser
DesignWinnerLoser
DisplayWinnerLoser
Keyboard and touchpadLoserWinner
PortsWinnerLoser
Performance and graphicsLoserWinner
BatteryLoserWinner
Camera and micLoserWinner
Wireless connectivityWinnerLoser

So, Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 wins this face-off by favouring 5 rounds. The one round went draw. Here, I must have to agree that Lenovo Ideapad S340 has given a very stunning competition to the Swift 3. Furthermore, Acer SF314-57 has a fingerprint sensor, which also supports Windows Hello unlock. Also, there're many premium features inside the Acer laptop.

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