Acer Swift 3

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Specs

 

  • Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8250U (1.60 GHz)
  • 8 GB LPDDR3 Memory 256 GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bi
  • Acer Fingerprint Reader supporting Windows Hello

Pros: 

Performance Really power efficient CPU. The 8250U paired with an MX150 does wonders in apps like Photoshop and Illustrator and most games. Its battery is pretty good. You will be able to get 7-8 hours of juice while doing mostly day-to-day tasks, like word processing, web-browsing, and video playback. (More on Gaming later)

SSD  The laptop is very snappy due to its SSD. Good boot and loading times. Even Adobe apps will load within seconds. Always expandable if needed.

Build quality! All aluminum build with a brushed finish. Potential scratches will hardly be noticeable compared to a Macbook. The laptop is sturdy as hell and you won’t find any flex on the keyboard or display.

+I/O! Great selection of ports . Plenty of USB ports, plus a USB-C and HDMI port– something you hardy find in most modern ultrabooks.

+Weight! This thing is light. Not Dell XPS or Macbook-light, but light. Great for carrying around to work or school.

+Keyboard and Trackpad! A pretty tactile keyboard for a laptop. The backlight feature which is perfect for for night-owls who like to work in the dark. It should be noted that the keyboard backlight will turn off after a few seconds of inactivity but will light up again when in use. Trackpad is good as well. Pretty accurate tracking but doesn’t compare to Apple’s trackpad. You still get a few gestures like switching windows and scrolling.
+Fingerprint reader! Always nice to see a bio-metric security system in computers. At first, it’ll take a few tries to unlock your computer since it’s a little different from the ones you find on today’s cellphones. But once you get used to it after a few days, you can unlock your computer without any hiccups.

Cons: -Its display is a bit dim but noting too bad 

-Bloatware…………… Annoying but cab ve removed

With an ultrabook like this AAA titles aren’t a priority. However it’s nice getting a few light games here and there. eSports games are playable at 1080p/60fps. League of Legends and CS:GO play just fine if you turn down the settings. However, the fans will go off a bit and the laptop might get a little warm. Games like Gwent and Hearthstone will play better even when you max out the settings. Light emulation (GBA, SNES, etc.) and indie games is where the MX150 shines. Cuphead, Stardew Valley, and Hollow Knight will play perfectly without warming up the laptop. I would avoid games like The Witcher 3, GTAV, and other games of that caliber.
*Value and Final Thoughts. For a college student, this laptop has everything you will need a powerful, yet efficient CPU, an SSD, FHD display, and most importantly, a light and durable build. Yes, you probably find a laptop with a GTX 1050 for around the same price, but that thing would probably be big & heavy, and you can’t be having that if I’m walking from class to class all day. For a computer that’s pretty thin and light, it packs quite a punch in performance. Aside from the listed cons,  the Acer Swift 3 is perfect for students and could go head to head with a Macbook Pro given its price point. If you’re on a budget and looking for a snappy ultrabook with great price-to-performance, pull the trigger on this one.

 

Ports

USB
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (up to 5 Gbps)
2 x USB 3.0 (one featuring power-off charging)
1 x USB 2.0
HDMI
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

Audio

Audio
Acer TrueHarmony technology
Acer Purified.Voice technology with two built-in microphones
Speaker
Two built-in stereo speakers

Input Device

Touchpad
Precision Touchpad (supporting Windows Modern Touchpad gestures)
Webcam
HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR)
Card Reader
Secure Digital (SD)

 

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