|Standing screen display size||14 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in, SF314-42-R9YN
- AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Mobile Processor (Up to 4.1 GHz) with Radeon Graphics | 8GB LPDDR4 Memory | 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 14" Full HD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit display (1920 x 1080 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio)
- Intel wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX200 802.11ax | HD webcam (1280 x 720) | Backlit keyboard | Fingerprint reader
- 1 - USB Type-C port USB 3. 2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging, 1- USB 3. 2 Gen 1 port (featuring power-off charging), 1 - USB 2. 0 port & 1 - HDMI port
- Just 0.63" thin and 2.65 pounds and up to 11.5 hours of battery life
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Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN comes with these high level specs: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Mobile Processor 2. 0GHz with Precision Boost up to 4. 1GHz (Up to 8MB L3 Cache), Windows 10 Home, 14" Full HD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit Display 1920 x 1080 resolution; 16: 9 aspect ratio, AMD Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4 Onboard Memory, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, DTS Audio, featuring optimized bass response and micro-speaker distortion prevention, Two built-in front facing stereo speakers, Acer Purified. Voice technology with two built-in microphones, Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX200 802. 11ax Dual-Band 2. 4GHz and 5GHz featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Max Speed up to 2. 4Gbps), Bluetooth 5. 0, Back-lit Keyboard, Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution, featuring Computer Protection and Windows Hello Certification, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR), 1 - USB Type-C port USB 3. 2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging, 1 - USB 3. 2 Gen 1 port (featuring power-off charging), 1 - USB 2. 0 port, 1 - HDMI port, Lithium-Ion Battery, Up to 11. 5-hours Battery Life, 2. 65 lbs. 1. 2 kg (system unit only) (NX. HSEAA. 003).
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- Very light - perfect for the backpack
- Fast nvme 500GB SSD - windows boot and login are very fast. Touching the fingerprint reader logs you in almost instantly.
- Fast Ryzen 7 CPU - the 8 core cpu is faster on perf tests than my Dell XPS 15 i7 notebook.
- Cool and quiet during use
- Good keyboard, mouse pad
- Very sharp and bright non-reflective display - I was originally skeptical about the screen quality based on the reviews saying that it's less bright than others... Actually the screen is so bright that we need to keep it at about 15-20% when working at home even during the day. Sharpness/pixel density is the same as on my 4K 27" LG monitor. The reflection handling is very good.
- Very nice set of ports - the HDMI is actually v2.0 so my external 4K monitor is running at 60Hz refresh rate - smooth mouse and window rendering.
- Price/quality is very good - notebook looks and feels very nice and snappy... I looked at many other more expensive alternatives and couldn't find anything I liked in the price range of up to $1200...
Honestly I'm engineer and I'm rarely impressed by the latest and greatest hardware but this is very pleasant surprise. Great job AMD and Acer!
TLDR: Look at what you want in a laptop before buying this one. For me it works fine but there are a few key drawbacks that might affect different tasks you would want to use this laptop for.
+ Build Quality is fantastic, with sturdy metal and a keyboard I surprisingly quite enjoy using.
+ Big PRO: The Ryzen 4700U processor is a beast, and the snappiest processor I've used. Productivity use such as coding, taking notes in class, running other professional programs like the Microsoft suite or Zoom are handled easily and perfectly.
+ Big PRO: A 512GB SSD for this price is incredible! And it's even a really good SSD at that.
- The screen is as bad as they say, even after calibration. It's only slightly better than my old laptop I bought for $350 a few years ago. However, as someone who doesn't use the laptop for video editing, it's not a big issue for me, but everything does look more green/blue than it should.
- I've had software problems with this laptop that I would not have expected from a pre-built laptop, especially from a company like Acer. I have problems with apps being fuzzy (not scaling to the display properly), problems with Cortana and the Windows Start menu, and problems with the screen not immediately waking from sleep. These problems are rare and/or not too impactful, but still annoying.
- The BIGGEST CON by far is the thermals. The laptop has amazing specs as I mentioned above, but it can't use them to their full potential because the components get too hot and have to cut back on speed. The fans are noisy and run at full speed often. I regularly experience temps of 70°+ while web browsing, and 90°+ while (light) gaming or other more intensive tasks.
To me that is a huge letdown, as this laptop does not perform heavy tasks like it should. The processor is limited by the cooling of the laptop and can't really do all that it's has the potential to do.
Overall, I am disappointed by the low upper limit of the hardware, but for my needs as a tech-savvy college student looking for a good laptop for classes, it's perfect. It's light and portable, sturdy, fast, and cheap. Even the gaming/heavy use cases are.... acceptable, even if they aren't what they could be. I recommend this laptop to many people, but it's not for everyone.
You can run Debian on it. I couldn't get Buster (10, stable at time of review) to install, but Bullseye (11, testing) works well. Buster didn't have the Intel AX wifi driver and I couldn't get the one from backports to load. Apparently you need the 5.7 kernel for the Ryzen 4000 series power-states to work well in Linux anyway (pretty important for a laptop). Once I installed Bullseye, I was left with a black screen, had to switch to an alternate console with Ctrl+Alt+F2 and run "sudo apt update" and then "sudo apt install firmware-linux". Then rebooted (sudo shutdown -r now) and all was well. I guess it was either the amd64-microcode or more likely firmware-amd-graphics that I needed for X to work. If this doesn't work for you, make sure /etc/apt/sources.list includes "main contrib non-free" at the end of each line, as opposed to just "main". You can edit it with "sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list"