Acer Swift 3 SF315-41 laptop test and review: needs improvement

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Test results

With an overall score of 67.2 percentage points, the Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4AE (NX.GV7EG.002) doesn’t rank high on our RUR 40,000+ laptops list, but it deserves praise for decent performance. Of course, there are more affordable alternatives. In the field of mobility, the characteristics of this model did not meet our expectations — here the new AMD Ryzen mobile processor did not seem convincing to us. The Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4AE is poor value for money.

Advantages

fast SSD
powerful processor — but there are better / cheaper
display with stable viewing angles
good clickpad

Flaws

short battery life
dark, glare display

Test results for Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4AE (NX.GV7EG.002)

  • Price-quality ratio
    Good
  • Place in the overall ranking
    39 out of 46
  • Value for money: 60
  • Mobility (25%): 65.1
  • Equipment (25%): 71.7
  • Productivity (15%): 96.1
  • Ergonomics (15%): 76.9
  • Display (20%): 60.3
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Powerful but not enough

With Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1 (NX.GV7EV.001), we have a glimpse of AMD’s most powerful processor to date, which has been designed specifically for laptops: the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U has four compute cores and runs on clock frequencies from 2.2 to 3.8 GHz.

If we consider the processor apart from everything, then it can be considered powerful, and the integrated graphics solution AMD Radeon Vega 10 is also convincing. Nevertheless, passport data gave us hope for an even greater increase in power. After all, the slower Ryzen 5 2500U processor (four cores and clock speeds from 2.0 to 3.6 GHz and Vega 8 graphics) achieves exactly the same result in an otherwise similarly equipped Acer laptop — and it costs cheaper.

After it turns out that the rest of the configuration turns out the same, there is only one thing to advise — stay away from this overpriced system. A laptop equipped only on paper with the slower Ryzen 5 2500U will give you all the same for less capital investment.

If you’re looking for more processing power and more storage capacity, we recommend taking a look at the alternatives we list below.

Four USB ports, one of which is USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and one USB 3.1 Type-C, as well as an SD card reader complete the set of interfaces
Four USB ports, one of which is USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and one USB 3.1 Type-C, as well as an SD card reader complete the set of interfaces

Test results for Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4AE (NX.GV7EG.002)

Alternative options:

Acer Swift 3 SF315-41 laptop test and review: needs improvementEverything is the same, except for the processor

Our first alternative, the Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4W1 (NX.GV7EV.001), is equipped in exactly the same way, only the processor here, judging by the technical characteristics, is slower.

However, according to the results of our test tests, we could not fix any difference — even the battery life is about the same here. Thus, this alternative model, costing approximately 200 euros less, becomes, by definition, more interesting.

Acer Swift 3 SF315-41 laptop test and review: needs improvementIn the same case, but with an Intel processor

Acer integrates processors from Intel into exactly the same case. But in the Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5 model we tested, there are differences in several items of the equipment list. In particular, the Intel processor comes with an additional built-in graphics chip.

These differences can manifest themselves primarily in games. In addition, in addition to the SSD drive, a classic hard drive is also built in here — this is very convenient for storing large collections of data. An SSD allows you to increase the speed of work — as a rule, an operating system and programs are installed on it.

Videos, photos and other disk space-consuming data can be stored well on a slower HDD. A device with an Intel processor also works much longer offline. Anyone who cares about this should (at least for now) stay away from AMD devices.

Acer Swift 3 SF315-41 laptop test and review: needs improvementSmart, fast and with a good display

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570-9719) has a lot to offer — in addition to a fast Intel processor, there is also an entry-level graphics card. Next to the SSD, there is also a classic hard drive — ideal for large data collections.

In addition, the reflective display on this laptop shines much brighter than the Acer Swift, and its panel has a color space coverage of 89 percent sRGB, which makes colors much more natural.

While the case is thinner and lighter, battery life is well above that of an AMD-powered Swift device and only marginally inferior to the Intel-Swift-3 version.

Specifications and test results of Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R4AE (NX.GV7EG.002)

Price-quality ratio
60

Operating system
Windows 10 Home
Dimensions
37.1 x 25.5 x 2.1 cm
The weight
2.0 kg
CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (2.2GHz)
RAM
8 GB
Video card type
integrated into the processor (AMD Radeon Vega 10)
Video card model
Video memory size
Display: diagonal
15.6 inches
Display: resolution
1.920 x 1.080 pixels
Display: surface
brilliant
Display: max. brightness
218 cd/m²
Display: checkerboard contrast
194:1
Display: pixel density
141dpi
Display: brightness distribution
89.2%
Drive capacity
256 GB
Drive type
SSD
optical drive
No
Battery: capacity
49 Wh
Offline work: office suite
6:54 h:min
Battery life: video playback
5:12 h:min
Noise at mask. load
quiet
USB ports
3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
Bluetooth
Yes
WLAN
802.11ac
LAN connector
UMTS
Dock station
HDMI
HDMI
Other digital video outputs
Analog video outputs
card reader
SDXC
Webcam
Yes
Optional equipment
fingerprint sensor, backlit keyboard
Test: PCMark 7
6.503 points
Test: 3DMark (Cloud Gate)
10.948 points

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