The Good The Acer Swift 1 is a slim, lightweight, budget-friendly laptop that has several high-end features that make it more attractive than competing systems at $ 329. Battery life is longer than 9 hours.
The Bad Its low-end components mean that it cannot exceed the basics significantly, and its limited storage is likely to require external capability.
The Bottom Line Swift 1 is cheap, looks good and has a good battery – just don’t let it get any harder than browsing.
Acer’s Swift 1 shows that not all cheap laptops should be thick, clunky, or bad in battery life.
Priced at $ 329, the 13.3-inch laptop is 0.7 inches (14.95 mm) slim and weighs 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) with a metal-finished body for a more premium look . It has a few other nice touches, such as a full HD resolution IPS display, a fingerprint reader and a fair amount of ports and more than 9 hours of battery life.
However, don’t let the system seem to deceive you: it’s not much inside. Despite its quad-core processor, it just doesn’t have much power for anything except the basics. But if that’s all you need, the overall pricing package is more than fair.
Acer Swift 1 (SF113-31-P5CK)
|Price as reviewed||$329|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 1,920×1,080 display|
|CPU||1.1GHz Intel Pentium N4200|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 SDRAM|
|Graphics||128MB Intel HD Graphics 505|
|Storage||64GB flash storage|
|Networking||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Window 10 Home (64-bit)|
Acer makes a Swift 3 , which also looks more expensive than it is, but tuned to more capable components. Oddly enough, a couple of Acer design variants made with Swift 3, namely its beveled edges and anti-glare display, are a cut-off compared to the more pleasing rounded edges and the Swift 1 matte screen.
The 1 920×180 display is also an IPS panel with a better out-of-the-box look than you would with the cheaper TN panel you would normally find on budget systems. Frosted trim also reduces the display, which is good, as the display just doesn’t turn out to be bright enough to deal with bright lighting.
If you plan to use a laptop on a part-time basis with an external periphery, Swift 1 should meet most of your needs. There is an HDMI output for the display, a combination speaker or headphone jack, one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports and one USB-C 3.1 (gen 1) port. There is also an SD card slot but no Ethernet socket, so you’ll need an adapter if you don’t want to rely on 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
One thing that is particularly low on average on the Swift 1 is the keyboard. It is quite spacious and does not have any keys that are unusual or poorly placed, given the size of the laptop. Although not many keys, so if you tend to hit the keys with force, you may find it inconvenient after a while. Putting a decent keyboard into something so subtle will undoubtedly increase the cost, but if comfort is a priority, you may want to learn how to try this keyboard before buying.
The accuracy of the touchpad, on the other hand, was not bad at all. Performance has been smooth, and despite the fact that it is occasionally dragged with the palm of your hand, you can gain sensitivity if it bothers you, as well as adjust multi-motor gestures. To the right of the pad is a fingerprint reader that supports Windows Hello, so you can log in with a single tap.
Below the front edge are two speakers that shoot down. They pass to watch YouTube videos fast, but they are not pleasant for long listening. Invest in an inexpensive set of desktop speakers or a good set of headphones.
Acer Swift 1
Best for beginners and basics
With its entry-level processor and integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and scanty 64GB of storage (a lot of which is already loaded), Swift 1 is far from being a powerhouse and not very multitasking. But you should not expect something so inexpensive from them.
Like its Chromebook counterparts, it can run a browser window or two without sluggish or launch web apps and stream movies and music. Just don’t try to do all these things at once. Also, if you need to run Word, iTunes, or some other simple software, you can also do it, and it can’t be done with a Chromebook.
The battery life was very good, however, it happened at 9 hours 16 minutes in our streaming video test. For web surfing or word processing, you can spend most of your work day without thinking about connecting.
Essentially, Acer Swift 1 is enough for the demanding home office tasks, which are done separately, or for students who need access to web applications and more.
|Acer Swift 1||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.1GHz Intel Pentium N4200; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM; 128MB Intel HD Graphics 505; 64GB storage|
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