As a preamble to this test
Latest release in the range Acer, we’ve been running tests onSwift 3 SF314-58-56JC…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We’ve put this Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC adapted to surf the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. This Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. The material used by Acer are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i5-10210U. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With less than a 8 Gb of RAM, it Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 500 gigabytes will be enough. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 9 hours is one of the worst on the market. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Is Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC okay to watch videos ?
Acer presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.2 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i5-10210U is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon Vega 6 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Acer didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC only 3 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC may not be suitable. That’s only 9 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC compatible with on the move use ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Acer. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
Its weight of 1.2 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The keypad Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC is equipped with backlighting. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
CPU Intel Core i5-10210U power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 9 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 500 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Acer was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC provides only 3 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5-10210U does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Acer made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 500 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 9 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
On the connection side, the Swift 3 SF314-58-56JCi s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
Clearly, it’s not Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC designed for audio-visual editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
The Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC, it may be better to go to other models. The Acer technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.500 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For online gaming, it Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.2 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 9 hours available.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC the right choice for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Acer may have put a rather low computer on the market. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, Acer has chosen as usual. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model, with its 1.2 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC.
With only 500 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC the right choice for the right use
This Swift 3 SF314-58-56JC will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks