As an introduction to this analysis
Latest release in the range Acer, we’ve been running tests onSwift 3 SF314-42-R9YN…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN the right choice for surfing the internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN 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 the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. As for the processor level, this model is equipped with the Ryzen 7 4700U. Knowing that the evolution of components is very fast, you will have with this model and this component, a laptop that will last a few years. In short, this model will give you full satisfaction for an Internet browsing use. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 500 Gb, Acer considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN can work 9 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. 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.
The Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN- the right model for streaming and 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 SF314-42-R9YN is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. 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. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The processor installed on this model is a high-end Ryzen 7 4700U. Unlike the brand’s older processors, energy efficiency is optimal and consumption is well controlled. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon Vega 6, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). 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. Indeed, it Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN has only 3 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN seems inappropriate. Indeed, with 9 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. 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.
Is Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN planned for travelling ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. We therefore analysed this Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN from the point of view of nomadic use. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. 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 SF314-42-R9YN is equipped with backlighting. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Equipped with a processor Ryzen 7 4700U, this model has a very low power consumption. It has a very low voltage, allowing you to benefit from a greater autonomy and thus reduce and extend the life of the batteries.
Please note that the autonomy is provided as an indication by Acer, and that you should rather take 70% of this value into account.
With 9 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 500 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
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 SF314-42-R9YN provides only 3 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
In conclusion, it can be considered that this Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN can be used for travel purposes.
The Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN to make audio or video editing.
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Acer have thought of for this Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Acer has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
With this laptop, Acer has developed an effective tool for those who want to have an affordable video editing laptop whose price remains tight. Equipped with a software suite as standard, you can start editing for movies and music. In case you want to upgrade to professional applications, the processor Ryzen 7 4700U and disk size of 500 Gb will be more than sufficient.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. 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. Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Acer could have done much better.
For the connector part, the Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YNhas the USB3 format. 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.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN for video 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 SF314-42-R9YN, 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. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Our tests have shown that for Acer this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 500 Gb it Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YNis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For online gaming, it Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN 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.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.2 Kg.
For autonomy, 9 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
The Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN for office automation.
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. An almost featherweight of 1.2 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
When working in semi-dark areas, you will appreciate the backlighting of the keypad on this Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 500 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YNcan be quickly filled.
In short, the Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN the right choice for the right use
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Swift 3 SF314-42-R9YN is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– travel use