Acer Swift 3 review: New body, familiar laptop

The build

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For ease of access, it’s got a fingerprint sensor built in. When it works, it unlocks your laptop in a jiffy but it is quite hit or miss sometimes, which means you’ll have to resort to entering your pin or password instead. I would have preferred to see a Windows Hello setup with an infrared camera, but this is a budget device so I can understand.

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You also get a new keyboard which I think gives you a better typing experience overall. The keys are well-spaced and have nice travel. It’s still a little mushier than I’d prefer but this time the Page Up and Page Down keys are no longer right above the arrow keys so I don’t hit them by accident anymore.

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That said, it isn’t the perfect laptop. The Swift 3 is 3.6mm thicker and 200 grams heavier than the S 13, thanks to all those added features and the new metal body. Its battery life also isn’t particularly great. On the Swift 3, I managed to get about 7 hours of use on a single charge of my typical workload usage. That’s about one hour longer than I got on the S 13, which is slightly better but still not quite one typical work day.

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As a whole, I really don’t have many complaints with the Swift 3, especially compared to the S 13. In fact, it improves on quite a few aspects of the older laptop, which is nice, and maintains a similar price point. If you’re OK with the slightly added bulk, then I would definitely recommend the Swift 3 with as much enthusiasm (if not a little more) than I did with the S 13.

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It captures a lot of the old S 13’s spirit, only in a new all-metal body plus a few bells and whistles. The way I see it, the only issue with purchasing one would be that the Swift 3 only comes in one configuration, so if you want, say 8GB of memory, you can’t buy a higher spec. Otherwise, this is a pretty solid laptop.

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Acer Swift 3 — RM2,899

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Display: 14″ Full HD 1920×1080 IPS
Processor: 2.30GHz dual-core 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U
Memory: 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
Storage: 256GB SSD Serial ATA/600
Dimensions: 341×236.6x18mm
Ports: 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB Type-C, HDMI, Headphone/Mic combo, SD Card reader
Weight: 1.5kg
Battery Life: About 7 hours

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