The Acer Swift 3X, with a price range of $899.99 and $1,199.99, is an ambitious and powerful ultraportable laptop that stumbles on a few design elements. It caters to the same market as Apple’s excellent MacBook Air but takes a different approach. Both of these midrange computers come with the most up-to-date processing components (in Swift’s case, an unusual, cutting-edge implementation of Intel’s new discrete GPU).
The Acer Swift 3x has all the characteristics that distinguish Acer’s Swift line: a slim body, a gleaming Acer logo, and a chassis so light that it feels like you are holding an empty shell and not a laptop.
With Intel’s new discrete GPU, it seems like Acer is targeting a different market with its Swift 3x compare to its previous Swift 3 and Swift 5.
Acer Swift 3x currently is one of the most affordable laptops that features a discrete graphics card, which, to be specific, is Intel’s new Iris Xe Max. It is an ideal laptop for an audience that includes students and people who do photo and video editing.
The color scheme on the Acer Swift 3x is distinct but interesting and is a nice change if you’re bored seeing black and gray laptops all around you. A hinge on the back of the laptop reads “Swift,” which is a nice touch to the design.
For a laptop that features a discrete GPU, Acer Swift 3X is light and unusually portable, with a weight of 3.02 pounds and thickness of 0.71-inches. There’s a USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 2 port with Thunderbolt 4 and DisplayPort, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a combo audio jack. A fingerprint reader is located behind the arrow keys on the chassis, and it works well.
Display and Keyboard
The screen on the Acer Swift 3X is 14-inches when measured diagonally, which is about the right size for a daily use laptop. It has a remarkable screen-to-body ratio; the 14-inch display occupies about 80% of the laptop’s 12.7 × 8.4-inch footprint.
The Swift 3X’s contemporary display shines the brightest throughout the watching experience. Colors are vibrant, and text is razor-sharp when viewed from roughly three feet, despite the panel’s unexceptional backlight (measured at 300 nits of brightness) and a mediocre 1080p (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) resolution. There are many reasons why Swift’s 16:9 aspect ratio display appears so beautiful when compared to similarly-sized 300-nit displays, but the most evident is that Acer utilizes a matte surface that is very adept at reducing glare from ambient light.
The only drawback that we can think of right now regarding its screen is a touch-capable variant.
When typing with typical pressure, there’s a noticeable bend in the middle of the keyboard, which is acceptable in a $500 laptop but disappointing in a $1,200 one. Because the labels on the keys are squeezed into the upper left corner of each key, it is a little challenging to read them. The keys themselves feel a bit shallow and stiff.
The touchpad on the Swift 3X could use some refining; the upper half needs a little pressure to register a click, whereas the lower half is so loose that it bounces back even on finger tracking.
The Swift 3X features a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB of LPDDR4X memory, and a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive. It also includes Intel’s latest Iris Xe Max dedicated graphics processor, which is quite unusual. Only in some applications, such as AI-assisted photo editing, is the Iris Xe Max GPU superior to Intel’s current Iris Xe integrated graphics.
It’s got a lot of cooling power. It uses a large vent placed in the display hinge, and two copper heat pipes operate with a strong fan to direct hot air away from the chassis. Regrettably, the procedure generates a lot of noise.
Given the discrete GPU, the battery life was also a welcome surprise. At roughly 200 nits of brightness, you can average at seven hours and 51 minutes of continuous multitasking.
You can squeeze out more battery time out of it if you manage to clean out the preloaded bloatware that the Swift 3X comes with, such as ExpressVPN, Norton Security Ultra, etc.
The base model with a Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage has a price tag of $899.99, and the one with 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage costs $1199.99.
Aside from the touchpad pain and fan noise, the Acer Swift 3X is a fantastic notebook. Its cutting-edge Core i7 CPU and the high-quality 14-inch screen should be enough to get you through a full day of work or casual play.
In this highly competitive category of laptops, it lacks the build quality to earn an Editors’ Choice designation, but if you can overlook its slight flaws, the Swift 3X might be your daily laptop for years to come.