As an affiliate of Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and Newegg, may earn from qualifying purchases made through links on this website. (As a mean to monetize our service)

Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5800U | NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti Laptop GPU | 16GB LPDDR4X | 512GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit KB | Amazon Alexa | Windows 10 Home

Add to wishlistAdded to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
Expert ScoreRead review
Last updated on July 21, 2024 2:29 am

Acer Swift X review: A rare ultraportable laptop with bit

9.1Expert Score
Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5800U | NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti Laptop GPU | 16GB LPDDR4X | 512GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit KB | Amazon Alexa | Windows 10 Home
Acer Swift X review: A rare ultraportable laptop with bit
Billed as an ultraportable for creative pros, the powerful Acer Swift X is a better fit for students looking for a highly portable laptop with some gaming chops.
  • Stellar ultraportable performance.
  • Sneaky gaming laptop with RTX 3050 Ti graphics.
  • Impressive battery life considering high-end parts.
  • Display feels cramped for creative work.
  • Fan gets loud during heavy workloads.
  • Poorly placed Pg-Up and -Down buttons.

Best Prices Today: Swift X (SFX14-41G-R1S6)

Last update was on: July 21, 2024 2:29 am

The Acer Swift X packs impressive power inside an ultraportable case and is a great pick if you want a high-performance, highly portable laptop. Where most ultraportables prize efficiency and rely on integrated graphics, the Swift X serves up Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU for an added punch. With the RTX graphics and a powerful AMD CPU, the Swift X is able to handle content-creation tasks and some gaming in addition to the basic office chores for which most ultraportables are built.

The Swift X doesn’t toss efficiency out the window and provides ample battery life despite its power-hungry parts. You’ll need to put up with a frequently loud fan and warm keyboard, however, and the system’s fit and finish is not on par with that of other premium ultraportables. Make sure you need the graphics prowess of the Swift X before committing because you are forced to sacrifice in other areas to get it.

Acer Swift X specifications:

Acer currently sells one and only one model of the Swift X. It’s a 14-inch laptop based on an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU and RTX 3050 Ti graphics with a list price of $1,099.99.  Let’s take a look at the specs of the Swift X (model SFX14-41G-R1S6) that we reviewed:

  • CPU: 8-core, 16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Display: 14-inch, 1920×1080 IPS non-touch
  • Webcam: 720p
  • Connectivity: Left: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Type-C, 1 x SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps Type-A (with power-off charging), HDMI 2.0. Right: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps Type-A, combo audio jack.
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
  • Biometrics: Fingerprint reader
  • Battery capacity: 58.7 Watt-hours
  • Dimensions: 12.71 x 8.35 x 0.7 inches
  • Measured weight: 3.1 pounds (laptop), 0.9 pounds (AC adapter)

Gold-and-silver design:

The Swift X features a thin, aluminum chassis that’s available in three colors: Steam Blue, Prodigy Pink and Safari Gold. We received the gold model, but only parts of the laptop come draped in the hue: the lid, a narrow strip above the keyboard and the display hinges. The rest of the laptop is silver in color, resulting in a two-tone look that lends an OEM feel to the system. The matte black plastic display bezels also earn a design demerit.

The aluminum chassis is quite compact. It’s roughly the same size as another high-powered 14-inch laptop, the HP Envy 14. Both are only 0.7 inches thick, and the Swift X at 3.1 pounds is a few ounces lighter than the 3.3-pound Envy 14. The Swift X’s power brick is also compact, resulting in a reasonable and eminently totable 4-pound total carrying weight.

When you open the display, the hinges dip down below the bottom panel to provide a slight tilt for the keyboard for a more comfortable typing angle and to improve airflow. With its high-end components packed into such a compact enclosure, the Swift X needs all the aid it can get to keep thermals in check. The laptop is fairly quiet during basic tasks, but the cooling fan really begins to spin when it’s engaged in heavier lifting. While running Photoshop and other graphics apps or during games, the Swift X gets loud. And even with its cooling fan working overtime, the laptop begins to heat up to the point that the keys feel rather toasty under your fingertips.

The keys themselves feel snappy and sound quiet, but two things annoy me about the keyboard. For one, the keys are silver instead of black, which leaves little to no contrast when the keyboard backlighting is on when you are sitting in a room that’s not completely dark.

For another, the Page-up and Page-down keys are squeezed in above the side arrow keys and I hit each constantly by accident. I’d much rather these keys be mapped to another key or placed anywhere else than their current spot. Below the arrow keys is a fingerprint reader for easy, secure logins. The webcam lacks IR capability, so the fingerprint reader is the only biometric option on the Swift X.

The touchpad felt accurate with smooth gliding and a firm, responsive click. I take no issue with the touchpad, but I do have a gripe about the AMD, Nvidia and Alexa stickers to its left. They are placed in such a haphazard fashion that their crooked and ill-spaced positioning detract from the Swift X’s overall appearance. Acer’s sticker affixer needs to get it together.

Squeezed by 16:9 panel:

he 14-inch display features a full HD (1920×1080) resolution and 100-percent sRGB support. Its image looked bright with vibrant color and good contrast. The biggest issue I have with the display doesn’t concern its performance but its size. Quite simply, it feels too cramped for serious design work. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which limits the amount of vertical space it affords compared with a 16:10 display. The HP Envy 14 features a roomier 14-inch, 16:10 display that’s a better fit for creative work. Even a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro feels more spacious than the 14-inch Swift X because Apple’s laptop displays feature a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Above the display is a standard 720p webcam. You won’t wow your fellow Zoom conference attendees with its noisy image and reddish skin tones. The webcam also lacks a physical privacy shutter.

The speakers, too, failed to impress. They didn’t reach a loud level at max volume and produced predictably tinny sound. They also fire downward, which doesn’t help the situation.

The Swift X’s port selection covers the basics with both USB Type-A and Type-C ports, although I’d like a pair of USB-C ports and one USB-A port instead of the flipside of that. The USB-C port offers 10Gbps data transfers, DisplayPort support, and power delivery. Creative pros whose work requires the use of media cards will bemoan the lack of an SD card slot. The laptop supports the latest wireless networking standards — WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 — but omits an Ethernet port. You’ll also find an HDMI connection.

Acer Swift X performance:

The Swift X shined in labs testing, easily outpacing competing ultraportables. The closest laptop we’ve reviewed recently to the Swift X is the HP Envy 14, a 14-inch laptop built for content creation that features an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics. We also compared the Swift X to Acer’s Swift 3X, which is based on an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU and Intel’s discrete Iris Xe Max graphics. Rounding out the charts is the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga and Dell XPS 13 9310, a pair of 2-in-1 convertibles with an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Last update was on: July 21, 2024 2:29 am

source: PCWORLD

User Reviews

0.0 out of 5
Write a review

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5800U | NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti Laptop GPU | 16GB LPDDR4X | 512GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit KB | Amazon Alexa | Windows 10 Home”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Bick your best deal from our Hot PRICE DROP list

Select your currency
USD United States (US) dollar
EUR Euro
Laptops Dealer
Compare items
  • Total (0)