Acer Swift 3 (2020) review

The Acer Swift 3 (2020) certainly exceeds expectations for a budget laptop. Cheaper laptops don’t usually come with big expectations, but the Swift line proves once again that a portable doesn’t have to have a lofty price tag to be competent enough to impress – let alone consistently ranked as among our favorite Ultrabooks.

Not that the Acer Swift 3 (2020) is the epitome of budget laptops. This 2020 update has inherited some of the previous models’ flaws, such as the tinny, downward-facing speakers. However, what it could improve upon without raising the price it has, prioritizing upgrades in  performance and battery life over the older models. The result is a solid device that can hold its own against the likes of the premium Dell XPS 13 in performance while offering better value for a much lower price of entry.

In other words, the Acer Swift 3 (2020) is a fantastic Ultrabook that won’t break the piggy bank. And, it’s a fantastic choice for those whose budget won’t quite stretch that far.

Acer Swift 3

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Spec Sheet

Here is the Acer Swift 3 (2020) configuration sent to TechRadar for review: 

CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G1 (quad-core, 6MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 3.6GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
Memory: 8GB DDR4 (2,667MHz)
Display: 14″ FHD 1080p IPS
Storage: 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports: 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), HDMI
Connectivity: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax | Bluetooth 5.0
Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.2kg)
Size: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches (32 x 21.59 x 1.5cm W x H x D)

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