The stylish, simple and elegant Swift series from Acer are popular among users who enjoy their devices to be as portable and as functional as possible. Recently, I’ve covered the flagship model in an in-depth review you can read here. And now, I’ll do a quick review and present you the specifications of the mid-range version: the Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-57EQ.
There aren’t many differences between the 57EQ and the more expensive 86QH model in terms of features. They’re basically the same notebook, with the exception of two hardware components: the CPU and the SSD.
Namely, the Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-57EQ has an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, capable of handling about the same workload as the i7 present in its superior sibling. That is if you’ll use the notebook as an everyday device, and not for intensive tasks, such as 3D rendering, or advanced calculations.
The other difference would be storage space. This model has half the available amount that you’ll get with the 86QH, so keeping large media or file libraries will be more challenging, but not out of the question. However, if you stream your media content, I don’t think you’ll have to rely that much on a cloud account.
All the features are essentially unchanged. It’s light, portable, has a backlit keyboard, FHD 13.3-inch display, good interface options, and the same 8 gigabytes of memory.
- Intel Core i5-8250U processor (quad-core, 1.6 GHz up to 3.4 GHz, 6 MB cache)
- 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM (onboard memory)
- 256 GB PCIe SSD
- 13.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED-Backlit display
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi (Dual-Band 2×2 MU-MIMO technology)
- 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-A port, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x HDMI-out
- 4-Cell Li-Ion Battery, up to 13 hours battery life
- Windows 10 Home
- 2.87 lbs.
- Fingerprint reader, Back-lit keyboard
Should you buy it?
Yes, if you need an ultraportable, mid-range do-it-all laptop. It’s perfect for students, traveling professionals and folks who need something light that won’t overburden the morning commute.
No, if you’d enjoy some more performance than the Acer Swift 3 SF313-51-57EQ has to offer (like an Intel Core i7, more storage space, a dedicated graphics card, and so on). However, most users who’d enjoy an ultraportable device such as this one won’t actually need that extra oomph.