Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 2000GB SSD
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 See photo
RAM
up to 16GB
OS
Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions
323.4 x 218.9 x 17.9 mm (12.73" x 8.62" x 0.70")
Weight
1.20 kg (2.6 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum, Magnesium alloy
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo
Features
  • Fingerprint reader optional
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard optional
  • Microphone 2 Microphones
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slotKensington lock

All Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) configurations

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Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

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Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

$4.97
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Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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CPU performance

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) series.

Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

GPU performance

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) in-depth review

Guys, if you are interested in thin and light notebooks, one of the decent choices on the market would be the Swift 3 series of Acer. Provided you want to buy such a device, you have some choices to make. And the biggest one is - do you go Intel or AMD. If this was happening a couple of months earlier we would have definitely said AMD, since the Ryzen 4000U processors totally annihilated Intel when it comes to ULV processors. However, since Intel released their Tiger Lake chips, which offere[...]

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Pros

  • Very cool and quiet under heavy load
  • Reasonably comfortable keyboard with optional backlight
  • Lack of PWM (AUO B173HAN04.7)
  • Comfortable viewing angles and good contrast ratio (AUO B173HAN04.7)
  • Efficient and powerful mobile Ryzen 4000U chips

Cons

  • Covers only 50% of sRGB (AUO B173HAN04.7)
  • Memory is soldered to the motherboard
  • No SD card reader on board

Inside Acer Swift 3 (SF314-42) - disassembly and upgrade options

 

Games you can play on this laptop series

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
GTA V
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Wildlands
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Six Siege
56
fps
41
fps
36
fps
33
fps
-6%
56
fps
36
fps
33
fps
31
fps
-27%
42
fps
30
fps
26
fps
24
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOTA 2
LOW
MAX
Bench
111
fps
77
fps
42
fps
34
fps
-8%
107
fps
69
fps
38
fps
30
fps
-23%
91
fps
58
fps
30
fps
25
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
CS:GO
LOW
MED
MAX
 
Bench
106
fps
74
fps
52
fps
 
-9%
94
fps
67
fps
50
fps
 
-33%
64
fps
57
fps
35
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Hearthstone
LOW
MED
 
Bench
144+
fps
144+
fps
60
fps
 
144+
fps
144+
fps
60
fps
 
-14%
144+
fps
144+
fps
59
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
World of Tanks
MIN
MED
 
Bench
-6%
144+
fps
46
fps
-
 
-26%
144+
fps
32
fps
-
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
League of Legends
MED
MAX
 
Bench
144+
fps
144+
fps
144+
fps
 
 
-3%
144+
fps
144+
fps
140
fps
 
-14%
144+
fps
138
fps
120
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rocket League
 
 
Bench
-28%
86
fps
28
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Overwatch
 
Bench
55
fps
40
fps
21
fps
 
-8%
53
fps
34
fps
20
fps
 
-22%
41
fps
32
fps
X
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Fortnite
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PUBG
-55%
25
fps
-
-
-
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Minecraft
MIN
MAX
 
 
Bench
-9%
144+
fps
34
fps
 
 
-15%
144+
fps
38
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Darksiders Genesis
LOW
MED
Bench
49
fps
28
fps
24
fps
X
-6%
44
fps
26
fps
24
fps
X
-55%
33
fps
21
fps
-
-
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Halo: Reach
 
Bench
60
fps
57
fps
54
fps
 
 
-2%
61
fps
55
fps
51
fps
 
-25%
45
fps
43
fps
41
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Metro Exodus
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Team Fortress 2
LOW
MAX
 
 
Bench
-9%
98
fps
52
fps
 
 
-20%
89
fps
43
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Gears 5
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Red Dead Redemption 2
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PES 2020
LOW
 
 
Bench
-13%
39
fps
23
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 20
LOW
 
 
Bench
-1%
112
fps
51
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
The Witcher 3
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Need For Speed Heat
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Apex Legends
MIN
MED
MAX
 
Bench
-8%
33
fps
25
fps
X
 
 
-69%
26
fps
-
-
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOOM
LOW
MED
 
Bench
33
fps
27
fps
24
fps
 
-32%
31
fps
26
fps
-
 
-42%
27
fps
22
fps
-
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Battlefield 5
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Warframe
LOW
 
 
Bench
-10%
79
fps
38
fps
 
 
-20%
72
fps
32
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Borderlands 3
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
ARK: Survival Evolved
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

 

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