The Acer Swift 3 SF315-41G is a cheap, high-performance laptop with a 12.2″ 1920×1080 screen and 166 ppi. Its price is reasonable for a high-end laptop, and it comes with an optional touchscreen, which detects up to 10 fingers. Touchscreens are a growing trend in laptops, and the SF315-41G is no exception.
To keep your SF315-41G battery running for as long as possible, you should always charge your laptop when it’s idle. Then, you should discharge the battery to 40% and store it in a cool, dry place. If possible, maintain a temperature between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius, as extreme temperatures can lead to accelerated battery aging. If you are unable to fully charge the battery before you need to use it, you should fully discharge it once a month.
The Swift 3 SF315-41G and SF315-51G both have similar specs, but the SF315-51G has a Core i5-8250U processor and GeForce MX150 graphics unit. The SF315-51G offers better performance for games and has a longer battery life, but neither of these two models can secure a price advantage over the SF315-41G, which is only 900 Euros.
While both models have decent battery life, the Acer Swift 3 SF315-41G has slightly less endurance when running under light loads and is more power hungry than the SF315-51G. Its dedicated GPU is enough for standard use cases, but you will have to select conservative settings if you plan to play games on the laptop. And this is only possible if you play modern games at low settings.
Unlike many gaming laptops, the Swift 3 SF315-41G delivers a smooth gaming experience. At HD resolution and medium quality settings, the card can achieve playable frame rates, although it struggles to meet the demands of some performance-hungry blockbusters. In general, the Radeon RX 540 graphics unit is on par with Nvidia’s GeForce MX150 GPU, with an average achieved frame rate that falls in between the two.
There are two USB 2.0 ports on the right side of the Acer Swift 3, but no Thunderbolt 3 port. The left side has a DC jack, HDMI port, and Kensington lock slot. One of the Acer Swift 3’s key features is its fingerprint reader. There is no microSD card slot, which may be a concern for many buyers. Fortunately, the Swift 3 offers enough ports to satisfy most users.