Acer Swift 3 16

MSRP $1,000.00

“The Acer Swift 3 16 is a bit old style, however presents respectable worth for the worth.”


  • Wonderful productiveness efficiency
  • Strong battery life
  • Above-average premium show
  • Skinny and light-weight
  • Engaging value


  • Show is in old-school 16:9 facet ratio
  • Touchpad buttons are laborious to press
  • Construct high quality is a bit of subpar

Acer’s Swift 3 line has produced some wonderful laptops, with the 14-inch AMD Swift 3 holding the highest spot on our checklist of greatest finances laptops. The corporate has expanded the road over time, providing 13.3-inch, 13.5-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch fashions that supply a strong mixture of skinny and light-weight design and enticing pricing. Now, Acer has added a 16-inch mannequin, the biggest show but, and it hopes to deliver the identical sort of worth as the remainder of the road.

I reviewed a $1,000 configuration with an Eleventh-gen 35-watt Core i7-11370H CPU and a 16.1-inch IPS Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) show within the old-school 16:9 facet ratio. And in reality, that final specification, the facet ratio, is what’s instantly disappointing concerning the laptop computer. Most producers are shifting to taller 16:10 or 3:2 shows, and 16:9 looks as if an anachronism. General it’s a pleasant laptop computer with good efficiency and battery life, however the show holds it again from being even higher.


The very first thing you’ll discover concerning the Swift 3 16 is how vast it appears, notably in case you’ve dealt with another 16-inch laptops with taller 16:10 shows. A yr or two in the past, the design would have been tremendous, however now it looks as if the laptop computer takes up an excessive amount of horizontal house on a desktop.

It’s not as deep, in fact, however taller shows which are deeper additionally provide more room on the keyboard deck for issues like bigger touchpads. Acer did a great job of utilizing the house it had, and extra on that under, however the kind issue simply feels a bit of bizarre in comparison with different up to date large-screen machines.

It’s not horrible for a $1,000 laptop computer full of the Swift 3 16’s elements, but it surely may very well be higher.

In comparison with one other 16-inch laptop computer with a 16:10 show, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4, the Swift 3 16 is wider at 14.48 inches versus 14.13 inches however much less deep at 9.1 inches versus 9.99 inches. It’s additionally thinner at 0.63 inches versus 0.7 inches and lighter at 3.75 kilos versus 3.99 kilos. The Swift 3 16 has related show bezels to the Lenovo, that means they’re fairly small on prime and alongside the edges however with a extra distinguished chin.

The MSI Summit E16 Flip has related prime and aspect bezels however a fair bigger chin on the underside, and it’s a bit deeper than each laptops whereas being about as vast because the Lenovo. It’s thinner at 0.67 inches and fairly a bit heavier at 4.4 kilos. The Swift 3 16 is properly skinny and light-weight for a laptop computer with such a big show, and solely its width stands out as an excessive amount of.

By way of its construct high quality, the Swift 3 16 is constructed from aluminum however suffers from some bending within the lid and vital flexing within the keyboard deck and backside chassis. It’s not horrible for a $1,000 laptop computer full of the Swift 3 16’s elements, but it surely may very well be higher. The Samsung Galaxy E-book Odyssey is one other latest laptop computer constructed of aluminum and suffers from an absence of rigidity. You’ll want to take a look at one thing just like the Dell XPS 15 or Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4 to get a machine with that solid-as-a-rock really feel to it.

Aesthetically, the Swift 3 16 is available in a Metal Gray colour that appears like a lightweight black, and it’s joined within the minimalist motion with easy traces and angles and 0 bling. Even the sides aren’t chamfered, and there’s no chrome to be discovered apart from the Acer brand on the lid. The Samsung Galaxy E-book Odyssey is equally minimalist with a darkish colour scheme and a chrome brand on the lid, and just some additional molding units it aside. The Swift 3 16 is a horny laptop computer, simply very conservatively designed. My solely actual criticism about its look is that its bezels are plastic, making it look a bit cheaper than it would in any other case.

Connectivity is strong. There’s a proprietary charging connection, a USB-C 3.2 port with Thunderbolt 4 help, a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, and a USB-A 3.2 port alongside the left-hand aspect. It will have been higher so as to add a second USB-C port and use that for charging somewhat than the proprietary energy connection, an anachronism that requires carrying an additional piece round when so many USB-C chargers are usually out there.

On the right-hand aspect, you’ll discover one other USB-A 3.2 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. That’s a great mixture of present and legacy connections, with the one obtrusive omission being the dearth of an SD card reader. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 present wi-fi duties.


The Swift 3 16 may be configured with both an Intel Eleventh-gen Core i5-11300H or a Core i7-11370H, each 35-watt 4-core/8-thread CPUs. They fall in between the U-series processors geared toward skinny and light-weight laptops and the sooner 45-watt 8-core/16-thread H-series CPUs. My evaluate unit used the Core i7-11370H together with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and it carried out nicely in keeping with expectations. The Core i5 configuration with 8GB of RAM is simply $870, practically a finances value.

It ought to be famous that the dearth of discrete graphics and the low core and thread counts make this extra of a fundamental work laptop computer than a creator’s workstation, regardless of the show dimension.

Acer squeezed out some superb efficiency from the CPU.

Regardless of the lower-powered elements for a laptop computer of this dimension, Acer managed to squeeze some respectable efficiency out of this technique.

In Geekbench 5, the Swift 3 16 was the third quickest in our comparability group and got here in fourth place in Cinebench R23. In lots of instances, the Swift 3 16 was punching above its weight class in opposition to these different machines.

For a extra real-life check, I ran our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265. Impressively, the Swift 3 16 tied with the Samsung Galaxy E-book Odyssey operating a 6-core/12-thread Core i7-11600H, however fell behind the ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4 and Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1.

Lastly, within the PCMark 10 Full check, the Swift 3 16 as soon as once more got here in fourth behind the identical machines.

These are strong outcomes and level to the Swift 3 16 being a quick performer for productiveness customers. Once more, it’s not going to deal with demanding artistic purposes, however for everybody else, but it surely exhibits that in some instances, the distinction between a 35-watt chip and a 45-watt chip isn’t as a lot as we frequently assume.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake
Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
Acer Swift 3 16 (Core i7-11370H) 1,613 / 6,119 151 1.568 / 5,806 5,491 1,911
Samsung Galaxy E-book Odyssey (Core i7-11600H) 1,478 / 5,366 151 1,601 / 8,571 5,989 N/A
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional (Core i7-11370H) 1,578 / 5,957 202 1,514 / 5,544 5,149 1,888
Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 (Ryzen 7 5700U) 1,184 / 6,281 120 1,287 / 8,013 5,411 1,247
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 (Core i7-1165G7) 1,327 / 5,201 N/A 1,469 / 4,945 5,147 1,776
Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio (Core i7-11370H) 1,321 / 5,131 179 1,304 / 5,450 5,091 4,266
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4 (Core i7-11800H) 1,520 / 7,353 106 1,519 / 10,497 6,251 6,691

Nevertheless, the Swift 3 16 is caught with Intel’s Iris Xe built-in graphics, and there’s no getting round that. It’s not made to be a gaming laptop computer or a video modifying instrument. That makes it uncommon amongst bigger laptops that usually ship with discrete graphics and might do some mild gaming.

The Swift 3 16 did nicely within the 3DMark Time Spy check for an Intel Iris Xe machine, beating out the opposite machines with built-in graphics. Nonetheless, it naturally couldn’t sustain with the Microsoft Floor Laptop computer Studio’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti or the ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen 4’s RTX 3060. I ran Fortnite and noticed 24 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and epic graphics, a number of fps sooner than most different Iris Xe laptops we’ve examined however nothing to write down residence about.


As talked about earlier, the Acer Swift 3 16 equips a 16.1-inch Full HD IPS show within the 16:9 facet ratio. That makes it very vast, which is nice for setting two home windows aspect by aspect however not so nice for viewing vertical data, the place a taller show would have been welcome. Even so, this was a nice show to make use of whereas engaged on this evaluate when it comes to its brightness, colours, and particularly distinction. I discovered it at the very least pretty much as good, subjectively, as most premium shows I’ve reviewed.

In line with my colorimeter, the show is barely above common for a premium panel not geared toward creators. Colours had been a bit of wider than common at 77% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, they usually had been very correct at a Delta E of 1.11 (1.0 or much less is taken into account wonderful). Brightness was good at 334 nits, above our 300-nit threshold, and distinction was wonderful for an IPS show at 1,530:1. By comparability, the Samsung Galaxy E-book Odyssey’s show — a 15.6-inch panel on a laptop computer aimed partially at creators — was far worse at simply 48% of AdobeRGB and 65% of sRGB, accuracy at 2.37, brightness (which was higher) at 350 nits, and distinction at simply 800:1.

I might a lot have most well-liked the next decision and a taller facet ratio with the Swift 3 16’s show, however you possibly can’t argue with its total high quality.

The MSI Summit E16 Flip’s 16-inch 16:10 IPS had wider colours than the Swift 3 16 at 89% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, they usually had been as correct at 1.12, and its brightness was greater at 482 nits. Its distinction, although, was 1,140:1, good for an IPS show however not show deep blacks in addition to the Swift 3 16.

I might a lot have most well-liked the next decision and a taller facet ratio with the Swift 3 16’s show, however you possibly can’t argue with its total high quality. It is a tremendous show for productiveness customers, and once more, it’s nice for setting two home windows aspect by aspect. The colours aren’t fairly vast sufficient for artistic professionals, however that’s not this laptop computer’s goal.

Two downward-firing audio system present audio, and the Swift 3 16 joins a number of latest laptops I’ve reviewed that put out surprisingly low quantity. These laptops at the very least had clear sound, whereas the Swift 3 16 one way or the other manages to be distorted. Mids and highs are muddied, and there’s little to no bass. Sound high quality shouldn’t be a power, and also you’ll desire a pair of headphones for absolutely anything.

Keyboard and touchpad

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There’s loads of horizontal house for a keyboard given the very vast show, and Acer makes use of most however not all of it. The important thing spacing is superb, keycaps are giant, and there’s a numeric keypad that’s somewhat small and will have been bigger given some house on both sides of the keyboard. The important thing switches present loads of journey, with a bottoming motion that’s only a tiny bit abrupt and so detracts from the keyboard’s total precision. It’s a number of steps behind the very best, reminiscent of these on the HP Spectre line and Dell’s XPS laptops.

The touchpad is giant and duties up many of the out there house on the palm relaxation. Its floor is comfy for swiping, and as a Microsoft Precision touchpad, it handles Home windows 11’s multitouch gestures nicely. The one drawback is that the buttons require lots of pressure to depress, to the purpose the place I gave up on utilizing them and simply tapped the touchpad as a substitute. For those who favor to make use of bodily buttons, these received’t make you content. The show, sadly, isn’t touch-enabled, one thing I all the time miss.

A fingerprint reader within the upper-right nook of the palm relaxation supplies Home windows 10 Hey password-less logging help. It labored rapidly and reliably after a number of tries at registering a finger. There’s a button to show off the microphone, however no strategy to flip off or block the webcam for privateness functions.

Battery life

The Swift 3 16 has simply 58 watt-hours of battery packed inside, which isn’t so much for a laptop computer with a 35-watt CPU and a 16.1-inch show even operating at Full HD. I wasn’t anticipating the very best battery life.

I used to be pleasantly shocked, although. The Swift 3 16 made it to eight.75 hours in our net looking check that cycles via a collection of fashionable and sophisticated web sites. We wish to see 10 hours on this check, however practically 9 hours is sweet sufficient. The Samsung Galaxy E-book Odyssey went for an extended 10.5 hours, whereas the Samsung Galaxy E-book shut down after 8.3 hours.

Battery capability issues, although, which is why the Dell XPS 15 with 86 watt-hours and a power-hungry OLED show managed to exceed 9 hours. In our video check that loops a neighborhood 1080p film trailer, the Swift 3 16 lasted for 13 hours, a a lot stronger rating that was nonetheless behind the Galaxy E-book Odyssey’s 14.3 hours however nicely forward of the Galaxy E-book’s 11 hours. The XPS 15 OLED managed 11 hours on this check as nicely.

I additionally ran the PCMark Purposes battery check that’s the very best indication of productiveness battery life, and the Swift 3 16 lasted for 9.5 hours. Once more, that’s an honest rating and guarantees all-day battery life. The Galaxy E-book Odyssey was stronger at 11.8 hours, whereas the Galaxy E-book additionally did higher at nearly 11 hours. The XPS 15 OLED fell behind at simply eight hours. Within the PCMark Gaming battery check that signifies how laborious a laptop computer runs whereas on battery, the Swift 3 16 lasted for a mean of 1.75 hours.

General, the Swift 3 16 has good battery life that may get you thru a full day’s work with an hour or two left over. That’s a considerably stunning consequence given the small battery, however one way or the other Acer managed to squeeze out above-average longevity.

Our take

You actually can’t knock getting a big, 16-inch laptop computer with wonderful productiveness efficiency and good battery life for $1,000. That’s the Acer Swift 3 16 in a nutshell. My greatest complaints with the laptop computer are its barely subpar construct high quality and its 16:9 show, making it really feel too vast.

However the keyboard is ample, and the touchpad is giant, though Acer must loosen up the buttons a bit. For those who’re searching for a large-format machine for productiveness use with a little bit of artistic work tossed in, then the Swift 3 16 is a powerful candidate.

Are there any options?

The Floor Laptop computer 4 15 supplies a thinner and lighter chassis, albeit with a barely smaller show, and can present related efficiency given its personal built-in graphics. It’s far dearer, although.

You might additionally contemplate the HP Envy 15. It prices across the similar cash and presents superior efficiency, albeit with much less battery life. Its show can be superior in case you select the OLED choice (which prices extra, in fact).

How lengthy will it final?

The Acer Swift 3 16 demonstrates some bending and flexing within the lid, keyboard deck, and backside chassis, but it surely nonetheless feels prefer it ought to present a number of years of productive use. Its elements are fashionable and will maintain Home windows 11 buzzing alongside. As all the time, the one-year guarantee is a disappointment.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. Despite the fact that its show is 16:9, the Acer Swift 3 16 supplies greater than sufficient efficiency for productive multitasking, and the big display can comfortably host two home windows aspect by aspect.

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