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The Acer Swift 3 thinks a cool look is worth some extra cash

Acer’s Swift 3 thin-and-light consumer laptop could be called a crowd-pleaser, if only because you can currently buy models ranging in price from $650 and up, with abundant in RAM and storage, as well as both AMD and Intel CPUs. With the upgraded unit unveiled Wednesday at Acer’s [email protected] event in New York, the company’s raising the bar in all respects: a cooler look—and a higher price ceiling. 

The Swift 3 we saw costs—are you sitting down?—$1,798. But don’t panic: Acer will continue to offer a long list of configuration options that should help you get this laptop down to a range that fits your budget. Whatever the features inside, you’ll enjoy an all-metal chassis with a brushed finish, and colors including gold, silver, blue, and rose. 

Features and specs: Choices galore

acer swift 3 keyboard tray Christopher Hebert/IDG

The Swift 3 sports an all-metal chassis with chiseled edges for a refined look.

CPU: A mix of 7th-gen and 8th-gen parts: 

  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • Intel Core i3-8130U
  • Intel Core i3-7130U
  • Intel Core i7-7020U

The Core i7-8550U and Core i5-8250U are both quad-core parts, while the rest of the CPUs are dual-core. But the only reason to care about quad-core is if you’re working on CPU-intensive tasks like video or content creation. For mainstream applications, dual-core will do just fine. 

Memory: 

  • Up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, upgradeable to 32GB via two soDIMM modules
  • Up to 16GB of NVMe PCIe Gen3 8Gbps in up to two lanes, supporting Intel Optane Memory. Adding Optane will boost your data drives’ speed significantly. 
acer swift 3 display Christopher Hebert/IDG

Display choices for the Acer Swift 3 include 1920×1080 and 3840×2160 resolutions.

Storage: 

  • Hard drives in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities
  • Up to 512GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
  • Up to 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 8Gbps in up to four lanes

Display: Your choice of 15.6-inch display with IPS technology, one with an FHD resolution (1920×1080), the other with UHD (3840×2160). Note the latter will take a toll on graphics performance and battery life, because it’s pushing four times as many pixels.  

acer swift 3 left ports3 Christopher Hebert/IDG

The Acer Swift 3 has a lock port, a USB-A port, and an SD card slot on its left side.

Graphics: In addition to Intel’s integrated HD 620 and UHD 620, you may also choose Nvidia’s GeForce MX150, which suffices for 720p gaming at medium to high settings.

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