Acer Swift 3 SF315-51-518S 15.6-inch

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The Acer Swift 3 SF315-51-518S 15.6-inch is a bestselling laptop that has received positive reviews for its durable aluminium construction, the integration of the latest 8th generation Intel i5 processor and all around reliable performance, its quality IPS display and its thin and lightweight build quality, which would be due to the aluminium casing. However, some found that the battery life is average despite claiming a 10-hour battery life. Furthermore, some found that while it is a reasonably high quality IPS display, it is a bit dark. Lastly, one user found that the fingerprint sensor is incredibly buggy, and described it as “just about useless”, and it does not come with an ethernet port. The Acer Swift is a sturdy laptop that delivers a great all around performance, and it features an IPS display (that is slightly dark) and the latest Intel CPU.

Positive Reviews
(as of 27-09-2020 00:13 UTC) Details
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  • Lightweight
  • Durable body
  • Spacious touchpad
  • Good IPS display
  • Up-to-date components


  • No ethernet connection
  • Display may be slightly dark for some
  • Average battery life
  • Average keyboard
  • Potentially buggy fingerprint scanner

Bottom Line

Acer’s Swift 3 is designed to boost your productivity thanks to its good CPU, plentiful RAM and a lightning fast SSD, but the IPS display is a bit dark, and Acer decided to exclude an ethernet port, which is disappointing.

Score Summary

Critic Reviews

  • 84
    NotebookCheck October 18, 2017

    Acer's 15.6-inch all-rounder is equipped with a quad-core processor, an IPS display and a GPU with enough performance power to render current games – and more. Even with its high-performance hardware, it offers a long battery life.

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Processor Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics TypeIntegrated
Graphics Memory shared
Operating System Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Home
Weight4.63 lbs
Battery Life10 hours
Hard Drive 1256 SSD
Display Size15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS
Display Resolution1920 x 1080
Display TechnologyLED-backlit
ConnectivityWi-Fi | Bluetooth | HDMI | 2 x USB 3.0 | 1 x USB Type-C Port USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
Additional FeaturesSecure Digital (SD) card reader, Acer Fingerprint Reader
Dimension (LxWxH)14.6 x 10 x 0.7
Warranty1 year

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