Acer is an early adopter of powerful, new technology with the Swift 3. The laptop is among the first we’ve reviewed with Intel’s 8th-Gen Core CPUs, which are faster and more power- efficient than anything else on the market now.

 

When you use the system, you’ll open it to find a 14-inch, 1080p display, island-style keyboard, brushed aluminum deck and a fingerprint reader. 

You’ll get all of the ports you expect on the Swift, with an HDMI output, a USB Type-C port (that you can’t charge over), a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack on the left side. On the right are an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 port and a Kensington lock slot.

The speakers on the Swift are nice and loud.

The Acer Swift 3 is the first laptop that we’ve tested featuring one of Intel’s 8th-Gen Core processorss: a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-8250U. It also utilizes 8GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD. 

The Swift 3 won’t quite get you through a work or school day. It lasted for 7 hours and 15 minutes on our test, which browses the web continuously over Wi-Fi.

The display is dim, the battery life is short and Acer has continually proven that it can’t make a laptop without bloatware practically falling out of the display. 

The Swift 3 is one of the first laptops out of the gate with an 8th-Gen Intel Core CPU. The overall performance is worth the money — we tested it as being as much as 76 percent faster than last year’s model. But that doesn’t make it an instant buy. The Acer Swift 3 is a solid choice overall, but if you want the best possible performance and value, you may want to wait for other 8th-Gen laptops to come out.