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Acer Swift 3 (15.6") - Intel Core i3 8130U + 16GB Optane, 4GB, 1TB, Full-HD IPS, Aluminium Casing, Backlit Keyboard £329.97 @ Laptops Direct
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Acer Swift 3 (15.6") - Intel Core i3 8130U + 16GB Optane, 4GB, 1TB, Full-HD IPS, Aluminium Casing, Backlit Keyboard £329.97 @ Laptops Direct

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Posted 9th MayEdited by:"win26"
Model Number - SF15-52-30DU
Part Number - NX.H1MEK.003

Cheaper than last time. Thanks, Sagacity.
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Very good value and specs with the latest Core i3 processor, Thin bezels, premium all Aluminium build, Backlit keyboard, Finger print scanner, High quality IPS display, good battery life and light weight.

  • Intel Core i3-8130U Dual-Core Processor (8th Gen)
  • 15.6" Full HD IPS Screen
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1000GB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane
  • Integrated Intel UHD 620 Graphics
  • USB3 | USB Type-C | HDMI | Bluetooth


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More Info and specs here.

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Review for the i5 version

Intel Optane Memory EXPLAINED (In Under 5 Minutes!)

Optane memory speed test, skip to 2:50.
Edited by: "win26" 12th May
Good price ( I got an HP X360 15-cr00xxx , which is very similar to this (but with touch screen, no aluminium)).
5000 passmark with dual core (single thread is 2000), plenty powerful for office work and a bit of photo/video work as well as VMWare. I am about to open my X360 and put an extra 16GB SODIMM in it.
Now that's a good price for one of those I'd happily say. If the build quality is the same as on swift 1 that I've got then it's great.
Hi All.
Would the 'experts' say this acer or this hp is better?

hotukdeals.com/dea…060

Ps a friend got the HP and as far as he can tell its new but sold as a refurb from the same company.
zochus1509/05/2019 07:38

Now that's a good price for one of those I'd happily say. If the build …Now that's a good price for one of those I'd happily say. If the build quality is the same as on swift 1 that I've got then it's great.


Someone saying something positive about an Acer's build quality. That may be a first!
Also reading around and it seems to suggest the 16gb optane isnt enough for windows 10 OS- defeats the point then if true ...... Question is is this right? Thanks
dent020709/05/2019 07:41

Also reading around and it seems to suggest the 16gb optane isnt enough …Also reading around and it seems to suggest the 16gb optane isnt enough for windows 10 OS- defeats the point then if true ...... Question is is this right? Thanks


32gb ssd is generally the minimum required.
ontheqt09/05/2019 07:44

32gb ssd is generally the minimum required.


So 16gb is almost pointless then...... As most if not all would use the ssd for windows boot.
Thanjs
dent020709/05/2019 07:45

So 16gb is almost pointless then...... As most if not all would use the …So 16gb is almost pointless then...... As most if not all would use the ssd for windows boot. Thanjs


Yes.
itsjustme09/05/2019 07:40

Someone saying something positive about an Acer's build quality. That may …Someone saying something positive about an Acer's build quality. That may be a first!


I have been using mine daily for 4 months and I'm well happy with it. It even manages to play 4k movies although it's pretty pointless on 1080p screen. I have however upgraded the drive from eMMC to M2 SSD as it was a bit sluggish indeed. Quality wise I can't complain.

A friend of mine also got Aspire 5 of which he is quite happy as well.
Edited by: "zochus15" 9th May
Those that have the laptop, how do you find the keyboard layout? I'm not sure I like the number pad on the right as I like having the return and del on the furthest right, also the trackpad looks off centre??
is this new or refurbished?
Do laptops direct own Debenhams plus as it's on their for £335
dent020709/05/2019 07:41

Also reading around and it seems to suggest the 16gb optane isnt enough …Also reading around and it seems to suggest the 16gb optane isnt enough for windows 10 OS- defeats the point then if true ...... Question is is this right? Thanks


It's used as a cache for the HDD, similar to Seagate's hybrid drives but Optane should be faster.
Cheers OP, bought for my daughter who’s starting sixth form in September 🏻
price shows as £329.97?
adam.mt09/05/2019 08:21

It's used as a cache for the HDD, similar to Seagate's hybrid drives but …It's used as a cache for the HDD, similar to Seagate's hybrid drives but Optane should be faster.


I had to remove the SSD cache from my Acer Travelmate as it got corrupted and was causing all sorts of issues. Fixing it seemed to be possible providing the SSD drive itself was alright (which I've never established) but certainly didn't appear simple from memory. It's absence didn't seem to make enough difference for me to bother.

I presume that an actual hybrid drive performs better and is less likely to go wrong but my experience has made me wary.
jkl4709/05/2019 08:50

price shows as £329.97?


Yes, they have put the price up from £324.97, if they do it one more time. I will expire this deal.
Edited by: "win26" 9th May
jkl4709/05/2019 08:50

price shows as £329.97?


You can get 1.5% cash back with Quidco £4.87 making it £325.10 obviously dependant on it tracking and being paid 🏻
Edited by: "david.pugh" 9th May
I have the i5 version for about 4 months. The optane works very well and speeds up the HHD. The optane is at about 1/2 capacity and you need to use an app / programme a few times for it to optimise loading times. I have added another 4gb ram as I was struggling to use VMware with only 4gb.
splender09/05/2019 07:09

Good price ( I got an HP X360 15-cr00xxx , which is very similar to this …Good price ( I got an HP X360 15-cr00xxx , which is very similar to this (but with touch screen, no aluminium)).5000 passmark with dual core (single thread is 2000), plenty powerful for office work and a bit of photo/video work as well as VMWare. I am about to open my X360 and put an extra 16GB SODIMM in it.


Interesting usage case scenarios there, lol.

One question, what office applications on earth are using, that's going to now actually demand that extra 16GB RAM from you? ( = 20GB+ RAM?), or ... lol.

I'm assuming this new 'extra' is now more with photo/video editing in mind, no?.

(More of a comment, than a question, is this), I didn't realise there where any HP Laptop's out there that were touchscreen? (be it your X360, or whatever?), I've seen a few HP All-In-One touchscreens before though.

sparkzilla09/05/2019 09:20

I have the i5 version for about 4 months. The optane works very well and …I have the i5 version for about 4 months. The optane works very well and speeds up the HHD. The optane is at about 1/2 capacity and you need to use an app / programme a few times for it to optimise loading times. I have added another 4gb ram as I was struggling to use VMware with only 4gb.


"The optane is at about 1/2 capacity and you need to use an app / programme a few times for it to optimise loading times."

I have an ACER Laptop with 16GB Intel Optane in it too, so I'm curious, what program/app/software are you using (a few times), in order to optimise the Optane?.

So far I don't have lag issue's with it, or whatever (for length of time I've owned it), but saying all that, there's always a 'Tomorrow' with such thing's, right? (hence my now preplanning), thanx.

Ps.
Which VMWARE are you guys using?, and what are you two Emulating with it, etc?, or ... thanx.
Edited by: "amour3k" 9th May
amour3k09/05/2019 12:12

Interesting usage case scenarios there, lol.One question, what office …Interesting usage case scenarios there, lol.One question, what office applications on earth are using, that's going to now actually demand that extra 16GB RAM from you? ( = 20GB+ RAM?), or ... lol.I'm assuming this new 'extra' is now more with photo/video editing in mind, no?.(More of a comment, than a question, is this), I didn't realise there where any HP Laptop's out there that were touchscreen? (be it your X360, or whatever?), I've seen a few HP All-In-One touchscreens before though."The optane is at about 1/2 capacity and you need to use an app / programme a few times for it to optimise loading times."I have an ACER Laptop with 16GB Intel Optane in it too, so I'm curious, what program/app/software are you using (a few times), in order to optimise the Optane?.So far I don't have lag issue's with it, or whatever (for length of time I've owned it), but saying all that, there's always a 'Tomorrow' with such thing's, right? (hence my now preplanning), thanx.Ps.Which VMWARE are you guys using?, and what are you two Emulating with it, etc?, or ... thanx.


Hi, I'm not using an app to optimise the optane, but rather optane learns your habits and will optimise any programme / app from the second time you open/load it.
amour3k09/05/2019 12:12

Interesting usage case scenarios there, lol.One question, what office …Interesting usage case scenarios there, lol.One question, what office applications on earth are using, that's going to now actually demand that extra 16GB RAM from you? ( = 20GB+ RAM?), or ... lol.I'm assuming this new 'extra' is now more with photo/video editing in mind, no?.(More of a comment, than a question, is this), I didn't realise there where any HP Laptop's out there that were touchscreen? (be it your X360, or whatever?), I've seen a few HP All-In-One touchscreens before though."The optane is at about 1/2 capacity and you need to use an app / programme a few times for it to optimise loading times."I have an ACER Laptop with 16GB Intel Optane in it too, so I'm curious, what program/app/software are you using (a few times), in order to optimise the Optane?.So far I don't have lag issue's with it, or whatever (for length of time I've owned it), but saying all that, there's always a 'Tomorrow' with such thing's, right? (hence my now preplanning), thanx.Ps.Which VMWARE are you guys using?, and what are you two Emulating with it, etc?, or ... thanx.


1. About using an extra 16GB/20GB SODIMM, VMWare in the main (Mac OSX, Windows XP and Ubuntu, plus a Windows 8.1/10 test system or two) (and some video editing ). Always do casusal work in a VM, restore VM is so easy.

2. About HP Touchscreen, all HP Pavilion/Spectre/Envy X360 have touchscreens for some years? ( I think 2-in-1's or convertibles from all manufacturers are touchscreens, I first started using touchscreens 3 years ago.) store.hp.com/UKS…e=1

3. 16GB Optane, as for 8GB hybrid SSD hard disks (SSHD) with solid state cache, there is limited gain, usually good for booting OS, and rebooting VMware virtual machines during testing. I wouldn't bother too much to optimse it for OS loading, Windows 10 loads pretty fast in minutes even with 1TB hard disk, or even worth bothering with 16GB versus 32GB Optane caching. I suspect the order of magnitude in speed loading time is in seconds rather than minutes. Solid state caching is always a compromise for a budget platform. Put SODIMM in it, max. of these types of motherboards is 32GB SODIMM in a pair (~£180) or swap out with 1TB of SSD which is ~£100 now.
Thanks, ordered for my son off to uni
splender09/05/2019 15:31

1. About using an extra 16GB/20GB SODIMM, VMWare in the main (Mac OSX, …1. About using an extra 16GB/20GB SODIMM, VMWare in the main (Mac OSX, Windows XP and Ubuntu, plus a Windows 8.1/10 test system or two) (and some video editing ). Always do casusal work in a VM, restore VM is so easy.2. About HP Touchscreen, all HP Pavilion/Spectre/Envy X360 have touchscreens for some years? ( I think 2-in-1's or convertibles from all manufacturers are touchscreens, I first started using touchscreens 3 years ago.) https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/List.aspx?sel=NTB&ctrl=f&fc_form_conv=1&fc_form_deta=1&fc_form_tablet=1&fc_form_three_one=13. 16GB Optane, as for 8GB hybrid SSD hard disks (SSHD) with solid state cache, there is limited gain, usually good for booting OS, and rebooting VMware virtual machines during testing. I wouldn't bother too much to optimse it for OS loading, Windows 10 loads pretty fast in minutes even with 1TB hard disk, or even worth bothering with 16GB versus 32GB Optane caching. I suspect the order of magnitude in speed loading time is in seconds rather than minutes. Solid state caching is always a compromise for a budget platform. Put SODIMM in it, max. of these types of motherboards is 32GB SODIMM in a pair (~£180) or swap out with 1TB of SSD which is ~£100 now.


Ahhhhhhhhh yes, I do recall hearing of some of those HP laptop model's some Year's back now, I believe I may have even heard of one or two of them being referred to touchscreen perhaps even?.

But I had some mad issue's (as in in an unfortunate continuous fashion) with HP laptop's in the past (as in 5-6+ Year's, which then threw me off of any HP Laptop from that point moving forward ... (so I 'zoned out', basically, lol).

That aside, I've since learnt off of HUKD is this, HP has tended to put better quality part's into their business laptop's (eg. Elite Book's, and Pro Book's - I believe they also have 1 other?, but I forget the name now?, lol), then they've tended to put into their consumer laptop's, etc.

Which ofcourse is most unfortunate, as I've grown up with HP printers, so I'd obviously grown up already trusting a well known brand, but yet ...

And even their printers aside, it's not like HP sell their business laptop's in an 'off the shelf' fashion either is it? (unfortunately), so we're pretty much stuffed. :-(

And any business laptop's of theirs sold in a commercial fashion, via outlets like SPV, Morgan Computing (and suchlike), will ofcourse be used/second hand/refurbished, etc - where via it's usage scenario's, the 'end product' may/may not now be at 100%? (no one can ofcourse ever tell for sure).

Though admittedly, I've heard good stories of those HP business laptop's nonetheless. :-D

Long story short, I've tended to veer my hand towards Lenovo and Acer laptop's since then, etc.

Either way, thanx for that, it was very informative indeed.

sparkzilla09/05/2019 12:32

Hi, I'm not using an app to optimise the optane, but rather optane learns …Hi, I'm not using an app to optimise the optane, but rather optane learns your habits and will optimise any programme / app from the second time you open/load it.


Ahhhhhhhhh, interesting, I guess I've subconsciously seen that in action (without ofcourse paying it a blind bit of difference at the time, lol), eg. Window's 10 'appears' to load up milliseconds, instead of seconds to minutes, or whatever?.

Stuff's of which should have been a bit more obvious (at the time), now to think about it? - considering my other Window's 10 laptop's (without either SSD or that Optane stuff in it), never loaded up as fast - though admittedly, the other one's never exactly took an age to load up either, lol (well, no laptop does initially I guess? - until ofcourse you then further dump on it pure crap!, hehehehe). :-D

I haven't as yet gone down that 'route' as yet though (so I'm ofcourse, between myself and the laptop, we're still both 'learning' from each other as we go along, etc?, lol).

Thanx, that too was very informative also.

**********

Ps.
@splender , your Virtualization stuff's sound's interesting though, I'm guessing it's not just about OS installation only right? - you also install other App's within it too, eg. a game, an office application or two, etc etc?, or ... :-)
Edited by: "amour3k" 10th May
amour3k10/05/2019 10:39

Ahhhhhhhhh yes, I do recall hearing of some of those HP laptop model's …Ahhhhhhhhh yes, I do recall hearing of some of those HP laptop model's some Year's back now, I believe I may have even heard of one or two of them being referred to touchscreen perhaps even?.But I had some mad issue's (as in in an unfortunate continuous fashion) with HP laptop's in the past (as in 5-6+ Year's, which then threw me off of any HP Laptop from that point moving forward ... (so I 'zoned out', basically, lol).That aside, I've since learnt off of HUKD is this, HP has tended to put better quality part's into their business laptop's (eg. Elite Book's, and Pro Book's - I believe they also have 1 other?, but I forget the name now?, lol), then they've tended to put into their consumer laptop's, etc.Which ofcourse is most unfortunate, as I've grown up with HP printers, so I'd obviously grown up already trusting a well known brand, but yet ...And even their printers aside, it's not like HP sell their business laptop's in an 'off the shelf' fashion either is it? (unfortunately), so we're pretty much stuffed. :-(And any business laptop's of theirs sold in a commercial fashion, via outlets like SPV, Morgan Computing (and suchlike), will ofcourse be used/second hand/refurbished, etc - where via it's usage scenario's, the 'end product' may/may not now be at 100%? (no one can ofcourse ever tell for sure).Though admittedly, I've heard good stories of those HP business laptop's nonetheless. :-DLong story short, I've tended to veer my hand towards Lenovo and Acer laptop's since then, etc.Either way, thanx for that, it was very informative indeed.Ahhhhhhhhh, interesting, I guess I've subconsciously seen that in action (without ofcourse paying it a blind bit of difference at the time, lol), eg. Window's 10 'appears' to load up milliseconds, instead of seconds to minutes, or whatever?.Stuff's of which should have been a bit more obvious (at the time), now to think about it? - considering my other Window's 10 laptop's (without either SSD or that Optane stuff in it), never loaded up as fast - though admittedly, the other one's never exactly took an age to load up either, lol (well, no laptop does initially I guess? - until ofcourse you then further dump on it pure crap!, hehehehe). :-DI haven't as yet gone down that 'route' as yet though (so I'm ofcourse, between myself and the laptop, we're still both 'learning' from each other as we go along, etc?, lol).Thanx, that too was very informative also.**********Ps.@splender , your Virtualization stuff's sound's interesting though, I'm guessing it's not just about OS installation only right? - you also install other App's within it too, eg. a game, an office application or two, etc etc?, or ... :-)


Hi, yes I use a virtual version of windows 7 to run a programme that allows me to change the settings on my car. I use a virtual machine as the programme I use had an expiry date of 2017, the the vm allows me to run the programme in an environment that emulates the past.
Edited by: "sparkzilla" 10th May
sparkzilla10/05/2019 18:29

Hi, yes I use a virtual version of windows 7 to run a programme that …Hi, yes I use a virtual version of windows 7 to run a programme that allows me to change the settings on my car. I use a virtual machine as the programme I use had an expiry date of 2017, the the vm allows me to run the programme in an environment that emulates the past.


Interesting ...

"to run a programme that allows me to change the settings on my car."

"I use a virtual machine as the programme I use had an expiry date of 2017, the the vm allows me to run the programme in an environment that emulates the past.
"

I'm curious, you wouldn't happen to running a very robust 'virtual version' of The Back To The Future DeLorean by any chance?, or ... hehehehehehehehe.

Ahhhhhhhhh well, lol.

You wouldnt happen to have a spare copy of a Window's 7 Pro product key by any chance?, thanx.

As I wouldn't mind also trying my hand at virtualizing a copy of Window's 7 Pro ...

Then via it, installing some old skool DOS Games from back in the Day (via one of those old skool archive web site's, etc?), for the pure nostalgic effect of it all. :-D


(As it's been a wee while now, since I've gotten my hands dirrrrrrrrty, etc, lol).

Ps.
What sort of Window's software can anyone install that then ensures that you're able to then control your car,nor whatever? - I don't see it figuratively, or literally (though I'm more than happy to be proved wrong. :-)
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