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ACER Swift 3 14" AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop - 256 GB SSD, Silver £489 @ Currys PC World
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ACER Swift 3 14" AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop - 256 GB SSD, Silver £489 @ Currys PC World

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Posted 2nd Nov

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Was looking for a new laptop, came across this Acer Swift 3 for £489. AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with Vega 8 graphics. 8gh RAM and 256gb SSD with a 14" display. Cracking laptop for the money.
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Powerful performance

Coast through everyday tasks with the Acer Swift 3 14" AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop. The Ryzen 5 processor is ready to tackle everything from editing software to your biggest projects to your midnight movie marathon. With a Full HD 14" display, every detail will look sharp and defined, so all your photos, videos and other content will look great.

Built to be on-the-go

Featuring 10 hours of battery life, you can use your laptop for the whole day without the fear of a flat battery. Ideal if you're on the road, traveling between meetings or want to enjoy a boxset on-the-go.

Weighing only 1.45 kg, you can take the Acer Swift 3 Laptop wherever you're off to - ideal if you're always on the move and need something that won't weigh you down. Because being on-the-go inevitably means more chance of drops, the Corning Gorilla Glass screen has been made to withstand knocks and bumps, so it's robust enough to withstand daily life.

Super speedy storage

If you're tired of waiting an age for your programmes to boot up, you'll love the SSD storage. Quick and reliable, you won't waste any time sat around staring at a loading screen.

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I'm not going to vote, because for the money, as it stands, it's not bad, but too many things in limbo to vote hot.

Just be warned, the previous model of this laptop with the 2500U had completely soldered memory with no upgrade slot at all.

So you'd better be happy with 8GB and nothing forever, talk about planned obsolescence .

I'd love to verify with the current model, but given Curry's lack of an actual model number and Acer's woefully poor support site that just lists meaningless model numbers with no hint at specs until you go into each one, I'd assume it's the same with this model too.
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I'm not going to vote, because for the money, as it stands, it's not bad, but too many things in limbo to vote hot.

Just be warned, the previous model of this laptop with the 2500U had completely soldered memory with no upgrade slot at all.

So you'd better be happy with 8GB and nothing forever, talk about planned obsolescence .

I'd love to verify with the current model, but given Curry's lack of an actual model number and Acer's woefully poor support site that just lists meaningless model numbers with no hint at specs until you go into each one, I'd assume it's the same with this model too.
Darkle02/11/2019 21:53

I'm not going to vote, because for the money, as it stands, it's not bad, …I'm not going to vote, because for the money, as it stands, it's not bad, but too many things in limbo to vote hot.Just be warned, the previous model of this laptop with the 2500U had completely soldered memory with no upgrade slot at all.So you'd better be happy with 8GB and nothing forever, talk about planned obsolescence .I'd love to verify with the current model, but given Curry's lack of an actual model number and Acer's woefully poor support site that just lists meaningless model numbers with no hint at specs until you go into each one, I'd assume it's the same with this model too.


Link to model... (It is the right one as I have purchased this)

acer.com/ac/…008
Dougie_McClinton02/11/2019 22:08

Link to model... (It is the right one as I have purchased …Link to model... (It is the right one as I have purchased this)https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/model/NX.HFDEK.008



Thanks for the link!

There's still a bit of ambiguity around it, but I think there may be a memory slot thankfully, it lists "1" in the specs.
Darkle02/11/2019 22:19

Thanks for the link! There's still a bit of ambiguity around it, but I …Thanks for the link! There's still a bit of ambiguity around it, but I think there may be a memory slot thankfully, it lists "1" in the specs.



According to the Crucial website, this model number has 4GB soldered in, with 1 slot you can add additional memory to, so this one must have an additional 4GB currently occupying that:

memory Slots: 1 (1 bank of 1)

Maximum Memory: 20GB

Standard Memory: 4GB non-removable

uk.crucial.com/gbr…-41
Heat added. I have the Intel i5 15.6 inch version of this and it is a great all around laptop. Only gripes I have is the fingerprint sensor is a bit hit or miss sometimes and the screen is a little on the dim side (probably not helped by the Matt coating in the screen but I use about 70% brightness most the time). Then again mine is the 15 inch model not the 14 so could be better on this one
It's a nice laptop, it was £440 with an eBay code the other day.
Shard02/11/2019 23:31

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That's for a different model, that's the SF315, this is the SF314
Shard02/11/2019 23:31

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Wrong laptop. It is the 3500U Ryzen 5 with Vega 8 graphics.
Dougie_McClinton02/11/2019 22:08

Link to model... (It is the right one as I have purchased …Link to model... (It is the right one as I have purchased this)https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/model/NX.HFDEK.008



How's the brightness? I've been looking to upgrade my Swift 1, as much as I love it the screen is virtually unusable in sunlight because of the dimness.

Also it's way too slow, even after adding an SSD.
Edited by: "EndemicAlarm" 3rd Nov
For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the one above:

johnlewis.com/hp-….ds
alared03/11/2019 12:30

For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the …For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the one above:https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-14-14-dk0011na-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-processor-8gb-256gb-ssd-14-full-hd-natural-silver/p4209353?sku=238183015&s_kwcid=2dx92700046622704181&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuPPotIXO5QIVGODtCh0JjQejEAYYASABEgKVavD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


John Lewis warranty is about as much use as a string vest for toilet roll.

And potato potato, same specs.
EndemicAlarm03/11/2019 09:26

How's the brightness? I've been looking to upgrade my Swift 1, as much as …How's the brightness? I've been looking to upgrade my Swift 1, as much as I love it the screen is virtually unusable in sunlight because of the dimness.Also it's way too slow, even after adding an SSD.


It's ok. Not as bright as my tired out surface pro.
alared03/11/2019 12:30

For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the …For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the one above:https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-14-14-dk0011na-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-processor-8gb-256gb-ssd-14-full-hd-natural-silver/p4209353?sku=238183015&s_kwcid=2dx92700046622704181&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuPPotIXO5QIVGODtCh0JjQejEAYYASABEgKVavD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


No, you'd pick the Swift 3 too, if they are right next to each other.
Swift 3 has a premium quality feel and attractive.
Aluminium chassis rather than a plastic toy like casing, built as cheaply as possible unlike the higher grade HP. Also, no backlit keyboard.
EndemicAlarm03/11/2019 09:26

How's the brightness? I've been looking to upgrade my Swift 1, as much as …How's the brightness? I've been looking to upgrade my Swift 1, as much as I love it the screen is virtually unusable in sunlight because of the dimness.Also it's way too slow, even after adding an SSD.


It has a matte screen, so not ideal to use outdoor. Brightness is about the same, like most laptops.
The Swift 5 has 330 nits display, but it's way more expensive.
win2603/11/2019 15:49

It has a matte screen, so not ideal to use outdoor. Brightness is about …It has a matte screen, so not ideal to use outdoor. Brightness is about the same, like most laptops. The Swift 5 has 330 nits display, but it's way more expensive.


Are non-matte screens better for outdoor use nowadays? I used to have one many years ago and the reflections were terrible, matte has been far better.

I get numbers all over the place for 1/3/5 nits ratings, depends on the specific model, year, all sorts from the sort of it.
Got the 15.6" last year for £400. These should be below £400 now.
Darkle02/11/2019 21:53

I'm not going to vote, because for the money, as it stands, it's not bad, …I'm not going to vote, because for the money, as it stands, it's not bad, but too many things in limbo to vote hot.Just be warned, the previous model of this laptop with the 2500U had completely soldered memory with no upgrade slot at all.So you'd better be happy with 8GB and nothing forever, talk about planned obsolescence .I'd love to verify with the current model, but given Curry's lack of an actual model number and Acer's woefully poor support site that just lists meaningless model numbers with no hint at specs until you go into each one, I'd assume it's the same with this model too.


I have the ryzen 3 version also on offer. Has one soldered in ram and one empty slot. Good luck
Worth waiting for black Friday?
profet03/11/2019 22:05

Worth waiting for black Friday?


I was wondering the same but bit the bullet with the 10% off eBay code the other day. There's another one starting Tuesday if you were wanting to buy.
Intel processors are better in my opinion but great price
Sian_Barr03/11/2019 22:22

I was wondering the same but bit the bullet with the 10% off eBay code the …I was wondering the same but bit the bullet with the 10% off eBay code the other day. There's another one starting Tuesday if you were wanting to buy.



Is there a special place you're looking or getting notified about these codes that you know they're coming ahead of time?
Darkle03/11/2019 23:06

Is there a special place you're looking or getting notified about these …Is there a special place you're looking or getting notified about these codes that you know they're coming ahead of time?


The code that is coming up this week for eBay is on here! Just search for it on here, it will be advertised on eBay as well.
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Edited by: "Sian_Barr" 3rd Nov
Darkle03/11/2019 23:05

Unless you want some basic gaming ability, then the 3500U with Vega 8 …Unless you want some basic gaming ability, then the 3500U with Vega 8 beats any Intel with UHD620 every time, sometimes by double.


Very true for graphics but In day to day an Intel will more than likely preform much better but if you are gaming you should never buy an integrated graphic card
Sian_Barr03/11/2019 23:08

The code that is coming up this week for eBay is on here! Just search for …The code that is coming up this week for eBay is on here! Just search for it on here, it will be advertised on eBay as well.[Image]


this laptop isnt available on currys ebay though
Darkle03/11/2019 23:05

Unless you want some basic gaming ability, then the 3500U with Vega 8 …Unless you want some basic gaming ability, then the 3500U with Vega 8 beats any Intel with UHD620 every time, sometimes by double.


what intel version is this amd ryzen 5 comparable to?
mutley103/11/2019 23:41

what intel version is this amd ryzen 5 comparable to?


i5
Pity it's from Curry's, in my experience an awful company to deal with if you need to return it or have an issue that needs sorting.
alared03/11/2019 12:30

For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the …For another £10 here`s a better laptop with a two year warranty than the one above:https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-14-14-dk0011na-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-processor-8gb-256gb-ssd-14-full-hd-natural-silver/p4209353?sku=238183015&s_kwcid=2dx92700046622704181&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuPPotIXO5QIVGODtCh0JjQejEAYYASABEgKVavD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


No. Have you seen how poorly HP. laptops throttle with Ryzen chips thanks to their cheap design?

reddit.com/r/A…ng/

Garbage laptop if you plan to actually use that power
Metal body or cheap plastic?
daniq04/11/2019 12:41

Metal body or cheap plastic?


Metal body.
12% Quidco cashback on this as well...
Does anyone know if it is possible to combine quidco cashback with gift cards? As this seems to be in store collection only
ammar_t1f43004/11/2019 13:59

Does anyone know if it is possible to combine quidco cashback with gift …Does anyone know if it is possible to combine quidco cashback with gift cards? As this seems to be in store collection only


Doesn't seem so, they are listed in the 'What will stop me earning cashback?' section...
not available for delivery, in store only, which i assume would mean ex-display models?
Edited by: "mutley1" 4th Nov
Have not read any review yet but Lenovo V155-15API seems to be very similar and under £400.


ebuyer.com/901…8uk
mutley104/11/2019 19:44

not available for delivery, in store only, which i assume would mean …not available for delivery, in store only, which i assume would mean ex-display models?


They've obviously sold well. I ordered mine online for in store collection on Friday and collected Saturday.
kili051204/11/2019 19:49

Have not read any review yet but Lenovo V155-15API seems to be very …Have not read any review yet but Lenovo V155-15API seems to be very similar and under £400.https://www.ebuyer.com/901659-lenovo-v155-15api-amd-ryzen-5-3500u-8gb-256gb-ssd-15-6-inch-full-hd-81v50008uk


Plastic body probably is why it's cheaper?
Acer laptop is a metal body. Very premium feeling.
kili051204/11/2019 19:49

Have not read any review yet but Lenovo V155-15API seems to be very …Have not read any review yet but Lenovo V155-15API seems to be very similar and under £400.https://www.ebuyer.com/901659-lenovo-v155-15api-amd-ryzen-5-3500u-8gb-256gb-ssd-15-6-inch-full-hd-81v50008uk


15.6 inch screen, completely different animal.
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