Acer Swift 3 Core i5 8250U 8 GB RAM & 256 GB SSD 14.0" FHD $832 Delivered @ Newegg

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First deal I'm sharing, please be kind…

This seems like a good laptop deal to me. This model appears to sell from Australian websites for around $1300. It's the only laptop I could find in this price range that has a proper Intel core processor and good RAM and SSD.
RAM can be upgraded to 12 GB max (you need to replace included 4GB for an 8 GB module, the other 4GB is onboard)

Comes with a proper GST invoice and the Newegg ABN, so am hopeful I can claim TRS next month on my upcoming trip

Total price at check out comes out slightly higher ($832) than stated on the page ($829) - unsure why

Free fast delivery with Fedex

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    Unreal price. That's AUD?

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    Can't charge through USB C
    Reeeee so annoying

    Seems good overall for the price

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    what’s the warranty like? if i had an issue would i have to send it to newegg or can it be sent to acer?

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      Newegg most likely and expect no support from them.

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      Honestly worth finding out. I just had this exact laptop die that I bought delivered from B&H Photo Video in April 18. Acer stopped being interested as soon as they found out I bought it "overseas". B&H said they don't provide warranty - go back to the manufacturer even if you have to pay

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        Newegg support is rubbish in my experience with RAM. Wouldn't even issue a refund for THEIR error (paypal thankfully did).

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          Yeah certainly didn't want to honor a price reimbursement when I bought some RAM a day before they cut another $70. It's their policy they will reimburse the difference but certain sales are excluded from that policy. I still got a better than local price but had that been Amazon international I know they've have helped me out which is why I shop a lot at Amazon and almost never at Newegg.

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    Great price! Hot!

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    Picked up 1 of these for $849 from good guys around 8 months ago not a bad little machine however i had bright blue pixel on the screen near the center i contacted acer they tried to blow me off and say its within there dead pixel policy lol …. i told them i want a refund or a new replacement or ill go to fair trading they escalated my ticket and im awaiting a response

    Overall minus the dead pixel and dodgy warranty from acer the laptops good the battery life is great i watched movies on it for 14 hrs while flying overseas on a 14 hr flight and it didn't run out of battery

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      it's very rare to see a dead pixel on computer screen these days.

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        I don't have a problem with it having a dead pixel it happens but have an issue with support telling me its "Normal" and within there dead pixel policy lol if you buy a laptop you don't want a bright blue pixel on your screen when your watching movies its terrible and distracting

        I'll update with the resolution they provide when they contact me

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        Could it be a stuck pixel? Are dead pixels bright?
        I had one on a desktop monitor, poked it with soft stylus tip a few times and it went away.

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          I thought so to support got me to try this website that cycles like black and white / colors and u place it over the spot and leave it running i left it for like 1 hr i tried pushing it few times too without any luck gotta becareful the screen seems like glass

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        Not if you go for IPS based monitors all the time. The first thing I do with any device with a monitor / screen is to do a dead pixel test. My work Macbook Pro has a region where the pixels are brighter (still cannot get a replacement yet). Had 2 Dell monitors (IPS ones) with dead pixels, one Dell laptop with dead pixels (not even IPS). Two iPads with dead pixels (returned both for full refund). One Android tablet with dead pixels and one Windows 10 tablet with dead pixels.

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      What is the battery life like?

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      14 hrs while flying overseas on a 14 hr flight

      That's impressive. Did you literally watch it from just before take off to just after landing?

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      "User1488" Can you or another user/owner of this laptop confirm it can be charged via usb C?

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        Mine didn't have any usb c ports that i noticed and the charger that came with it was not usb c it was like a little pin point connector

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      Did you go to GG, first? Or did you get sent to acer.

      Probably easier to get the replacement from GG.

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        GG didn't have stock anymore products discontinued mine was the 1 with the mx150 in it i noticed this 1 isn't so not as good deal but acer gave me a store credit letter to take to them because they didn't have anything with as good or better specs for the same price they refunded me the $850 and i went and bought a idea pad lol

  • +3 votes

    I also got this last year from the Bing Lee eBay price for $849. As of today I am now waiting for the courier to pick it up for a warranty job. The battery stopped charging last week, apparently a common issue with dodgy batteries.

    However overall a decent laptop for the price. Very light weight and good thin bezels

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    Really good deal, but I am confused between this one and one on Amazon which is ~ US $532 shipped. The one on Amazon is a 15" laptop in a 14" frame. It also has a non SSD hard drive, but that I can swap easily with an SSD.

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      That one is heavier + seems to be plastic instead of alu

      5 hours claimed battery life is just shocking.

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      The Asus one is still a 15" laptop (the width is 14" - but if you compared to this one - 14" laptop, the width is 13"). While I personally prefer Asus quality over Acer, for a 15" laptop, the CPU is more on the weaker side (it's okay for 14"). Also, not sure what you meant by swap easily with an SSD. The Asus laptop has a m.2 slot which you can use to add one m.2 SSD. However, while removing screws are easy, opening the back case without damaging it needs a bit of care.

      i5-8250u is Kaby Lake R, so it is more like gen 7.5, rather than gen 8 processor. It is 4 cores. It probably comes down to how much compromise you want to make. You probably want to go for the cheapest option.

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      Surface Pro 6 is much more expensive than this. You have to remember even with the Amex discount, it does not include a keyboard

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      Depends on how you intend to use it. Surface is a detachable 2-in-1, so it has tablet like features.

      Swift is a straight laptop and a lower resolution screen. It's more upgradable but if you're looking for a high performance laptop for your work then you shouldn't be looking at either anyway.

      The price on the Surface should continue to soften as their inventory of SSD and RAM replenishes with cheaper parts.

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    How do people find the screen? That seems to be the main weak point for this one (several reviews mention its very dim), is it a problem to use it in a brightly lit room?

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    Wondering how this would go as an occasional media pc? i.e. Acestream 1080p video streams, 10+gb blueray rips etc? Would a dedicated gfx card be required?

    Thanks!

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      Dedicated GPU would not be required if only playing videos, and even ak 4K, my Spectre X2 2016 is able to perform fine. The iGPU in this laptop is alot more powerful, and I cannot see any reason why you would need a dedicated one unless you are playing games or doing something more intensive.

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    Would this come with an Australian charger? Or highly unlikely?

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      I wouldn't think so but a plug converter only costs like $2 on Aliexpress or a bit more at your local dollar shop. You shouldn't need the more expensive converters that also change the voltage

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    Is this good for uni
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      I would say so!

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      Personally I found 14" to be a good overall size for uni.

      The only bad point is a dealbreaker for me though: the reflective glossy screen. I only get matte screens these days.

      Otherwise, good points for uni:
      - good size screen
      - battery life (won't need to plug in during lectures/tutorials)
      - SSD, so it'll be fast
      - other specs easily exceed basic requirements

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    All the acer I've owned had problems 1 way or another after about 1.5years. (battery stop holding charge, the display stop working). All out of warranty services so can't repair unless I pay for it. Anyway never again, you get what you pay for.

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      Yep same experience. Had 2 Acer laptops and both have had some issues. One the hard drive failed and had to replace myself since warranty had just ended. The other had issues with the trackpad stopping working. I'm an IT guy and take good care of my computeres but Acers always seem to break on me

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    Well after many years and more laptops than I can shake a finger at I no longer buy based on spec. If you’re like me and use your laptop daily your most important criteria must include 1. Better than average screen - you’re looking at it! 2. Better than average keyboard. 3. Build quality and materials. Specs are less important and will reflect your use scenario eg power vs portability

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      So, ips screen and fast cpu are not important, right?

      'woke'

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        Not really. There are some superb TN panels out there and some crappy IPS screens. Fast processor? On a super-portable laptop is like a V8 on a scooter. Why?? In either case all those processors are non desktop versions and aren’t as fast or powerful. A quality SSD is by far more important for performance than extra cores, trust me. An SSD with read of 2000 vs 400MBs will noticeably speed up everything. I choose my computers so I enjoy using them not because I enjoy comparing dicks stats. And Acer, Asus, dell, hp, Lenovo all suffer from middle of the range QC issues

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      I agree with your points, but certain/minimum spec is part of the mix. You need to look at cpu spec to see benchmark scores and determine the battery life.

      Also need to look at installed ram memory to see if adequate for your needs and/or possible to upgrade.

      Need to check storage size/type for size requirements, speed and/if up gradable by user.

      Checking to see if computer has all the needed ports is important too and some good for future proofing.

      But yes, screen, keyboard and build quality like you said, as well as size and weight are all import alike.

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        Yeah minimum spec you can be happy with so you don’t have to compromise on quality. Case in point - surface laptop i5/128. Lovely screen, KB, design and QC - is 128GB enough? For many it will be - most have an external SSD for large files and even applications can be loaded on an external disk. I would not go below 256Gb - that’s my line in the sand. On the other hand there are plenty of examples of larger storage, faster processors in the same price bracket, yet it comes with coil whine, painted aluminium, overheating batteries, loud fans, flickering screens, spastic keyboards etc etc

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    Amazing price but the screen is very dim shit

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    Does this laptop support usbc connection for egpus?

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    TB 3 authorisation fee is free now, do not understand why it is that hard for manufacturer to do it. Especially company like acer, they are not that big how dare they ignore customers' needs.

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      Care to clarify WTF you're on about?

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        Thunderbolt I think.

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        It's basically about USB 3.1 gen 1 on USB-C port is somewhat a waste. Thunderbolt 3 is the most ideal though USB 3.1 gen 2 would have been good enough at this price point. However, most PC / laptop makers don't offer Thunderbolt 3.

        However, realistically, if you can afford Thunderbolt 3 devices, I really doubt you should be looking at this laptop. Honestly, mainly people doing Pro video work requiring super fast large data transfer can justify Thunderbolt 3 devices. Otherwise, it is simply nice to have and/or to show off.

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    https://www.binglee.com.au/search?q=acer%20swift%203&page=1&...

    Seem like Bing Lee is clearing out similar model for $819 if you can find a store still with stock. Keep in mind that it is only 128GB SSD vs 256GB on this deal.

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    US charging adapter?

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    Good luck if it turns up from this mob my sandisk 2 x 200 gig sd cards never made it to me after more than a month with dhl express i got money refunded but they were for xmas gifts and that never happened.

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      Interesting that you say that… both of mine arrived safely.

      Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience!

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    Now available for under $815 incl GST thanks to a stronger AUD

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