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Acer Swift 3 14", AMD Ryzen 4500U Hexacore, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 1080p IPS, $879 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Amazon AU looks to have a good deal on the Acer Swift 3 14". The main benefits I see with this laptop compared to recent deals posted which are slightly cheaper.

  1. Better multi-core performance due to having a AMD Ryzen hexa core (6 core) processor
  2. Better build quality due to magnesium/aluminum chassis vs the plastic in others
  3. Battery life is up to 12hrs, and 3rd party reviews (laptopmag.com) seem to indicate that it gets close to this number (11hrs) based on usage of course.
  4. Wifi 6 support vs Wifi 5
  5. USB-C support which cheaper laptops seem to lack
  6. Only weighs 1.2kg vs the heaver plastic chassis.

Also some manufactures seem to have a 1 month wait time for delivery, which this doesn't seem to have.

Thanks to Tevada, you can also get this laptop from The Good Guys at the same price.

Take advantage of discounted gift cards from Good Guys and Amazon if you have access to Suncorp/AAMI or another source.

Specifications

Processor & Memory:

  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U (6-Core) Processor at 2.3GHz
  • 8GB LPDDR4 RAM

Drives:

  • 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ Solid State Drive
  • No Optical Drive

Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11 When Available¹

Communications:

  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (2x2/160) Gig+ and Bluetooth® 5.0
  • Integrated HD Webcam (1280 x 720)

Graphics & Video:

  • 14" Widescreen IPS LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) Display
  • Integrated AMD Radeon™ Graphics

Audio:

  • 2x Built-in front facing stereo speakers

Keyboard:

  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Fingerprint Reader

Ports & Slots:

  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with USB Charging
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (With Power-Off Charging)
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x Combination Headphone/Microphone-in Jack
  • 1x Kensington Lock Slot
  • 1x HDMI

Power Supply:

  • Lithium-Ion Battery 48wh (up to 12hrs)

Additional Information:

  • Dimensions: 12.73" W x 8.62" L x 0.63" H
  • Approximate Weight: 2.65 lbs (1.2kg)
  • Magnesium-aluminum metal chassis
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  • I'm waiting for the Acer swift x, it has a gfx 3050 ti

      • yikes, $1.8k? Was expecting it to be $1.2-1.4k range or cheaper

        • +1

          You thought a high powered premium gaming ultrabook with a metal chassis and great screen would be found for entry level plastic gaming notebook price?

          $1.8k is actually a decent price in the current climate given the specs and build quality.

          • @studentl0an: yes, 3050ti is not high powered gaming

            • +1

              @Homr: That's your subjective opinion. It has one of the highest end consumer Ryzen U series CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads and the highest powered GPU that can fit into a notebook that small yet still have great thermals due to high end cooling. Considering it runs every single AAA title (apart from Flight Simulator) at native res and above 60fps it's objectively a high powered laptop for the time being regardless if you don't think of it as being high powered because it hasn't got a 3090 in it.

              It's the highest power CPU and GPU that's ever been in a notebook that's less than 1.5kg.

              • -1

                @studentl0an: nah, Asus G14 is better than the acer swift x

                • +1

                  @Homr: The 3050 (non ti) version of that is going for $2199 preorder right now so..

  • Specs look great for a basic laptop, quite a few people complaining about fan noise, which could indicate poor thermal design or some other inherent issue. No experience with Acer laptops, just reading the reviews.

    • +3

      I looked up this model and couldn't find anything major. There seemed to be issues with the older Intel based model and fan noise.

      • +1

        Yeah I was about to reply the same thing, the intel model had a lot of thermal issues, but the AMD version seems to have solved that. Probably because the Ryzen chip is using less power.

  • +7

    8GB LPDDR4 3,200MHz (soldered, dual-channel)

    pay a bit more for 16gb right now since you're gonna be stuck with it

    • Is there a 16GB option? How much?

  • +2

    Thanks OP.

    Is this the same model: https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/acer-swift-3-14-inches-laptop...

    If so, might be able to use gift cards for those who have.

    • Yes it is. So you can use Good Guys or Amazon Gift Cards depending on the discount.

  • +3

    I have an older Acer Swift 3 (2017, i5-7200u 8GB ram), and it's been fantastic.

    I think I bought it for about $1000, and a few months ago I bought a replacement battery and replacement charging cable for about $150 total (The cable broke due to me stretching it too much, and the battery was basically dead, I couldn't take it off charge for longer than 20 minutes.) So other than the usual wear and tear of a laptop, I've had no issues.

    At this price, it's definitely worth it, the metal casing makes such a difference over plastic and the IPS panel is great.

    • Where did you get the battery? Looking to replace the one in mine.

      • Acer Spare Parts (Infinity Computer).

        They're the official parts store for Acer so I trusted them and it's been good.

        I replaced it myself, you might need a special $2 screwdriver from amazon.

  • My swift 3’s 2 keys broke within. 3-4 months of purchase. And Acer customer care was adamant to tell me that they don’t guarantee to replace the damaged keys, even when I have posted the laptop to their sydney support centre. I would say without the inhome support service spending on more than 1k laptops is a great risk. I have comparatively found dell and Lenovo inhome support service very good!

    • +1

      Acer isn't well known for their build quality. You wonder why very few companies use their laptops in great numbers.

      • yep acer are strictly home user

        a few years ago they used to sell Travelmates to edu but even they werent that good

        granted my $450 HN special aspire 5 is really good

  • Why buy Acer when Dell and Lenovo are so cheap? Also why offer discount now when people mostly spent before 30/6?

    • You do know that they pretty much come from all the same ODMs in China. All the manufacturers have quality issues. Just look up the defect numbers for Dell, Lenovo and even Apple. They will be close to each other including Acer.

      • ‌That's not entirely true. Most manufacturers are located in China and that applies to many white goods, but that doesn't mean all of them are the same. iPhone and ZTE are made in China but they are not built with the same quality. China in a way is like a big kitchen, vendors decide what ingredients should go on the plate. Also, after sales service includes technical supports, warranty and software update which are part of the package.

        • You are comparing laptops with phones and that is completely different. Compal, Quanta, Winstron and Foxconn build the majority of the world's laptops. Open up the Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus and even Apple and you will notice that a lot of the components are exactly the same beneath. They all design to certain price points. This Acer at the entry level is much better then the cheap products from Dell and Lenovo.

          • +1

            @shellshocked: "This Acer at the entry level is much better then the cheap products from Dell and Lenovo"

            You are right in most part but just missed the last point which is the most important one.

            Why are you buying the entry level Acer at this price point when you can buy a Dell or a Lenovo's Gaming or better than entry-level Laptop cheaper? Any one of the following laptop is much better value than this ACER in my opinion.

            Dell Inspiron 3501 Intel i7 Laptop - $799 @ Dell eBay
            https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/635864

            Dell Gaming Laptop $899 Delivered @ Dell eBay
            https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/324700516701

            Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - AMD Ryzen 7 4700U / 16GB DDR4-3200 RAM / 512GB SSD $889.50 Delivered @ Lenovo
            https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/635164

            Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15" Arctic Grey - AMD Ryzen 7 5700U 12GB RAM 512GB SSD $855.20 Delivered ($833.82 with eBay Plus) @ Lenovo eBay
            https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/632388

            Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 - AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U 16GB RAM 512GB SSD $864.50 Shipped @ Lenovo AU
            https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/631847

            • @YasimKudomi: Ok let me look at the issues with your $799 link

              1. Quad core cpu only
              2. 220 nit screen
              3. Plastic chassis
              4. Non backlit keyboard
              5. Wifi 5 support only
              6. People commented that the laptop only achieves up to 4hrs usage with its 42wh battery vs up to 12hrs of this laptop
              7. Lacks USB-C support

              That's a lot of missing features for $88 less.

              Delivery time is also 1 month vs immediate access if you went to The Good Guys, based on people's feedback in the other thread.

              *The G15 was good value, but is sold out. It is a lot heavier at 2.4kg and thicker. IT was part of an eBay promotion and not immediately available. Battery life from owning a similar G5 laptop with 56wh battery, would be up to 6 or 7hrs, so less then the Acer. The chassis is also plastic.

              *The IdeaPad deal has expired. The AMD Ryzen 5700u CPU is good and is equivalent to a 4800u but the chassis is plastic and the battery is only 38wh.

              *The e14 was a good deal but it also is out of stock due to being a run out model from last year. Otherwise it was 1k+.

              • @shellshocked: Thanks for your comments. As you could see, there are many bargains around, just "Hold on to your hard-earned cash, don't buy when you don't need one" is the headline, and please stay away from ACER :)

                Check out my comment here https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/635164, it'll explain why I am so against ACER.

                Also, the E14-Gen2 was the best deal for $743 with cashback, that's why they're sold out. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • +1

    Looks like the biggest drawback is the screen?
    https://youtu.be/xDmRpcQQPUo

  • I wish they state the rgb of the screen. In my mind it's more important than nits for a screen

    • +1

      sRGB is 54.4%, so similar to laptops in this price point.

  • It's over

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