In this article, we will be reviewing the Acer Swift X Creator, a 14-inch laptop equipped with an RTX 3050Ti. It’s not every day that we come across laptops that manage to so many features into such a compact and lightweight design. Here, we will dive into a full review, covering various aspects including the design, ports, battery life, screen quality, performance, and with my final thoughts.
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Unboxing, Design and Build Quality
inside the box is a 90watt power adapter it’s a barrel pin connector but you could also charge swift x laptop with the usb c port we’ll talk about that in a moment and you also get the extension cord as well and they give you a bunch of documentation including some warranty card as well.
Holding the Acer Swift X for the first time i gotta say i’m liking this two-tone color it’s a gold silver combination pretty interesting and i think it looks pretty nice. At 3.06 pounds or 1.39 kilograms this is a definitely a very portable laptop because it is packing some power under the hood you don’t normally see that in such a small chassis and i’m liking it pretty nice sturdy build quality.
Acer Swift X Ports
On the left side, we have the power port, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port that offers full-service functionality, allowing data transfer, charging, and display output. An HDMI 2.0 port and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port. Shifting over to the right side, we find a combo jack for headphones and microphones, another USB-A port, and a Kensington lock port. It’s no SD card reader included, and since this is an AMD laptop, it lacks a Thunderbolt 4 port. Nevertheless, the overall selection of ports is quite good.
Hinge, Keyboard and Touchpad
You can open the lid with one finger. And I’m really liking the keyboard quite a bit. It has a good layout, and I appreciate the fact that it offers pretty good tactile feedback and key travel. Swift X has a comfortable keyboard to type on for a periods of time, which is great for productivity work.
The Swift X only has a one-stage backlight, but it works pretty well. It’s bright enough. And One thing to keep in mind is that it’s a white backlight against silver keys, which can make it hard to differentiate or see the contrast between the two in certain lighting conditions. The backlight allows you to work in a dark room or a dimly environment. The laptop also features a precision touchpad, which is a little bit undersized but good nonetheless. It is very responsive, and two-finger scrolling is buttery smooth. All the gestures work as you would expect.
Acer Swift X Specs
|Standing screen display size
|1920 x 1080 pixels
|Max Screen Resolution
|1920 x 1080 Pixels
|1.9 GHz amd_ryzen_7
|16 GB LPDDR4
|512 GB SSD
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
|Graphics Card Ram Size
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports
|Average Battery Life (in hours)
Acer Swift X have a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080, an IPS display and a non-touch display with an anti-glare coating. With matte display you don’t get any additional glare or reflections that you would normally get with glossy display.
Now, it features deep blacks, superb contrast, extremely good white points, and good color accuracy with a 1.69 Delta E score. Anything below 2 is regarded good, thus it’s quite color accurate. Swift x also covers the color gamut well, with 100 percent sRGB, 71 percent Adobe RGB, 71 percent of the DCI-P3 broad color range, and 66 percent NTSC. It’s a perfect choice for content creators who use tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and video editing software.
Acer Swift X features a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is good for viewing media. Watching Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube has been wonderful, since you don’t have any black bars that you would have with a 16:10 or 3:2 aspect ratio. However, the negative is that you don’t have as much screen real estate for productivity tasks compared to a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is my ideal aspect ratio.
Overall, it pretty good show. It gets bright enough, has decent color accuracy, and covers the color spectrum effectively. I particularly enjoy the narrow bezels, which give it a clean and modern design. Acer states that the Swift X laptop will attain a brightness of 300 nits, but I actually measured it to be 342 nits. This is a matte display, it is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use, you won’t experience unwanted glare or reflections. It’s a great bright display with excellent viewing angles.
When it comes to the audio, the Acer Swift X has two bottom-facing speakers. It has pretty good volume, although I feel it could be a little bit louder. overall, I thought the sound was pretty good. It has decent mid-range and a hint of bass, which fills up a room adequately. A little more volume would have been better, but it does a decent job.
Webcam, Mics and Fingerprint Scanner
The camera on the Acer Swift X from 2021 is a 720p, 30 frames per second webcam. I’m pretty happy with this Swift X, considering the price-to-performance ratio. However, there’s no real shutter switch on this camera to turn it off for improved security and privacy. Secondly, it’s not a Windows Hello camera, which means you cannot use face recognition to log in with Windows Hello.
However, there is a fingerprint scanner located below the keyboard that allows you to log in with Windows Hello. It worked well, and the setup was easy. It registered my fingerprint accurately each and every time I used it.
Performance, Benchmarks and Gaming
|GEEKBENCH 5.1 (Single-Core)
|GEEKBENCH 5.1 (Multi-Core)
|1876 cb | 151.32 fps
|3DMARK Time Spy
|3DMARK Fire Strike
Now, when Acer Swift X comes to performance, the Ryzen 7 5800U paired with the RTX 3050 Ti produces some pretty good results, as you can see from these benchmarks that I ran on this laptop. Swift X is a good general laptop capable of handling everyday tasks such as Microsoft Office, email, and web browsing. Everything is handled very easily without any problems.
You can also do video editing and use Photoshop on this laptop, and if you adjust the settings correctly, you can even do some gaming. It can provide playable frame rates on some of the more popular titles.
|Far Cry 5
|Shadow of the Tomb Rider
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
Thermals, Surface Temps and Fan Noise
It never gets overly hot in terms of surface temperatures, never reaching more than 45.2 degrees Celsius in the middle of the keyboard. That’s pretty good. While you will notice the fan kicking in, I didn’t find it overly loud. In fact, it was relatively quiet, allowing you to work without much distraction. That’s also a positive aspect.
Battery Life and Charging
One of the best parts of this laptop is its excellent battery life. It has a 59-watt hour, four-cell battery, and it lasted 15 hours and 12 minutes on my continuous web surfing test over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. This obviously provides all-day battery life. You can expect anywhere from 12 to 13 hours of real-world mixed usage, which is excellent. The 90-watt power adapter takes about 90 minutes to full charge, and that’s pretty fast.
Pros and Cons
What do I think about the Acer Swift X from 2021? I’m very impressed with this laptop, considering what they were able to pack into a 14-inch body. It offers pretty good power considering its thin and light nature. I particularly like its sharp Full HD display and the excellent battery life it provides, which goes beyond expectations. The mostly all-metal build gives it a premium feel, and the backlit keyboard is comfortable to type on. The touchpad is highly responsive, and the dual SSD support is a great feature that enhances performance.
However, it’s worth noting that under heavy load, the laptop may throttle down due to its thin and light design. And it has benefit of upgradable Wi-Fi. Another positive aspect is the absence of PWM, ensuring no screen flickering.
The downside, the laptop lacks an SD card reader, and the 720p webcam is only average in quality. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, making it non-upgradable by user.
So, what do you think about this bad boy, the Acer Swift X 14-inch laptop with an RTX 3050 Ti? It’s a pretty nice GPU in a thin and light package, accompanied by a nice Full HD display. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, I personally wish it was 16:10, but its a small size. It’s really portable power that you’re getting with this laptop. It offers pretty good battery life, which is really impressive. I managed to achieve more than 15 hours on my continuous web surfing test, and in real-world usage, you can expect anywhere from 12 to 13 hours, depending on your usage.
The build quality is mostly metal, and it features a nice two-tone color with a gold finish on top and silver bottom. The construction is sturdy, and the laptop offers a nice selection of ports, as we discussed earlier. There are very few negatives to mention about this laptop. In fact, considering the price $949, it's a good option. With the RTX 3050 Ti, you can game on it, do video editing, and perform various tasks since it packs a lot of power in a small chassis.