Acer Swift X Creator Laptop Review: RTX 3050Ti

Here I’ll review the Acer Swift X Creator, a 14-inch laptop with an RTX 3050Ti. It’s compact and lightweight, packing many features. So let’s deep dive in it.

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Acer Swift X Specification

Standing screen display size‎14 Inches
Screen Resolution‎1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution‎1920 x 1080 Pixels
Processor‎1.9 GHz amd_ryzen_7
RAM‎16 GB LPDDR4
Hard Drive‎512 GB SSD
Graphics Coprocessor‎NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
Chipset Brand‎NVIDIA
Card Description‎Dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size‎4 GB
Wireless Type‎802.11ax
Number of USB 3.0 Ports‎3
Average Battery Life (in hours)‎12 Hours
Price$819

Design and Build

Acer Swift X Creator Laptop Design

Inside the box, there’s a 90W power adapter with a barrel pin connector. You can also charge the Swift X using the USB-C port. They provide an extension cord and various documentation, including a warranty card.

When I held the Acer Swift X for the first time, I liked its two-tone color—a mix of gold and silver. It weighs 3.06 pounds (1.39 kilograms), making it very portable for its power-packed performance. The sturdy build quality is amazing.

Ports

Acer Swift X Left Side Ports

On the left side, there’s the power port, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port for data transfer, charging, and display output, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port.

Swift X Right Side Ports

On the right side, there’s a combo jack for headphones and microphones, another USB-A port, and a Kensington lock port. It doesn’t have an SD card reader or Thunderbolt 4 port because it’s an AMD laptop. Still, it has a decent selection of ports overall.

Hinge and Keyboard

Swift X Creator Laptop Keyboard TouchPad

You can easily open the lid with one finger. The keyboard layout is good and offers nice tactile feedback and key travel. It’s comfortable for long typing sessions, boosting productivity.

The keyboard has a single-stage backlight that’s bright enough but may be hard to see in certain lighting due to white backlight against silver keys. It’s handy for working in dim environments. The laptop also has a precision touchpad, slightly small but very responsive with smooth scrolling and all expected gestures.

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Display and Audio

Acer Swift X RTX 3050ti Display

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 and Fingerprint Scanner

Swift X Webcam

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

BenchmarksScore
PCMARK 106129
GEEKBENCH 5.1 (Single-Core)1432
GEEKBENCH 5.1 (Multi-Core)7527
CINEBENCH R204465
CINEBENCH R151876 cb | 151.32 fps
3DMARK Time Spy3885
3DMARK Fire Strike8717
AMD Ryzen 7 58000 + RTX 3050Ti (4GB GDDR6) Performance Score

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.

GamesFHD NormalFHD Ultra
Far Cry 562 FPS53 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Rider98 FPS51 FPS
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon59 FPS45A FPS

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

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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