Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in, SF314-42-R9YN
- AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Mobile Processor (Up to 4.1 GHz) with Radeon Graphics | 8GB LPDDR4 Memory | 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 14" Full HD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit display (1920 x 1080 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio)
- Intel wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX200 802.11ax | HD webcam (1280 x 720) | Backlit keyboard | Fingerprint reader
- 1 - USB Type-C port USB 3. 2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging, 1- USB 3. 2 Gen 1 port (featuring power-off charging), 1 - USB 2. 0 port & 1 - HDMI port
- Just 0.63" thin and 2.65 pounds and up to 11.5 hours of battery life
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7 points • Imanarirolls
I just helped my friend get this after a ton of research. SPECIFICALLY GET THE RYZEN 7 VERSION.
Forreal. For some reason the ryzen 7 4700U one is $650??? All the intel i5s were $750+, which is a less powerful cpu. Unfortunately, it only comes with 8gb ram. But you’re getting a hell of a cpu for super cheap. And it’s 500gb storage. However, if you want the 3x2 aspect ratio display you have to go with an i5, for more expensive. That being said, one complaint is that it gets to hot to actually max out the ryzen 7 anyway so you may as well go for the better screen and the i5.
Edit: specifically this one:
There are a bunch that are more expensive at 750/850 (with the Ryzen 7 4700U).
14 points • eding42
That laptop you posted has an older Ryzen processor, but still should be good enough.
The best choice, however, is the Acer Swift 3 that gets recommended a lot on this subreddit. This this is hands down the best laptop for students and really anyone doing anything but heavy gaming.
It has an 8 core CPU, compared to 4 cores on your suggested laptop, 8 GB of LPDDR4 compared to 8 GB of DDR4 (LPDDR4 is faster and more efficient), and a 512 GB SSD. It's also likely got better battery life (Ryzen 4000 series CPUs are amazingly efficient).
Obviously, it's a lot faster than the ASUS VivoBook you posted. However, it's your choice on whether you think the spec improvement in the Acer Swift 3 justifies the 80 dollar increase. Personally, I think it does, but your financial situation might be completely different than mine. There's no shame in just sticking with the laptop you picked out.
4 points • Helenthebear
I love my Acer Swift 3. Don't get the intel version, get the AMD Ryzen 7 version. Here's the link to the one I got: Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Processor with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_3tDfFbQB3701K
2 points • CatchLightning
The AMD Acer Swift 3 looks promising at $650 and a crazy powerful integrated graphics card (Doom Eternal plays at 42fps on low). Make sure you grab the AMD model and I recommend 512gb over 256gb (I can't recommend such little storage these days).
2 points • LonerIM2
I would recommend this Acer Swift 3 config , at this price it is great value and better built than the aspire.
2 points • TeslApple_Guy
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4AEnFbCYCK0B8
2 points • joliesleftnipple
Installing macOS is a tricky thing initially using Opencore but it's stability is unparalleled in Hackintosh world. I'd suggest you to join r/hackintosh and do your own research.
If you can, wait for a bit. The industry will make more AMD laptops soon as their chips and GPUs are cheaper and better. You'll have more options.
Install it on two separate drives as both use different file system. You could also format a bit of space as exFAT so that it could be accessable by both, macOS and windows. That way you don't need to have pendrive to transfer file between systems.
I'd personally would go for a desktop setup. So that if anything is incompatible with macOS (they support only some specific brands of ethernet, bluetooth and wifi antennas), I could swap them out with compatible ones. Laptops could be too restricting unless you are planning to buy an Alienware Area 51M.
You can check this one out but take it with a grain of salt. Check thoroughly if its parts are compatible with macOS or not.
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1 points • __Genkai__
1 points • The1Jaf
Ok, thank you!
I'm not overthinking or whatever. And I'm not in university yet (10th, now 11th grader here).
I just wanted to have a budget laptop first, since I thought that they will be more value than anything else. But nope, the exact opposite, but only if you are going to use the specs. For me, I will use the CPU and the other stuff.
What I'm looking for is an all rounder basically.
I don't look for gaming related stuff. So, no graphics card needed at all. That goes for everything else too, I don't care wether it's a 1080p display or a 4K 144hz display although a higher refresh than 60hz would be very appreciated. What is more important to me is just CPU performance. I've seen that, as you said, the AMD chips are very good. It's just ridiculous compared to how it was a few years ago.
Anyways, if you don't want to answer that's fine.
Do you have a suggestion? Basically, the keyboard, color accuracy (since I'm going to do WebDev and some photoshop, but nothing to crazy or professional), at least 12 GB RAM and a AMD CPU is what I would like to get for min. $600.
I've seen the Lenevo Ideapad Flex 5 and Acer Swift 3. The Acer is just awesome. My only issue with that device is the unupgradeable 8GB of RAM...everything is just perfect from the specs sheet but the RAM...and for the Flex 5, that's also very good, but in comparison to the Swift 3, I think the Swift 3 clearly takes the win.
1 points • Vict1232727
Well first for the recommendation how much is your budget? Like the ideal amount you wish to spend. And B. Would it just be used for that very basic stuff? Acer swift 3 Well this one appears to be $680 and I doubt your daughter may need and upgrade ANY time soon. (Just maybe a battery replacement down the line because well that’s unavoidable)
1 points • SacredVenge
Can you purchase in the US? If thats the case I think the Acer swift 3 checks all your boxes. Only problem is that its 50 dollars over budget.
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Processor with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Psv1EbD84HMQX
1 points • CasualHearthstone
This is one that I've had my eye on. My budget is about $1000 so I'm waiting a few months for moreamd laptops to come to Canada. You may wish to upgrade the ram to 16gb.
1 points • legos45
After performing a number of benchmarks on the IdeaPad 5 14" , it seems to have audio issues. I described the issue in the video, and I included a snippet of the audio coming straight from the laptop. I haven't been able to reproduce it a 3rd time nor do I have a solution.
Consider going with the Acer Swift 3 instead.
1 points • coolingandy35
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_9tetFb7YR5YD5
Acre Swift 3 with ryzen 4700u. This is really cheap for the performance it gives you, I’m planning to sell my shitty MacBook and get this. Think this processor got some light gaming potential as well.
1 points • 1-clue
I like Acer!
Check out this on Amazon
1 points • EasternMayor
Check this out at Amazon.com Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Processor with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_Kf82EbT9N6E09
1 points • Lava709
1 points • HellVollhart
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_10VQFbAE8FKXK
You can’t get any better than this around $600
1 points • software_account
Acer Swift 3 Available On Amazon! [US] https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086KKKT15/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1 points • lolwhaat123
This laptop has great specs but, it might not be as durable, but it's still really cheap
1 points • ParadiseLost34
Thank you that looks really good! I was linked to it before, unfortunate that it's out of stock.
A brief follow-up question since my current laptop is dying and I'm in a relative rush do you think that this would be an adequate replacement?
1 points • Silly_Soft
1 points • Hoobito
this or the acer swift 3 with 4700u?
1 points • NaiveInvestigator
Try this maybe Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 Link is given below
Acer Swift 3 Thin and Light Laptop, 14' Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdo_t1_DYOWEbFK8GZ3E
1 points • IAmKnightSolaire
I have an older model of the swift 3 with an Intel cpu and an Nvidia mx150 gpu and I love it. I have no real complaints. It has good horsepower and it's small and looks great.
This laptop is only $700 and the CPU has literally ~4x the power. Looking at passmark the intel 7500u has a score of 3,700 while the ryzen 4700u has a score of 14,000. This model also has a much nicer screen than the one I have, IPS is very nice to have.
Downside is no Ethernet port so you will need a USB adapter. They're like $10. It also only has 8 gb ram, but I haven't run into issues with memory using mine.
1 points • pkristi123
I know that you are looking for a laptop, but you might be better off building a desktop. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it isn't justified to go to school with a laptop, is it? (Than again ... I didn't go to school in the US, thus I have no clue about what your educational system requires you to do.)
This Acer Swift 3 looks like a decent computer to me. It's even equipped with a 4000 series amd cpu, which is always nice =) (Keep in mind that I didn't do much research, only looked at it's specs)
1 points • sunflsks
The Acer Swift 3 is a bit more, but it’s an octa core https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Octa-Core-Processor-Fingerprint-SF314-42-R9YN/dp/B086KKKT15
1 points • pebbletimevoice
1 points • Stevie_Handjobs
> HP envy x360
Thoughts on this one https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Octa-Core-Graphics-Fingerprint-SF314-42-R9YN/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=acer+swift+3&qid=1604180907&sr=8-3
1 points • SolidGreenDay
$650 laptop with an 8core Ryzen CPU. Has 512gb that is nvme ssd which is fast af. Has HDMI output also
1 points • nk27012
Check the Acer Swift 3 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fab_jqaGFbB7K1HSN.
1 points • Bezlak
Hi, thank you so much for the reply. Is there a reason you recommend the Aspire 5 over the similarly priced and specced Acer Swift 3? Does it come down to personal preference, or is there a clear benefit to the Aspire 5? Also, would you highly recommend I take the 4700U CPU, or do you think I can make do with a 4500U?
1 points • Peanut_Lover_69
Actually I'd recommend the Acer Swift 3. It appears to be in stock. Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TjszFbKT7E49K
1 points • The_Adviser100
the Swift 3 it's cheaper and lighter with a better build quality .
1 points • ambk0357
I'd say go for this one: Acer Swift
Its got the most recent ryzen processor, so better thermals, battery life and the WiFi 6 support is a nice bit of future proofing
1 points • 8th_Hurdle
Honestly, for the less demanding games, you don’t need a discrete GPU. I recommend this laptop that is being internationally shipped, but it’s really good, and I can’t find it in the UK. It’s an Acer Swift 3, with an 8-core Ryzen 7 4700U processor, 8gb RAM and 512gb SSD. It has a Vega 10 integrated GPU- really good for an integrated GPU- and comes in at around £650, with currency conversions, and stuff. Link: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Octa-Core-Processor-Fingerprint-SF314-42-R9YN/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=acer+swift&qid=1593705755&sr=8-1
1 points • Alivinity
This is one that I've come across recently, it's very affordable and should be great for class/zoom meetings. The CPU is good, and the webcam is about the same as any other laptop, worse than a phone, but better than nothing.
1 points • calcium
I don't see why someone would go for this over say the Acer Spin 3 which has a more powerful processor (4700U vs i5-1035G1) and a lot more storage (512 vs 128).
1 points • jmlinden7
650 for the Ryzen 7 model (only 8 gb RAM though)
1 points • UI_Zero2
I feel that the Acer Swift 3 using the AMD 4700U would be appropriate for what you are looking for while also staying under the budget.
Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Processor with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, SF314-42-R9YN https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jX-dFbF41MJ78
1 points • skittleflake
I was looking for the same thing and after about 5 days of pure non stop researching on laptops (I know nothing about laptops) I decided on the Acer Swift 3. Ordered it on amazon.com for €580. I live in Ireland so with customs and taxes it came to about €750 which is still so much cheaper than a mediocre laptop from a shop here. The specs are fantastic and it’s fast, for the price i thought it was a steal and the general reviews on YouTube and online were decent.
There’s probably better ones out there but I wasn’t looking to spend a fortune as wouldn’t be gaming on it and wanted it for work and general browsing etc.
Edit: just make sure to check all the specs before buying a laptop as I came across like 20 different Acer Swift 3 laptops with various models and specs from different places I was looking at.
1 points • thecooledv
The Acer Swift 3 is a really good laptop. Great AMD processor, great graphics that can play games well at low settings, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, fingerprint sensor, etc. Amazon Link
2 points • Duhcaveman
Acer Swift 3 (ryzen 7 4700U) OR Lenovo Flex 5 14" (Ryzen 5 4500U)
I'm deciding between these two options, I have listed the amazon links:
I'm using this for 1.5 months to play some games like Civ5 and CSGO primarily. Since they're both the same screen size and price range, my biggest concern is the difference between the CPUs. Will it matter? If not, I definitely prefer the 2 in 1 Lenovo with touchscreen because I can use it like an Ipad in the future.
2 points • Michiganders
The Lenovo Flex 5 is a decent option as long as you don't need a particularly bright display. It has great specs, an okay battery life, and a decent build quality but its display only goes up to 250 nits. That's not abysmally low but it's certainly a bit lower than the average and won't really allow it to be used across from windows or outside.
The Zenbook you mentioned is a fantastic option -- especially for moderate gaming. Its MX 350 dedicated graphics is significantly more powerful than the integrated graphics in newer intel / amd processors. You could also consider the similar Swift 3 with a bit more storage and even lighter design, but without the dedicated GPU.
2 points • North-Pineapple-2688
this acer swift 3 AMD ryzen 7 4700u one looks matches all your expectations:
2 points • mywallrobe
Hey, I am sure that we are able to recommend something satisfying to you based on the information you have provided. I would like to recommend the ACER SWIFT 3 THIN & LIGHT LAPTOP. This laptop is Superfast and the display is pretty good for $649.
- 14 inches
- AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Processor
- Radeon Graphics
- 8GB LPDDR4
- 512GB NVMe SSD
- Backlit Keyboard
- Fingerprint Reader
I sure hope i am able to assist.
2 points • BryantBuckets
What’s the better deal?
Acer Swift 3 ($650) https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Octa-Core-Processor-Fingerprint-SF314-42-R9YN/dp/B086KKKT15/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?dchild=1
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 ($600) https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Processor-Graphics-81X20005US-Graphite/dp/B086226DDB/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1