Acer Swift X 14 SFX14-41G review (performance ultrabook, AMD Ryzen + RTX)

8 Comments

  1. wck

    October 5, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    16:9 ,not 16:10

  2. Mohamed Tarek

    November 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Hello Andrei,

    First of all, thank you for the very informative and useful article. I have read several of your reviews of similar laptops in this price range, and I have finally decided to buy this one.

    Secondly, I checked the "how to say thanks" page, but, unfortunately, the laptop is not available in my region on the mentioned websites, so I will buy elsewhere. However, I will definitely tell my friends about your awesome website and share on my platforms!

    Lastly, I have a small comment in the article: several times you mention "RTX 1650" instead of "GTX 1650" (mainly in the performance section and the availability section).

    Once again, thank you very much for the detailed and unbiased article!
    Mohamed

  3. D34l

    March 24, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Greetings,

    Thanks for your reviews! I buy my Lenovo Ideapad 720s (Metal chassis / 14" / i7-7500U / 16Gb / USB-C TB DP-PD / Nvidia 940MX) after read your review! Now is dead and I want to make the upgrade.

    Im checking these Acer and it seems correct for my needs. My concern is if this product is durable.

    Main purposes: Heavy browser use, Virtual Machines, work-business, light audio/video renderization. light gaming but use the dedicated card for other purposes.

    Wanted to buy something similar on Lenovo but cant find anything that fits budget ($1,000) and features:

    * Metal Chassis
    * low-medium dedicated graphics card
    * USB-C PD/DP
    * AMD or Intel good processor (i7 or ryzen 5 – 7)
    * 14" or light 15" screen
    * 16 Gb RAM at least

    Do you have one in mind or do you recommend go for this Acer?

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 25, 2022 at 11:33 am

      The IdeaPad 5 Pro might be within your budget, if you can ditch the dGPU requirement. Otherwise, this is hard to match at its price. Hard to comment on long term reliability, it's the luck of the draw these days. Buy from a store that offers good warranty services and/or extended warranty (over here in Europe it cab be extended to 4 years).

  4. Robin

    May 13, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Andrei, thank you for your great review.

    I had a question about its keyboard, and more especially about the Delete/Insert key (let's call it the "DelIns" key).

    Delete and Insert are both on the same key. By default, the Delete button is called by simply pushing the DelIns key, whereas the Insert button is called by pushing the Fn (Function) + DelIns keys. Also, by default, if one would want to close a window through ALT + F4, one would need to actually perform : ALT + Fn + F4. Bear with me, my question is coming.

    On Acer laptops, I know it is possible in the BIOS to activate by default the Function (Fn) key. So let's suppose that I activate this in the BIOS. From now on, I would only need to push ALT + F4 in order to close a window. But here is my question : are now the Delete and Insert keys inverted? Basically, if I wanted to call Delete, would I now need to push Fn + DelIns ?

    Also, what about the PageUp/Home and PageDown/End keys? By default, to call Home, one needs to hit Fn + PageUp. But after activating the setting mentioned earlier in the BIOS, in order to call Home, would hitting PageUp/Home be enough in order to call Home ?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Here is a picture of the keyboard:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qoF8AreTL1tMcPeIx8hHGLSNlAkEw38j/view

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm

      Hi. Gave this a check right now. Only the F1-F12 keys are controlled through the BIOS setting. That means that the Del/Ins, arrows, and everything else remain unaffected. So, pressing the Delete key would result in Delete action regardless of the mode set for the F keys, and for PgUp you'd still have to press FN+PgUp in every mode.

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