Acer Swift 3 14" Laptop - Silver (Intel Quad Core i5-8250U/256GB SSD/8 GB RAM/Windows 10)

  • Model #: SF314-52-52V8
  • Web Code: 10751901
  • Release Date: 08-30-2017
Sold and shipped by: Best Buy
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Reliable and versatile, this Acer 14" laptop is a perfect option for creative professionals and students. It features a 1.6 GHz Intel Quad Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB solid state drive, and Full HD 1080p display. Integrated Bluetooth and USB 3.0 connectivity make it easy to connect additional devices and peripherals.

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  • 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM power solid and reliable performance for all of your everyday computing needs
  • 256GB solid state hard drive loads files quickly and has fewer moving parts than a traditional hard disc, minimizing the risk of malfunction
  • 14-inch display with a native resolution of 1920 X 1080 presents images, videos, apps, software, and other content in crisp, crystal-clear detail
  • Windows Hello recognizes you instantly and logs you into your Windows devices by either recognizing your face or reading your fingerprint
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi gives you the freedom to connect to wireless networks at home, at the office, or to hotspots when you're on the go
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and 3 USB ports (1 x 2.0, 2 x 3.0) make it easy to connect a range of additional peripherals, such as a printer or wireless speakers, for added functionality
  • HDMI output lets you connect the laptop to an HD monitor or HDTV for use as a secondary display
  • Preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system, which features a refined internet browser, improved Start menu, digital assistant with Cortana, universal Windows apps, and much more

What's in the Box?

  • Power Cord
  • Manual

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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4.5 / 5
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  • from Delta, BC

Great Laptop!

this is easily the best laptop out there for under 1000 dollars. It is crazy fast starting up, and can play non-intensive games pretty well. Definetely recommend this laptop!

  • from Vancouver, BC

Great laptop for the price, mediocre screen

I bought this laptop a month ago for school, and have been delighted with the purchase overall. It runs quickly with the 8th gen i5 processor and 8gb ram, and the SSD means that boot times are incredibly fast. I originally purchased one that had a defect with the screen, but the replacement that I received works very well. Pros: Lightweight, fast, nice design, good speakers for the size, great battery life, works well for light gaming. Cons: Keyboard is a bit cramped in some areas, screen isn't as bright as I might like and there were some issues with the IPS glow Overall, it's a great laptop for school, but not one that would replace a mid-range gaming PC. Even so, for every day browsing and school work, I've come to prefer it over my desktop computer

  • from Scarborough, ON

Consider this before buying

My new one arrived on last Friday (Jan 5, 2018). But since last night I'm noticing that the speakers are inconsistent. It's croupy on and off, like seal bark. Certainly a defected one is that I received. Will process the return tomorrow (Jan 8, 2018). I don't know one in how many are like this but for my bad experience and all the hassle it caused I have to rate just one.

  • from Toronto, ON

Good with caveats

Nice overall design, good CPU, enough ports, good feel, portable, responsive and stable but... mediocre display. Decent contrast, at least visually but still quite dim. Some come with AUO Optronics display (bit brighter), some with somewhat dimmer and yellowish Chi Mei which feels not bright enough, detail is good though, less the color skewed towards yellow and hard to correct without sacrificing more of its brightness. Judge for yourself, see if it's good enough for your needs. For me this is rather borderline.

  • from Langley, BC

Acer Swift 3 review

Love it! Fast! Beautiful clear picture! Size is perfect!

  • from Acton, ON

Great buy.

Bought this laptop for my wife for Christmas. Very fast, very quiet, light, and the screen is amazing. Great buy.

  • from Scarborough, ON

Best in it's class

This could be the best in mid-range laptops. its quick, simple and offers amazingly high performance. I am more than delighted to get this laptop.

  • from Calgary, AB

bought it 4 months ago, very happy with it.

Fast, quiet, very long battery life (using for some database programming, battery lasts over 10 hours without heavy computing).

  • from London, ON


I need a laptop fro school, but also a laptop decent for gaming. Is this a laptop that can do both of those things?

  • from London, ON


I need a laptop fir school, but also a laptop decent for gaming. Is this a good laptop for those two things?

  • from Edmonton, AB

Incredible value!

I've had this laptop for probably almost a year now, and I can say with full confidence that this thing was worth every penny! While the design is fairly lackluster, it does feature a full aluminum chassis and a pretty solid display. As such, people often mistake for a MacBook Air, however the value is much better. It has a ton of ports, a fantastic battery life, and great backlit keyboard and trackpad. It is pretty good for a little bit of very light gaming, and perfect for working on as a student. Oh yeah, the fingerprint sensor is also a really convenient addition. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great laptop for a great price!

  • from Oshawa, ON

Best Laptop for the Money

Bought this about a month ago when it came it. I am really happy with it. The specs are top notch for everyday use and minor gaming. Excellent for school and entertainment.

  • from Surrey, BC

Best value for the price

Have been using it for over 8 weeks now. Really great quality at this price point. The metalic body, light weight, HD1080 monitor, backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, etc. It's a beautiful laptop with great specs. Can't go wrong! My last Acer laptop lasted 5 years before I sold it on Craigslist, Acer makes good laptops.

  • from Brampton, ON

Macbook alternate

if you are buying a macbook pro... after looking at this laptop, you would probably change your mind .....

  • from Vancouver, BC

Best Best Best Best.....

Buy that laptop one month ago....Superb laptop, Superb Speed......Highly recommanded

  • from Kelowna, BC

First Impressions

I've had this laptop for a little over a week now. I've always been a bigger fan of Mac computers because they never seem to slow down, they are low maintenance with virus and hard drive issues, and I like the iOS interface a bit better than windows. That being said, this is my first experience with Windows 10 and I don't hate it. I think maybe Windows is picking up on the fact that users want an easier experience. I read a lot of reviews before picking a laptop and this had among the best reviews, for a mid-range but high quality laptop that's comparable in specs to the Macbook Air, which I've used in the past. I just want to address some of the things that keep coming up. I bought this laptop to create a website and start my business above all. I'm not going to be running photoshop or pc games that you'd probably need a top of the line laptop for. That being said, I do need to edit professional photos for my website, but I feel like we all do a little bit of photography now a days, and this laptop is pretty capable of it. Running a few tabs with youtube on in the background is no problem. The only adjustments I've mad to make are to the keyboard. The left shift is slightly more to the left and it always throws me off but that will come with time. The brightness is really fine for me. If I hadn't read the reviews about it I wouldn't even notice that it's lower than it could be. I'll probably be doing most of my work inside anyways, but my house is pretty bright with lots of windows, and I don't find it difficult to use honestly. The fans are not loud. They will come on if you're doing a few things or the laptops been on for a while, but if you're in a cafe or at home I doubt you'll notice unless you're used to total silence. A classroom might be noticeable but I doubt enough for you to feel embarrassed about using it. One other thing I've noticed is that I like using google chrome, and sometimes opening it, the screen will be black for like 20 seconds before I'm able to see my home page/etc. Maybe that's a glitch with Windows 10 and google chrome. I know windows 10 recommends Micfrosoft Edge or whatnot (internet explorer it looks like), but I don't like using it. That's literally the only qualm I have and maybe I'll just switch browsers. Oh, battery life is definitely not 10 hours. Probably not even 7. I think the battery life is worse than my old Mac. Working on my website the other day (and not even having other background programs running) I think I got 6 hours before it went on battery save move, so I can imagine doing more intensive work would drain it quicker. I'm now going to just assume I'll get 6 hours out of if and use the charger if I'll be longer. It's not a huge deal to me though.

  • from Edmonton

Very good

Looks good, feels good, and uses it good. I am very satisfied with this computer. It has fast cpu, large ssd drive, big enough memory, it is quick to respond and very fast. I strongly recommend this computer to everybody who wants a positive experience in working or having fun.

  • from Burnaby, BC

best laptop for it's price

I will first state the cons: the keyboard takes some getting used to if you haven't had spaces between the keys before. 2nd the maximum brightness isn't as high as some other laptops, but I've never felt like it was not bright enough. Pro's: I have had this laptop for over a month and I absolutely love it. it's incredibly fast, can play decent games, has a 10h battery life, is light and portable and overall a perfect laptop for school. Overall this is a no brainer, for this price you will not find a more satisfying laptop

  • from Toronto, ON

Best for price

Bought this at eglinton best buy last sept and speed is really great. I was hesitant first because of the brand but its performace up to now has been great.

  • from Edmonton, AB

Amazing gor it's price

I bought this laptop a few weeks ago. So far I can tell is the best laptop I've ever had. It is very light and it's very similar to a MacBook in terms of appearance with a metallic finish. Its keyboard has backlight and the screen resolution is unbelievable. Some cons are some sharp edges that you may find uncomfortable while typing and the brightness of the screen is not that high.

  • from Halifax, NS

Review day after purchasing

I had originally purchased the Acer Aspire ES15. I was not impressed at all. The fan was loud and it was overall very slow. Now I have purchased this one, the Acer swift 3. So far I love it, it is very quiet (obviously makes noise, what laptop doesn't? but the noise is not noticeable unless you are trying to hear it). To me this gives a slick mac feel. If I hadn't of purchased this, I would of gotten a macbook air. This is very close to it, kind of like windows version of mac.. The laptop was out of my price range, but that is okay. I will be able to pay it off, this laptop is definitely worth the price. If it gets cheaper in the future I suggest getting your hands on it. If my opinion changes, I will post a new review.

  • from Vancouver, BC

A great laptop!

8th gen core i5 256g Intel 600p ssd great audio 1080p screen (brightness a bit lacking) Overall, i would say this is the best laptop you get can at this price range.

  • from Scarborough, ON

Overall is great

The laptop is sleek and light. With an 8th gen processor so everything is pretty 'swift'. I had a i5-7200 prior purchasing this one, although not much difference but I noticed my battery drains a bit faster on the 8th.

  • from Vancouver, BC

Speed Speed Speed!

I got this laptop two days ago from Metrotown Bestbuy, I am loving it as it is very fast, worth every penny!

  • from Welland, ON

Love it

For a student, i find it does everything i need it too. Super light weight, good charge, with a good size screen. I love the look of it and the touch lock is a super cool feature. not super experienced with laptops but this made it super easy for me.

  • from Calgary, AB



  • from Toronto, ON

Lots of pros, only a few minor cons

Pros - 1080p screen - snappy - looks premium - decent battery life - backlit keyboard - 256gb SSD - good trackpad - less expensive than similar spec HP or Asus laptops Cons - lots of bloatware - multilingual keyboard

  • from Calgary, AB



  • from Calgary, AB

THE midrange laptop

I love the aluminum body, and I really like the keyboard as well. It's super responsive. It's super fast, and supports the new 8th gen U processor, that for the fist time, will support super speed with 8 threads and a quad core, and give low power consumption (U series is low power consumption). |The body will not stain, oily fingers seem to dissipate after touching the body, but don't touch the keyboard with anything too oily, it will kind of "stain" the keyboard, but all you have to do is wipe it off with a moist cloth. I don't like the trackpad and how it clicks, it seems cheap. The screen also is super cheap considering everything else. I'm not talking about protectivness, it has an impressive gorilla glass design, but the max brightness isn't high enough, and the dimmest setting is still kind of bright. These two traits remind me of my cheap laptop that came for under 400 dollars. Also if you're not experienced, the bloatware and trial software should be removed or simply uninstalled to remove these stupid trials. This will free up SSD and boost your computer's speed. However, if you can see past these few minor inconveniences, the speed of this laptop for everyday use and heavy "26 application running in the background while watching a full hd video", and still not have the fan run for a while is pretty dang good. The aluminum body is super nice, looks almost like an HP xps if you have one, and the keyboard reminds me of the old gen MacBook keyboard response. These two attributes, premium aluminum body and premium laptop speed and battery life are two features you don't see high midrange, low premium laptops. You have to try out it's speed. Also, don't get the extended warranty. Final thing is that it being ultrathin, I hope it lasts very long, but don't expect it to cross 3-4 years. It's the only thing I hate about such thin laptops. However, if you treat the laptop better than you treat yourself, it's probably last more than 5 years. That's what I plan to do with this hefty investment If you need reliability and longevity, pick a notebook or another laptop that's a bit thicker. I say this based on my old computer that weighs as much as a gaming laptop, but performs even worse than a Chromebook in multitasking. But it's lasted 7 years with the most terrible treatment. |I've never treated it with respect, and I've literally beat it up, closed the lid super hard, slammed the keyboard, and flexed the screen, but it never has submitted. \it is literally the indestructible laptop that will continue at the same speed no matter what happens. However, beware of spinning and possibly malfunctioning hardrives. Does anyone know of other laptops being released with an i5-8250u that will be out soon. The Swift series has been very reliable and great in it's past, so I feel like this won't give me any problems. But if you happen to know, please leave a review helping me out. Thnaks

  • from Oakville, ON

First laptop to get the Intel 8th gen processor

So Intel screwed over students this year by launching an 8th gen processor that they claim is 40% faster right after the back to school buying frenzy. Acer is the only company to have a laptop with the new chip in stores already, with other makes and models set to appear in the coming weeks and months. I have had mine for a week and it benchmarks faster than an i7 (7th gen) dual core. I love the build quality, looks like the screen is marginally better than the last gen Swift with better brightness and contrast, keyboard is acceptable, nice and light, wireless works fine. The only drawback in the machine is the on board graphics and the fact that the RAM cannot be upgraded. The Intel HD graphics are fine for daily tasks only and can not handle anything too taxing. Battery life is fine and can last from 6-10 hours depending on usage and settings. Overall, fantastic value for a daily driver if you are not looking to do video editing on the go or something like that. I love mine.

  • from Mississauga

Nice performance Sturdy build

Have had this laptop for a week and loving it so far. No issue at all. Performance is fast and amazing. I researched a lot before picking this one up on sale. This is one of the first laptops with 8th gen Intel processor. Only thing that can improve slightly is the screen quality. The build quality is solid. You can tell that this can be thrown around and nothing would happen to it. It's very sturdy. Definitely recommend it.

  • from Cambridge, ON

Nice Laptop

It's light weight, well built, and good looking. The specs say that it's dual core but this is a mistake, it's actually quad core. I haven't had any issues with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The design choices of this laptop remind me of my XPS 13. The keyboard only slightly flexes when you try to make it flex. The speakers are decent as well.

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