Acer Swift 3 (14-inch, 2020) review: A featherweight laptop with performance to spare at a fair price

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Josh Goldman / CNET

The 14-inch Acer Swift 3 is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors. This might not mean much to you unless you follow the world of mobile processors, but basically these AMD chips are faster than the competing Intel CPUs that rule the market — and they cost less. That means models like the Swift 3 stay affordable but get you the processor performance of a pricier laptop. 

Like

  • Slim, ultralight aluminum-magnesium body
  • Good battery life with fast charging
  • Great processing performance

Don’t Like

  • Memory can’t be upgraded/increased
  • Dim display

But just because the processor delivers the speed of a more expensive laptop, doesn’t suddenly make everything else about the 14-inch Swift 3 as amazing. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty to like about it.  For example, at 2.7 pounds (1.2 kg), it’s incredibly light for a 14-inch laptop at its $620 starting price.

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