One must have deep pockets if he desires an ultrabook – those laptops are small yet powerful, so many components must be crammed into a small space. That is what increases the price. In this review, I’ll “dissect” one modern ultrabook, the Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J), and let you know if it’s worth the money or just poor quality…
Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) has a solid-state drive which is always an advantage. Giving 256GB storage it should be enough for most folks. Just keep in mind it’s a SATA drive, not faster PCI-E like with many other ultrabooks.
I don’t think you will have any problems with the display. It has 13.3″ diagonal yet 1920×1080 resolution, so the image will look crystal sharp. That’s a good feature if you have a thing for movies. It does not support touch however panel type is IPS, giving you viewing angles closer to 180 degrees. The top bezel hosts a 720p webcam which lets you video chat in Skype.
There is a 4-cell 42Whr battery giving power for the system. It’s said to last almost 7 hours web surfing which is pretty good for an ultrabook. The battery is integrated so replacing it won’t be an easy task.
Being a small notebook the Acer sports decent processor performance. It has a new (Autumn 2016) CPU called Intel Core i5-7Y54, ultra low voltage chip with two cores, with admittedly low clock speed 1.2GHz but much higher turbo, 3.2GHz. It’s in the same league than some 4th generation Core i5s, for example i5-4200U and this i5-7Y54 get almost the same score in CPU Mark tests. Hence, from web browser to multimedia use to demanding applications this processor suffices.
The memory of Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) should be good for everyone as there is 8GB low-voltage DDR3 memory installed. I couldn’t sadly find out if it can be upgraded but I don’t think it can.
The laptop offers two USB ports for your peripherals. The other one is regular USB 3.0 while the other is USB 3.1 Type-C – with the right cable you can use that with, for example, HDMI devices. The computer doesn’t have RJ-45 port because of size limitations but a nice dual-band 802.11ac WiFi card gives you a smooth network access. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, too.
Naturally, there is no optical drive in this notebook – luckily external one can always be used. As far as I know they didn’t even install SD card slot here.
Pretty much the only thing you can’t do with Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) is hardcore gaming. See, it has only integrated graphics, the Intel HD 615 available. Games easy on the graphics are definitely playable at least on low settings, those include Tomb Raider, League of Legends and Dota 2. However, increasing the settings will make most games lag, and new ones (such as The Witcher 3 and Doom) stutter a lot even on minimum settings.
For some reason the keyboard isn’t backlit on this model.
Choosing the Acer Swift 7 (SF713-51-M90J) as your next ultrabook makes sense if neat looks, decent performance and high quality screen are things you value. This computer can do everything for a compact laptop seeking patron, run his YouTube videos, MS Office and even image editors on the go. Indeed, it’s truly a portable notebook with the 13.3″ screen and 2.5 pounds weight. Apart from gaming performance the laptop is all solid, so do check it out!