Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5800U | NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti Laptop GPU | 16GB LPDDR4X | 512GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit KB | Amazon Alexa | Windows 10 Home

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Ultimate Performance. Uncompromised Battery Life: Speed up tasks with AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor with Zen 3 Core Architecture, available for ultrathin laptops, so you can save time and get back to creating RTX, It’s On: The latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU (4GB GDDR6 VRAM) is powered by award-winning Ampere architecture with new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors supporting DirectX 12 Ultimate for incredible creativity A True Visual Representation: Create your best content on the 14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Widescreen LED-backlit 100% sRGB display with 300 nits brightness and 16:9 aspect ratio Internal Specifications: 16GB LPDDR4X memory (maximum 16GB); 512GB NVMe SSD; 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Dual-Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology; Bluetooth 5.2 Windows Hello with Fingerprint Reader: Biometric fingerprint reader and Windows Hello sign-in options help keep your Acer PC secure Using Alexa on your PC is as easy as asking a question. Just ask and Alexa can check your calendar, create lists, play music, answer questions, read the news and more. Made to Move: At just 3.06 lbs, this Acer Swift X laptop is ready to go where you go. The metal design is thin and lightweight, but packs a whole lot of battery power with fast charging capability
Hear It to Believe It: Stream music, play back videos, and hear it all with optimized bass response and distortion prevention from DTS Audio in the dual front-facing speakers Ports For All Your Accessories: USB Type-C Port USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (1 Power-off Charging), HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, Headphone/Microphone-in Jack, DC-in for AC adapter Show more

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Additional information

Standing screen display size

‎14 Inches

Graphics Card Ram Size

‎4 GB

Max Screen Resolution

‎1920 x 1080 Pixels

Processor

‎1.9 GHz amd_ryzen_7

RAM

‎16 GB LPDDR4

Hard Drive

‎512 GB SSD

Graphics Coprocessor

‎NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti

Chipset Brand

‎NVIDIA

Hardware Platform

‎Linux

Screen Resolution

‎1920 x 1080

Wireless Type

‎802.11ax

Number of USB 3.0 Ports

‎3

Average Battery Life (in hours)

‎12 Hours

Brand

‎Acer

Series

‎SFX14-41G-R1S6

Item model number

‎SFX14-41G-R1S6

Card Description

‎Dedicated

Operating System

‎Windows 10 Home

Hard Drive Interface

‎Solid State

Optical Drive Type

‎No Optical Drive

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎12.71 x 8.35 x 0.7 inches

Color

‎Gold

Processor Brand

‎AMD

Processor Count

‎8

Computer Memory Type

‎DDR4 SDRAM

Flash Memory Size

‎512 GB

Item Weight

‎3.31 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎12.71 x 8.35 x 0.7 inches

Power Source

‎Battery Powered

Voltage

‎240 Volts

Batteries

‎1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

ASIN

B093TK1PXF

Customer Reviews

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Best Sellers Rank

#958 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories) #92 in Traditional Laptop Computers

Date First Available

June 1, 2021

10 thoughts on “Acer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5800U | NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti Laptop GPU | 16GB LPDDR4X | 512GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit KB | Amazon Alexa | Windows 10 Home

  1. Bought an Acer Swift 3 couple years back and have absolutely loved using it. Needed a computer for my brewing building so I thought I would buy another Swift 3 for my daily use and take my old one for my brewing purposes. The new one has some improvements over the older one but the new one has a couple of things I wish Acer wouldn’t have changed. New keypad is white figures on silver keys, ( old key pad much easier to see in ALL lighting conditions), but I was aware of the change before I purchased. New unit had went from 4 total USB ports and 1 SD slot to 3 total USB ports and NO SD port. SD port wouldn’t bother me at all if it had 1 more USB port. Anyway I knew of all of the changes before I purchased and I am totally happy so far, ( 3 days old ) I can highly recommend this ACER unit.

  2. The Acer Swift 3 with a gorgeous 14″ display powered by an AMD 5700u 7nm 8 Core / 16 thread CPU is a massively able little powerhouse that will satisfy the needs of most users and then some.Let me tell you why in this complete review.What you will receive:Yet again arriving in a standard low cost eco friendly box most notebook makers use these days, I knew I was in for something special as the box felt impossibly light weighing less than 5lbs total. I was ready to dig in and see what Acer had to offer for mid tier computing after being highly impressed with their budget offerings.Inside, you will find the Acer Swift 3 itself, a slightly larger power supply, power cable, a few small inserts and a custom amazon.com insert with a special support system for amazon only buyers.First impressions:Having used much larger and beefier laptops and notebooks over the years and recently what I would consider a small 15.6″ ~4lb Acer Swift 3, the even smaller size of this 14″ Acer Swift 3 really left me impressed. Equipped with a very above average 14″ display and a large, spaced keyboard (no numeric pad), I was eager to see what this little Acer Swift 3 could do. It is very sleek, well built and easy to hold. Weighing in at 2lbs 12.5oz (~1.26kg), it is extremely light and has a metallic like feel to it and a quality finish that lets you know it is a step above the budget range. The 65w power adapter isn’t as small as some other ultrabooks and smaller Acer Swift 3s as this Acer Swift 3 has a full 8 core / 16 thread CPU and a very bright IPS display but it is still very compact weighing in at 10.5oz (.30kg) with power cord. The entire combo weighs in at a very light 3lb 7.1oz (1.56kg). This makes it incredibly easy to transport Acer Swift 3. I’ve held plenty of books that were much heavier than the Acer Swift 3.CPU::The Acer Swift 3 comes equipped with a “brand new” AMD Ryzen 5700u CPU. While it carries the 5000 series moniker and was introduced in January 2021, the architecture is actually based on Zen 2 (3000 series) and not Zen 3 (5000 series) CPUs. It is still a monster in its own right as it is a full 8 core / 16 thread behemoth that consumes ~25w under full load and ~9w for single thread. Due to its 7nm design and a very nice cooling system implemented by Acer, the Acer Swift 3 never throttled under load even running Cinebench 23 which is very stressful and demanding on CPUs in a real world meaningful way. The Acer Swift 3 only reached a max of ~68c for multi and 59c for single which shows more of a power limit for the CPU during multithreaded use as there was plenty of cooling left on the table but it still was able to hit ~3Ghz all core at its top rated cTDP of 25w.The actual Cinebench 23 scores show the power of this little monster as it achieved 8752 multi and 1262 single. That multi score is almost as fast as an i9-9980h which consumes much more power and generates much more heat and puts the performance squarely in the neighborhood of 8th through 10th gen mobile CPUs and even AMDs 4000 higher end mobile chips. The single core score is on par with 9th and 10th gen Intel DESKTOP chips running at a full 5ghz and is right around the same speed as 11th gen Tiger Lake Ultra Acer Swift 3s. The 5700u runs single thread as fast as a 4900H. Yes, it is that good. Single core speeds were ~4350mhz vs AMDs 4300mhz listed speed and multi core speeds were ~3000mhz vs AMDs base clock of 1800mhz.To achieve this much processing power in such a small notebook is pretty amazing.If your workflow is multi-core dependent, this Acer Swift 3 may very well work for you with its octa-core CPU.Memory and Storage:Along with a brand new CPU, you also get 8GB of memory and a very roomy 512GB Kingston NVME SSD.The onboard memory is max speed 4266mhz LPDDR4x soldered memory. While fixed at 8GB of memory and unable to upgrade, 8GB gives Windows 10 plenty of extra space to run and with the memory configured in dual channel proper performance is fully achieved.The Kingston 512GB M.2 drive boasted very respectable speeds reaching ~2500 read and ~1200 write which is more than enough for most Windows 10 use cases. Stress testing under full load the Kingston 512GB SSD never even came close to overheating.GPU:The 5700u comes equipped with Vega 8 R4000 Integrated Graphics. Based on a subset of AMDs Vega Radeon GPU technology, you are able to actually play lighter games at 1080p. Scoring ~2200 (Acer drivers) to 2350 (Newest AMD drivers) on Superposition, this puts the GPU power right around an Nvidia GT 1030 which is very impressive for notebook integrated graphics.Gaming wise, I spent a few hours playing World of Warcraft: Shadowlands questing in Bastion which is very GPU taxing and even squeezed in a raid run and while it wasn’t lights out performance, the Vega 8 was surprisingly capable after realistically dialing down some of the eye candy to 50% (level 5). The quality of the screen (covered below) made the visuals an absolute joy to behold. If ultra high frame rates and/or max details are your goal, this is not the notebook for you. On the other hand, if you’re ok with dialing down the visuals and/or accepting lower (but playable) frame rates you may be able to have this gem pull double (or triple) duty.The GPU never thermal throttled or overheated whether stress testing or playing.Overall, Acer did their homework and this system is one cool running notebook in every aspect with zero thermal throttling or overheating anywhere.First time starting up and usage:Upon first boot you are greeted with some quick and easy setup steps and off you go. This Acer Swift 3 comes with a standard Windows 10 Home install open and ready for use. Acer strongly encourages registering through the setup phase and it is integrated into the standard Windows 10 Home setup.You will want to run Windows Update as there were 20+ updates waiting for my Acer Swift 3.The Acer Swift 3 ships with an older 1.01 BIOS from January 2021. A 1.02 BIOS is available from the Acer website and is very easy to run and install.As for pre-installed software…Norton SecurityUltra full suite is installed with a 30 day (!) license.This Acer Swift 3 also includes Alexa. Alexa is actually a custom app pre-installed on your Acer Swift 3 that integrates with Amazon. If you are a user of Alexa, you will feel right at home.A Drop box promo app.Link to Forge of Empires GameNumerous links and re-directs to Amazon and Norton.I purposely tested the Acer Swift 3 with the stock install, cleaned up stock install (uninstalled the pre-installed software) and with a fresh, clean install to see if the pre-installed software was causing any meaningful slowdowns that impeded my benchmark testing and normal use. I am happy to report it did not. You can leave (and enjoy) the software as is, uninstall what you do not want or go scorched earth and do a clean install. If you’re the type of user who wants to do a clean install, there were no problems setting up a USB drive with the newest Windows 10 install and doing a clean install. All the drivers you will need are available on Acer’s website to get you back up and running if you choose to go this route and I found doing a clean install relatively painless and straight forward.If you are a novice user who just wants a Acer Swift 3 that “just works” out of the box this will work for you too.Spending the day running it through its paces from productivity to gaming, unlike a very capable previous Acer model based on a low core count CPU, the 8 core design of this little marvel means there really isn’t much you can’t do with it. Everything I threw at it was handled with relative ease. I did a couple code compiles and they were very fast. I simulated much of my desktop work which is on a 5800x and it was very comparable which was astonishing in an ultra portable weighing less than 3 pounds.Battery Life:Battery life was very good running in balanced mode. The Acer Swift 3 is equipped with an 50.29Wh battery. Using it over the course of the day (~5hrs), I was left with almost 30%. If you adjust your settings up or down, you will achieve more or less. Expect taxing use (games, multi threaded workloads) to drain the battery quicker.Display quality:The 1920×1080 (1080P) display is the star of the show for this Acer Swift 3. Using a 60hz IPS AU Optronics AUO683D panel, the display maxes at a very bright 300 nits and supports a full 8-bit 16.7m color palette. Having full 100% sRGB and 77% Adobe coverage, colors not only pop but are bright, warm and inviting. The icing on the cake is the 1200:1 contrast ratio and perfectly implemented antiglare. I was absolutely gobsmacked with the panel quality on this Acer Swift 3 at this price. I ended up lining it up against several other laptops, notebooks, desktops, 30″ displays and even my desktop BenQ 4k IPS professional display and only the BenQ and the hand picked professional display in my 17.3″ laptop bested it but it still held its own in a casual side by side test. I’ve included a picture of the this wonderful display next to a 15.6″ display on another Acer model for comparison.Ports:Unfortunately with such a small size comes tradeoffs and one of those is port selection. The Acer Swift 3 only has one USB type A port, USB type C port and an HDMI port on the left side and a USB type A port, headphone jack and a security lock port on the right . This Acer Swift 3 does not come with an ethernet port. On the go use may not be a problem, but if this is to work as a desktop replacement too, you will want to invest in a multipurpose hub not only for expanded ports but easy quick connect and disconnect to take the Acer Swift 3 with you.Wifi:The Acer Swift 3 does come equipped with onboard Wifi ready to go so you can connect immediately to any available wireless networks. The Acer Swift 3 will come with either a MediaTek or Intel WiFi card. Mine came with a MediaTek and it works as expected. The Wireless card is not soldered, so you can switch it to another model at your discretion.Inside:Once you remove the back cover (which comes off easily after removing a series of clearly visible screws and using your finger nail or a plastic spudger along the front), you aren’t presented with much in regards to expand-ability. The memory is soldered and the small form factor limits it to one M.2 bay which houses the Kingston 512GB NVME drive. Fortunately it is user replaceable and the Acer Swift 3 makes it easy to pop it out and install any M.2 NVME drive of your choice. As noted above, you can replace the WiFi card with another model of your choice too.Keyboard, trackpad and fingerprint reader:The Acer Swift 3 ships with a more than adequate backlit keyboard. Due to the small size of the Acer Swift 3, there is no numeric pad but the key placements are spaced well and the keyboard is very easy to adjust to and use. The trackpad is responsive enough and the build quality is a step above the budget range but I do prefer trackpads with separate and distinct left and right buttons. Acer will supply your Acer Swift 3 with either a Synaptics or Elantech touchpad. Mine shipped with a Synaptics. Like many newer ultrabooks and notebooks, when you open the display the bottom shifts down and elevates the keyboard giving you a nice little angle for typing and increase the space on the bottom for better fan intake for cooling. This model comes with a bio-metric fingerprint reader that integrates with Windows for quicker logins to Windows 10. It works very well and there was minimal delay from the time I placed my finger to the Windows 10 desktop appearing. It makes logging into Windows that much quicker.Webcam:I tested the webcam with a few recording sessions and it more than handles itself well. It isn’t on the level of an $80USD+ webcam like a C920 but it more than got the job done as do most Acer included webcams for basic use (Zoom, Teams, etc..).Fan Noise:When in use, the single system fan cooling the CPU does sometimes spin up and you will hear it. The Acer Swift 3 comes equipped with a much bigger better quality fan than some other models use along with a top notch heatsink exhaust system. This results in excellent cooling with no throttling even under heavy loads both single and multi. While it isn’t overbearing or obnoxiously loud, it definitely is there and the Acer Swift 3 is not a dead silent/fanless notebook and will spin up when needed. When taxed, the fans will kick up to the next level but due to the superior cooling never hit max but it is clearly audible but a more than acceptable dB range.Summary:You will be amazed at how small, lightweight and powerful the Acer Swift 3 actually is. For me, personally, the star of the show is the display as it is simply gorgeous and a joy for the eyes. I found myself just marveling at its quality at this price range. Close behind is the CPU as the 5700u is a fully capable processor sporting a beefy 8 core / 16 thread design ready to get to work. Backed by a great cooling system and cool running components, thermal throttling is never an issue anywhere when in use. You get plenty of storage with the 512GB SSD and more than adequate memory of 8GB properly configured in dual mode (4GB x 2). The backlit keyboard is a major plus. Vega 8 integrated graphics are deceptively capable equaling Desktop Nvidia GT 1030 performance and will work for light modern day gaming at 1080p and even some graphical work.On the other hand, if your workflow requires more than 8GB of system memory you can not upgrade beyond this and you will have to look elsewhere. While the CPU is very powerful, depending on the type of work you do, you may require something more powerful (and heavier and more expensive). The Vega 8 graphics and internal 60hz panel are not suited for high fps or high detail gaming even at 1080p for many modern games. Compromises will have to be made in fps and detail expectations even running an external display. The limited port selection may leave you feeling cramped.After weighing the pros and cons along with the excellent pricing, this is a 5/5 for me and this little engine that definitely can has now found a permanent spot in my work bag officially replacing my insanely large Clevo laptop.If you have enjoyed this review and it has aided you in your buying decision, please gently give the “Helpful” button a tap. It is much appreciated.

  3. Llevo comprando laptops Acer hace muchos años y esta máquina cumple lo que dice. La calidad del chasis la hace ver premiun aunque claramente tiene un precio para segmento medio.Muy rápida, bonito teclado iluminado, parece que la batería tiene un rendimiento muy aceptable. Quizá la pantalla podría ser mejor pero en conjunto todas el funcionamiento es muy bueno en relación al precio.Quizá mi error fue haber comprado la versión con procesador 5700, he leído algunas revisiones y análisis que indican que existe muy poca diferencia entre el procesador 4700 y 5700 y quizá no justifica pagar 90 dólares más por un procesador casi igualHoy pude ver que a la versión con Rysen 5700 dará actualización a Windows 10 gratis, ojalá eso compense el pago.Recomendaciones, si quieres una computadora básica pero con buen rendimiento deberías comprar la Acer aspire 5, si quieres una Laptop muy rápida, que parezca mucho más sacará de lo que es y no quieres gastar mucho pues está es la mejor opción.

  4. I asked for advice on Reddit for what kind of laptop would best suit my usage, and this was by far the most recommended. I am so glad I listened to the advice! I make closed captions for a living, so I am constantly typing and researching. The keys are responsive and the backlighting is nice. I had some concerns about the power button’s placement in the upper right corner where the delete button usually is but I have not had trouble accidentally pressing it like I thought I would. I dislike the layout of the tiny left and right buttons placed right below page up and page down. I am often pressing the wrong button, but this will improve with time.Graphics are beautiful compared to my last laptop which was literally 11 years old. I wish the screen could be dimmed more than it is to protect my eyes, but I use f.lux to modify the screen brightness since I use my laptop all day every day.My greatest issue with the laptop is that the speakers are placed beneath the laptop. On even the loudest setting, the sound is unusually quiet compared to any other laptop I have used. When the laptop is on your lap, the sound is severely muffled, barely audible even on the highest settings. Because of this I almost always use headphones (thanks Acer for not getting rid of the headphone jack!!) Overall I am thrilled with my purchase and plan to stick with Acer for future laptop purchases.

  5. I had been eyeing to upgrade my wife’s older Samsung ultrabook that is about 5 years old now. She wanted to get into gaming yet her Samsung only had integrated graphics. She was also looking for something that didn’t scream gaming laptop (big, bulky, gamer colors and aesthetics) because she does go into the office a few times a week. All while keeping the price under $1400. I just could not find anything these past 9 months at all. The only things that came close were Razer or MSI or Asus products but at a much higher price point, speaking about their sleek looking creator laptops specifically.Then Acer released this Swift X with a 3050ti and I bought it so quick.It literally checks all the boxes and I cannot find a valid reason to spend more on those other laptops. The only thing I will give them is yes those brands do have tighter tolerances, build materials and higher refresh rate screens. That being said, Acer really made this a sleek looking and well built product nonetheless, so you are splitting hairs to spend more for those other options. Acer made the right compromises overall.Down to the important details, how does it perform? Stellar, period. We have been playing Paladins, New World and Apex Legends with 0 issues and 60+ fps. It can run just fine at Medium to High depending on the game. It flies in day to day tasks that her work demands as well. She lives in Excel and PowerBI.The camera and microphones are also a nice step up from my HP omen and her Samsung Ultrabook, which was surprising because those both cost more at the time. The keyboard is a bit smaller and she is getting used to it, but 95% of the time she has it on a stand and uses a bluetooth keyboard/mouse. That being said, the keyboard and trackpad built in are good and reliable. Nice key travel and smooth control on the trackpad.She has not used the device long term on battery power so I cannot comment there, but from other reviewers on YouTube it seems to be well above average.The screen is vibrant and color accurate with a matte surface (important because her setup has a window behind her which introduced glare on her old glossy screen)TLDR; At around $1000, this is hands down the best laptop for multipurpose. Its not a gaming powerhouse like my HP omen, but its quieter, sleeker, and can game at 60+ fps very easily on the titles that matter to us. For anyone who needs a laptop to look professional to take for work or school but also wants to game effectively, buy this. You wont be disappointed.

  6. Coming from ASUS TUF 15.6 144HZ i7-11370H,RTX 3050ti,8GB DDR4,512PCe SSD – returnedAcer Swift X SFX14-41G-R1S6 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5800U | NVIDIAPros:-Elegant design (clean) 4.5 of 5-Size 5 of 5 (You want to take it everywhere)-Screen 4.8 of 5 (colors ,brightness)-Keyboard 4.5 of 5-CPU 5 of 5 (WOW)-GPU 4.5 of 5-RAM 5 of 5-SSD 5 of 5-Sound – 4.5 of 5 (no bass ,but extremely crisp)-Heat 5 of 5 -Good job-Noise 4.8 of 5 -Extremely quiet baby-Ports 4.5 of 5-Battery 4.5 of 5Gaming : I play Witcher 3(high) and Company of Heroes 2(ultra)5 0f 5Cons :- Initial setup faced bluescreen of death .-Bloatware ,bloatware, bloatware____________________________________Overall shopping experienceAmazon 5 of 5ACER 4.8 of 5_______________________________Conclusion: KEEPING ITRecommend YES

  7. With the zen 3 architecture from Ryzen and the DLSS capabilities from the rtx 30 series, this laptop is a great machine for both productivity and medium-light gaming.The LPDDR4X 16 gbs of ram and the NVMe SSD makes for an amazingly snappy experience on everyday.The gtx 3050 Ti with the dlss capabilities make gaming amazing. On warzone, I was getting a solid 70ish frames on medium settings.The laptop is light as expected, and the laptop runs cool! After about an hour of warzone, it was just barely warm to the touch.However, the “gold” color on the lid is very faint. As you can see in the picture, it is almost the same color as the silver body.Also, the package of the charger is not my favorite. I’m very particular about my electronics, and seeing how tightly and sharply the wires are kinked did not sit well for me. I know it decreases volume, but I would have loved if it were packed in more forgiving loops.Additionally, the USB-A port on the right hand side of the chassis is extremely tight. I’m not sure if the inner lining is slightly bent, but it takes an abnormal amount of force to eject devices from that port. This isn’t too big of a deal since I use this port for my wireless mouse dongle, but it may bother some if it is consistent across all units.Other than the three slight cons, everything about the laptop is great.

  8. The 3050ti in this is fantastic.This is coming from somebody that has a 3070 in his desktop.This laptop has been able to play anything I throw at it from medium to high settings.I’ve been able to get consistent 40 to 60fps in Cyberpunk using DLSS.Mount and Blade: Bannerlord runs like a dream, especially with DLSS enabled.The only game I’ve had annoyances with is Ark: Survival Evolved, but I also have annoyances with Ark on my main desktop with a 3070… Just a poorly-optimized game.Keep in mind that (by default) you need to have the laptop plugged-in in order to activate the 3050ti.I initially tried launching a game and experiencing horrible performance, and I was terrified for a few minutes that I’d fallen for some sort of scam, but then I plugged it into an outlet and games started running smooth as butter.I’ve heard that this option can be changed in the bios (hit F2 as the laptop is turning on to access the bios), but I only play games while I’m stationary somewhere with access to an outlet anyway. I’d rather save battery-life if I’m using it on-the-go for YouTube and whatnot.One major annoyance! The Bluetooth transmitter built-in to this system.Seemingly at random, the quality will drop to AM Radio levels of bad. That would be annoying enough, but when this happens the volume fluctuates from extremely quiet to EXTREMELY LOUD, which has caused me to rip my Bluetooth earbuds out on more than one occasion.Uninstalling and reinstalling the Bluetooth transmitter in “Device Manager” (along with the driver) and reinstalling it seems to fix the problem. Hopefully it’s a permanent solution, but only time will tell.All in all, great gaming laptop with a great CPU, GPU, and RAM.This could be used for light/medium, and in some cases even heavy gaming. (Basically any game that’s well-optimized should run great and look great, from my experience so far)Throw another M.2 drive in it!1tb fills up very fast nowadays for gAmErS.Super easy process, just pop the bottom off using something skinny and metal (I used a precision flat-head screwdriver), plug it in, close it up, activate the drive in “My Computer”, good to go!

  9. Considering the internal specs of this model, it’s a good deal, especially if you get it on sale. The 3050Ti GPU in this unit has a TGP of just 40W, which is on the low end, but given the compact chassis, it’s hardly surprising. Nonetheless, this machine is more than capable of doing some gaming, but you won’t be running Cyberpunk 2077 on Ultra settings with raytracing, obviously. Haha.The 16GB LPDDR4 RAM is soldered to the MB, so if you want to expand it, look elsewhere.The CPU, a Zen 3 based Ryzen 7 5800U, is quite powerful and has handled every task I’ve thrown at it. While doing typical, non-gaming and non-creative work, the CPU usually sits at under 3% usage. Coupled with the RTX 3050Ti, you have quite a bit of power in a very small machine, but that leads to one of my only complaints with this machine: the thermals and the fan.While downloading or running more demanding games, I’ve seen the CPU reach as high as 93 degrees Celsius, and while the maximum operating temp is 105°C, I have started using a cooling pad with this laptop a lot of the time as a result. Idling temps, when the external temperature isn’t too hot, are within an acceptable range and generally hover between 43C and 52C. Again, I’ll emphasize that given the small size of the chassis, this is to be expected since the unit is fairly cheap and has a dedicated GPU. Additionally, the fans are LOUD even when just browsing the Internet. It sounds like a quieter blow dryer or something.Lastly, the display is bright enough and the colors are quite vivid. No complaints here, especially for the money.If I had one last nitpick, it would be the keyboard. While the tactile sensation is fine, and the keyboard is backlit, the capslock key has no indicator light, which I find very annoying at times since I do quite a bit of writing.In summary, this laptop is a great value, and while it’s advertised as a laptop for content creators, it’s also capable of doing some gaming as well. Not to mention the unit is VERY lightweight for something packing a discrete GPU, which is a nice change of pace from bulkier laptops.

  10. Note: Minor review edits after ~2 months w/ laptopThis is a very powerful laptop that doesn’t have the drawbacks of many gaming laptops. It looks normal, has a charging brick of 90W which is actually portable, and is nice and lightweight. Main distinguishing factors are: – really nice display (100% srgb 1080p 60hz max 300 nits w/ good brightness scaling) – good build quality overall, with the lid being a tiny bit wobbly – the top-notch performance for an 14″ ultra-thin (see details below if interested) – really small size – thermals are decent, especially for what it is, though fan gets very loud under heavy loadsThe screen and keyboard are both pretty nice (keyboard backlight is a nice plus) and webcam is fine (720p). Port selection includes 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB C, 1 HDMI, Combined Audio, and a Kensington Lock. It’s a bit annoying that there’s no ethernet or SD card reader; however, the I got a tp-link ethernet + usb hub for ~$30 and it’s pretty easy to carry around. The speakers are on the bottom and sound kinda meh (they get the job done). I get 5-7 hours of battery life under most use cases, which is pretty good for a laptop this powerful and small. If you play graphically or computationally intensive games, expect lower. While the fan can get really loud, it generally runs quiet unless under stress. The performance is amazing; the Ryzen 7 5800u is one of the (if not the) most powerful CPUs for ultra-portables, and will make a big difference for video/photo-editing especially. The 3050ti allows this to play most modern games at decent framerates. Keep in mind that anything higher than 60 is overkill unless you’re using an external monitor, so this should be fine for any non-AAA games and even some AAA games at high settings. But, don’t expect ray tracing or any other super taxing stuff to run well. Another note is that you’ll only be getting 60-70% of the GPU performance you’d get in a gaming laptop equivalent because of the size. Lastly, if you are so inclined, there is a 2nd M.2 ssd slot inside for future upgrading, and the 1st one is also user accessible. Make sure you have torx bits if you want to open it up. Overall, this machine gets a 4.5/5 (rounded up to 5) from me. Below are more details for performance nerds/diy people:The Wifi card is a Wifi 6 2×2 by Mediatek. Intel is technically better, but honestly it runs fine. The CPU has a listed wattage of 15W, but boosts as high as 40W while plugged in, sits between 85-95C under heavy, fully threaded loads, and stays clocked between 3.7 and 4.4GHz on all 8 cores. The GPU stays nice and cool under stress at around 65C, and runs up to 35-40W. For reference, the NVIDIA 3050ti at that wattage runs 15-20% worse than my desktop NVIDIA 1650 super at 100W. I haven’t tried to max out the CPU and GPU at the same time for a long time, but expect the performance to be a little worse in any games that utilize both parts heavily. The integrated graphics handle the OS and the majority of less GPU-intensive tasks, which saves power and maximizes graphics performance (I feel like this should be a given, but it isn’t).

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