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[Amazon.ca] Acer Swift 3, 14'' FHD IPS, Ryzen 7 4700U, 8GB RAM & Upgradable 512GB SSD $899

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[Amazon.ca] Acer Swift 3, 14'' FHD IPS, Ryzen 7 4700U, 8GB RAM & Upgradable 512GB SSD $899

Another day, another Ryzen 4700u laptop drop. This time its Acer.
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Mobile Octa-Core Mobile Processor (Up to 4.1GHz) with Radeon Graphics
  • 14" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Widescreen LED-backlit Display
  • 8GB LPDDR4 Onboard Memory & 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX200 802.11ax Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Max Speed up to 2.4Gbps)
  • Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution, featuring Computer Protection and Windows Hello Certification
  • 1 - USB Type-C port USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps) DisplayPort over USB Type-C & USB Charging, 1 - USB 3.2 Gen 1 port (featuring power-off charging), 1 - USB 2.0 port & 1 - HDMI port
  • Back-lit Keyboard, Lithium Ion Battery, Up to 11.5 Hours Battery Life
  • Windows 10 Home

The laptop is set to release on July 9, 2020, so hopefully ships the same week. Currently on pre-order.

Review 1: This guy likes it.


Review 2: This guy is neutral


Review 3: This guy doesn't like it.
Last edited by officer416 on Jul 5th, 2020 8:23 am, edited 2 times in total.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: Great machine.

Just soldered is all.

Soldered....
That’s the pain point. Any idea what iGPU 4700u is paired with? The Dell Inspiron 5000 say’s Radeon 10, read somewhere that Hp Envy has Radeon 8 or 7. Any way to find out specific version?
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officer416 wrote: That’s the pain point. Any idea what iGPU 4700u is paired with? The Dell Inspiron 5000 say’s Radeon 10, read somewhere that Hp Envy has Radeon 8 or 7. Any way to find out specific version?
The 4700U should have the Vega 10 GPU, possibly on the same die.

It's pretty good for an integrated GPU.
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Damn soldered
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Friends don't let friends buy laptops with <32 GB of non-upgradeable memory. You can buy an old DDR3 based laptop and upgrade the memory to 16GB for less than half the cost of one of these. It's a racket.

Edit: less than a third, actually.
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Anandtech did a full review of this model. It looks good except for the screen. It's dim and has terrible color accuracy. That might not matter if you plan to use it indoors and don't do anything that requires accurate colors.

It also has throttling problems when playing demanding games, but it's not a gaming laptop so it's hard to fault it too much.
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officer416 wrote: That’s the pain point. Any idea what iGPU 4700u is paired with? The Dell Inspiron 5000 say’s Radeon 10, read somewhere that Hp Envy has Radeon 8 or 7. Any way to find out specific version?
I think the Dell is wrong unless they are unlocking GPU compute units

Radeon Vega 10 is for 2700U, 3700U, 3750H CPUs
Radeon Vega 9 is for 3580U CPU
Radeon Vega 8 is for 3500U, 3550H, 4800U, 4900H CPUs
Radeon Vega 7 is for 4700U, 4800H CPUs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon_RX ... obile_APUs
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Pretty good laptop, only downside is the soldered RAM
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redflagdealsguy wrote: The 4700U should have the Vega 10 GPU, possibly on the same die.

It's pretty good for an integrated GPU.
According AMD's website it has 7 graphic core, so I am assuming it's called vega 7 (?)
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soonleaf wrote: According AMD's website it has 7 graphic core, so I am assuming it's called vega 7 (?)
I might be thinking of the last gen name then.

I just know the 4500U / 4700U GPU Performance is respectable.
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For those who don't need touchscreen (and extra RAM), weight is pretty good at 1.2 KG (2.65 pounds).
Happy Koodo Public Mobile customer :-)
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I guess HP got confused as well with AMD’s iGpu naming scheme and left it as AMD Radeon Graphics. Go figure.
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It really is very clear that they've chosen to segment this laptop towards the casual and light productivity market. I can't fault them.

You can't do a whole lot on the productivity side nowadays without hitting all the walls on an 8GB alottment.

I did something a little excessive, I sourced 64Gb (2x32GB) 2666Mhz DDR4 so I can vacillate between 16Gb and 40Gb RAM usage without that shameful word... compromise. I do that currently on my 3800X system.

It's a little excessive, but that price was right, and dual channel is apparently supported on both the laptop and SODIMMs.
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