Laptops never died, they just became thinner, lighter and more stylish. The Acer Swift 3 Special Edition is Acer’s answer to the ultra laptop challenge, sleek and highly portable machines that were built to be rugged for users on the road. The Swift 3 is a 14-inch model running Windows 10 Home edition — a curious choice, considering this is priced and built with productivity features, where a professional edition of Windows makes more sense.
8GB of RAM will measure up to most tasks but the 256GB SSD storage is again on the lower side. The 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor is backed by a good graphics chip — the NVIDIA GeForce MX 150, which explains why video played on the full HD display looks so good. And it sounds good and loud too — thanks to the True Harmony twin speakers.
The HD camera is Skype-ready and there is a generous quota of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports together with a HDMI port. The 3220mAh battery promises to provide about 10 hours of usage. For the security-conscious, they have built in a fingerprint reader. The Special Edition tag brings a toughened Corning Gorilla Glass rather than metal for the cover. At just under 0.7-inch in thickness, and 1.8kg in weight, the Swift 3 is handy without sacrificing strength. At the asking price of Rs 66,199, it is not the most affordable laptop, but there always is a price to pay for making a style statement.