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Nicholas J.

Nicholas J.

Joined on 08/10/04

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Most Favorable Review

Fantastic

Acer Swift 3 Intel Evo Thin & Light Laptop, 13.5" 2256 x 1504 IPS, Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4X, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Fingerprint Reader, Back-lit KB, SF313-53-56UU
Acer Swift 3 Intel Evo Thin & Light Laptop, 13.5" 2256 x 1504 IPS, Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4X, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Fingerprint Reader, Back-lit KB, SF313-53-56UU

Pros: Fast performance overall, can natively drive my 8k TV, although it struggles just a bit with that. Point is up to 8k is serviceable out of the box. Gpu performs better than my older laptop with MX150. Easily shrank windows drive to enable dual boot with Linux and to have a separate data drive for holding .vhd so that I could run win7 backup, then close the vhd and copy it off to network drive. Linux is fast and works great with it, too. For $429 + tax, not sure what more I could ask for?!

Cons: Although you can upgrade ssd and wifi and replace battery, you can't increase memory :( ...at least not until someone produces a thunderbolt 4 external memory expansion controller. Screen is same height as my 15 inch 16x9 laptop, but about 2 inches narrower. Not a problem as a media or browsing consumer, but hurts a little when playing home sys-admin ;) solution, of course, is to connect external monitor or TV when really need more screen. Not a touch screen, and not matte finish on screen, although it's only noticeably reflective in sunshine. One last note..Care Center is the app that can limit battery charging to 80%, to extend battery life, but it needs a background service running to work. That service is not running when you get the laptop. You need to Google for how to configure task scheduler to start care center service on startup, and follow instructions to fix.

Overall Review: Best bang for buck in Aug 2022, and an all-around great product, and I am a demanding nerd with computer engineering degree and 30 years IT experience....

Most Critical Review

Disappointing performance

ADATA UV320 96GB (32GB x 3) USB Flash Drive, 3-pack Model AUV320-32G-3BWB
ADATA UV320 96GB (32GB x 3) USB Flash Drive, 3-pack Model AUV320-32G-3BWB

Overall Review: Max of 30MB/s, average 10MB/s on a brand new PC with usb4. I expected closer to 100MB/s, but not happening

3600c16 out of box

Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (16GBx2) CL16 BL2K16G36C16U4B (BLACK)
Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (16GBx2) CL16 BL2K16G36C16U4B (BLACK)

Pros: Product fulfilled it's claim of 3600c16 with amp settings. No fuss required 39mm high, fit under the angled heat pipes of my Noctua c14s with no effort (truth be told, the angle is slight... I probably could have gotten away with 55mm, but 39 definitely fit nicely.) Note: Corsair is 35mm, in case that few mm makes a difference for you?

Overall Review: Great memory

Better than I expected

ASUS VivoBook S Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 15.6" FHD WideView Display, ASUS NanoEdge Bezel, Metal Cover, FingerPrint Ultra Thin and Portable Laptop
ASUS VivoBook S Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 15.6" FHD WideView Display, ASUS NanoEdge Bezel, Metal Cover, FingerPrint Ultra Thin and Portable Laptop

Pros: - 25 Watt MX150 capable of playing Overwatch at 60-70fps in 1080p/Medium Detail - 8th Gen i5 is crazy fast - Weight is very light for 15" screen - Integrated fingerprint scanner works very well, and although location looks like it would be in the road it's not - Matte Screen with good color and bright enough for indoors, to be certain

Cons: - Power key placement is odd, even though I've not personally had a problem with it - Not a touchscreen :( - Custom power block is stupid design - Warm underneath (especially when playing Overwatch.../taxes the system) - not hot enough to burn, just right at the edge of hot enough to be almost, but not quite uncomfortable. Of course, the solution to that is to get a separate wireless keyboard + mouse, and connect to flat-screen tv via HDMI...

Overall Review: I have a computer engineering degree + >20 years tech experience. I did a thorough analysis of the market, and ultimately settled on this laptop, because if the mix: i5 8250 + MX150 + 256GB SSD + Matte Screen + extra SSD & SODIMM expansion slots. NOTE: After I had already bought, I found out that not all "MX 150" graphics chips are equal...apparently there's a 25Watt version, and there's a 10 or 15 Watt version. Fortunately, this laptop has the 25 Watt version. More power = more performance. Also, I liked that it had a USB-C port (doesn't do power charging or Thunderbolt)...but at least allows direct use of USB-C peripherals. However, when reading other reviews, I was worried about the screen brightness and/or keyboard. Both are fine. I couldn't be happier with the laptop. There are laptops like Microsoft Surface Laptop that are crazy thin & light (approx. 2-2.5 lbs), but they cost roughly 2x as much as this, or 2.5-3x with MX150-equivalent graphics chip. This laptop, and a few competitors are in the 3.6-4 lb. range (this being on the light-end of that range). ACER and some others make bulkier, cheaper items in the 5.5-6lb. range, but to have similar specs to this still cost as much. All in all, I think this model has the best mix of layout, options, and performance hardware in the price range. Note: 3.6-4 lbs sounds heavy, but it actually doesn't FEEL heavy in hand. And, compared to a 5.5-6lb. older laptop I have, when I held both, this felt amazingly light...enough to matter. I highly recommend if you're considering this, or others in the same price range, just get this.