Acer Swift 3 14 SF314-512 (2022 model – Intel 12th gen, Evo)

On this article, we’re going over the mid-2022 replace of the Acer Swift 3 14-inch collection of inexpensive ultrabooks, specifically the Swift 3 SF314-512 style with Intel Alder Lake {hardware} and Evo certification.

The Swift 3 lineup wishes no advent, as over time it’s been one of the preferred choices for a cost ultraportable with out main compromises.

At the outdoor, the 2022 replace seems to be just like the former fashions (Swift 3 SF314-59 or SF314-511), with a easy and quite utilitarian development, supposed to closing and take care of effectively the on a regular basis trouble. On the identical time, this era is somewhat smaller than the former fashions and provides an stepped forward show, higher IO, sooner wi-fi connectivity, and naturally, a a lot more succesful {hardware} platform with an up to date cooling module. Most of these for nonetheless manner underneath $1000 for a daily-driver mid-level configuration.

We’ll get in-depth on what you must be expecting from the 2020 Swift 3 14-inch collection within the article down under. This isn’t one of our full-depth evaluations, even though, as this pattern isn’t a retail style and I couldn’t run all my checks on it. We’ll nonetheless contact on what this will do and the way it feels with each day use and light-demanding lots, and expectantly gets to replace to a correct evaluate as soon as the retail gadgets are to be had in shops over right here.

Specifications – Acer Swift 3 14 SF314-512

Acer Swift 3 14 SF314-512 mid-2022 style
Display screen14.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, 16:9, IPS, matte, non-touch
ProcessorIntel Alder Lake Core i5-1240P or i7-1260P, 28W sustained design
VideoIntel Iris Xe
Reminiscenceas much as 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 (soldered, dual-channel)
Garage2x M.2 slots, PCIe gen4 (1TB WD SN735 in this unit)
ConnectivityWiFi 6E (Killer AX1675i), Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-A 3.1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 (40GBps knowledge, DP and charging), HDMI 2.1 (?), mic/headphone, Kensington Lock
Battery56 Wh, 65W barrel-plug charger
Dimension320 mm or 12.6” (w) x 211 mm or 8.3” (d) x 16.4 mm or 0.63” (h)
Weight2.75 lbs (1.25 kg)+ .39 lbs (.18 kg) charger, US model
Extraswhite backlit keyboard, HD webcam, stereo speakers, finger sensor

This unit here’s the finest cost mid-tier configuration, however retail fashions also are to be had with i7 Intel AlderLake processors, and quite a lot of quantities of RAM and SSD garage. Practice those hyperlinks for the newest configurations and up to date costs on those Swifts: hyperlink and hyperlink.

Design and development

Whilst it will now not appear so at a primary look, this mid-2022 Swift 3 14 design is somewhat other than the former generations from 2020 and 2021.

Beginning with the lid, the Acer branding is extra refined now and positioned on the peak of the laptop, and now not within the heart. Then, all the chassis is somewhat bit extra compact, however the variations are inside millimeters, so now not vital.

On the identical time, even though, the 2022 chassis is heavier by way of about .1 lbs, on account of an up to date inside cooling module, which we’ll talk about additional down. Nevertheless, at 2.75 lbs, that is nonetheless extremely moveable for a 14-inch pocket book.

The hinges are some other notable alternate. As a substitute of the lengthy hinge up to now applied, there at the moment are two aspect hinges in this replace. They enable for clean on a regular basis operation and stay the display in position effectively, with out it wobbling when typing on transferring whilst you pick out up the laptop. On the other hand, with those new hinges, the display now not leans again flat to 180 levels as on previous fashions; as an alternative, it handiest is going again to about 145 levels, which hinders practicality for lap or sofa use.

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All of the chassis feels sturdy as effectively, and not using a flex in both the keyboard deck or the lid. I additionally haven’t spotted any squeaky noises or the rest of this type. In truth, that is the type of on a regular basis laptop you’ll simply toss on your bag with out being worried it’ll wreck or scratch, with the robust all-metal development and the silver matte completing that does a very good activity of hiding away fingerprints and smudges. The somewhat textured completing additionally turns out to withstand scratches effectively, and I recognize the blunted edges and corners, which really feel pleasant at the wrists.

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On the identical time, with this colour scheme and the magnesium-aluminum alloys used for the chassis, the Swift 3 seems to be relatively bland and doesn’t really feel as now not as fancy or as top class to touch as probably the most different choices within the mid-tier ultrabook house, such because the 2022 ZenBook 14 and even the Lenovo Yoga 7i. Now not positive about the way it compares to the 2022 Dell Inspiron 14, I haven’t touched it shortly.

Some other facet price bringing up here’s that the Swift 3 nonetheless implements an Ergo-hinge roughly design, with the principle chassis lifting up on small rubber ft positioned on the backside of the display, taking into consideration additional airflow beneath the chassis. Paired with the up to date thermal module, this is helping ship excellent sustained functionality out of the Alder Lake {hardware}. On the other hand, the new air nonetheless blows into the show with this design, which I’m now not a fan of, even though that thick plastic backside bezel does soak away many of the warmth and the panel itself doesn’t run that sizzling. We’ll move over that additional down.

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Acer additionally somewhat up to date the IO with this era. Long gone is the barrel-plug charger, and as an alternative this model comes with a USB-C charger now.

There are actually two USB-C ports, each with complete Thunderbolt 4 give a boost to, plus 2x USB-A ports, a full-size HDMI (2.1 variant – t0 be additional showed), a headphone jack, and a Okay-Lock. Plus a finger-sensor within the energy button. Extra importantly, these kinds of are positioned at the left edge, so received’t litter the appropriate aspect. The one factor lacking is a card reader, however I will reside with out it given the whole thing else presented with this 14-inch chassis.

All in all, this can be a sensible all-day ultraportable. Acer saved the fluff out and did most commonly the entire fundamentals correct. My main criticism is with the restricted again display attitude, even though, and quite with the thermal design that also exhausts the new air into the display.

Keyboard and trackpad

One in every of my favourite portions concerning the older Swift 3 fashions used to be that they presented black keyboards, however this has modified as of closing 30 days, and changed with this color-matched silver keyboard. It does make for a extra balanced design and those silver keycaps received’t display smudges as simply, however on the identical time, the distinction with the white backlighting device is one thing that insects me on all such implementations. Nonetheless, stay it off until you’re operating at night time in a dismal room, and also you’ll in the end discover ways to settle for it.

Rather then that, this can be a positive typer. The keys are correctly sized and spaced out, and the structure is elementary, however with maximum keys in the appropriate position. The arrows’ design takes a while to get used to, in addition to the truth that the ability button is built-in because the top-right key. A minimum of it’s a recessed button and less assailable to actuate than the common keys, so tough to press by way of mistake.

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Given the Swift 3 remains to be an ultraportable design, don’t be expecting deep strokes with this keyboard, however the comments is stiff and constant, and I used to be in a position to kind temporarily and appropriately in this one. I used to be anticipating it in response to previous reviews, however this keyboard ended up one of my favorites on this magnificence.

The backlighting is white and with the exception of the deficient distinction already discussed previous, you must additionally account for the truth that mild creeps out from beneath probably the most keycaps, in addition to that you just’ll need to press a key to reactivate the lighting fixtures as soon as it occasions out, because it received’t occur whilst you swipe over the clickpad as on maximum different design on this magnificence.

In truth, all the clickpad design leaves to be desired by way of lately’s requirements, because it’s a relatively small plastic floor. it does really feel clean to touch, even though, and works rather well with swipes, faucets, or even gestures. It additionally doesn’t rattle with faucets, and the bodily clicks within the corners are usable, however relatively stiff and clunky.

Acer additionally implements a finger-sensor in this laptop, however now not IR digital camera. The fingerprint reader is now not a devoted unit built-in into the palm leisure, as an alternative, it’s a part of the ability button with this design. It really works positive with Home windows Hi.

Display screen

There’s nonetheless a matte 14-inch 16:9 display at the Swift 3 collection (with a shiny contact possibility additionally to be had).

I’d say that is nonetheless an excellent selection for the mid-tier section and this kind of a hassle-free laptop. Blacks and distinction are strangely excellent for an IPS panel, however the most brightness is handiest restricted at simply above 300 nits, and color-gamut protection is handiest 100% sRGB.

Now, the consumer demographics having a look at this collection received’t essentially want wide-gamut colours, however the next brightness round 400-500 nits would had been favored, as it might have allowed higher visibility in vibrant mild prerequisites or outside. We do know evidently AU gives a 400-nits variant of this panel, however Acer almost definitely caught with the 300-nits possibility for value causes.

Right here’s what we were given in our check, with a X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUODA91 (B140HAN06.2);
  • Protection: 99.4% sRGB, 70.5% AdobeRGB, 73.1% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.22;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 318.19 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the course of the display: 19.21 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1718:1;
  • White level: 6200 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.18 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No

The panel is slightly effectively calibrated out of the field, with delicate Gamma and White Level problems wanting corrections. This additionally proved uniform in our checks, and I haven’t spotted any unhealthy mild bleeding with this pattern.

One facet to say here’s that you’re going to in finding this Swift 3 era in a touchscreen configuration as effectively, with the similar IPS FHD panel, simply in a marginally shiny implementation. Search for the Swift 3 SF314-512T code identify for that variant, and be expecting it to weigh somewhat greater than the matte variant mentioned right here.

Nevertheless, the contest gives awesome OLED panels on this magnificence lately, or brighter IPS monitors, and even 16:10 codecs, or a mixture of those. So it’s about time Acer step as much as a minimum of be offering the choice for a greater panel in this Swift 3 collection.

Replace: I’ve observed some listings bringing up a QHD IPS panel for the collection, and I’m searching for extra main points on that one. I’ll replace you if I in finding out extra main points, for now, all I will inform is that’s to be had with the top-tier configurations of this collection.

{Hardware} and each day use revel in

This unit is a mid-specced configuration of the Swift 3 14 SF314-512 style, with an Intel Alder Lake Core i5-1240P processor, 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 1 TB of middling PCIe gen4 SSD garage.

We were given it from Acer and since it’s not a last retail style working at the ultimate device, I can’t percentage with you the entire detailed functionality benchmarks that we generally move over in our evaluations. I plan on purchasing this as soon as it’s to be had over right here and updating the object someplace within the close to long term, however within the intervening time, I’ll simply provide an explanation for the specs and handiest temporarily contact on what that is in a position to in each day use and sustained lots, in addition to in short move over potency, thermals, and fan habits. Simply to be transparent, the whole thing works as anticipated in this pattern, I simply can’t percentage the precise functionality numbers with you, because of the character of our ongoing settlement with Acer to ensure that them to stay lending us those samples.

With that out of the best way, the foremost specifications novelty for this 30 days is the transition to the Intel Alder Lake 12-th gen Core P {hardware}, with i5-1240P or i7-1260P processors. Each are hybrid designs with 4 Efficiency Cores, 8 Potency Cores, and 16 general Threads, designed to paintings in combination or one at a time in response to every load. The two are most commonly identical in functions, with handiest somewhat increased frequencies for the i7. They’re additionally a big step-up in sustained and height functionality in comparison to the Intel Core U eleventh gen platforms applied within the 2021 Swift 3 SF314-511 and SF314-59 collection.

This 2022 Swift 3 collection nonetheless runs on LPDDR4x reminiscence, even though, and now not at the more moderen LPDDR5 applied in different 2022 fashions. That received’t make a notable distinction with each day use, and with few exceptions, received’t topic for aggravating lots both, particularly now not for the type of actions that you just’ll wish to run on this kind of laptop.

So far as garage is going, this collection gives an M.2 2280 gen4 SSD slot. Via default, our unit shipped with a budget-tier gen4 WD SN735 SSD (in a 2242 structure), and also you’re in all probability getting one thing of this type with the retail fashions as effectively. You’ll improve the garage should you would possibly want sooner gen4 drives, even though. The WiFi module is upgradeable as effectively (but there’s no actual wish to improve it), whilst the whole thing else is soldered.

Replace: As in line with the comments within the feedback, seems like there’s some other M.2 slot underneath the ribbon underneath the fanatics.

Getting access to the parts is elementary stuff, you simply wish to take out a host of Torx screws and dad out the again panel.

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Whilst in right here you’ll realize that Acer haven’t up to date the battery or the speakers from the former fashions. We’ll contact on battery existence additional down, however so far as the speakers move, they’re nonetheless small and hearth onto the ground of the laptop, because of this you must nonetheless now not be expecting a lot in relation to audio volumes or high quality right here. The HD digital camera’s high quality is lovely mediocre as effectively.

On the other hand, they’ve up to date the thermal design, which now comprises two fanatics and two heatpipes, in addition to open-air consumption grills over the fanatics and maximum of all the cooling module. This permits the {hardware} to run at excellent sustained energy on this mid-tier design, with honest temperatures and noise ranges.

We’re speaking as much as 65W of height CPU energy for terribly temporary actions after which 28W sustained energy in longer lots in this pattern with the present device. That’s sufficient to permit functionality ranges on par with Alder Lake Core P powered competition, such because the Zenbook 14 or Lenovo Yoga 9i, which I’ve connected so you’ll make an concept of the type of functionality you must be expecting from this Swift as effectively. CPU functions in each day use and sustained lots are spectacular with the Core P28 platform, whilst GPU functionality is kind of very similar to previous fashions, with handiest the somewhat higher-clocked Iris Xe iGPU in this era.

Moreover, I should additionally point out that at 28W sustained in CPU heavy or mixed lots, we’re having a look at superb sustained temperatures of ~70-75 levels Celsius, and fan-noise ranges of sub 40 dB. That’s quieter than the aforementioned competition on their top-performance profiles.

As for each day use, the fanatics within this laptop stay idle more often than not and handiest from time to time spin on with heavier multitasking. I haven’t spotted any coil successful or digital noises. External temperatures at chassis point are inside comfy limits, regardless of the most commonly passive cooling. The laptop does run hotter with aggravating lots, and the freshest section is the ground screen-bezel close to the radiator, which hits temperatures within the mid-30s with each day use and high-40s with sustained lots.

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Potency is a little tough to pass judgement on in this pattern.

In truth, our revel in with Twelfth-gen Core P implementations presentations that the majority OEMs are nonetheless having a hard-time optimizing ligh-loads on those hybrid designs, and thus battery existence leaves to be desired even at the gadgets with giant 60 and 70+ Wh batteries. Given there’s just a 56 Wh battery in this Swift 3 14-inch, I’d be expecting this to closing for someplace between 3-6 hours on a fee, in response to what you’re working on it.

Be sure to glance into extra detailed evaluations of the overall merchandise for extra main points, as those are handiest my assumptions on what to anticipate from the retail gadgets.

As a facet observe, Acer have up to date the charger in this Swift 3 era, providing now an excessively compact and light-weight 65W USB-C charger, and now not their older barrel-plug charger design.

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Pricing and availability

The mid-2022 Acer Swift 3 SF314-512 collection is to be had in shops on the time of this text.

The bottom-tier Core i5-1240P with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD begins at $849 MSRP in the United States and 900 in Germany, whilst upgrades to 16 GB of RAM or the i7-1260P processor push this to round 1000 USD/EUR.

For the general public, the best-value configuration is the one we had right here, with the i5 processor and 16 GB of RAM, however paying handiest 50-100 additional for the i7 is price bearing in mind, particularly for the quicker iGPU within the i7.

Replace: Configuration with a QHD IPS display also are to be had for the collection, with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of garage. I’m having a look at MSRP costs above 1100 USD for the ones.

Practice those hyperlinks for updates on to be had configurations and costs on your area: hyperlink and hyperlink.

Some early conclusions – Acer Swift 3 SF314-512

Just like prior to now years and from what I will inform in response to my time with this pattern, the 2022 Swift 3 14-inch seems like a forged compact and light-weight laptop for varsity and paintings and normal on a regular basis actions, an possibility for the ones of your searching for cost to your cash in a easy and well-balanced product.

It’s nonetheless priced competitively, but that’s now not a bonus over the contest, with many different identical choices now to be had within the sub $1000 house.

As a substitute, the carefree design with excellent inputs and IO and with none vital deal-breakers, along the balanced functionality/thermals/noise proposition, are the foremost promoting issues of this era. On the identical time, the entire seems to be, the battery existence with the 56 Wh battery, the audio high quality, and the display high quality with the 300-nits IPS matte panel as the only to be had possibility, may not be as much as your calls for, as a few of the ones competing units be offering extra now in those spaces.

All in all, even if accounting for these kind of sides, I nonetheless really feel that is no doubt price bearing in mind on your resolution, particularly later within the 30 days whilst you’ll in all probability in finding it discounted in maximum areas. I additionally sit up for updating this write-up to a complete evaluate, if/when I will organize to get my fingers on a finalized retail unit of this mid-2022 Acer Swift 3 SF314-512 lineup.

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