Acer Swift 3 14 SF314-512 (2022 mannequin

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

The Swift 3 lineup wants no introduction, as through the years it has been one of the vital in style choices for a price ultraportable with out main compromises.

On the skin, the 2022 replace seems very similar to the earlier fashions (Swift 3 SF314-59 or SF314-511), with a easy and considerably utilitarian development, meant to final and deal with nicely the on a regular basis trouble. On the similar time, this era is barely smaller than the earlier fashions and provides an improved show, higher IO, quicker wi-fi connectivity, and naturally, a way more succesful {hardware} platform with an up to date cooling module. All these for nonetheless approach below $1000 for a daily-driver mid-level configuration.

We’ll get in-depth on what it’s best to anticipate from the 2020 Swift 3 14-inch collection within the article down beneath. This isn’t considered one of our full-depth evaluations, although, as this pattern isn’t a retail mannequin and I couldn’t run all my checks on it. We’ll nonetheless contact on what this could do and the way it feels with day by day use and light-demanding masses, and hopefully will get to replace to a correct evaluate as soon as the retail items are available in shops over right here.

Specs – Acer Swift 3 14 SF314-512

Acer Swift 3 14 SF314-512 mid-2022 mannequin
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)
Storage2x M.2 slots, PCIe gen4 (1TB WD SN735 on this unit)
ConnectivityWiFi 6E (Killer AX1675i), Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-A 3.1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 (40GBps information, DP and charging), HDMI 2.1 (?), mic/headphone, Kensington Lock
Battery56 Wh, 65W barrel-plug charger
Measurement320 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 audio system, finger sensor

This unit right here is one of the best worth mid-tier configuration, however retail fashions are additionally obtainable with i7 Intel AlderLake processors, and numerous quantities of RAM and SSD storage. Comply with these hyperlinks for the newest configurations and up to date costs on these Swifts: link and link.

Design and development

Whereas it may not appear so at a primary look, this mid-2022 Swift 3 14 design is somewhat totally different than the earlier generations from 2020 and 2021.

Beginning with the lid, the Acer branding is extra refined now and positioned on the high of the laptop computer, and now not within the center. Then, your complete chassis is somewhat bit extra compact, however the variations are inside millimeters, so not important.

On the similar time, although, the 2022 chassis is heavier by about .1 lbs, on account of an up to date inside cooling module, which we’ll focus on additional down. Nonetheless, at 2.75 lbs, that is nonetheless extremely transportable for a 14-inch pocket book.

The hinges are one other notable change. As a substitute of the lengthy hinge beforehand carried out, there are actually two facet hinges on this replace. They permit for clean on a regular basis operation and preserve the display in place nicely, with out it wobbling when typing on transferring if you decide up the laptop computer. Nonetheless, with these new hinges, the display now not leans again flat to 180 levels as on previous fashions; as an alternative, it solely goes again to about 145 levels, which hinders practicality for lap or sofa use.

2022 Acer Swift 3 SF314-512 first impressions

Your entire chassis feels robust as nicely, with no flex in both the keyboard deck or the lid. I additionally haven’t observed any squeaky noises or something of this type. Actually, that is the form of on a regular basis laptop computer you’ll be able to simply toss in your bag with out worrying it would break or scratch, with the sturdy all-metal development and the silver matte ending that does a superb job of hiding away fingerprints and smudges. The marginally textured ending additionally appears to withstand scratches nicely, and I respect the blunted edges and corners, which really feel pleasant on the wrists.

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On the similar time, with this shade scheme and the magnesium-aluminum alloys used for the chassis, the Swift 3 seems quite bland and doesn’t really feel as not as fancy or as premium to the contact as a few of the different choices within the mid-tier ultrabook area, such because the 2022 ZenBook 14 and even the Lenovo Yoga 7i. Undecided about the way it compares to the 2022 Dell Inspiron 14, I haven’t touched it shortly.

One other side value mentioning right here is that the Swift 3 nonetheless implements an Ergo-hinge form of design, with the principle chassis lifting up on small rubber ft positioned on the backside of the display, permitting for additional airflow beneath the chassis. Paired with the up to date thermal module, this helps ship good sustained efficiency out of the Alder Lake {hardware}. Nonetheless, the new air nonetheless blows into the show with this design, which I’m not a fan of, even when that thick plastic backside bezel does soak away many of the warmth and the panel itself doesn’t run that scorching. We’ll go over that additional down.

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

There are in reality two USB-C ports, each with full Thunderbolt 4 assist, plus 2x USB-A ports, a full-size HDMI (2.1 variant – t0 be additional confirmed), a headphone jack, and a Okay-Lock. Plus a finger-sensor within the energy button. Extra importantly, most of those are positioned on the left edge, so gained’t muddle the precise facet. The one factor lacking is a card reader, however I can stay with out it given every part else provided with this 14-inch chassis.

All in all, this can be a sensible all-day ultraportable. Acer stored the fluff out and did largely all of the fundamentals proper. My main criticism is with the restricted again display angle, although, and considerably with the thermal design that also exhausts the new air into the display.

Keyboard and trackpad

One in all my favourite components concerning the older Swift 3 fashions was that they provided black keyboards, however this has modified as of final 12 months, and changed with this color-matched silver keyboard. It does make for a extra balanced design and these silver keycaps gained’t present smudges as simply, however on the similar time, the distinction with the white backlighting system is one thing that bugs me on all such implementations. Nonetheless, preserve it off until you’re working at night time in a darkish room, and also you’ll finally be taught to just accept it.

Aside from that, this can be a positive typer. The keys are correctly sized and spaced out, and the structure is fundamental, however with most keys in the precise place. 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. No less than it’s a recessed button and firmer to actuate than the common keys, so tough to press by mistake.

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Given the Swift 3 remains to be an ultraportable design, don’t anticipate deep strokes with this keyboard, however the suggestions is stiff and constant, and I used to be capable of kind rapidly and precisely on this one. I used to be anticipating it based mostly on previous experiences, however this keyboard ended up considered one of my favorites on this class.

The backlighting is white and except for the poor distinction already talked about earlier, you also needs to account for the truth that gentle creeps out from beneath a few of the keycaps, in addition to that you simply’ll must press a key to reactivate the lighting as soon as it occasions out, because it gained’t occur if you swipe over the clickpad as on most different design on this class.

Actually, your complete clickpad design leaves to be desired by as we speak’s requirements, because it’s a quite small plastic floor. it does really feel clean to the contact, although, and works very nicely with swipes, faucets, and even gestures. It additionally doesn’t rattle with faucets, and the bodily clicks within the corners are usable, however quite stiff and clunky.

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

Display screen

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

I’d say that is nonetheless a good alternative for the mid-tier section and this form of a hassle-free laptop computer. Blacks and distinction are surprisingly good for an IPS panel, however the most brightness is barely restricted at simply above 300 nits, and color-gamut protection is barely 100% sRGB.

Now, the person demographics taking a look at this collection gained’t essentially want wide-gamut colours, however the next brightness round 400-500 nits would have been appreciated, as it could have allowed higher visibility in shiny gentle situations or outdoor. We do know for positive AU provides a 400-nits variant of this panel, however Acer in all probability caught with the 300-nits possibility for value causes.

Right here’s what we bought in our take a look at, with a X-Rite i1 Display Pro 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 in all fairness nicely calibrated out of the field, with delicate Gamma and White Level points needing corrections. This additionally proved uniform in our checks, and I haven’t observed any dangerous gentle bleeding with this pattern.

One side to say right here is that you can see this Swift 3 era in a touchscreen configuration as nicely, with the identical IPS FHD panel, simply in a contact shiny implementation. Search for the Swift 3 SF314-512T code title for that variant, and anticipate it to weigh somewhat greater than the matte variant mentioned right here.

Nonetheless, the competitors provides superior OLED panels on this class as we speak, or brighter IPS screens, and even 16:10 codecs, or a mix of those. So it’s about time Acer step as much as no less than supply the choice for a greater panel on this Swift 3 collection.

Replace: I’ve seen some listings mentioning a QHD IPS panel for the collection, and I’m searching for extra particulars on that one. I’ll replace you if I discover out extra particulars, for now, all I can inform is that’s obtainable with the top-tier configurations of this collection.

{Hardware} and day by day use expertise

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

We bought it from Acer and since it isn’t a remaining retail mannequin working on the ultimate software program, I can’t share with you all of the detailed efficiency benchmarks that we usually go over in our evaluations. I plan on shopping for this as soon as it’s obtainable over right here and updating the article someplace within the close to future, however within the meantime, I’ll simply clarify the specs and solely rapidly contact on what that is able to in day by day use and sustained masses, in addition to briefly go over effectivity, thermals, and fan habits. Simply to be clear, every part works as anticipated on this pattern, I simply can’t share the precise efficiency numbers with you, as a result of nature of our ongoing settlement with Acer to ensure that them to maintain lending us these samples.

With that out of the best way, the foremost specs novelty for this 12 months 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 Effectivity Cores, and 16 complete Threads, designed to work collectively or individually based mostly on every load. The 2 are largely related in capabilities, with solely barely greater frequencies for the i7. They’re additionally a serious step-up in sustained and peak efficiency in comparison with the Intel Core U eleventh gen platforms carried out within the 2021 Swift 3 SF314-511 and SF314-59 collection.

This 2022 Swift 3 collection nonetheless runs on LPDDR4x reminiscence, although, and never on the newer LPDDR5 carried out in different 2022 fashions. That gained’t make a notable distinction with day by day use, and with few exceptions, gained’t matter for demanding masses both, particularly not for the form of actions that you simply’ll wish to run on this form of laptop computer.

So far as storage goes, this collection provides an M.2 2280 gen4 SSD slot. By default, our unit shipped with a budget-tier gen4 WD SN735 SSD (in a 2242 format), and also you’re almost certainly getting one thing of this type with the retail fashions as nicely. You possibly can improve the storage for those who may want quicker gen4 drives, although. The WiFi module is upgradeable as nicely (but there’s no actual must improve it), whereas every part else is soldered.

Replace: As per the suggestions within the feedback, seems like there’s one other M.2 slot below the ribbon beneath the followers.

Accessing the elements is fundamental stuff, you simply must take out a bunch of Torx screws and come out the again panel.

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Whereas in right here you’ll discover that Acer haven’t up to date the battery or the audio system from the earlier fashions. We’ll contact on battery life additional down, however so far as the audio system go, they’re nonetheless small and fireplace onto the underside of the laptop computer, which implies it’s best to nonetheless not anticipate a lot by way of audio volumes or high quality right here. The HD digital camera’s high quality is fairly mediocre as nicely.

Nonetheless, they’ve up to date the thermal design, which now contains two followers and two heatpipes, in addition to open-air consumption grills over the followers and many of the total cooling module. This permits the {hardware} to run at good sustained energy on this mid-tier design, with truthful temperatures and noise ranges.

We’re speaking as much as 65W of peak CPU energy for very transient actions after which 28W sustained energy in longer masses on this pattern with the present software program. That’s sufficient to permit efficiency ranges on par with Alder Lake Core P powered opponents, such because the Zenbook 14 or Lenovo Yoga 9i, which I’ve linked so you can also make an thought of the form of efficiency it’s best to anticipate from this Swift as nicely. CPU capabilities in day by day use and sustained masses are spectacular with the Core P28 platform, whereas GPU efficiency is roughly much like previous fashions, with solely the marginally higher-clocked Iris Xe iGPU on this era.

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

As for day by day use, the followers inside this laptop computer preserve idle more often than not and solely sometimes spin on with heavier multitasking. I haven’t observed any coil profitable or digital noises. Exterior temperatures at chassis degree are inside snug limits, regardless of the largely passive cooling. The laptop computer does run hotter with demanding masses, and the most popular half is the underside screen-bezel close to the radiator, which hits temperatures within the mid-30s with day by day use and high-40s with sustained masses.

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Effectivity is a bit tough to guage on this pattern.

Actually, our expertise with Twelfth-gen Core P implementations exhibits that almost all OEMs are nonetheless having a hard-time optimizing ligh-loads on these hybrid designs, and thus battery life leaves to be desired even on the items with massive 60 and 70+ Wh batteries. Given there’s solely a 56 Wh battery on this Swift 3 14-inch, I’d anticipate this to final for someplace between 3-6 hours on a cost, based mostly on what you’re working on it.

Ensure to look into extra detailed evaluations of the ultimate merchandise for extra particulars, as these are solely my assumptions on what to anticipate from the retail items.

As a facet notice, Acer have up to date the charger on this Swift 3 era, providing now a really 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 available 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 within the US and 900 in Germany, whereas upgrades to 16 GB of RAM or the i7-1260P processor push this to round 1000 USD/EUR.

For most individuals, the best-value configuration is the one we had right here, with the i5 processor and 16 GB of RAM, however paying solely 50-100 additional for the i7 is value contemplating, particularly for the quicker iGPU within the i7.

Replace: Configuration with a QHD IPS display are additionally obtainable for the collection, with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. I’m taking a look at MSRP costs above 1100 USD for these.

Comply with these hyperlinks for updates on obtainable configurations and costs in your area: link and link.

Some early conclusions – Acer Swift 3 SF314-512

Very similar to prior to now years and from what I can inform based mostly on my time with this pattern, the 2022 Swift 3 14-inch seems like a stable compact and light-weight laptop computer for varsity and work and common on a regular basis actions, an possibility for these of your searching for worth to your cash in a easy and well-balanced product.

It’s nonetheless priced competitively, but that’s now not a bonus over the competitors, with many different related choices now obtainable within the sub $1000 area.

As a substitute, the carefree design with good inputs and IO and with none important deal-breakers, alongside the balanced efficiency/thermals/noise proposition, are the foremost promoting factors of this era. On the similar time, the general seems, the battery life with the 56 Wh battery, the audio high quality, and the display high quality with the 300-nits IPS matte panel as the one obtainable possibility, may not be as much as your calls for, as a few of these competing units supply extra now in these areas.

All in all, even when accounting for all these points, I nonetheless really feel that is absolutely value contemplating in your choice, particularly later within the 12 months if you’ll almost certainly discover it discounted in most areas. I additionally sit up for updating this write-up to a full evaluate, if/after I can handle to get my fingers on a finalized retail unit of this mid-2022 Acer Swift 3 SF314-512 lineup.

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