Acer’s Swift 3 series is primarily known for affordable laptops. However, the Swift 3 SF314-71-56U3 configuration is a higher end model with a 14-inch OLED display that has a native resolution of 2.8K. As an OLED panel, it offers typical benefits like great colors and contrast, but the glossy surface makes it a bit of a pain to use when working outdoors.
Speaking of which, mobility and work on the go isn’t exactly what the Swift 3 SF314 excels at, though. With a 14-inch display and a weight of less than 1.4 kg, it is both compact and light. However, the battery life is far from great, making it impossible to work long hours, stream videos and browse the web without an external power source.
There are many reasons for this. Apart from the relatively high consumption of the OLED display and the small battery, the powerful CPU is also a factor. For this model, Acer uses the Intel Core i5-12500H with clock speeds up to 4.5 GHz, 12 cores, and 16 threads from Intel’s Alder Lake-H line. Although Acer limits the chip’s maximum TDP, it shows what it’s capable of in our various benchmarks.
There is no dedicated GPU and instead the manufacturer relies on the integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 with 80 AE. This allows the OLED laptop to achieve fast system performance and quiet noise levels during use as well as smooth frame rates at least when playing games on low or medium graphics settings. Finally, Acer brings the laptop with 16 GB of soldered LPDDR5 system memory and – unfortunately a bit sluggish – 1-TB SSD.
More information, measurements and benchmarks about the Acer Swift 3 SF314 and its OLED display, Intel Core i5-12500H, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and Wi-Fi 6E modules can be found in our in-depth review. The laptop can be purchased for an MSRP of around 1200 USD from various online retailers.
I have been very interested in technology for about 25 years – especially technology that makes life easier rather than more complicated. Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets and smart watches are especially close to my heart as is the topic of the smart home boom. I have been working in these areas for several years now as a news and reviews editor. I have been active with various websites, including the smart home blogs homee, Nuki, and siio, as well as technology portals such as Giga and TechRadar. I’ve been writing news and laptop reviews for Notebookcheck since 2020.
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building personal computers, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentlessly looking for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced additional challenges in this regard. In my reviews of Checkbook Notebook I try to express as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these obstacles.