Acer Swift 3 SF314 shines with a 2.8K OLED display and a powerful CPU in our review but also comes with some weaknesses ↺
Acer's Swift 3 series is primarily known for affordable laptops. However, the configuration of the Swift 3 SF314-71-56U3 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 advantages such as amazing colors and contrast, but the glossy surface makes it somewhat of a pain to use when working outdoors.
Speaking of which, mobility and working on the go is not exactly what the Swift 3 SF314 excels at, anyway. With a 14-inch display and a weight of less than 1.4 kg, it is both compact and lightweight. However, the battery life is far from being impressive, which makes prolonged working, video streaming, and web browsing without an external power source impossible.
There are multiple reasons for this. Aside from the OLED display's relatively high consumption and the small battery, the potent CPU is a factor as well. For this model, Acer uses the Intel Core i5-12500H with clock speeds of up to 4.5 GHz, 12 cores, and 16 threads from Intel's Alder Lake-H lineup. Even though Acer does limit the chip's maximum TDP, it shows what it is capable of in our various benchmarks.
There is no dedicated GPU and the manufacturer instead relies on the integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 GPU with 80 EU. This allows the OLED laptop to achieve both fast system performance and quiet noise levels during use as well as smooth frame rates at least when gaming on low or medium graphics settings. Finally, Acer equips the laptop with 16 GB of soldered LPDDR5 system memory and a - unfortunately somewhat sluggish - 1-TB SSD.
More information, measurements and benchmarks regarding 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.