The OLED laptop train has been reluctant to pick up speed for Acer. But finally, the business has added an OLED panel to its well-liked 14-inch intermediate programming laptop, the Swift 3. This is more than simply the Acer Swift 3 regular model with an upgraded 90Hz OLED screen installed.
Additionally, this 14-inch laptop is bulkier to support its 45-watt 12th-generation processor, so you may anticipate slightly greater performance from it. Price is crucial, though; my evaluation unit cost $1,230 even though the minimum setup costs less than $1,000. The Acer Swift 3 OLED is a good improvement over the original, which is fortunate for Acer because there is enough to support a somewhat higher price.
The 14-inch 16:10 Swift 3 OLED display is first-rate and holds its own against both midrange and premium options. You can see from the table below that the Acer panel is bright, vivid, and gives the typical OLED deep blacks, with the exception of colour accuracy that lags somewhat behind the best. Everyone, including creatives and content makers, will enjoy this exhibition.
Acer Swift 3 OLED review: Design
The Swift 3 OLED laptop is available from Acer in two variants. 512GB solid-state drive, Core i5-12500H processor, and 8GB of RAM are included in the base model, which costs $929. (SSD). The more expensive $1,229 model was examined. With an extra $300, you can upgrade to a Core i7-12700H processor, double your memory to 16GB, and get a 1TB SSD.
The design is fairly typical for a acer gaming laptop in 2022, with a brushed metal body finished in a dark grey and thin, black bezels enclosing the screen. With dimensions of 0.7 by 12.3 by 8.4 inches (HWD) and a weight of 3 pounds, it is small for a 14-inch laptop with a 16:10 aspect ratio display. It’s a little bit more compact overall while having a taller display than last year’s larger 16:9 model thanks to Acer’s smaller bezels. It weighs more and is thicker than the model from the previous year, which was only 0.63 inch thick and 2.7 pounds.
The 45-watt (W) H-series CPU is more easily accommodated because to the increased size. The 28W P series and 15W U series, Intel’s other two mobile processor classes in the current 12th Gen Core lineup, are more effective and can fit into slimmer designs.
The wide vents that run along the right half of the top edge of the keyboard deck are another indication that the Swift 3 OLED has a powerful CPU. A gaming laptop with a powerful graphics processor (GPU) that requires the extra airflow is more likely to have this type of venting than a laptop designed for general use with integrated graphics. Along the metal bottom panel, there are also two rows of vents.
Acer Swift 3 OLED review: Performance
The most powerful Acer Swift 3 OLED’s specifications include an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 1TB of storage. But even the less expensive model includes a respectable Core i5, 8GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 512GB of storage, which is equal to or better than its rivals.
It has one of the highest CPU scores of any laptop we’ve ever evaluated. Even though it uses a mobile version of the Core i7 CPU, almost every result is above 10,000 or at least the highest you’ll find for that category. This indicates that Acer most likely overclocked the CPU to enhance its productivity, which makes sense given that business professionals are the primary target market for Ultrabooks and they are looking for a sleek and portable workstation.
The CPU is supported by a ventilation system that makes sure that hot air always has a route to escape because the vent is situated above the keyboard. Additionally, the fan effectively disperses heat while it is operating at full capacity. The only criticism is that there should have been more bottom or side vents to improve performance.
It does quite well in terms of GPU, outperforming the Dell XPS line of ultrabooks and coming close to matching the Asus ZenBook 13X OLED in benchmark tests. As a result, the laptop may function perfectly as a low- and mid-end gaming system. However, avoid starting Hitman 3 on its highest settings.
Acer Swift 3 OLED review: Battery Life
Media artists who would use the Acer Swift 3’s powerful Core i7 H-series processor are the greatest candidates for the OLED ultraportable. For general use, an OLED ultraportable with a U-series chip, such the HP Elite Dragonfly G3, will provide longer battery life and a more compact form. The AMD-powered Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon is a gorgeous, potent OLED ultraportable. The Swift 3 has a lot going for it, including a robust, all-aluminum body and a roomy, gorgeous 14-inch OLED display, provided you’re willing to forego longevity in exchange for enhanced entertainment features.
Acer Swift 3 OLED review: Price and availability
You can also get versions with 512 GB of SSD storage, but the costs are liable to change in the future. To get the most recent configurations and prices at the time you’re reading this post, click this link. It appears that Acer will follow Asus’ example and drastically reduce the price of its goods in the US while maintaining a 10–20% premium in Europe.
The mid-level configuration is the one I’d advise purchasing because the base model’s 4 GB of RAM are quite limited, especially if you intend to maintain this computer for a longer period of time. The base model is a good buy at $499, but not that much at 600 EUR. you can purchase this laptop from acer’s official store.
The Swift 3 from Acer is a truly solid product, and I anticipate it will be well-liked in the months to come, especially in the US where it is affordably priced. Of course, you have to fit into its target market in order to give it serious consideration. To do so, you must be searching for a reasonably priced mid-sized laptop with a matte non-touch screen, adequate processing power, and a battery that can last for 5-7 hours unplugged. In addition to those, the Swift 3 is a well-made tablet with lovely aesthetics and a solid keyboard/trackpad, all in a package that costs $650 at launch and will likely be less in the future.
The screen is dim, and the speakers are quite subpar, but other than those two issues, there isn’t much to complain about. In addition, compared to direct rivals like the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s and 510s, the HP ProBook 440, or the more expensive Zenbook UX410 and UX430 series, the Swift 3 is both more reasonably priced and a better overall product.