Practice with the new Acer Swift 3 laptop for 2022

Practice with the new Acer Swift 3 laptop for 2022

Acer has introduced an updated model of the Swift 3 for 2022 ahead of this year’s MWC and it comes with some improvements. It has new processors, an optimized design and a new display option. While we don’t expect the laptop to be available for purchase until June, Acer was kind enough to send us a first unit of the Swift 3 (2022) to get an idea. Officially, the model we have is the SF314-512.

Now, when we say it’s a first unit, we mean it. This laptop isn’t prime time ready and there are a lot of things I can’t test. Not that I would, because the performance here wouldn’t be indicative of what you’ll get with the final product. This is more for the purpose of giving us an idea of ​​the hardware and a general idea of ​​what it will look like.

Design: small but welcome changes

In terms of design, not much has changed from last year’s model, at least in terms of size. The chassis is mostly metal and feels solid enough without being overly heavy. It weighs around 2.76lbs or 1.25kg, which is light enough for a mostly aluminum laptop. While there are three colors officially available, silver is definitely the one you’ll find most easily, and it always tends to be that way. I wish I could see the Safari Gold or Snow Blue models, just because every laptop has a silver option right now and it’s tiring. The only part that isn’t metal is the display bezel, which is plastic, as you might expect from a laptop at this price point.

There are some interesting things about the design, though. Acer uses a hinge mechanism that lifts the bottom of the laptop when you open it, so you get better airflow and the display is closer to eye level. I also find it interesting that there is a fan exhaust just below the display. It’s not something I’ve ever seen, especially in a thin and light laptop like this one. The previous model was already like this, though, so it’s not like Acer had to do it to accommodate the new Intel processors.

An interesting change from last year’s model is the fingerprint reader, which is now integrated into the power button. For a long time, Acer has had a dedicated fingerprint reader alongside the trackpad, and while it worked well, this definitely helps the laptop feel much more stylish. The power button is also integrated into the keyboard, which helps with that too. It also works quite well, based on the time I’ve spent so far.

Acer Swift 3 keyboard and touchpad

On that note, the keyboard feels good to type on and is as comfortable as I’d like it to be, although the white backlight doesn’t pair well with the silver keys. All of this means that you may want to turn off the backlight during the day and only use it when it becomes harder to see the keys.

As for the touchpad, it’s quite large and comfortable to use, although I did notice a slightly annoying sound every time I lifted my fingers from it. It might just be a problem with this first unit, though.

Display: still 16: 9, but there is a much better webcam

The display has also not changed significantly from last year’s model. It’s still a 14-inch panel with a 16: 9 aspect ratio, which works well for what it is. That aspect ratio is still pretty standard for mainstream devices, and you’ll have to look to the Swift 5 if you want something taller. One thing that has changed is that you can get a Quad HD display with some models, but unfortunately that’s not the case with the unit I got to test. Some models (labeled SF314-512T) will have touch support, but that’s not the case with this unit.

Perhaps most importantly, Acer has also updated the webcam above that display. It is now a 1080p 60fps camera with temporal noise reduction and this should be a big upgrade over the previous generation. Any remarks I can make here are not final because the hardware is not final, but the image quality from the webcam looks very good based on what I have seen.

As I said above, I can’t really go into the performance details of the Acer Swift 3 (2022), but it is powered by 12th generation Intel P-series processors, from a Core i3 up to a Core i7. This should provide a significant performance improvement over the last generation, particularly with the transition from 15W of base power to 28W. The model I received has a Core i5-1240P and seems to work more than well enough for everyone. the types of daily activities. This drive also has 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 1TB SSD, so it’s at the top in that regard.

All in all, the Acer Swift 3 (2022) definitely looks like a promising laptop, although it remains to be seen whether it will be one of the best laptops this year. There aren’t any big changes in terms of design from last year’s model, but the ones we get are pretty good. I appreciate the cleaner aspect of having the fingerprint reader integrated into the power button and the updated webcam, and the new processors promise much more performance. Of course, we will have to reserve our judgment on this until we have the final product, but we are optimistic.

The new Acer Swift 3 (2022) is expected to launch in June and we should also do a review around that time.

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