Skip to main content

Acer Swift laptops get latest Intel chips, new color options

Acer has announced two new updates to its Swift notebook lineup, the Swift 5 (SF514-56) and the Swift 3 (SF314-512), which will both be available in June in North America.

While both Windows notebooks feature 14-inch displays, the current 12th Gen Intel Core processors, and Iris Xe graphics chips, the Acer Swift 5 is being marketed to the professional sector, with the Acer Swift 3 touted as an easy-to-carry device.

Three Acer Swift 5s.
The Acer Swift 5 will be available in June in North America. Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Acer Swift 5 features a 14-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) touch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 92.22% screen-to-body ratio. The high-brightness display is protected by an antimicrobial Corning Gorilla glass to keep the high-touch surface as clean as possible.

Other internal hardware includes 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR5 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage, while its battery supports over four hours of power in a 30-minute charge.

Ports on the Acer Swift 5 include two Thunderbolt 4, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (one is a power supply), and an HDMI 2.1 port. The laptop also supports Wi-Fi 6E as its connectivity option.

Acer highlights its Temporal Noise Reduction and Acer Purified Voice features, which work in tandem with the webcam on the Swift 5 to ensure that voices are heard well on conference calls.

These features all come together to make the Swift 5 a great option for “executives and mobile professionals,” according to Acer.

The Swift 5 will start at $1,500 in North America. The notebook will also be available in Europe in March, starting at 1,799 euros, and China in April, starting at 9,999 renminbi.

The Acer Swift 3 will be available in June in North America.
The Acer Swift 3 will be available in June in North America. Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Acer Swift 3 features a 14-inch 16:9 touch display that comes in either QHD (2560 x 1440) or FHD (1920 x 1080) options. Other feature highlights include Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and DTS Audio, as well as the same charging protocol as the Swift 5.

Ports for the Swift 3 include USB-C, USB -A, and HDMI 2.1. The notebook will be available in gray, blue, and gold color options.

The Swift 3 will start at $850 in North America. The notebook will also be available in Europe in March, starting at 1,199 euros, and China in April, starting at 5,499 renminbi.

Editors' Recommendations

Fionna Agomuoh
Fionna Agomuoh is a technology journalist with over a decade of experience writing about various consumer electronics topics…
The new Acer Swift 3 is an OLED laptop for just $900
Two different color options of the Acer Swift 3.

Acer just announced a handful of new laptops, but the most notable is the Swift 3 because it packs an OLED display into a device that's only $900. Typically, you would spend well over $1,000 to get an OLED display on a laptop, though companies like Acer (and Asus) are changing that trend.

The Swift 3's display is a 14-inch 16:10 WQXGA+ (2880x1800) OLED display that Acer says supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Read more
Acer’s new workstations are more powerful than ever before
A woman sits on a desk. Behind her, the Acer ConceptD workstation stands alongside a monitor.

Acer has just announced that the ConceptD workstations will receive an update, and this applies to both desktops and laptops.

Made for creators and other professionals, the workstations will now benefit from Intel Alder Lake processors as well as the latest Nvidia graphics cards.

Read more
Acer Swift X 16 hands-on review: A tantalizing preview
An Acer Swift X 16 sits open on a coffee table.

I received a preproduction Acer Swift X 16 to look at, and it's driving me crazy. Why, you ask? Because Acer put a lid on benchmarking, meaning I can't run the Intel 12th-gen Core i7-1260P CPU and the Intel Arc graphics through our usual tests. I'm dying to see how they perform, and they're right there in front of me and yet entirely out of reach. That's OK, though. I can still give some impressions of the laptop's design in anticipation of its release in June 2022.

As a preproduction machine, all specifications are subject to change. I received a configuration with the Core i7, Intel Arc graphics, and a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) 16:10 IPS display that should cost $1,250 when released (with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage). That's a fair price for a beefy 16-inch laptop, and there's plenty to talk about even if I can't dig in the way I'd like.
Design

Read more