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Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Apr 28, 2023 at 12:25 pm
Latest change: Test bench update Dec 07, 2023 at 07:56 am
Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) Picture
7.6
School
6.1
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
7.8
Workstation
7.7
Business

The Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) is a 14-inch Windows ultraportable laptop. It's available with an Intel Core i5-12500H or Core i7-12700H CPU and up to 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage. There's only one display option: a 90Hz OLED panel with full sRGB and DCI P3 coverage and near-full Adobe RGB. Ports include two USB-As, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, an HDMI 2.1, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1080p webcam, and a 56WH battery. The power button has an integrated fingerprint sensor for quick logins. You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section below.

Our Verdict

7.6 School

The Acer Swift 3 2022 is good for school use. It feels well-built and is very portable. Its OLED display looks incredibly sharp, gives you enough screen real estate for multitasking, and gets bright enough for use in well-lit settings. Although the keyboard feels spacious and tactile, it can be tiring to type on over an extended period due to its short key travel. It's available with Intel 12th Gen. H-series CPUs, which can handle nearly every type of workload; however, you can only get this laptop with integrated graphics, so it isn't ideal for students in technical fields that require lots of GPU processing power. Unfortunately, the battery lasts only around six hours of light use.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Sharp and colorful OLED display.
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Excellent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • Battery lasts around six hours of light use.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
6.1 Gaming

The Acer Swift 3 2022 is mediocre for gaming. Although its Intel 12th Gen. CPU can handle demanding tasks like gaming, you can only get this laptop with integrated graphics, which aren't powerful enough to provide smooth gameplay in graphically intensive games. As for the display, it has a 90Hz refresh rate and a decent response time but doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing. On the upside, it has tons of ports for peripherals and external monitors, and it doesn't get overly hot or loud under load.

Pros
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Wide port selection includes Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1.
  • Fast SSD.
  • Low fan noise.
Cons
  • No VRR support to reduce screen tearing.
  • No dedicated GPU.
  • CPU throttles under load.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
7.6 Multimedia

The Acer Swift 3 2022 is good for media consumption. It's very portable, and its battery lasts around six hours of video playback. Its OLED display produces deep, inky blacks and has full DCI P3 coverage, making it well-suited for viewing HDR content. You may have to calibrate the screen to get the best viewing experience, though, as the colors are very oversaturated out of the box. The speakers get fairly loud but sound slightly unnatural, with very little bass.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts over six hours of video playback.
  • Sharp and colorful OLED display.
  • OLED screen produces deep, inky blacks.
Cons
  • Speakers sound unnatural and lack bass.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
7.8 Workstation

The Acer Swift 3 2022 is good for use as a workstation. Its Intel 12th Gen. CPU performs well and can handle demanding tasks; however, it's only available with integrated graphics, so it isn't suitable for anything that requires lots of GPU processing power. However, its OLED display is well-suited for color-critical work as it has full sRGB and DCI P3 coverage as well as near-full Adobe RGB coverage. It has a fast SSD for quick file transfers and plenty of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 and an HDMI 2.1 port. The CPU throttles under load, but the laptop doesn't get overly hot or loud.

Pros
  • CPU can handle demanding workloads.
  • Wide port selection includes Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1.
  • Fast SSD.
  • Low fan noise.
Cons
  • No dedicated GPU.
  • CPU throttles under load.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
7.7 Business

The Acer Swift 3 2022 is good for business use. It feels well-built and is easy to carry around, thanks to its compact design. Its OLED display looks incredibly sharp, provides enough space for split-screen multitasking, and gets bright enough to combat glare. The keyboard feels spacious and tactile but can cause fatigue over an extended period as the key travel is very short. As for the touchpad, it's small but responsive to all movements and gestures. Its Intel 12th Gen. CPU can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. It has a great 1080p webcam for video calls and a wide port selection that includes two Thunderbolt 4 and an HDMI 2.1 port. Unfortunately, the battery lasts only around six hours of light use.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Sharp and colorful OLED display.
  • Wide port selection includes Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1.
  • Excellent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • Battery lasts around six hours of light use.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • 7.6 School
  • 6.1 Gaming
  • 7.6 Multimedia
  • 7.8 Workstation
  • 7.7 Business
  1. Updated Dec 07, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2.
  2. Updated Nov 03, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  3. Updated Apr 28, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Apr 24, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Apr 17, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Apr 14, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Acer Swift 3 14 laptop (model SF314-71-51NN) with an Intel Core i5-12500H CPU, 8GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. The CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; you can see the available options in the table below. Our review applies only to variants with a model number starting with 'SF314-71'. There's another Swift 14 laptop with a model number starting with 'SF314-512'; however, it's very different as it has a 16:9 display and uses Intel 12th Gen. P-series CPUs and DDR4 RAM. As such, we consider it a separate model.

Screen
  • 14" OLED 2880 x 1800 90Hz
CPU
  • Intel Core i5-12500H (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 18MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-12700H (14 cores/20 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 24MB cache)
GPU
  • Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
Memory
  • 8GB LP-DDR5 4800MHz
  • 16GB LP-DDR5 4800MHz

Storage

  • 512GB PCIe Gen. 4 x4 NVMe SSD
  • 1TB PCIe Gen. 4 x4 NVMe SSD
Color
  • Steel Gray

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The Acer Swift 3 14 laptop is very good overall. It stands out for its high-quality OLED display and excellent CPU performance. However, its battery life is very short, and the quality of the keyboard and touchpad isn't as good as other laptops in its class.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best laptops, the best laptops for college, and the best business laptops.

Acer Swift 3 14 (2020)

The Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) is better than the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020). The 2022 model has a sharper and brighter OLED display, a significantly better 1080p webcam, and a wider port selection with the addition of a second USB-C and HDMI 2.1 support. It's also available with faster Intel 12th Gen. CPUs that can handle more demanding tasks. However, its battery life is much shorter at around six hours of light use, while the 2020 model lasts over 13 hours.

Acer Swift 14 (2023)

The Acer Swift 14 (2023) is slightly better than the Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) for most uses. The Swift 14 has longer battery life and faster Intel 13th Gen. CPUs. The two available displays on the Swift 14 get brighter to combat glare; however, neither is as sharp as the Swift 3 14's OLED display. The Swift 14's displays also have a lower contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look gray in dim settings, and they only have full sRGB coverage, while the Swift 3 14's OLED panel has full DCI P3 and near-full Adobe RGB.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022)

The Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) is better than the Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) for most uses. The MacBook Air is more portable and feels more premium overall. It also has a brighter display, a more comfortable keyboard, a much larger touchpad, and longer battery life. However, the Swift 3 14 has an OLED display that produces deeper blacks, and its 90Hz refresh rate makes the system feel more responsive and snappy. Port selection is much better on the Swift 3 14, as the MacBook Air is limited to only two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 and a MagSafe charging port.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022)

The Acer Swift 3 14 (2022) and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022) are both very good productivity laptops. The Surface Laptop 5 is a more premium model with a sturdier build, and it provides a better user experience with a more comfortable keyboard, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and a better webcam. On the other hand, the Swift 3 14 has a nicer 90Hz OLED display and a wider port selection. The Swift 3 14 is available with faster Intel 12th Gen. processors and doesn't throttle as much under load, but its battery life is shorter than the Surface Laptop 5's.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The Acer Swift 3 2022 has a simple design that doesn't stand out in any way. It has relatively thin bezels, a silver-color chassis, and light gray keys with white backlighting. On the bottom of the laptop, you can find the speakers near the front and air vents near the back. There are also air vents above the keyboard next to the right hinge. Like the Acer Swift 14 (2023), the bottom of the screen lifts the back of the laptop slightly when opened to allow for better airflow.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. The construction is a mix of metal and plastic; it doesn't feel particularly premium or overly cheap. There's some flex in the display and keyboard deck but almost none on the lid. The finish is fairly scratch-resistant and doesn't pick up many fingerprints. The feet are solid and stick firmly to the bottom.

6.6
Design
Hinge
Range
135°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
No

The hinge is okay. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid and is very stable, making it easy to adjust the screen to the exact angle you want. However, you can't open the laptop with one hand as the base of the laptop is too light and lifts with the screen.

8.6
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
0.7" (1.9 cm)
Width
12.4" (31.4 cm)
Depth
8.7" (22.0 cm)
Volume
80.1 in³ (1,312.5 cm³)
Weight
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Charger Size
9.3 in³ (153.0 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The Acer Swift 3 2022 and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

7.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
8.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
2
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

Serviceability is decent. The internals are easily accessible; you only need to remove ten T5 screws to take the bottom panel off. Unfortunately, the memory isn't user-replaceable, so you need to get the appropriate amount for your needs upfront.

You can see the user's manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • Acer Swift 3 laptop
  • 100W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2880 x 1800
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
242 PPI
Panel Type
OLED
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
90%

The Acer Swift 3 laptop's 2.8k display looks very sharp and provides just enough room for split-screen multitasking. Its 16:10 aspect ratio is becoming more common these days, especially among productivity laptops. It gives you slightly more vertical space than a standard 16:9 screen, so you don't need to scroll as much when reading a document or website. Like all OLED panels, this display is susceptible to permanent burn-in, especially with static desktop elements like Windows' taskbar. Unfortunately, there aren't any built-in features like Pixel Shift or Pixel Refresh to help prevent burn-in.

7.0
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
90 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

This laptop is only available with a 90Hz display. The increase from a standard 60Hz refresh rate to 90Hz is a nice upgrade, as it makes the system feel more responsive and makes fast motion look clearer without being too much of a battery drain. The response time is decent; it isn't as fast as the near-instantaneous response time often seen on high-end OLED panels, but it isn't bad either.

10
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
99,130 : 1

The Acer Swift 3 laptop's contrast ratio is superb, making it fantastic for dark room viewing. The contrast is effectively infinite because OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks.

7.9
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
392 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
18 cd/m²

The display gets bright enough for use in well-lit rooms but not quite for outdoors on a sunny day. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing, as it provides a more comfortable viewing experience.

6.7
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
5.11%
Indirect Reflections
0.49%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.62%

The reflection handling is okay. The glossy finish mainly struggles with direct, mirror-like reflections. It doesn't reduce the intensity of bright light sources by much, but on the upside, it doesn't cause a hazy effect in other areas of the screen like matte finishes typically do.

10
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
0.003%

The display's black uniformity is perfect because OLED panels can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks.

7.4
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
40°
Color Washout From Right
40°
Color Shift From Left
18°
Color Shift From Right
19°
Brightness Loss From Left
44°
Brightness Loss From Right
45°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
45°
Gamma Shift From Right
45°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is decent. Like most OLEDs, color shift is the main issue, as it happens fairly quickly when moving to the side. You have to look at the screen almost straight on to get an accurate image, which can be hard when you don't have much space to tilt the screen, like on a bus or airplane.

8.0
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
41°
Color Washout From Above
39°
Color Shift From Below
18°
Color Shift From Above
19°
Brightness Loss From Below
45°
Brightness Loss From Above
44°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
45°
Gamma Shift From Above
44°

The vertical viewing angle is great. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the colors shift fairly quickly when viewing from above and below. It's important if you often use the laptop in tight places where you don't have much room to tilt the screen, like on a bus or airplane.

7.3
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
1.92
Avg. Gamma
2.18
Avg. Color dE
4.66
Avg. Color Temperature
7,094.7 K

The Acer Swift 3 laptop's display accuracy is decent out of the box. The white balance is excellent, but most colors look oversaturated because the default color profile targets a wider color space. The color temperature is a tad cooler than the standard 6500K target, resulting in a slight blueish tint. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve; bright scenes look too bright, while dark scenes look too dark, with blacks getting crushed.

9.6
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.99%
sRGB uv
99.99%
Adobe RGB xy
93.74%
Adobe RGB uv
97.87%
DCI P3 xy
99.98%
DCI P3 uv
99.96%
Rec. 2020 xy
78.61%
Rec. 2020 uv
80.15%

The display's color gamut is outstanding. It can reproduce all the colors in the commonly-used sRGB color space. It also has full coverage of the wider DCI P3 and Adobe RGB color spaces, making it suitable for color-critical work like photo and video editing.

6.7
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
Flicker Frequency
360 Hz
Flicker Active Below
100%

The display isn't flicker-free. However, the flickering isn't noticeable as it's only a small drop in brightness, and the frequency is relatively high.

Interface
7.3
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
60 gf
Actuation Force
34 gf
Pre-Travel
0.89 mm
Total Travel
1.09 mm

The Acer Swift 3 laptop has a decent keyboard. The layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to. The keycaps feel okay in quality; they aren't premium or cheap. The keys are stable, easy to actuate, and provide relatively satisfying tactile feedback. However, their short travel distance makes them a little tiring to type on for an extended period. Typing noise is very low and isn't an issue in quiet settings. You can adjust between two backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely.

7.1
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
7.5
Size
10.6 in² (68.3 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is decent. It feels very smooth and tracks movements and gestures well. Palm rejection also works without any issues. However, its small size makes it hard to perform actions like dragging and dropping over a long distance. Also, you can only click in the lower portion of the touchpad, and the clicking mechanism doesn't feel particularly satisfying.

7.2
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
76 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
6.2 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
0.1
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
397 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
16 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
1.0 dB

The speakers are decent. They get fairly loud with minimal dynamic compression artifacts at max volume. They sound clear but slightly unnatural, with very little bass.

8.2
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
No

The Acer Swift 3 laptop has a great webcam. The image looks very detailed and colorful; the only complaint is that it's slightly overexposed. Voices come across clearly over the microphone but a little too loud, and there's also a small buzzing due to the high noise floor.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.1
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
Yes

The Acer Swift 3 laptop's port selection is excellent. Both USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen. 1 data transfer speed (up to 5 Gbps). The only difference is that the left one can charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. The two USB-Cs are identical; they support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two 4k displays at 60Hz), DisplayPort Alt Mode, and charging. Both USB-Cs can charge mobile devices with a maximum power output of 15W.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.1

The wireless adapter is an Intel Killer Wi-Fi AX1675i. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i5-12500H
Core Count
12
Thread Count
16

The Acer Swift 3 14 laptop is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-12500H (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 18MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-12700H (14 cores/20 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 24MB cache)

Both CPUs are high-performance processors typically found in gaming laptops and mobile workstations, and both have a hybrid design with a mix of performance and efficiency cores. Regarding core count, the only difference between the i5 and i7 is that the latter has two more performance cores. These CPUs can handle light productivity tasks like text processing and web browsing, as well as more demanding workloads like video editing and 3D graphics. The Core i7 is faster and provides a smooth experience and allows you to complete tasks in less time.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Iris Xe Graphics
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The Acer Swift 3 2022 is only available with Intel Iris Xe graphics. This integrated GPU is designed for light productivity tasks, not demanding workloads like video editing or gaming. You can play some older or puzzle-like games, but you'll likely have to play with low settings to get smooth gameplay.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
8 GB
Modules
8 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5
Speed
4,800 MHz

You can configure the Acer Swift 3 laptop with 8GB or 16GB of memory. The RAM modules are soldered onto the motherboard and aren't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
456 GB
Drive 1
Micron 2450 MTFDKBA512TFK
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure this laptop with 512GB or 1TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable, and there's also a second slot to add another drive; however, the second slot only supports PCIe Gen. 3 standards, while the main slot supports PCIe Gen. 4.

Performance
8.9
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,658 points
CPU Multi-Thread
10,029 points
GPU Compute
15,169 points

The Acer Swift 3 14 laptop's overall score in Geekbench 5 is excellent. The Core i5-12500H has outstanding single- and multi-thread performance, making it suitable for demanding tasks like 3D graphics and video editing. Upgrading to the Core i7-12700H results in a smoother desktop experience and allows you to complete tasks like compiling code or exporting a video in less time. Unfortunately, the Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU performs poorly and isn't suitable for demanding jobs.

9.7
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,724 points
Multi-Thread
10,161 points

The Acer Swift 3 laptop's overall score in the Cinebench R23 is outstanding. Even with thermal throttling, the Core i5-12500H still performs exceptionally well, making it suitable for rendering and other related tasks. The Core i7-12700H performs better and allows you to render images faster.

8.0
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
4.0 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The performance in Blender is great; however, if you need to render images professionally, it's best to get a laptop with a discrete GPU. Even an entry-level GPU, like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, can render images much faster than the CPU.

4.4
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
12,070

The Acer Swift 3 14 laptop performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Intel's Iris Xe isn't bad for integrated graphics, but it's starting to show its age and isn't fast enough to provide smooth gameplay in graphically intensive titles. It can handle simple, puzzle-like games or older titles at 1080p, but you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphical settings to get playable frame rates.

9.5
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,528.3 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
2,798.9 MB/s
Random Write Speed
163.4 MB/s
Random Read Speed
64.2 MB/s

The SSD performs exceptionally well. Its fast read and write speeds allow the system to quickly boot up, launch apps, and transfer files. The sequential read and write speeds are a little slow for a PCIe Gen. 4 SSD but still very fast. The 1TB SSD is likely faster, as larger-capacity drives tend to perform better.

6.2
Performance
Battery
Capacity
56 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
6.5 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
6.1 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.9 hrs

The battery life is mediocre. The combination of a high-performance H-series CPU and a 90Hz, high-resolution OLED display takes a toll on the battery. Even if you only perform light productivity tasks, you'll have to plug it in at some point to get through a typical workday. The battery life for video playback is pretty good, though, as a full charge gets through a couple of full-length movies.

1.7
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
10 fps
1% Low
1 fps
0.1% Low
0 fps
1% Low Delta
1,694 ms
0.1% Low Delta
7,076 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
28 fps

Borderlands isn't playable. The game is very choppy and sometimes freezes completely, even with low graphical settings. The Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU can't handle such a graphically demanding game. You can expect the same performance in other similar titles. The Core i7's Iris Xe GPU will likely push a couple more frames per second at most, not enough to make a huge difference.

4.1
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
19 fps
1% Low
13 fps
0.1% Low
12 fps
1% Low Delta
22 ms
0.1% Low Delta
31 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
78 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.64 s

Civilization VI runs poorly at 1080p with high settings because the average frame rate is too low, even for a strategy game. However, it runs much more smoothly if you lower some graphical settings. Upgrading the CPU to a Core i7 will only improve the turn time slightly.

4.4
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
34 fps
1% Low
14 fps
0.1% Low
8 fps
1% Low Delta
43 ms
0.1% Low Delta
91 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
50 fps

CS:GO runs poorly at 1080p. The average frame rate is too low for an FPS game, and there are frequent stutters due to frame drops. The Core i7 will push slightly more frames per second, but the game will still stutter.

2.5
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
16 fps
1% Low
2 fps
0.1% Low
0 fps
1% Low Delta
515 ms
0.1% Low Delta
3,071 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
34 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn't playable at 1080p. The game is too choppy and sometimes freezes completely, even with low graphical settings. The integrated GPU simply can't handle this and other similarly demanding games.

7.6
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
26 °C (79 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
44 °C (111 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
45.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The Acer Swift 3 2022 has good thermal and noise handling. The keyboard is cool when idle, and the fan is completely silent. The keyboard gets hotter under load, but it isn't uncomfortable by any means. Likewise, the fan is audible at full speed but isn't annoying or distracting.

7.5
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
80 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
17% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
60 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
0% loss

The Acer Swift 3 laptop's performance over time is good. Only the CPU throttles under load. The performance loss is fairly significant, and it happens quickly within a few minutes of starting a CPU-intensive task. The CPU's temperature is high, but there's still some headroom, so it's likely tuned to keep the keyboard from getting uncomfortably hot.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The Acer Swift 3 2022 has a few pre-installed applications, including:

  • Acer Configuration Manager/Product Registration: Contains system information and lets you register your laptop for warranty purposes.
  • DTS Audio Processing: Lets you change the sound profile and EQ settings.
  • ExpressVPN: Link to ExpressVPN virtual private network service website.
  • Norton Antivirus: Antivirus software.
  • PhotoDirector: Photo editing software.
  • PowerDirector: Video editing software.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Fingerprint Sensor

There's a fingerprint sensor built into the power button. You can use it to log in, authorize Windows Store purchases, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.