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New Acer Swift 5 and Swift 3 'powerful and premium' laptops feature latest 12th Gen Intel processors

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Acer Swift

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What you need to know

  • The new Acer Swift 5 and Swift 3 arrive in North America in June starting at $1,499 and $849 respectively.
  • They both feature Intel 12th Gen Intel Core i processors and Intel Iris Xe graphics.
  • The Swift 5 packs a 16:10 WQXGA display while the Swift 3 caps out at a 16:9 QHD display.

Two new 14-inch Acer Swift notebook refreshes are on the way. There's the Acer Swift 5 and Swift 3, both of which pack 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and thin, light frames.

Where the machines differ is in their hardware and prices. The Swift 3 features a 16:9 display that, at the lowest tier, is FHD, while the Swift 5 packs a 16:10 WQXGA display with an impressive 92.22% screen-to-body ratio and Evo certification. Pricing varies drastically between the two. You can get a Swift 3 starting at $849 while you'll need almost double that to score a Swift 5, which starts at $1,499.

Acer Swift 3 (SF314-512)

CategorySpec
Operating SystemWindows 11
Display16:9 14-inch QHD or FHD touch display
ProcessorIntel 12th Gen Intel Core i processor
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe graphics
StorageUp to 2 TB
CameraFHD webcam
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
AudioDTS Audio
Battery4 hours off a 30-minute charge
ColorsThree color-washed designs

Acer Swift 5 (SF514-56T)

CategorySpec
Operating SystemWindows 11
Display16:10 14-inch WQXGA high-brightness touch display
ProcessorIntel 12th Gen Intel Core i processor
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe graphics
MemoryUp to 16 GB
StorageUp to 2 TB
CameraFHD webcam
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
AudioDTS Audio
BatteryUp to 10 hours
Weight1.2 kg (2.65 lbs)

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Having Intel's latest 12th gen processors is a boon, as is the Swift 5's aspect ratio (if you're a fan of additional screen real estate), but given that some of the specs have yet to be disclosed it may be worth waiting on setting aside money until more information trickles in.

Both the Swift 3 and Swift 5 are set to arrive in North America in June 2022, so if you're waiting on the latest refreshes of Acer's thin notebooks, you won't have to hold in place much longer. Though if you want a device right now, you can always check out the best Windows laptops currently on the market.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

1 Comment
  • I'm less interested in these exact laptops than in how 12th Gen Intel is going to work in the real world. I'm definitely keeping my eyes peeled for the first 12th Gen Intel laptop reviews, which may well be for these bad boys.