This 14″ Acer Swift 3 SF314-43-R2YY with the Ryzen 7 5700U CPU is worth checking out if you are searching for a thin and light laptop that has one of the U-class fastest CPUs. The processor chip of this unit outshines a lot of Intel’s U-class and even Intel’s H-Class CPUs.
Moreover, the IPS screen, fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, and excellent battery life are extra features that make this laptop a good value at its price. But is it really that good? Let’s find out the answer on this page.
Outer Material & Screen
The entire construction of this laptop is attractive and solid. The aluminum chassis gives great durability and excellent resistance to fingerprints. The outer design looks simple, yet modern and clean, a pleasant attraction to the eye.
This SF314-43-R2YY will be a good companion for your travel since it has a slim profile and weighs only 2.62 lbs or 1.18 kg. The lightweight form factor is rivaling the weight of the 2021 13″ MacBook Air, which is 2.8 lbs or 1.27 kg. This means our guy here is even lighter yet offers more real estate on your screen since it has a 14-inch panel!
The frames of the screen are very slim or thin, at only 5.1mm offering an 85.73% Screen-to-body ratio that enhances your viewing area on the screen. The Full-HD 14-inch IPS screen itself is beautiful and rich with colors, thanks to the 100% sRGB color gamut and 300 nits brightness. For a similar model that has a smaller display, a 13-inch, look at this one.
Furthermore, the non-glare coating on the display is easy on our eyes for ongoing usage. The display also has the ergonomic technology to rise to a certain degree so it gives more space for the airflow when sitting on a table. This means, the device is quieter and stays cool on heavy loads usage. The rising hinge also makes typing experience more comfortable as well.
The power of the Ryzen 7 and Radeon RX Vega 8 combination makes this laptop really shine. Here are the main features of our device.
|Model||Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop | 14" Full HD IPS 100% sRGB Display | AMD Ryzen 7 5700U Octa-Core Processor | 8GB LPDDR4X | 512GB NVMe SSD | WiFi 6 | Backlit KB | FPR | Amazon Alexa | SF314-43-R2YY|
|Display||14″ Anti-glare IPS Full-HD Display (1920 x 1080) 100% sRGB, 300nits|
|Processor||Octa-Core (8-Core) AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (1.8 GHz – 4.3 GHz)|
|Graphics||Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8|
|Ports & Connectivity||1x HDMI, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port (supports up to 10 Gbps transfer, DisplayPort, USB Charging 5 V; 3 A), Webcam, 2x Stereo speakers, built-in Microphone, Wi-Fi 6, BlueTooth, Alexa, Fingerprint reader, Backlit Keyboard|
|Strength & Weakness||VIEW|
The Acer Swift 3 SF314-43-R2YY houses AMD’s 2021 Octa-Core Ryzen 7 5700U CPU from the Lucienne AMD’s CPU family. Visit this page if you want to know about the older model of this unit. The CPU of this laptop is blazing fast, specifically designed for thin powerhouse laptops. This chip comes with 8-Core (Octa-Core) instead of just 4 and 16-Threads instead of 8. The base clock speed is at 1.80 GHz and Turbo Boost speed can reach up to 4.30 GHz.
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The Ryzen 7 5700U competes with gaming laptops’ processors in the PassMark CPU benchmark ranking. It also shows that this chipset outperforms many new Intels 10th & 11th Generation CPUs, like the 2.70GHz i5-11400H, 2.40GHz i9-10885H, and even 2.90GHz i7-11600H.
Quiet powerful CPU we are getting here.
Vega 8 iGPU
Not only excels at multi-tasking jobs, a moderate content creator, but the R7 5700U chip is also capable of light gaming, thanks to the CPU/iGPU combo. That’s right, the integrated Vega 8 Graphics of the CPU is another good part of the CPU. This iGPU is capable to play 2020 and even 2021 games at low to medium quality with up to 1080p games resolution. Thanks to the Vega 8’s 512 Shaders (=8 CUs) and up to 1,900 MHz iGPU’s speed.
However at the end of the day, this Acer Swift 3 model is not a gaming laptop with dedicated hardware, so you cannot compare it to a dedicated gamer’s device. That being said, if you want to do mostly intensive gaming, opt for a gamer laptop such as this one or the Acer Swift X model that comes with a dedicated Graphics card, the RTX GPU.
LPDDR4X & Swift SSD
There is 8GB of LPDDR4X memory inside this laptop. The LPDDR4X RAM is the updated version of Low Power DDR (LPDDR4) modules which is developed for lightweight laptops, to reduce power consumption even more. What is even more impressive about this memory module, the LPDDR4X can reach up to 4267 MHz memory speed instead of 3200 MHz, but it operates at even lower power consumption. This SF314-43-R2YY thin & light laptop has this LPDDR4X RAM module.
Combined with the new CPU & Vega iGPU, as well as the fast 512GB SSD, the 8GB RAM this thin device is more than adequate to perform daily PC tasks and casual gaming. Games like Red Dead 2, Assasins Creed Valhalla, and Cyberpunk are playable in medium settings.
It is not as powerful as your gaming tower, but you can take it anywhere and you won’t need to lug around its charger.
Other Good Stuff
Other than being pretty snappy, this laptop has many good features onboard that we can’t skip over. Let’s list the other good stuff that comes with this lightweight package.
100% sRGB IPS Panel
If you like to edit your photos and videos on the go, you will like the screen on this SF314-43-R2YY laptop. It’s a 14″ Full-HD IPS display, which is the optimal size for portability, and it has thin bezels. The screen-to-body ratio measures 85.75% which means you’ll have more viewing real estate with the screen. The 100% sRGB color gamut gives you more color accuracy, and the 300 nits brightness level gives you great brightness.
Despite the thin bezel, it still includes the basic 720p HD built-in webcam which can get the job done if you need to use Zoom, Skype, or a few other video chat activities.
The anti-glare coating cares for your eye health, and it also reduces eyestrain should you often use your laptop for an extended time. The screen of this laptop is the second top highlight after the CPU.
Outstanding Battery life
Acer equips this Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 7 5700U model with 65W maximum power supply wattage. Combined with eco-friendly components, this device can give you a very good battery life. Depending on what you are doing with the laptop, adjusting some settings will give you more battery life. For example, with the battery-saving mode, you can get up to 12 hours. In multi-thread tasks and gaming, expect lower battery life.
The capability to fast charge is also very helpful. You just need less than one hour to get it fully charged from the 30% battery left over.
The unit we are reviewing here comes with a backlit keyboard. If you often use your laptop in a dark room, this feature is a plus, which helps you see the keys in lower-light environments. Due to its compact size, it does not come with a number pad, but the keys are very well-spaced and easy to use.
The trackpad is large and off-center to the left which gives you more space for your palm rest. This trackpad also features a Windows precision driver which works smoothly.
Overall, the keyboard has more than average build quality.
Convenient Fingerprint Reader
The SF314-43-R2YY ships with a Fingerprint reader which you can locate on the lower right-hand side below your keyboard keys. This feature integrates with Windows OS which enables you to log in to your desktop in seconds. The functionality of this feature is as effective as any on your mobile phone.
It’s a convenient feature to log in, however, you can disable it if you don’t like it.
There are modern I/Os with this Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 7 5700U model. It features 1x HDMI, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port. The USB-C is a DisplayPort so you can output video, and you can do high-speed data transfer up to 10 Gbps. What’s more, you can also use the USB-C port for charging as it supports Power Delivery.
Do you also want to connect your laptop to your TV or another larger monitor? No problem, this laptop has a full-size HDMI port so you can do those cool stuff whenever you want.
Adding to this good stuff we have mentioned, this notebook also has an Audio combo jack, Kensington Lock, DTS Audio speaker, Alexa compatibility, Wi-FI 6, and Bluetooth 5.2.
Is this a solid choice?
If you are looking for a good laptop that can offer power and stellar battery life in a fine package, this Ryzen 7 5700U-powered laptop is a solid choice. It is a stylish device that can perform well in both day-to-day and casual gaming tasks.
The additional features like the Fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, 100sRGB IPS panel, and USB-C charging support are things that a lot of users want to have. And for this price in the era of chip shortage, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-43-R2YY is a great complete computer.