Introducing, a new laptop from Acer. This is the Acer Swift Go 14 and it is the successor of the Acer Swift 3 series from before. This is a rather powerful yet beautiful laptop for those who prioritize mobility. The one we have here is the AMD version and comes packed with the latest Ryzen 7 chip too – but is it a good laptop? Let’s find out.
Okay, this laptop is really sleek in terms of its design. Very minimalist and rather simple in terms of its build quality too.
Opening the lid reveals a pretty standard but still beautiful 14-inch IPS LCD screen with the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and 60Hz refresh rate. The display can cover 95.63% of sRGB color gamut while having a maximum delta E of just about 1.02. It can also go up to around 360 nits brightness maximum. While that might not sound impressive, this is actually a very tiny laptop, actually.
It is a 14-inch screen crammed into a 13-inch laptop body, and Acer shrunk the bezels at the side to its absolute thinnest without compromising the build quality.
Such a small form factor also affects the keyboard and trackpad. I honestly do wish the trackpad is a bit taller but I don’t think there is enough space to move things around anyway. What I am impressed by is the palm rejection. It never failed once before – and I’m liking this.
The keyboard is actually very good. All the keys are uncompromised in terms of size – except for a few keys and especially the arrow key cluster – and the travel distance is still really satisfying.
I also realized that the power button at the top right corner doubles as a fingerprint scanner too. It will temporarily save your fingerprint when you press on it to power up the laptop, then instantly log you in when it fully boots. Very convenient.
Now, for the performance. Our particular unit has the model number “SFG14-41-R3ZM” and the specs are listed below:
- AMD Ryzen 7 7730U
- AMD Radeon integrated graphics
- 16GB LPDDR4X RAM at 4266MT/s
- 512GB of SSD
Now, I’m not sure what’s the integrated graphics is based on which architecture as AMD’s website just states “AMD Radeon Graphics”, I can tell you that the performance is rather okay. I can get around 50-ish FPS in Genshin Impact with the lowest graphical settings.
Even though this laptop does not have a discrete GPU, Acer packed in dual copper heatpipes and dual fans into this laptop. They’re calling it the “TwinAir Cooling” design and honestly, having two fans means both fans can run at lower RPM to provide the same level as cooling, hence sucking in less dust, less noise, and also less wear on the fans themselves. Realistically speaking though, that Ryzen 7 7730U can’t use the full cooling capabilities of this TwinAir Cooling design.
When you’re not gaming though, it can obviously do everything ranging from web browsing, Spotify, YouTube, Microsoft Office, Teams or Zoom call without any issues at all. You can technically edit some simple videos on this laptop too.
Now then, how’s the battery life? That is something interesting. The 50Wh battery inside this laptop can last you through 7-8 hours on a single charge without breaking a sweat.
Charging the laptop though – is an interesting one. It comes with a USB-C charger and of course, I didn’t use the included charger and used my own Ugreen GaN charger instead. It works the same.
Then, let’s look at the ports available. The position of each of the ports is fairly good, though I’d like to have one of those USB-C ports on the right side so I can plug in the charger from either side. Otherwise, the ports are very simple and straightforward.
While I do want to open up the laptop to see what is upgradable, I can’t. There is a warranty sticker – which is enforceable in Malaysia by the way, and the RAM is soldered anyway. I presume the only thing that we can actually change is the SSD and the WiFi card.
The WiFi card is something that I won’t be upgrading since it already comes with a very good one. It’s the AMD RZ616 WiFi-6E card that was co-developed with MediaTek. So far, I have not encountered any issues with this WiFi card and I’m actually pleasantly surprised with it.
Should you buy the Acer Swift Go 14 AMD laptop?
And finally – for this exact configuration that we have here, it is priced at RM3,999. I think this laptop is a bit expensive for what it’s asking for.
I recommend you to look at this other variant that still has 16GB RAM but using the AMD Ryzen 5 7530U chip instead and it is priced at RM3,399 only. There will be some differences in terms of the extra-demanding tasks but if you’re using it for web browsing, Spotify, YouTube, Microsoft Office, video calls and all of those stuff – then it should be fine.