Acer Swift Go 14 OLED review: a light and powerful workhorse of a laptop

The inconspicuous-looking Acer Swift Go 14 may surprise you with its powerful performance...

An Acer Swift Go 14 OLED laptop on a black background
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Our Verdict

This lightweight laptop brings a good level of spec and a bright OLED screen while managing to keep its price at a reasonable level. It's an attractive machine in a compact package and should do well for most image editing and design tasks, though the lack of a dedicated graphics chip will force some to look elsewhere.

For

  • Powerful enough spec
  • Reasonable price
  • Lightweight

Against

  • Integrated graphics only
  • Keyboard could feel better
  • No Ethernet port

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The 14-inch laptop is a relatively recent invention that makes the most of modern display technology to fit more screen and less bezel in the same sort of space you’d once have expected from a 13-inch model. It doesn’t exactly bridge the gap between 13-inch and 15-inch laptops, but instead pushes the 13-inchers down to notebook or budget level.

At just 1.25kg the Acer Swift Go is an extremely portable laptop with a dazzling OLED 16:10 display that makes the best of the 14-inch form factor and carries a very decent array of ports. It is, however, a little bit thick when closed, a drawback that may only become relevant if you’re very pushed for space when travelling.

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CPU:Intel Core i7-13700H
RAM:16GB LPDDR5
GPU:Intel Iris Xe
Storage:1TB SSD
Screen:14in 2880x1800 16:10 OLED, 90Hz non-touch
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, Micro SD, headset jack
Battery:65Wh
Dimensions:15 x 313 x 218mm
Weight:1.25kg
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Acer Swift Go 14 OLED review: Benchmark scoring
Cinebench R23:Multi-core: 10,069Single-core: 1,533
PCMark 10:Total: 10,767Battery test: 8h 23m
Geekbench 6 CPU:Multi-core: 8,681Single-core: 2,157
Geekbench 6 GPU:16,457Row 3 - Cell 2
Handbrake:7m 10sRow 4 - Cell 2
The Verdict
4

out of 10

Acer Swift Go 14

This lightweight laptop brings a good level of spec and a bright OLED screen while managing to keep its price at a reasonable level. It's an attractive machine in a compact package and should do well for most image editing and design tasks, though the lack of a dedicated graphics chip will force some to look elsewhere.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.