The 2018 Edition of the IFA 2018 event will go down in history as one of the most memorable edition of the event ever held. The event saw the birth to many groundbreaking innovations from many laptop and Notebook manufacturers. Lenovo, for example, announced the monstrous 64GB RAM ThinkPad X1 Xtreme to rival Apple’s MacBook Pro 15 and the Yoga Book 2 with no physical keyboard. It is in the light of groundbreaking innovations that Acer also announced a version of its Swift 7 ultra-slim notebook.
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Dubbed the “World’s Thinnest Laptop”, the Acer Swift 7 released at the IFA 2018 serves as an upgrade to the model unveiled at the CES 2018. The latest Acer Swift 7 (in this overview) comes with slimmer chassis, edge-to-edge display, redesigned keyboard, and a couple of other interesting features that books it a place at the top of the “best slimmest laptops” chart.
Acer Swift 7 Key Specifications
- Dimension — 12.91 x 9.33 x 0.35 inches (32.8 x 23.7 x 0.89 cm)
- Display — 14-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) CineCrystal IPS touchscreen display
- Weight — 1.18 kg (2.6 pounds)
- CPU — 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 3.6GHz)
- Operating system — Windows 10
- Graphics (GPU) — Intel HD Graphics 615
- RAM — 8GB LPDDR3
- Storage — 256GB NVMe SSD
- Connectivity — Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Camera — HD (720p) webcam with dual microphones
- Ports — 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), headset jack
Not only is the Acer Swift 7 scintillatingly designed to radiate how svelte-ness should be executed on a laptop, it also is as simple as it comes. Can’t picture how slim the Swift 7 is? The bottom chassis and top lip is just as slim as the iPhone X.
The entirety of the Swift 7’s body is made from black CNC aluminum, giving it an admirable outer aesthetic. On a slab, table, or a flat surface, the Acer Swift 7 almost seem like a piece of metal with a sliver ‘Acer’ logo and 2 hinges that can go 180° backwards and forward.
Compared to the earlier Swift 7, this latest model comes with edge-to-edge display as a result of Acer shrinking the bezels to effect a 15 percent size reduction. Don’t get confused, it still comes with the same 14-inch Full HD display, on a smaller an slimmer body though. Due to the shrunken (4.27mm) bezels, the webcam on the Acer Swift 7 has been moved below the display — a totally awkward position.
The Swift 7 sports a comfortable chiclet (or island-style) type of keyboard where the keys are in the shape of small squares with rounded corners and straight sides. Unlike the old Swift 7, the keyboard on this verison is backlit but has a shallow keypress. To the left of the keyboard is a fingerprint reader for biometric login via Windows Hello.
Below the keyboard is a big (4.8 x 2.5-inch) touchpad that doesn’t click, made of Gorilla Glass, and comes with support for Windows multi-touch gestures. The absence of physical click in the touchpad might take some time getting acquainted to but the surface is smooth and touches are super responsive and accurate… and you’d get used to it.
As it is with many slim laptops out there, sacrifices has to be made in the ports department. The Acer Swift 7 comes with only two USB-C ports located on the device’s left-hand side alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack. The power button and a Nano SIM slot (yes, the laptop is 4G LTE compatible) are the only occupants of the Swift 7’s right side.
Underneath the Swift 7 modern finely-constructed body is a getting-out-of-date 7th generation Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor that gives cheaper and equally-priced rival slim laptops (with 8th-Gen Intel chips) an edge over it in terms of performance. It will, however, do pretty well handling basic and even heavy operations. The Y-series Intel chip used on Acer Swift 7 is specifically made for slim, low power laptop designed without fans.
Battery-wise, the Swift 7, according to Acer, can supply up to 10 hours of usage time on a full charge. The battery is said to be a two-cell lithium-ion battery which, unlike regular Laptop batteries, is 23-percent slimmer.
The Acer Swift 7 is a $1,699 ultra-slim laptop that is just about thick as your smartphone. The edge-to-edge display, redefined touchpad, LTE support, and fingerprint reader are other plus sides to the Swift 7. Though the position of the webcam might be weird, and the touchpad design might take time wrapping ones head around, the Acer Swift 7 ultra-slim design is worth the price it sells for. It is suitable for use by students, business individuals, creatives, and professionals in search of a portable PC.