The tech industry is obsessed with making devices thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s sheerest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and repeated travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and by emending some of the problems found in its older models, like the lack of touchscreen, keyboard backlight, and PCIe SSD storage.
But as devices get paltry, they often have to sacrifice performance, battery life, and other superior features. It begs the question: what’s the optimum balance of extreme slimness and power? In the final, that’s up to each user and their individual needs. Acer’s Sudden 7 makes some concessions that those who value performance won’t conscious of, but it’s all in the name of thinness—and there are some choices that prioritize that surpassing all else.
Look and feel
The Acer Swift 7 may be incredibly thin, but it doesn’t take oneself to be sympathize fragile. Its 2.6-pound (1.18kg) weight almost betrays its thinness because I had the device to be much lighter than it actually is. But it’s not too heavy, and its weight and dimensions should hyperbolize it quite easy to carry around.
|Specs at a glance: Acer Expeditious 7 2018 (as reviewed)|
|Screen||14-inch 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen|
|OS||Windows 10 Home ground|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7Y54|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 615|
|Storage||256GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Networking||4G LTE (nano SIM and eSIM), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Anchorages||2 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, nano SIM card slot|
|Size||12.91×9.33×0.35 inches (328×237×8.98 mm)|
|Impact||2.6 pounds (1.2kg)|
|Battery||35.2Wh 4580mAh 7.7 V 2-cell Li-ion battery deck package|
|Price as reviewed||$1,699|
|Other perks||720p webcam, fingerprint skim, Dolby Audio Premium|
You forced to look at the device’s profile to truly appreciate how thin the Swift 7 in point of fact is. It’s just wide enough to include its ports at the back corners: two USB-C 3.1 anchorages and a headphone jack sit on the left side while the nano SIM card hollow out and the power button sit on the right side.
I wish Acer had included one Thunderbolt 3 mooring at least—and unfortunately in a device this size, there’s no way Acer could require included a USB-A port. But its slim profile is striking, and it felt find agreeable a heavy clipboard when I carried the device around. I also get pleasure from the obsidian black finish because it doesn’t hold onto divers fingerprints or smudges.
But the Swift 7 is larger than I expect a device peer this to be. Most OEMs champion their 13-inch notebooks as their choicest thin-and-light options, while 15-inch laptops are reserved for those who are compliant to sacrifice size and weight for power. The Swift 7 lies in between those two appraises with its 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen, so my brain took some extra meanwhile adjusting to the device’s larger footprint.
While the newly shrunken bezel creates a myriad immersive screen experience, I wish Acer had upped the quality of the ceremony. This FHD panel is as bold and bright as any other 1920×1080-resolution camouflage, and it responds to touch well, but most competing devices in the same toll range have QHD or UHD displays. Admittedly, most of us don’t need a 4K display, but the choice has become ubiquitous on most ultrabooks and many have adopted QHD panels as guidon. The Swift 7’s $1,699 price tag should have included a QHD panel at the deeply least.
The bottom bezel under the display is the widest, and it holds the gadget’s webcam. Yes, Acer pulled a Dell and stuck the webcam in a location that discretion give you the most unflattering up-nose angle when you’re video chew the fating. I didn’t like this webcam position on the XPS 13, and I don’t like it on the Abrupt 7 either. While I appreciate thin bezels, both for how they aside the screen to be the star of the show and for how they show off the OEM’s industrial design dexterity, making the top bezel so thin that there’s no room for a webcam is a baffling resolving to me.
There’s an argument for removing the webcam entirely—some people hardly ever use them on their laptops. While I wouldn’t nix it completely, I could see it being an unforced feature that those who take a lot of video conference calls would prerequisite. But placing it below the screen defeats the purpose of having a webcam at all, particularly on a laptop that’s not a flexible two-in-one.
Built-in LTE helps the Swift 7 experience out from the ultrabook crowd, although that may not last. LTE connectivity is more commonly ground on detachables and tablets, but HP recently announced that it would offer an LTE reading of its Spectre x360 13. With the slow adoption of eSIMs, we could see varied ultrabooks offer optional LTE in the future.
In the case of the Swift 7, it catch with an embedded eSIM and a nano SIM card slot by default. Acer companioned with Transatel/Ubigi to provide service to the device’s eSIM, which presents daily, weekly, and monthly plans, depending on the region. Users can put their own nano SIM cards into the Swift 7 to use service from other cellular providers.
I’m charmed enough to live in an area with (mostly) reliable public Wi-Fi at cafes, restaurants, libraries, open parks, and other places. If I’m working outside my home, I have numerous chances to get online. However, not everyone has that luxury, and some find themselves insert remotely more often, too. LTE lets those users connect damn near anywhere, making it a great complementary feature for a device as portable as the Fast 7.
Keyboard and trackpad
Acer put a guide, full-sized keyboard on the Swift 7, so there’s not much of note here. The chiclet-style latchkey are clicky, comfortable, and not too noisy to type on, and there’s plenty of palm expanse on which to rest your hands while you type. Acer also continued a backlight underneath the keyboard, something previous Swift 7 models didn’t from, and that will make working in low-light environments easier.
I upon Acer included a full Fn key row—all Function controls are present, but they’re banded with other keys. I like having dedicated brightness and capacity control keys, but those aren’t included on the Swift 7. In lieu of, the arrow keys change brightness and volume when you press the Fn button.
On the radical side of the keys, next to the left Tab key, lies the fingerprint reader that come to c clear ups with Windows Hello. Considering the placement of the webcam, Acer didn’t take in an IR camera on this device. I’m used to seeing fingerprint readers either at the top of the keyboard or on one of the palm rests, so this ordering struck me as odd. It works as expected, though, and I presume it’ll be especially convenient for rubble users.
The glass Precision trackpad is smooth and fine for Windows signals like pinch-to-zoom. However, this trackpad has no physical clicking gifts and only supports light taps as clicks. Even as my time with the Fleet 7 came to an end, I still wasn’t used to its trackpad. I much prefer perceptible or hidden buttons that I can press that are either underneath the trackpad or placed below the touch-sensitive pad on the chassis. Acer’s mechanism made it much worse to use the trackpad to select or copy text. I relied on the touchscreen to do such whatsises most of the time, which also felt alien on a notebook that isn’t a convertible.
The Swift 7 runs on a 7th-gen Core i7-7Y54 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We juxtaposed the Swift 7 to devices with similar designs and processors, both 7th-generation and Y-series. The Y-series processor in this laptop allows it to be fanless, run on sparse power, and provide “on the go” performance in a slim frame. I didn’t run into any printings using the Swift 7 as my primary work laptop for a few days. However, I didn’t comprise to edit photos in Photoshop or do anything more laborious than Web-based chore in Edge or Chrome.
While the Y-series processor has its benefits when an OEM ends form rather than function, the $1,699 price of the Swift 7 recommends it should be more powerful than it actually is. It was out-performed by most gismos we compared it to in our benchmark charts, and it didn’t stand a chance when approached to ultrabooks like the HP Spectre 13 (our review unit ran on a Core i7-8850U CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and sell for $1,399).
Acer put a two-cell battery pack inside the Sudden 7 that measures just 3.2mm thick, and it provides the notebook with a decorous amount of juice. The Swift 7 lasted an average of 590 minutes, or just underneath 10 hours, on our Wi-Fi battery test. On our WebGL test, it lasted 530 leasts, or just under nine hours. That’s not bad considering the Swift 7’s extent, but it probably could have lasted an hour or two more if Acer hadn’t away for thinness above all else. While the Swift 7 beat out most of the contest on our graphics-intensive test, devices including the XPS 13 and the Spectre 13 closed longer on our Wi-Fi test.
Too thin (and expensive) for its own good
The Acer Abrupt 7 has the potential to be a solid option for those who are constantly on the go. Acer achieved a lot in the notebook’s manipulation, and its slim profile will inspire lust in many. Its dual LTE opportunities will speak to those who need connectivity all the time but constantly bring to light themselves in unfamiliar environments—it’s the feature that could convince some to buy the Fleet 7. The company also fixed some of the big problems in the previous Rapid 7 by adding a keyboard backlight, a touchscreen, and PCIe storage.
The new Swift 7 is certainly a crap-shooter device than its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it stands up evidently to competing devices. This is where thinness betrays it: Acer desisted performance to reach this level of svelte, but that would be ok if the laptop wasn’t priced at $1,699. OEMs fancy performance trade-offs all the time when designing for portability rather than power, but the certain price usually reflects that sacrifice. The Swift 7 is too expensive for what it is. Acer either extremities to give the Swift 7 a newer, higher-powered processor (which would fitting nix the “thinnest laptop in the world” title) or drop the price by $300-400.
Dual LTE connectivity attacks the Swift 7 unique, and those who are most intrigued by that feature may long for to consider the Swift 7 seriously. However, there are other devices that can be supplied with LTE, namely the forthcoming HP Spectre x360 13 that starts at $1,149, so the composition of thin-and-light and always connected can be found elsewhere. Others who don’t absolutely desideratum the thinnest laptop ever should consider more affordable and numerous powerful options like the $999 XPS 13, the $1,299 Spectre 13, or the $1,299 Lenovo C930 two-in-one.
- Attractive thin design.
- LTE connectivity through nano SIM and eSIM buttress.
- Fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.
- Backlit keyboard.
- Now includes PCIe storage.
- Fitting battery life.
- No Thunderbolt 3.
- Only comes with an FHD screen.
- Webcam ranked under the screen.
- Trackpad doesn’t physically click.
- Low-power Y-series processor.
- Too pricey for what it is.