Acer reclaims world's thinnest laptop crown with the Swift 7

Delia Walker
January 9, 2018

Even the 2017 model, which we reviewed a year ago, was a whole millimetre thicker - and while that might not sound like much, the 2018 Swift 7 (codename "SF714-51T") is remarkably slender.

At the event, Acer has made an impressive impact with its three updated launches.

But LTE and cellular support aside, the Acer Swift 7 commands a very heavy asking price of $1,699, which translates to roughly Rs 1,07,640 and that's just for the base model. However, you'll pay a hefty price in both dollars and trade-offs to get the world's thinnest laptop. The laptop is said to last up to 10 hours in terms of battery life.

With the help of a built-in Intel XMM modem, the 2018 Swift 7 also comes with LTE connectivity. As for connectivity, it features 802.11ac wireless technology and a USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. A15.6-inch 1080p panel compliments RAM and SSD storage which are configurable up to 32GB and 512GB.

The Swift 7's unibody aluminum chassis is pleasing to the eye and gentle to touch, ideal for modern professionals seeking a sophisticated look. Acer hasn't released a full spec sheet yet, but the laptop may be priced at $599 and will be available in February.

Finally, Acer also unveiled its new "Chromebook 11" which for the first time will incorporate USB-C ports.

While the Nitro 5 is no ROG Zephyrus, it does start at a relatively cheap $799 at launch in April.

Acer is staking out the premium business and budget ends of the laptop market with the Swift 7, billed as the world's thinnest laptop, and Acer Chromebook 11, respectively. The lightning-fast speeds of DDR4 RAM of up to 32 GB combined with the SSD means fast booting, loading and restarting in mere seconds so players can get to the action immediately.

Acer has also announced its refreshed Spin 3 (SP314-51) laptop. "At 0.4" (9 mm) thin, it's certainly a slim package, yet it still manages to house one of Intel's seventh-generation Core i7 processors and a battery that'll keep the machine going for a purported 10 hours.

Acer's casual gaming laptop, the Nitro 5 has received an iterative upgrade as well. Thanks to the powerful 8th Generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 graphics, it has the processing and graphics power to handle intensive tasks, content creation, and video streaming.

That slim design does make for some slightly odd-looking quirks, though. It now sports an AMD Radeon RX560 graphics card as well as AMD's latest Ryzen mobile processors.

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