The title of world’s thinnest notebook changes hands on a fairly regular basis. The most recent recipient – at least, by its own proclamation – is Acer. If you’re a sucker for razor-thin portables, you’ll certainly want to take a close look at Acer’s latest creation.
The Acer Swift 7 features a 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen operating at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 that’s coated in Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Under the hood is a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor (two cores, four threads) clocked at 1.20GHz (Turbo up to 3.20GHz), 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 256GB solid state drive.
Other notable specifications include 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,280 x 720 resolution HDR webcam, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and a 4-cell, 2,770mAh battery with a maximum runtime of nine hours. It ships with a copy of Windows 10 Home pre-installed, the de facto standard these days.
The Swift 7 measures just 0.39 inches (roughly 9.9mm) thin with an approximate weight of 2.48 pounds. It’s available in just one color scheme – a matte black exterior with gold inner surfaces.
Creating a thin notebook like the Swift 7 isn’t without compromise. As we’ve seen from other manufacturers, amenities such as full-sized USB ports, a dedicated power jack and DisplayPort / HDMI are size prohibitive meaning the two USB 3.1 Type-C ports must wear multiple hats (video-out / charging / peripherals).
The Acer Swift 7 is available as of writing from Acer’s website with a one-year limited warranty for $1,099.99. Acer says additional configurations will be rolling out over the next few weeks.