ACER SWIFT 7 - THIS WEEK’S WORLD’S THINNEST LAPTOP

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by Rob Follis

9th January, 2018

ACER SWIFT 7 - THIS WEEK’S WORLD’S THINNEST LAPTOP

Is thin in? At CES 2018 this week, Acer introduced the new Swift 7, claiming it as the world’s thinnest laptop, running on Intel® Core™ processors and with built-in Intel® 4G LTE connectivity.

The utility of ‘thinness’ is questionable, and undoubtedly someone will shave another millimetre off their new model shortly.

But at just 8.98mm thin this new Acer is undoubtedly a sexy machine, with supposedly all-day battery life despite the lack of space for a large battery.

That battery life, 4G connectivity, and the touchscreen make it pretty attractive for the wealthy tech traveller. Mind you, looking at the starting price tag of USD $1,699 one could also choose a MacBook, MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo Yoga 920. None as thin, but possibly better performing, although none have 4G built-in.

CES 2018 Acer Swift 7

 

Jerry Kao, President of IT Products Business of Acer Inc. said:

We're extremely proud to make the world's thinnest laptop even thinner with the new Swift 7,

Building on the engineering breakthroughs from the previous generation, the new Swift 7 steps up the game with an even slimmer chassis, powerful performance and always-on 4G LTE connectivity for professionals on the go.

CONNECTED - Built-in Intel XMM 4G LTE connectivity keeps the Swift always-connected and in addition to a Nano SIM card slot, the Swift 7 features eSIM technology, allowing download and activation of eSIM profiles.

The Swift 7 ships with up to 1 GB of free data valid for one month in 48 countries, to help users get started immediately. 802.11ac wireless with 2x2 MIMO provides reliable and fast Wi-Fi connections.

Acer Swift 7

INSIDE - Powered by a slightly ageing, 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, the Swift 7 provides enough performance to make Windows 10 work properly and delivers up to a claimed 10 hours of battery life.

A decent basic spec with 256 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory is plenty for simple stuff, if not for Photoshop. A fingerprint reader allows password-free, secure sign-in through Windows Hello.

OUTSIDE - The Swift 7’s aluminium chassis is pleasing to the eye with a matte black look that for once is not a MacBook photocopy.

The Full HD IPS5 display has been upgraded to 14-inches but is still only 1080p. A Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ touchscreen and touchpad, backlit keyboard and USB-C sockets round out the package. Good specs but not outstanding.

The Acer Swift 7 will be available globally in March / April that we guess to be around AUD $2000 - $2500 judging by the Euro 1699 & USD 1699 prices.

GadgetNET says: Slim, sexy, matte black and 4G make the Swift 7 hard to resist, but the price would make us think twice and check the competition.

For more information visit Acer.

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Tags: acer  ces 2018 

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Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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