Pulling out the Acer Swift 7 is like doing an ideal get together trick at a bar. Do you wish to see simply how skinny a laptop computer can get? Everyone nods and also you reveal the 8.98mm thick (at these sizes, you actually do have to separate hairs) laptop computer, which seems to be much more spectacular due to the large 14-inch display. The crowd oohs and ahhs, and everybody walks off, nodding their heads in appreciation.

But, as my colleague Lori Grunin has identified on a number of events, a super-lightweight laptop computer beats a super-thin laptop computer any day of the week. Here, the Swift 7 is merely common, at 2.6 kilos, a bit heavier than the two.Four pound HP Spectre, which can be its closest direct competitor in design. That very skinny 13-inch laptop computer is 10.4mm thick, and despite the fact that it is solely a hair over a 1mm in distinction, you may nonetheless simply inform when stacking them facet by facet.

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The 10.4mm HP Spectre on the left, and the 8.98mm Acer Swift 7 on the correct. 


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That’s nice and all, however being the thinnest laptop computer on the town is not sufficient to maintain my curiosity after the that preliminary first impression. What’s extra spectacular is that I truly beloved utilizing the Swift 7 as my predominant all-day, every-day laptop computer for many of the previous two weeks.

It manages to incorporate a brilliant 14-inch full-HD show, and one which’s additionally a touchscreen — which is not all the time a given within the thinnest laptops. The backlit keyboard in all fairness typable, nonetheless on the shallow facet, however not as a lot in order a MacBook Pro. A big touchpad provides multi-touch gestures, together with the all-important two-finger scroll, which might be about pretty much as good as you will get on a Windows laptop computer. But beware: Because this laptop computer is so skinny, the touchpad is simply that — a pad. It does not click on down, so every thing is finished by means of tapping.

As one may anticipate, it is not for the budget-conscious shopper, at $1,699 or £1,499 within the UK. This mannequin is not accessible in Australia but, however the value works out to round AU$2,299

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Acer Swift 7 (SF714-51T)

Price as reviewed $1,699
Display measurement/decision 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 contact show
PC CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75
PC Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz
Graphics 128MB devoted Intel HD Graphics 615
Storage 256GB SSD
Networking 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.TK
Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

That super-thin HP Spectre I discussed earlier than frankly beats the Swift 7 in a number of classes. The total design is nicer, with a novel white-and-gold coloration scheme and funky little visible touches all over the place from the speaker grille to the facility button. It’s additionally sooner, with a mainstream U-series eighth-gen Core i7 CPU, versus the older seventh-gen Y-series model right here. One additional level to the Spectre — it is webcam is above the show, whereas the Swift 7 goes for the notorious up-the-nose webcam beneath the display.

But the Swift 7 received me over with its bigger display, silent, fanless operation and 180-degree lie-flat hinge. It’s additionally obtained 4G LTE assist, must you wish to shell out slightly additional every month to keep away from tethering to your telephone.

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