Acer is kickstarting things at IFA 2016 with the launch of two new ultra-thin laptops; Swift 7 and Spin 7. The more interesting and thinner one of the these two is the Swift 7 which sits at 9.98mm in terms of thickness. That’s less than a centimeter and makes the Swift 7 even thinner than the recently released MacBook which is about 13.1 mm at its thickest point. Just to realize how crazy thin laptops are getting, let me point out that the Nexus 6 smartphone launched in late-2014 is thicker than this laptop.
Unlike the MacBook, the Acer Swift 7 packs some punch in terms of hardware prowess. It comes with the Intel Core i5 processor from the just released Y-series Kaby Lake lineup. The exact specifications of the processor are not known as yet but its coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage. The whole system is passively cooled hence fanless. It has two USB Type-C ports and one headphone jack. The less note worthy part of the Swift 7 is its display; a 13.3-inch full HD IPS panel.
On the outside, the Acer Swift 7 has a unibody aluminum design with black and gold color scheme which gives it a very premium look. The full size keyboard is accompanied by a trackpad which unlike anything we have previously seen in terms of size.
The laptop weighs about 1.1 kg; slightly heavier than the MacBook which sits slightly below the 1 kg mark. Another department where Swift 7 lacks behind Apple’s offering is battery life as it offers about 9 hours of use time.
The Verge has had hands-on time with the Swift 7 and according to them, despite being very thin, the laptop feels solid overall.
The Acer Swift 7 will be available in China starting tomorrow for ¥6,999 and will be launched in Europe and USA for €1,299 and $999, respectively. Considering the specifications Acer is offering along with the very thin and stylish design, the Swift 7 seems to be a very good option for people who don’t do any intensive tasks on their laptops.