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Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin

Acer's updated Swift 7 Ultrabook is once again the 'thinnest computer in the world' Acer Swift 7 (2018) initial review: The laptop gets smartphone thin
Allan Lindsey | 09 January, 2018, 01:03

Acer sells a wide variety of notebooks at any given time, so it's no surprise that the company announced a number of new models at CES this year.

Acer's announcements at the CES 2018 press briefing include the new Swift 7. The laptops are an upgrade to Acer's Windows 10 lineups - Swift 7, Nitro 5, and Spin 3, and Chromebook 11. For this comparison, Acer has considered the clamshell laptop designs in the market with macOS and Windows.

As far as specifications are concerned, the Swift 7 spots a 14-inch Full HD IPS touch display with the resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass.

The screen nearly floats above the keyboard, with a noticeable gap between the two - you'll either love it or hate it, but those hinges do keep things thin. Its 0.35-inch thickness is 0.04 inches less than the 2017 Swift 7, 0.06 inches less than the HP Spectre 13, a full 0.11 inches slimmer than the new Dell XPS 13 9370 and a whopping 0.17 inches thinner than the Apple MacBook. The Swift 7 is an always-connected PC running Windows 10 and is as thin as 8.98 mm.

The Swift 7, however, has the combination of an easy-to-carry laptop and the 4G LTE connectivity, which is still now very rare in the market.

On the connectivity front, the Acer Chromebook 11 has two USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth v4.2, and 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi in addition to the two USB Type-C ports. Alongside the chip is 256GB of PCIe-based solid state drive and 8GB LPDDR3 RAM alongside fingerprint reader. The Spin 3 notebook notably has an eighth-generation Intel Core processor that is absent on the Swift 7. The gaming laptop, Acer Nitro 5 will hit North America in April with a base price of $799 and EMEA in April this year.

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It will be available in the U.S. from April 2018 at a starting price of $1,699 (approximately Rs1,07,538).

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.

What's more, Acer's also given the Nitro 5 a refreshed look with laser etched top lid.

The Chromebook 11 will be available from £259 and will come to the United Kingdom in March 2018.

Last, but not least, the new Acer Chromebook 11 brags about its up to 10 hours of battery life, fanless design, Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of eMMC storage, and Two USB 3.1 Type-C ports.

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