HP, ASUS and Lenovo have all unveiled their take on Microsoft's always-connected PC, and it's time for Acer to throw its hat into the ring. The company's offering is not just the thinnest in the category but is also the skinniest laptop in the world at the price of $1,699. The Swift 7 (2018) with 8.98mm (0.35 inches) certainly cuts a striking profile that I couldn't help but stare at.
The Swift 7 was already extremely thin at just 10.16mm but the firm has managed to shave the framework down to 8.98mm. A thin profile also equates to a lightweight product and the Swift 7 is a true featherweight at around 1.2kg – the previous model was 1.12kg. This is because of a few things but mainly the addition of a touchscreen. The screen can fold back 180 degrees from the shut position. That means it’s not a 2-in-1 but is certainly flexible.
You won’t find any traditional USB ports here and certainly nothing like HDMI or Ethernet. Instead, you’ll find a pair of USB-C ports, headphone jack and on the other side is a power button and a nano-SIM slot.
Acer Swift 7 (2018)
Despite being a few hundred pounds more expensive, the Swift 7 for 2018 comes with a 7th-generation Intel processor. It has Core i7 chip which is an upgrade from the Core i5 in the previous Swift 7, with 256GB of storage and 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
The webcam has been moved to below the screen to allow for the size jump and Acer has also added a fingerprint scanner to the left of the keyboard for Windows Hello log in. 4G LTE connectivity on a laptop will be extremely handy for some users and the Swift 7 also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a 2x2 MIMO antenna at the bottom of the lid with the battery life of 10 hours.
The Acer Swift 7 for 2018 might not be perfect but it's an amazingly thin laptop that will no doubt be a great choice for those looking for a travel companion.