Nowadays, tech companies aspire to build the thinnest yet powerful modern devices. From smartphones to personal computing devices like tablets and laptops, it seems every company is competing to have the “slimmest” device out on the market. For consumers like us, aside from being slim, it needs to be stylish as well as keep up with our needs, certainly to justify the price tag. Taiwan based technology company Acer has just snagged the title this year for coming up with the slimmest laptop in the world. Is it any good? Here is my take on the Acer Swift 7.
What’s in the box
The Acer Swift 7 comes in a hard box and includes the following;
USB Type C to USB 3.0 Adapter
USB Type C to HDMI Adapter
Build and Design
The biggest selling point of the Acer Swift 7 is its very thin profile. Measuring at just a hairline less than 1 cm it is the current title holder of the world’s thinnest notebook. To help you visualize just how slim the Swift 7 is, I stacked up five (one) 1 peso coins on top of each other. That’s about how slim it is at its thickest.
This metal built, gold and black ultrabook is also one of the lightest at around 2.5 lbs. Just imagine a laptop you can fit and carry with you on a brown envelope. Crazy right? No wonder it was awarded by the Japan Good Design for 2016.
To achieve its ultra-thin profile, Acer decided to forego certain connectivity ports and peripherals others may or may not find as deal breakers. There is no DVD Player, no traditional USB ports, missing HDMI port or even an Ethernet port. Instead, the Swift 7 uses two 5 Gigabit USB 3.1 Type C ports for power, display output, and data transfer. It still has a 3.5mm headset jack. That’s’ about it. It comes with adapters that you can attach to the Type C ports.
The keyboard keys are amply spaced and is ok, not the best keyboard I have used, but is tactile enough. To maintain its slim profile, the keys are raised slightly lower so key travel time when pressed is comparatively faster than most keyboard on regular laptops. Too bad the keyboard lacks backlight so typing in a dark room can be challenging. In terms of the touchpad, it is the widest I have seen measuring 5.5 inches by 3 inches and is very responsive. There is definitely lots of room for swiping gestures. It also has physical buttons cleverly concealed with no indicators.
This 13.3 incher has full HD Display using IPS Technology and has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. As expected of ultrabooks at this price range, colors are very snappy and gamut representations are on point. I have no qualms about the display as it is very vivid. Watching HD movies and series in a dark room is nothing short of an immersive experience. It also has a built in blue light filter to lessen the fatigue on the eyes when used for prolonged periods.
The Swift 7 packs a 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, combined with 8GB of RAM. For its storage, it has a 256GB SATA3 solid state drive and ships with Windows 10 out of the box. With its moniker, you’d think this is a laptop built for speed, sadly that is not quite the case here. The dual core processor is power efficient and while it’s good news, it has its effects on the overall performance.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not slow and you can still be productive with the Swift 7. Drafting reports and presentations, watching series, photo editing, browsing the internet and other light tasks are not a problem thanks to the built in Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, but don’t expect too much on the performance for heavy gaming or using it for video editing. Overall, it’s not sluggish for general use but users may experience performance bottleneck for heavy usage.
The dual stereo speaker is placed at both the left and right sides, facing downwards. The sound quality is OK. The speakers are not too loud and become distorted, producing static sounds if put to full volume. Don’t expect too much on the speaker output and I recommend using quality speakers or headsets for watching videos.
A while ago, I mentioned that the Core i5 dual core processor is power efficient, drawing less juice which affects the performance during heavy usage. It’s a dilemma of every manufacturer how to juggle style, performance and battery efficiency. As you may have guessed it, Acer decided to prioritize style and battery efficiency. With that said, I must point out that the Acer Swift 7 has a very solid battery life. The Swift 7 boasts of a nine-hour battery life, with a small fine print “depending on use”. During our test on regular usage of watching series, and occasional browsing the net, we got close to more than 7 hours’ screen on time. Not bad for a laptop you can fit in a brown envelope. Since The swift 7 has an aluminum chassis, it does get a little warm on prolonged usage but not to the point that it gets irritating.
The Acer Swift 7 is one of those laptops you’ll fall in love with after seeing it the first time. You might find yourself losing sleep over it, researching about it and you may eventually find yourself reading this review. It’s an engineering marvel and may define what we can expect ultrabooks will be in the coming years. It’s very portable, light weight has a wide touchpad and battery efficient. If you ever own one, you might find yourself bringing it with you with no regards for the charger. The only downside with the Swift 7 is that the performance on heavy usage and speaker output is something left to be desired as well as the non-lit keyboard, which is understandable to keep the profile as thin as possible. Hopefully, this gets addressed in the next iteration. The Acer Swift 7 is priced competitively at $1099.99.
Article first published on NewsBytes.PH
Reposted at Gear App Snap with permissions from the News Editor
Article author is the site owner