Acer’s 13 inches Swift 7 laptop is super-slim, super-lightweight, and super-quiet, thanks to a fanless design. It’s a stylish laptop with one of the best keyboards of any Acer laptop, and it also features a wide, comfortable touchpad below the keys.
The Acer Swift 7 is a premium laptop that sells for about $1050, which makes it fairly expensive for a Windows laptop. And despite that relatively high price tag, it’s slower than the cheaper Acer Aspire S 13 notebook I reviewed recently. Judging from the performance, Acer Swift 7 is not as great as the competitors. We have seen the older siblings with Core M5-6Y54 offering better performance.
That’s because the Swift 7 achieves its slim, fanless design with the help of a low-power Intel Kaby Lake-Y series processor instead of the more powerful Intel U-series chips you’d typically find in a laptop in this price range.
Acer Swift 7 Review
Acer Swift 7 Review – Specification
- Screen Size- 13.3 inches
- Max Screen Resolution- 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Processor- 1.2 GHz Intel Core i5
- RAM- 8 GB LPDDR3
- Hard Drive- Flash Memory Solid State
- Card Description- Integrated
- Average Battery Life (in hours)- 9 hours
- Other Technical Details
- Brand Name- Acer
- Item model number- SF713-51-M90J
- Hardware Platform PC
- Operating System- Windows 10
- Item Weight- 2.5 pounds
- Product Dimensions- 12.8 x 9 x 0.4 inches
- Item Dimensions- L x W x H 12.78 x 9.04 x 0.39 inches
- Color- Luxury Gold
- Processor Brand- Intel
- Processor Count- 1
- Flash Memory Size- 256.0
- Optical Drive Type- None
- Batteries- 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Acer Swift 7 Review – Design
Swift 7 is only 9.98 mm thin. The 13.3-inch FHD IPS display packs full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It’s got a rigid aluminum chassis with an ergonomic design that brings a huge advantage to those longing for a light notebook for work and plays.
Under the hood, a whopping 8 GB of RAM is paired with 256 GB of internal memory, Wired reported. Acer Swift 7 is powered by Intel Kaby Lake chip that clocks at 1.2 GHz. The beauty will fulfill your all-day binge-watching session for 9 hours.
Acer Swift 7 is intended for premium market with its $999 price tag.back to menu ↑
Acer Swift 7 Review – Display
The Swift 7 has a 13.3-inch display. 13″-14″ is a common display size for laptops. Laptops with screens this size strike a good balance between having a large enough display while still being considered “portable”.
This laptop’s screen has very good picture quality (1080p), and therefore should be very good for entertainment.
The 16:9 aspect ratio is typical for wide-screen displays. This means that for every 9 pixels of height, it has 16 pixels of width. This relationship is clear in the 1920 x 1080 px resolution.back to menu ↑
Acer Swift 7 Review – Ports
ports. Here’s the cool thing about them: you can use either one to charge the laptop. Just plug the included USB Type-C power adapter into either port to start charging the laptop’s battery while the other port remains free for a flash drive, video cable, or other accessories.
Those two ports are packed pretty close to one another on the right side of the laptop, next to a 3.5mm headset jack.
If you have chunky USB accessories, it’s entirely plausible that a flash drive or other dongle could block the second port, but I haven’t run into that problem yet.
Laptops which only have USB-C ports are a bit of an annoyance for now, because you may need to buy a bunch of new adapters or accessories for the notebook. But with a growing number of laptops launching without HDMI, Ethernet, or full-sized USB ports, I suspect we’ll see plenty of new USB-C accessories in the coming years.
To help ease the transition, Acer ships two adapters with the laptop: a USB-C to USB-A adapter and a USB-C to HDMI dongle.
One thing that this laptop doesn’t come with? An SD card reader. If you plan to copy files from a camera or another device, you may need to buy a USB card reader (or connect your camera via a USB cable or WiFi).
Personally, I’ve already started to make the transition: I have a USB-A to USB-C adapter that I can use to connect my wireless mouse, and a USB-C hub with four USB-A ports and Ethernet jack when I need more connection options.back to menu ↑
Acer Swift 7 Review – Performance
Part of the reason the Acer Swift 7 can operate without a fan is that it has a relatively low-power processor that doesn’t generate as much heat as the ones found in most laptops.
Acer chose an Intel Core i5-7y54 Kaby Lake processor for this laptop. It’s the spiritual successor to last year’s Core M5-6Y57 Skylake processor, but the newer chip operates at higher clock speeds, features more powerful graphics, and comes with energy efficiency improvements… All of which led Intel to change the branding of this Y-series chip from Core M to Core i.
That move could lead to some confusion among computer shoppers: not all Core i5 chips are equal this year. But you know what? After spending two weeks testing this laptop, I’m almost convinced Intel made the right decision.back to menu ↑
Acer Swift 7 Review – Conclusion
It’s a super-portable notebook that feels powerful enough to justify the high price tag because it’s speedy enough to use as your only notebook for most common computing tasks. But it does lack some premium touches that you’ll find on other notebooks: there’s no touchscreen display, for instance, and the keyboard is not backlit. Battery life could also be better, and the computer also doesn’t have an awful lot of ports.