Acer has consistently increased and refined its mobile product choices, to include every part from affordable notebooks, to sleek ultrabooks that utilizes premium materials. The veteran PC producer has developed a sense of style and is putting actual effort into creating thin, useful laptops, which also happen to look good. The Swift 7 is one of the lightest laptops on the market, and it has some interesting squeezed inside, too. However going ultra-thin usually results with efficiency or functionality compromises, so we have been taken aback that Acer dubbed its thinnest laptop “Swift.” We brought one in to see simply how fast (and how enjoyable) this Kaby Lake-powered laptop is.
|Display size||13.3 inch|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 (7th generation)|
|Hard drive||256 GB|
|Sound||Dolby Audio and Acer True Harmony|
|Connectivity||2 x USB 3.1|
|OS||Windows 10 64 bit|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
Despite its very thin profile and low weight of 2.4 lbs (1.1 kilos), this laptop feels very sturdy and nicely built. That came to no surprise while it came to the chassis, given it gets an aluminum unibody construction. However, even the lid cover and the bottom panel are strong and show little flex even when pressed hard. So I’m much sure that is going to be a robust travel companion that can be thrown in the bag without a lot pampering.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The Acer Swift 7 does still really feel good for fairly long-form typing. It’s not clicky however there is a decent amount of resistance to the keys that stops typing from feeling hazy. It’s the variety of shallow keyboard we can get on with. However, it doesn’t have a backlight, unlike almost each other alternative on the price. I appreciated the Swift 7’s trackpad a little less. It’s impressively huge, and it provides decent palm rejection and tactile feedback. That can be frustratingly sensitive on default settings, although, and traditional right-clicking doesn’t always register. You can adapt to each situation by fiddling with settings and utilizing a double-finger tap, but it’s still a little annoying.
The 13.3″ IPS Full HD panel is bright; it’s vivid sufficient for indoor utilization and a bit fair for outdoor use. Colors are accurate, and no visible ghosting or any stuttering was experienced during our test. The screen is ideal for work, entertainment and casual gaming on the side.
Audio and Graphics
The speakers, on the other hand, are good, the dual speakers powered by Dolby Digital is one of the loudest and bright sounding speakers we’ve heard on a laptop. The i5-7Y54’s Intel HD 615 GPU only has about 70 percent of the ability of the last-gen Core i5’s HD 520 graphics chipset, more limiting the sort of games you can play without them turning into a slideshow.
Hardware and Performance
The Swift 7 is utilizing a fanless Intel Core i5-7Y54 at 1.2Ghz with 8GB RAM and 256GB SATA III SSD. For our everyday tasks of writing articles, playing light Dota 2 or LOL, Microsoft Office, browsing the web with average 10-15 tabs and casual Photoshop was relatively ample sufficient to be accommodated by the system. The connectivity options accessible on the device are WiFi, 2 x USB Type C 3.1 ports and a headphone jack. For an immersive audio expertise and bold virtual surround sound, the device is provided with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony sound technology. Still, it does make it a little harder to activate Windows 10 gestures that need you to swipe over the touchpad from the sides.
Playing a 720p video on loop at 120cd/m brightness, the Acer Swift 7 lasts eight hours 40 minutes. Whereas not a class-leading result, it’s a superb given the laptop only has a 2770mAh battery, which equates to around 41Wh in general laptop battery terms.back to menu ↑
The Aspire Swift 7 is accessible in stores and starts at $1099 in the US, with some models allowing for as much as 1300 EUR in Europe.
The base configuration introduces the Core i5-7Y54 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. A more affordable version of a Core m3 Kaby Lake processor must be available shortly as nicely, for around $1000.
The Acer Swift 7 is indeed a premium laptop that’s perfect for anyone that wants an everyday device for casual work, browsing, light graphics editing and good looks on the side. However any additional than what’s mentioned, you may need to look for another device that can cater to your demands. If you don’t mind the number of dongle setups to use your current devices, then we suggest the Acer Swift 7. Sure, as a first generation device we have to make some compromises, but it’s still good that Acer approached a more affordable method as even because it is perhaps the thinnest, it isn’t the most expensive.back to menu ↑
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