The World's Thinnest Laptop: Acer Swift 7 Review

The World's Thinnest Laptop: Acer Swift 7 Review
The World's Thinnest Laptop: Acer Swift 7 Review

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Thinner is not always better. It all depends on which device we are talking about. Three years ago, the merciless race to reduce the thickness of smartphone cases reached its climax. Some of them were so thin that the phone barely survived until the evening. It got to the point that many Internet users literally begged manufacturers to make the next model of their favorite device thicker, but with a bigger battery. Did you know the iPhone 7 is thicker than the iPhone 6? And at the same time it is much better in everything.

With laptops, everything is different: the thinner it is, the easier it is to carry it with you everywhere - the advantage is noticeable. This year, the world record for the thickness of a laptop was set by Acer, the first in history to make a laptop thinner than one centimeter.

For this, the company had to make many compromises. We just need to answer whether it was worth it.

It should be understood that Swift 7 is all about design and portability. And with that, and with the other, the laptop is all right. Acer made a real beauty: the matte black surface of the computer lid is amazingly combined with the gold base and display mount of the same color. Swift 7 looks very expensive, but at the same time it is not pretentious, it did not go. It is not clear only why it was necessary to sculpt useless stickers on the body of the device, and even in the most prominent place near the display - they seriously disfigure the appearance of the laptop.

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It is clear that they can be easily peeled off, but the first impression may turn out to be somewhat blurry. The feeling is slightly spoiled by the rather large bezels around the display, especially when comparing the computer with its direct competitor in the face of the 12-inch MacBook. But by and large, all this is nit-picking - the Swift 7 is pretty damn pretty and it's pretty hard to argue with that.

The wow effect is largely due to the fact that this is the world's first laptop thinner than one centimeter. In fact, this is the world's thinnest laptop in principle, but it should be understood that other competitors in the face of the HP Specter and MacBook are not far behind (10.4 mm and 13.1 mm, respectively). But the popular MacBook Air model Swift 7 is significantly superior - it is almost twice thinner. And I still every time, including a modern ultrabook, amazed at how engineers manage to cram anything into such compact devices, and even make it all work. In a sense, Swift 7 is an amazing illustration of the "unprecedented miracles" of progress.

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The Swift 7's display is good: Full HD resolution, good contrast, sufficient brightness. The colors are slightly shifted to warm shades, which some may not like (but the eyes do not suffer in the dark), but in general it is very pleasant to look at any content on the laptop screen. In the clarity of the picture, I did not notice a significant difference between the MacBook screen, which has a higher resolution with a smaller diagonal, and the Swift 7, but the picture of the latter is nevertheless more accurate.

But the performance miracles from Swift 7 are not worth waiting for - such is the price to pay for such a thin case. Compromise number one.

Despite the fact that the Swift 7 has a Core i5 processor, in fact it is not far from what is in the 12-inch MacBook both in synthetics and in practice. This means that the laptop is not suitable for working with video or graphics, but it can easily cope with basic tasks like typing or surfing the Internet. However, Acer has never positioned its laptop as a complete workstation for professionals: this machine is made for people who spend a lot of time outside the office. An excellent option for journalists or advertisers who have to constantly stay in touch with colleagues, for students and businessmen. But if you are a designer and are looking for a replacement for your MacBook Pro or a heavy "Windows 10 machine" with discrete graphics - pass by, since Acer hasthere are other, much more powerful laptops. And leave the "typewriters" to us - we adore them.

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Tradeoff number two is the lack of traditional USB connectors. There are only three ports in Swift 7: one for headphones and two Type-C ports. Fortunately, there are adapters included with the laptop: so you can connect a flash drive, a mouse, and even a network cable to it without additional investments. It would always be so.

The battery life of the Swift 7 is not impressive, but it almost always lasts for a day. You can squeeze 6-7 hours out of it without difficulty. The laptop charges pretty quickly, but the charger, in my opinion, is too large and heavy: the massive rubberized "plug" is first connected to the adapter with a wire, and then to the cord, which must be inserted into the computer. At the same time, I stubbornly refused to charge from the much more friendly charging of the same MacBook Swift 7.

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The main disadvantage of Swift 7 is the keyboard. By itself, it is good: tactilely pleasant, with a good response, practically silent. The lack of backlight spoils everything. If you can't type blindly, it will be nearly impossible to work in the dark. Something tells me that the LEDs simply did not fit into the case, with such and such a thickness. Compromise number three.

Still, the Swift 7 is a great laptop, one of the best Windows 10 Ultrabooks out there. I just do not leave the feeling that if Acer made it a little thicker, now Swift 7 would not be "the thinnest", but "the best", and we would not have chosen the words.

After all, the iPhone 7 is thicker than the iPhone 6 - but significantly better in every way.

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