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CES 2018 | Acer Swift 7 Hands-On: The Thinnest Laptop in the World

Acer Swift 7. The thinnest notebook ever in a hands-on
Acer Swift 7. The thinnest notebook ever in a hands-on
At CES, we had the opportunity to spend some time with the brand-new Acer Swift 7. Read on for our hands-on experience.

The new Acer Swift 7 (SF714-51T) which Acer announced as the thinnest notebook in the world two days ago has been unveiled at CES. We have already examined it, if briefly, and uncovered a few unusual details.

According to Acer, the CPU is cooled passively, which is not surprising in light of the low height of only 8.99 mm (~0.35 in). The device is 1 mm (0.04 in) thinner compared to its predecessor. It is also somewhat heavier due to the display being 14" large instead of 13.3 inches. Positive: the keyboard comes with a backlight.

Due to the extreme thinness, the Acer Switch 7 feels more like a tablet with its aluminum case leaving a high-quality impression. The same goes for the hinge, which appears slightly delicate though and also has an unusually large distance from the display. The touchpad is also unusual, since it cannot be clicked physically. As in Dell's XPS models, the webcam is in the center below the display.

While we were unable to verify the battery capacity ourselves, Acer specified that the SF714-51T is supposed to last one hour longer than its predecessor (its battery life Acer previously specified as up to 10 hours).

At least in the beginning, the device is only planned with the Intel Core i7-7Y75, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage. At a later point, there should also be a version with twice the RAM and storage. In terms of connectivity, the two USB Type-C ports are USB 3.1 Gen 1 and not Thunderbolt compatible. Acer also emphasizes its claims of mobility with an installed LTE modem.

The webcam is positioned below the display and you cannot click the touchpad.
The webcam is positioned below the display and you cannot click the touchpad.
While the hinge is delicate, it is mechanically well-implemented.
While the hinge is delicate, it is mechanically well-implemented.

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Silvio Werner, J. Simon Leitner, 2018-01- 8 (Update: 2018-01- 9)
Sergey Tarasov
Sergey Tarasov - Senior Editor
I love reading stuff. I also love dealing with different electronic devices, be that a remotely controlled toy or a new MacBook. When I am not at work, you can try searching for me somewhere in the mountains of Altai Republic, Russia.