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CES 2019 | The new Acer Swift 7 continues its pursuit of slimness, yet it is even more powerful than before

The new Acer Swift 7 comes in Starfield Black and Moonstone White color options. (Source: Acer)
The new Acer Swift 7 comes in Starfield Black and Moonstone White color options. (Source: Acer)
At CES 2019, Acer has announced the new Swift 7 notebook with an even more slimmer and lighter profile than last year while still offering improved 8th generation Intel CPUs, a 92% screen-to-body ratio, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and an all-alloy construction. The new Swift 7 will be available in North America in May 2019 starting from US$1,699 and in EMEA and China from April 2019.

When Acer announced the Swift 7 at last year's CES, we were drawn towards the incredibly slim nature of the laptop and the kind of power it had for that profile. After a brief tease at IFA 2018, Acer has finally revealed the new Swift 7. The Swift 7 now comes with an even more slimmer and lighter chassis and a more powerful Intel 8th generation CPU. In our review, the 2018 Acer Swift 7 did very well for a laptop of its size but it did have some shortcomings, prominent of which were huge screen bezels and a limited port selection. It looks like Acer has taken some of the feedback to heart and has endowed the new Swift 7 with both power and aesthetics. 

The first striking change from last year's model is the new 92% screen-to-body ratio. The Swift 7 features a 14-inch FHD touchscreen IPS display with 100% sRGB (72% NTSC) coverage, 300 nits of brightness, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Acer has more or less retained the same 0.39-inch thickness and has managed to reduce the weight of the ultrabook to just 890 g thanks to a magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloy construction. The surface has been given a micro-arc oxidation treatment to give the impression and feel of ceramic. Just above the display is a pop-up webcam that has a 55 degree viewing angle and HDR support. 

The new Swift 7 is powered by the 8th generation Intel 'Amber Lake-Y' Core i7-8500Y CPU and be configured with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 512 GB of PCIe SSD storage. Acer promises a 10-hour battery life that is well facilitated by the fanless 8500Y CPU. The new Swift 7 now offers two Thunderbolt 3 ports for expanded connectivity along with a combo audio jack. You also get 2x2 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

Despite the slim profile, the Acer Swift 7 does manage to offer a well-spaced backlit chiclet keyboard with a 1.1 mm key travel and a precision Gorilla Glass touchpad. The power button is also a Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader. 

The new Acer Swift 7 will be available in 8 GB / 16 GB RAM and 256 GB / 512 GB storage variants with scheduled availability in North America from May at prices starting from US$1,699 and in EMEA and China from April at starting at €1,799 and ¥14,999 respectively. 

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Acer Swift 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 7. (Source: Acer)
Acer Swift 7. (Source: Acer)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 7)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.