Acer Swift 7 review: this is an ultrabook

Acer Swift 7 review: this is an ultrabook

With only 8.98 mm thickness, the Swift 7 astonishes by its thinness. And for good reason, it is currently the thinnest ultrabook ever made in the world.

Premium design and touch screen

The first thing you say to yourself when you see this Swift 7 is that it is undoubtedly part of the ultra high end. Between its materials and its truly refined and elegant design, this ultrabook signed Acer exudes class. At just 8.98mm thick, it impresses. The effect continues once the laptop is opened. Its borders remain relatively narrow, which gives it a decidedly very premium style. However, this first impression could quickly be swept away. The lower bar is, I find, too wide and coarse. It breaks a bit with all the finesse effort of the computer.

I told you above that it was very thin, but for all that, it still weighs its weight once in hand. To say that it is heavy would be a bit exaggerated, but 1.2 Kg is felt and the effect should probably be increased tenfold because of the impression of finesse. And the real question is there: for a PC that wants to be mobile, which do you prefer between a light ultrabook and another just very thin? I think the choice is quickly made: the weight. And given its price, some might be tempted to turn to Apple or Dell.

The backlit keyboard has good keystroke feedback, as much as is possible on this type of device. The fingerprint sensor on the left allows multiple fingers to be registered for quick session unlocking. But to achieve such a result, it still has to work! It often happens that I drop the case and enter a number code or a password. Question of taste and habit I conceive it, but I have a lot of trouble with exclusively tactile pads. If most of the time I use a mouse with this kind of product, when traveling I have to fall back on this small rectangle. Steering the pointer and zooming was no problem, but otherwise I found the experience rather frustrating. That said, this trackpad has one advantage: its large size.

The speakers are located below which does not allow you to enjoy quality sound. Placed flat still it remains suitable, but placed on the knees… Very not very powerful, it is better to take advantage of the audio to put headphones on your ears. This is where it gets really interesting.

Its 14-inch IPS LCD touch screen in 16:9 format. It benefits from a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080) and Gorilla Glass protection. The fidelity of the colors and their strong contrasts are effective, but I would have appreciated a higher maximum brightness. Indeed, I found myself a little uncomfortable under the sun, especially since this is a glossy panel and not a matte one. Is it a convertible though? Not really ; if its screen can be placed horizontally, it cannot completely rotate around the keyboard. So, I ask you… what’s the point of being able to put it flat? I have a small idea, but maybe I’m wrong: nothing.

Limited connectivity and Nano Sim

The hinge surmounting the keyboard accommodates two LEDs: a first to indicate its operating status, a second to warn when the battery is running low. The Swift 7 accommodates two USB Type-C ports and a jack. In addition to an ultra-quality storage bag, the manufacturer provides a USB Type-C hub with three input ports: HDMI, USB A and USB C. An essential accessory given the connectivity of the laptop. However, for photographers, you will have to invest in an adapter so that this PC can read SD cards! It has a camera placed on the lower edge of the screen.

But let’s dwell on its other strong point: the presence of a sim card slot on the right edge of the PC. In this way, even on the move you can take full advantage of your data package. But… why sacrifice your SIM card if you can use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot? To enjoy a more stable connection, no doubt.

Performance and autonomy

On the processor side, it features an Intel Core i7-7Y75 Dual Core clocked at 1.30 GHz with 8 GB of LPDDR 3 RAM and 256 GB of SSD. Given the price, we could have expected more storage space, especially since we cannot natively add an SD. It is also equipped with an Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics chip with shared memory. For the software part, the Swift 7 runs on Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) and incorporates a free month of the latest version of Microsoft Office 365. No fan therefore, no unpleasant blowing noises. One more ! In addition, the heat dissipates quite well even when you push it to its limits.

name Acer Swift 7 (2018)
Category Ultrabook with touch screen
Dimensions 328mm x 237mm x 9mm
Weight 1.20Kg
Processor – Intel Core i7-7Y75, Dual Core, 1.30GHz
Graphics Processor – Intel HD Graphics 615
– LPDDR3
RAM 8 GB
SSD 256 GB SSD
Screen – 14 inches
– Full HD 1920×1080
– Shiny
– Touch screen, multi-touch
Operating system -Windows 10 Pro
Keyboard – QWERTY backlit keyboard
Food 90W power adapter
Login – 808.11ac Wi-Fi
– Bluetooth 5.0 (Dual band) 2*2
– 4G LTE
Input and output ports – 1 x combo audio jack
– 1 x Tray for 1 Nano Sim card
– 2x USB Type-C Thunderbold
Audio – 2 x Speakers
– Built-in microphones
Colors Black
Price €1,799.99

Acer announces 10 hours of autonomy. This is indeed the case if you use it for word processing and Internet browsing. By using greedy software and video games, the battery will of course melt faster. But in any case, the Swift 7 keeps its promises and does honorably.

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The 2018 Acer Swift 7 ultrabook was marketed at a price of 1800 euros.

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