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We have had the opportunity to have a look at the world’s thinnest laptop. You read correctly, being only 1cm thick, the Acer Swift 7 is the most lightweight laptop on the market today. Don’t let that fool you though, it may be thin, but this laptop still packs a punch. In this article, we are going to be reviewing this laptop. If you would prefer to watch the review, you can do so below.


The Specifications:

  • Display: 14-inch IPS (1920×1080) touch, Gorilla Glass 6
  • Processor: Intel 1.5GHz Core i7-8500Y (“Amber Lake Y”)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD 615
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR2
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Ports: 2 USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, USB charging, DC in)
  • Audio: 1 3.5mm Audio Jack
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  • Camera: 720p (1280 x 720) with SHDR
  • Wireless: Gigabit Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac 160MHz; Bluetooth 5.0
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions (mm): 324.60 x 229.60 x 9.98
  • Weight: 900grams
  • Color: Black (tested), white

In terms of the hardware fitted into the Swift 7, the Intel CPU works exceptionally well, especially since this laptop has no fans, so when under load, the CPU doesn’t overheat and performs as well as you would expect it. There is enough RAM (in the model we tested) to run your standard working programs like Chrome, Microsoft Word, and other working programs. However, this laptop is not designed for photo or video editing and gaming, but we will get into that a bit later.

The display is a touch screen, which is useful, but not something that we found is necessary. However, the touch screen is very responsive and works well when working through documents or opening programs. While there is no GPU fitted into this machine – because it is so thin – the Intel UHD coupled with the CPU chipset delivers a clear and crisp display. When working on this laptop, or watching series and movies, the 1080p HD display looks neat.

When working on this laptop, we noticed that having the NVMe PCIe SSD fitted makes all the differences. The startup time to boot to the login screen was no more than a few seconds (4 seconds). When running programs like Word and Excel, there was no lag or delay in opening multiple spreadsheets or documents. The 512GB size of the SSD also means there is plenty of space for someone on the road, working on this laptop.

acer-swift-7-review-pic5Finally, we understand that Acer was trying to achieve a goal – the world’s thinnest laptop – however, they only fitted two USB-C ports. In addition to being the USB in ports, you would generally sacrifice one to charge your laptop. This would then leave only one USB-C port for a flash drive or an external hard drive. Having only two ports hampers the use of the laptop. The two ports also being USB-C, either means you will need to buy a USB-3/2 converter to USB-C, or you would need to make a complete transition to USB-C.

The Design:

The Acer Swift 7 has a beautiful design. It’s slick and crisp with very thin bezzles, making the 14″ display stand out. The build quality is exceptional, being sturdy and robust, and still weighing in at only 900grams. The build quality is nothing short of impressive, giving the fact that Acer was aiming to build the world’s thinnest laptop.

acer-swift-7-review-pic6The trackpad is ultra-wide, which is probably the widest one we’ve seen to date. Having a wide trackpad is useful in some circumstances; it allows for the modern trackpad movements, where your fingers and slide across to change screen or switch between apps. There is also a white LED backlit keyboard, which is useful when working in darker rooms.

There is a fingerprint reader which doubles up as the power button, which response exceptionally well. This is situated next to what we realized was the webcam, which can pop up or be pushed back down – you can choose to have Big Brother in your house or not.

The Benchmarks:

So how did the Acer Swift 7 do in the benchmarks? We only ran the PCMark10 Extended benchmark, as we already knew that the way this laptop was set up, there was no real need to run 3DMark FireStrike or any other gaming benchmarks. Below is how it did:

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So it didn’t do very well. As you can see, it only scored 1790 points in total, that’s because of the graphics score and the content creation score – no surprises there. However, this laptop performed exceptionally well with the Web score, the Spreadsheet score, and the Essentials score.

  • Essential Score: 5894.0
    Looking at the Web Score, when rendering the images on the webpages, it managed 60fps, with image rendering at 30fps at 21060p. The social media feed update and social media page load took 0.18 seconds and 0.19 seconds, respectively – which is impressively quick load time.

    The load time in the Apps score is also something to look at. The Firefox cold load time was 1.9 seconds. While Firefox is not the most resource-intensive web browser, that load time is so quick that it’s almost difficult to comprehend.

  • Spreadsheet score: 5963.0
    The overall rating in this section is adequate for someone who will be using the Acer Swift 7 for work. Nothing jumps out as out of the ordinary, however, with the hardware fitted into this laptop, and according to this benchmark score, you can see that working on this laptop is ideal.

Pros and Cons:

There are some pros and cons to consider when purchasing the Acer Swift 7.

Pros
  • 1920×1080 display with the thin bezels
  • well designed – sturdy
  • ultra-wide trackpad
Cons
  • not enough ports [only 2 USB-C ports]
  • Very expensive
  • Poor graphics performance


Closing Thoughts:

When building this laptop, Acer had a goal in mind – the world’s thinnest laptop. In that case, Acer has sacrificed a lot to get the Swift 7 to be that laptop. There are not enough ports, and it’s a costly laptop for what you get. It will suit a business-person, someone on the road a lot who would make use of the touch screen, and wants some performance – i.e., fast startup, lower loading times. However, this is not suitable for the day-to-day person would want to have a mouse and keyboard connected to their laptop. So, when looking closer at this laptop, we give it a 6/10 because of the cons.

We want to say a huge thank you to Acer, though, for letting us use this laptop for a few weeks and to review it. If you would like to purchase it, you can find it here at Raru. If you have any comments on the Acer Swift 7, or maybe you use it yourself, leave us a comment in the comments section below.