Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises
The tech business is fixated on making things thin, and Acer is no special case. The organization charges the new Swift 7 as the world's most slender PC, estimating 8.98mm thick at its vastest point. Intended for experts and successive voyagers, the current year's Swift 7 attempts to beat its opposition by being ultra-thin and by settling a portion of the issues found in its more seasoned models, similar to the absence of touchscreen, console backdrop illumination, and PCIe SSD stockpiling.
However, as gadgets get more slender, they regularly need to forfeit execution, battery life, and other vital highlights. It makes one wonder: what's the ideal equalization of outrageous slimness and power? At last, that is up to every client and their individual needs. Acer's Swift 7 makes a few concessions that the individuals who esteem execution won't acknowledge, yet it's all for the sake of slimness—and there are a few decisions that organize that to the exclusion of everything else.
Look and feel
The Acer Swift 7 might be unimaginably thin, yet it doesn't feel delicate. Its 2.6-pound (1.18kg) weight nearly sells out its slimness since I anticipated that the gadget would be considerably lighter than it really is. Be that as it may, it's not very substantial, and its weight and measurements should make it very simple to bear.
You should take a gander at the gadget's profile to really acknowledge how thin the Swift 7 really is. It's sufficiently wide to incorporate its ports at the back corners: two USB-C 3.1 ports and an earphone jack sit on the left side while the nano SIM card space and the power catch sit on the correct side.
I wish Acer had included one Thunderbolt 3 port in any event—and sadly in a gadget this size, it is extremely unlikely Acer could have incorporated a USB-A port. Be that as it may, its thin profile is striking, and it felt like a substantial clipboard when I bore the gadget. I additionally like the obsidian dark complete in light of the fact that it doesn't clutch numerous fingerprints or smears.
Yet, the Swift 7 is bigger than I expect a gadget like this to be. Most OEMs champion their 13-inch journals as their best thin-and-light choices, while 15-inch PCs are held for the individuals who will forfeit size and weight for power. The Swift 7 lies in the middle of those two sizes with its 14-inch FHD IPS touchscreen, so my cerebrum took some additional time changing in accordance with the gadget's bigger impression.
While the recently contracted bezel makes a more vivid screen understanding, I wish Acer had increased the nature of the showcase. This FHD board is as striking and splendid as some other 1920×1080-goals screen, and it reacts to contact well, however most contending gadgets in a similar value go have QHD or UHD shows. Honestly, the vast majority of us needn't bother with a 4K show, however the choice has turned out to be omnipresent on most ultrabooks and many have embraced QHD boards as standard. The Swift 7's $1,699 sticker price ought to have incorporated a QHD board in any event.
The base bezel under the presentation is the amplest, and it holds the gadget's webcam. Truly, Acer pulled a Dell and put the webcam in an area that will give you the most unflattering up-nose edge when you're video talking. I didn't care for this webcam position on the XPS 13, and I don't care for it on the Swift 7 either. While I acknowledge thin bezels, both for how they enable the screen to be the superstar and for how they flaunt the OEM's mechanical structure ability, making the best bezel so thin that there's no space for a webcam is a bewildering choice to me.
There's a contention for expelling the webcam—a few people seldom utilize them on their PCs. While I wouldn't nix it totally, I could see it being a discretionary component that the individuals who take a great deal of video phone calls would need. In any case, setting it underneath the screen invalidates the point of having a webcam by any means, particularly on a workstation that is not an adaptable two-in-one.
Worked in LTE enables the Swift 7 to emerge from the ultrabook swarm, despite the fact that that may not last. LTE availability is all the more usually found on detachables and tablets, yet HP as of late declared that it would offer a LTE rendition of its Specter x360 13. With the moderate appropriation of eSIMs, we could see more ultrabooks offer discretionary LTE later on.
On account of the Swift 7, it accompanies an inserted eSIM and a nano SIM card space as a matter of course. Acer collaborated with Transatel/Ubigi to give administration to the gadget's eSIM, which offers day by day, week after week, and month to month designs, contingent upon the locale. Clients can embed their very own nano SIM cards into the Swift 7 to utilize benefit from other cell suppliers.
I'm sufficiently fortunate to live in a territory with (for the most part) dependable open Wi-Fi at bistros, eateries, libraries, open parks, and different spots. In case I'm working outside my home, I have various choices to get on the web. Notwithstanding, not every person has that extravagance, and some wind up working remotely more regularly, as well. LTE gives those clients a chance to interface anyplace, making it an extraordinary correlative component for a gadget as compact as the Swift 7.
Console and trackpad
Acer put a standard, full-sized console on the Swift 7, so there's very little of note here. The chiclet-style keys are clicky, agreeable, and not very loud to type on, and there's a lot of palm space on which to rest your hands while you type. Acer likewise included a backdrop illumination underneath the console, something past Swift 7 models didn't have, and that will make working in low-light conditions simpler.
I wish Acer incorporated a full Fn key line—all Function controls are available, yet they're joined with different keys. I like having devoted brilliance and volume control keys, yet those are excluded on the Swift 7. Rather, the bolt keys change brilliance and volume when you press the Fn catch.
On the left half of the keys, by the left Tab key, lies the unique finger impression peruser that works with Windows Hello. Thinking about the situation of the webcam, Acer did exclude an IR camera on this gadget. I'm accustomed to seeing unique mark perusers either at the highest point of the console or on one of the palm rests, so this arrangement struck me as odd. It fills in of course, however, and I assume it'll be particularly advantageous for left-given clients.
The glass Precision trackpad is smooth and fine for Windows signals like squeeze to-zoom. Be that as it may, this trackpad has no physical clicking capacities and just backings light taps as snaps. Indeed, even as my time with the Swift 7 arrived at an end, despite everything I wasn't utilized to its trackpad. I very much want unmistakable or concealed catches that I can squeeze that are either underneath the trackpad or situated beneath the touch-touchy cushion on the case. Acer's system made it considerably harder to utilize the trackpad to choose or duplicate content. I depended on the touchscreen to do such things more often than not, which likewise felt outsider on a scratch pad that is definitely not a convertible.
The Swift 7 keeps running on a seventh gen Core i7-7Y54 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of capacity. We contrasted the Swift 7 with gadgets with comparable plans and processors, both seventh era and Y-arrangement. The Y-arrangement processor in this PC enables it to be fanless, kept running on less power, and give "in a hurry" execution in a thin edge. I didn't keep running into any issues utilizing the Swift 7 as my essential work workstation for a couple of days. Notwithstanding, I didn't need to alter photographs in Photoshop or do much else difficult than Web-based work in Edge or Chrome.
While the Y-arrangement processor has its advantages when an OEM targets shape instead of capacity, the $1,699 cost of the Swift 7 recommends it ought to be more great than it really is. It was out-performed by most machines we contrasted it with in our benchmark outlines, and it didn't stand a possibility when contrasted with ultrabooks like the HP Specter 13 (our audit unit kept running on a Core i7-8850U CPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of capacity, and cost $1,399).
Acer put a two-cell battery pack inside the Swift 7 that estimates simply 3.2mm thick, and it furnishes the scratch pad with a not too bad measure of juice. The Swift 7 endured a normal of 590 minutes, or just shy of 10 hours, on our Wi-Fi battery test. On our WebGL test, it kept going 530 minutes, or just shy of nine hours. That is not terrible considering the Swift 7's size, but rather it most likely could have kept going a hour or two progressively if Acer hadn't gone for slimness to the exclusion of everything else. While the Swift 7 beat out the greater part of the opposition on our designs concentrated test, gadgets including the XPS 13 and the Specter 13 kept going longer on our Wi-Fi test.
Too thin (and expensive) for its own good
The Acer Swift 7 has the potential to be a solid option for those who are constantly on the go. Acer achieved a lot in the notebook's design, and its slim profile will inspire lust in many. Its dual LTE options will speak to those who need connectivity all the time but constantly find themselves in unfamiliar environments—it's the feature that could convince some to buy the Swift 7. The company also fixed some of the big problems in the previous Swift 7 by adding a keyboard backlight, a touchscreen, and PCIe storage.
The new Swift 7 is certainly a better device than its predecessor, but that doesn't mean it stands up well to competing devices. This is where thinness betrays it: Acer sacrificed performance to reach this level of svelte, but that would be ok if the laptop wasn't priced at $1,699. OEMs make performance trade-offs all the time when designing for portability rather than power, but the final price usually reflects that sacrifice. The Swift 7 is too expensive for what it is. Acer either needs to give the Swift 7 a newer, higher-powered processor (which would likely nix the "thinnest laptop in the world" title) or drop the price by $300-400.
Dual LTE connectivity makes the Swift 7 unique, and those who are most intrigued by that feature may want to consider the Swift 7 seriously. However, there are other devices that can be equipped with LTE, namely the forthcoming HP Spectre x360 13 that starts at $1,149, so the combination of thin-and-light and always connected can be found elsewhere. Others who don't absolutely need the thinnest laptop ever should consider more affordable and more powerful options like the $999 XPS 13, the $1,299 Spectre 13, or the $1,299 Lenovo C930 two-in-one.