• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD LCD
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7Y75 @1.30 GHz
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Ports: 2x USB-Type C, 1x 3.5mm audio jack, SIM tray
  • Dimensions: 9x328x237mm
  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Ultrathin
  • Cons:
  • Annoying trackpad
  • No regular USB

Swift And Light

The Acer Swift 7 landed on our desks this month, and when we unboxed it, we were astounded by the sheer thinness of the device. The laptop is dressed in a matte black finish, offering a look that is more luxurious rather than gamer-centric. Makes sense, since this device is meant for business users or bloggers looking for the slimmest laptop that they can take around in a messenger bag.

The Swift 7 has a pretty decent, near bezel-less 14-inch touch display. This allows you to navigate the laptop easier, especially when the touchpad is quite annoying to use – due to its lack of proper buttons. When tapping the bottom left or right of the trackpad, it’s a coinflip to whether your left or right click will register. The keyboard luckily has no issues and is a bliss to use. However, the presence of the fingerprint reader on the left will often times dupe you into thinking it’s the power button. Working or media consumption is pretty satisfying on this laptop with its colourful display, though the speakers are not as loud as we wished and it is barely sufficient for a small room.

As for performance, it is definitely not the best around, especially with that price. However, with all things considered, there had to be some sacrifice to make the device as thin as it is. The Swift 7 still uses the older generation of processors and with just 8GB of RAM, gaming might not be ideal on it. However, if your purpose for the device is office work and to watch videos on, you will be able to do so without much issues. However, for work purposes and even external peripherals, you will need to keep the provided dongle around if you wish to plug in a monitor or USB drive. The laptop only has two USB Type-C ports and one will be used to charge, rendering only one port usable at a time.

The battery life also takes a slight hit, incapable of lasting for a full day of just web browsing and work. To be honest, this laptop is better for those who like to take their laptops to work or to work pitches with clients over coffee tables, since the footprint of the laptop is fairly minimal. It would be wise to keep the battery topped up when you are not using the laptop. Just unplug and slot it into the provided leather casing and you are good to go.

The omission of regular USB ports and the non-clicky touchpad does make the laptop slightly annoying to use, with the former requiring you to lug a dongle around. Luckily, the display is vibrant and the keyboard is a breeze to type on. If you wish to have a stylish laptop as thin as a notebook and don’t need it for anything other than work and watching videos, you should be satisfied with the Acer Swift 7.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A decent ultrathin laptop to work with when you are out and about, but the lack of USB Type-A support and slightly lower-end specs make it a pricey, albeit stylish option.

(to be published in issue October 2018)