Acer’s Swift 7 is the world’s thinnest laptop; will it deliver on functionality?

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Acer’s Swift 7

Acer has begun the IFA 2016 on a high note with the launch of what happens to be the thinnest laptop in the world right now. The Acer Swift 7, which runs Windows 10, measures a little less than 1cm at its thinnest point (9.98mm), beating the previous titleholder of the world’s thinnest laptop, the HP Spectre (which measured10.4mm, a little over 1cm).

Acer Swift 7

Recently Intel unveiled the newKaby Lake chip, its brand new7th gen Core i 5 processor, and the company bragged in their announcement that it will be powering some of the thinnest laptops in the world. Well, now we know that the Kaby Lake is the powering factor behind the thinnest laptop yet unveiled, the Swift 7. The laptop houses 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.

The Acer Swift 7 looks good with its black and gold aluminium chassis which also makes it very light. The laptop weighs a meagre1.1kg (2.48 pounds)which makes portability ultra convenient.

The display is a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS panel, and the keypad is quite shallow, as is to be expected from such a thin laptop. However, the most remarkable feature to hit your eyes will probably be the large touchpad, which is the widest we have seen so far.

Despite its super sleek look, a laptop this thin is bound to come with some problems. Laptops are devices meant to survive daily work, and with the Swift 7‘s external specs, the durability factor brings to mind a little doubt. However, the Swift 7 largely retains many of the features that constitute the basics of a laptop. Despite being so thin, Acer has not sacrificed much on connectivity options. The Swift 7 houses two USB-C 3.1 ports as well as a headphone jack. The battery is also not too badif we are to go by Acer‘s claims of 9 hours durability, thanks to Intel’s power-efficient Y series chip, which has also enabled a fanless build.

Alongside the Swift 7, Acer is also launching a more suavelaptop called the Spin 7. The latter will come with a14-inch touch display, 360-degree rotatability, and a better Core i 7 processor. The Spin 7 will not be as thin as the Swift 7, but it won’t be a massive device either, measuring at about 1mm over the latter.

The AcerSwift 7 will launch in China in September, followed by Europe and North America in October. In North America, the device will be priced at $999. We’ll get to know more about its functionality after that.

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