The continuous race to have the world’s thinnest laptop has a new leader today. Acer has announced the Swift 7 as notebook that takes its position as the thinnest on the market. Indeed, at just 9.98mm, this is the first ever notebook to be under 1cm thick. The company also announced a range of Swift laptops to accompany the 7.
HP released the Spectre earlier in the year, the thinnest laptop at 10.4mm. The Swift 7 trumps it with its first-of-a-kind thickness. Whatever you think about this race, it is an amazing feat on Acer’s part to make this device less than 1cm thick.
The Swift 7 is also a classy looking notebook with an all-aluminum unibody with a black/gold dual-tone color. It sports a 13.3-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution and a coating of Gorilla Glass to add scratch resistance. This portable notebook looks good and that thinness means it only weighs 1.1kg.
Speaking of hardware, the Swift 7 boasts a 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i5 processor. The chip has been coupled with 8GB of RAM and storage is taken care of by a 256GB SSD. There are two USB 3.1 Type-C ports for the fastest connections. Acer says that the battery is big enough to keep the lights on for 9 hours.
The solid specifications and unique design mean the Swift 7 will be a premium machine. It will cost $999 when it lands in North America in October.
Acer also took the wrappers off a whole Swift range:
Swift 5 -$749
A 14-inch display with Full HD, this is a notebook with a 7th-gen Intel Core i7, 256GB/512GB SSDs, RAM configuration up to 8GB. There is also a USB 3.1 Type-C port and 13 hours of battery life. Acer also offers options for a fingerprint scanner and touchscreen.
Swift 3 – $499
A more modestly prices notebook is the Swift free. This is another 14-inch laptop with a number of configuration offers. Customers can choose between a HD and Full HD screen and a 6th or 7th generation Intel Core chipset. Up to 8GB of RAM is available, which a 512GB SSD will handle storage duties. This computer is 18mm thick and weighs 1.5kg.
Swift 1 – $249
The baby of the Swift range, this is an entry level offering from Acer. It comes with an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM. The 14-inch display is HD and storage configurations include 32GB/64GB/128GB.