There’s a new champ in the thinness wars, and while the Acer Swift 7 still isn’t the lightest machine around, it’s looking like yet another solid MacBook competitor. With its small frame, great specs, and, yes, multiple ports, the Swift 7 is one of the best lightweight laptops we’ve seen, even if that’s a title that doesn’t tend to stay in one place for very long.
Unveiled last week at IFA, the Swift 7 is a 13.3″ laptop with a 9.98 mm thick all-aluminum frame, which according to Acer makes it the first notebook under 1 cm thick. But, it’s surprisingly quite a bit heavier than the MacBook at 2.48 pounds (the MacBook and the Asus ZenBook 3 are both just over 2 pounds). The bezel isn’t particularly thin compared to those two notebooks either, but it’s small enough to keep the Swift 7’s frame small compared to most 13.3″ devices. Specs are pretty good this class of notebooks, although the 1080p IPS display might disappoint some (it is protected by Gorilla Glass, which seems like a strange addition for a laptop). Otherwise, there’s an 7th generation Intel Core m processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Acer says the Swift 7 should get about nine hours of battery life.
The most welcome change from the MacBook and the ZenBook 3 is that Acer has added two USB Type-C ports, instead of one. There are none of the usual Type-A ports, but that’s probably one of the casualties of extreme thinness. Unfortunately, the Swift 7 doesn’t have the same kind of premium audio setup as the ZenBook 3. Another bit of differentiation is the trackpad, which is much larger than normal at 72 mm.
The Acer Swift 7 will start at $1,000 when it hits stores in October, same as the Asus ZenBook 3. The ZenBook 3 looks like the better buy on paper (the difference between a Core i and a Core m processor is huge), but it’s close enough to where a nice colorway might sway you. The Swift 7 is coming in a pretty swanky black and gold, so if that’s the color combination that speaks to you, here’s your laptop.