Acer's Swift 7 laptop gets somehow smaller and lighter for 2019

Acer's new Swift 7 is even thinner and lighter than the original

Acer's new Swift 7 is even thinner and lighter than the original

When something is described as "swift", it is often expected to be lightweight if not also thin. Acer managed to cut the weight to just under two pounds and the thinness to 9.95mm - pairing those dimensions with a 14-inch display is a pretty impressive feat, though we can't yet speak to how the construction feels.

Acer impressed with the launch of the super-compact Swift 7 laptop at CES 2018, but it's ratcheting up the awe factor at CES 2019 with a refresh that matches the laptop's thin chassis with a almost borderless display.

Speaking of the display, the Swift 7's 14-inch touchscreen runs at 1980x1080, same as a year ago - not the best screen you're going to find, but it's a logical choice to balance sharpness with power consumption. That's a lot of money, but there aren't a ton of options out there combining extreme thin and light designs with a relatively spacious display.

At CES today, Acer has announced their latest Ultrabook in the Acer Swift 7.

To power the latest Acer Swift 7, the design team has chosen the Intel Core i7-8500Y, which is a 1.5 GHz base frequency, but a strong 4.2 GHz boost frequency, all in a 7-Watt TDP for fanless operation.

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Acer is claiming up to 10 hours of battery life as well, but with a fairly pedestrian 1920x1080 display, and a Y series CPU, that likely means the amount of battery capacity they were able to fit into this very thin chassis is not as high as other devices which would of course be thicker and heavier. Made of Corning Gorilla Glass, it should be both durable and responsive.

Acer has included two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and a DisplayPort 1.2. And, Acer has listened to feedback, and has integrated a physical clicking mechanism into the Swift 7's touchpad.

The Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) will be available on May 7, 2019, with a starting price of $1,699.

The Acer Swift 7 hopes to appeal to the same kind of luxury mobile audience as the Apple MacBooks, and will be out in the United States in May at $1,699 and Europe in April, at €1,799.

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