Acer’s shiny new Swift 7 laptop has one-upped Apple’s MacBook. The first Ultrabook to measure under 1cm thick (at the chunkier end, obviously), it’s deliciously sleek and a real tempting option if you’re looking for an ultraportable to take on the move.
In other words, it measures 9.98mm at the rear end, which features a black-and-gold design that contrasts brilliantly. It has a real touch of premium about it and reminds us of HP’s equally sleek HP Spectre.
Thickness aside, the 14-inch 1080p display is the real standout here. It may only be Full HD, but it’s a brilliant IPS panel that, as such, gives off excellent horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
The screen’s color saturation is impressive, with bold and vibrant colors complemented with deep and powerful blacks. It’s Corning’s Gorilla Glass, too, so it should stand up well to drops, knocks and scrapes.
The display’s bezel is a little chunkier than what we’ve been spoiled with by devices like Dell’s XPS 13 and the Spectre 13, but that’s a minor gripe.
Weighing just 1.1kg, this is a pleasingly light device that you can easily pick up and wave about in one hand. Despite its lightweight nature and thin design, it packs in a solid, chiclet-spaced keyboard that’s paired with an incredibly roomy trackpad that makes executing Windows 10‘s gesture commands a breeze.
Intel has slipped its 7th-generation Core i-series processors under the hood, and it claims that there’s enough internal juice for you to play Overwatch at Full HD with fluid frame rates without the need for a discrete graphics chip.
Acer says that the Swift 7 will start at $999 or €1,299 (around £1,100) in Europe, when it’s due to arrive in October.
This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info.