Acer Swift 7 (2018) review – The main feature of the flagship line of Acer Swift 7 laptops is the minimum case thickness. The first model came out in 2016 and you can read the review on our website. The latter was announced in January at CES 2019. As practice shows, there is an impressive amount of time between the announcement and the actual market launch.

So, the current Acer Swift 7 (2018), which has already gone on sale and arrived at the gg edition , is relevant at the moment. Let’s talk about him. Compared to the first model, the body has become even thinner: 8.98 mm against 9.98 mm, and the screen has become larger. Although this is not the end of differences and innovations.

 

What is that?

The Acer Swift 7 (2018) is a flagship ultra-thin metallic laptop with a 14-inch IPS touchscreen, a humble but power-efficient 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor, 8GB of RAM and a PCIe SSD. 256 GB NVMe.

 

Why is this interesting?

The company claims the Acer Swift 7 (2018) is the thinnest laptop in the world, at least when it was announced last year. And maybe it’s now: Swift 7 (2019) update got a bit bigger. The body is made of metal, the screen has increased compared to the first model from 13.3 to 14 inches. It is an IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 and a protective glass.

The internals are not much different from its predecessor: inside there is still a modest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7Y75 dual-core processor, which does not require active cooling (but the configuration with i5 has disappeared), 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Now with faster PCIe NVMe instead of SATA. Acer promises the laptop will last 10 hours on a single charge.

 

What’s in the box?

The Acer Swift 7 comes in a black hard cardboard box with the model name embossed in the laptop’s profile video. The box contains the laptop itself, a case, a power supply, a power cable, a docking station with HDMI 1.4, USB3.0, Type-C and instructions.

 

What does it look like and is it assembled correctly?

Externally, the Acer Swift 7 (2018) looks very cool and expensive: a very thin all-metal body with a very nice and beautiful matte black paintwork. By tactile sensations, high-quality alloy is used: nothing bends, the laptop feels solid and very reliable. On the top cover there is only the Acer logo. The matte color looks very elegant, the prints remain, but they are not too noticeable on such a coating.

In profile, the laptop has a wedge-shaped shape, with a smooth cut, which creates a visual effect of “sharp edges”. The minimum thickness did not allow the use of full-size connectors. There are only two USB Type-C for charging and connecting peripherals and a 3.5mm audio jack.

A full dock will make the situation a bit easier: it has a full-size USB, HDMI and USB Type-C.

There was no room for the power button on the work panel; it was placed on the right side. In the LTE version, there is also a SIM card tray nearby. As far as I know, we don’t plan to have it on sale.

On the front there is a very small cutout to open the laptop.

Bottom – four rubber feet for laptop stability, small stereo speakers, and a small hole with a button to reset to factory settings.

The bezels on the top and sides of the screen have shrunk compared to the first model, although it cannot be called a record. The whole panel with the screen is covered with Gorilla NBT protective glass for touchscreen laptops.

But the huge gap at the bottom is at least confusing. It is difficult to understand what the engineers of the company were guided on. Yes, there is a webcam with microphones under the screen, but there is enough space above the screen to place it, and the Acer logo is not so necessary under the screen. I think there is a technical explanation for this decision. On the other hand, after a few days you get used to this decision and you don’t notice it anymore. Discomfort can only be caused by the location of the webcam for those who use it.

The display unit is attached to the main body with two metal hinges. They lift the screen and there is a small distance between the blocks of the laptop. The LED indicators are located near the right hinge.

Acer Swift 7 (2018) weighs around 1.2 kg, it doesn’t bother at all in a backpack. The laptop is perfectly assembled, with very high quality materials, even despite the very small thickness, it is durable, does not bend and resists twisting without problems. So you can’t be afraid to fold it into a loaded backpack.

 

Is it convenient to use?

The hinges allow the laptop to be opened 180 °, the screen is very firmly fixed in the desired position. But opening the cover with one hand will not work. The keyboard layout turned out to be quite unusual. A number of function buttons are missing as such, they are combined with a number line. And part of the first row of letters has been combined with additional functions, in particular, with mute, keyboard backlighting and wireless interfaces.

The tilde with the letter “ё” is now next to the caps lock shortcut, and in its place is Esc. The rear space is also short, next to it is Del. The PgUp and PgDn buttons are combined with Start and End and located next to the block of arrows. So, the layout takes some getting used to. The fingerprint reader is located to the left of the keyboard, next to the tab. There was no problem.

The buttons themselves have turned out to be a hit: despite the relatively small stroke, they are pleasant and convenient to use. There is a backlight that the predecessor did not have.

The touchpad is elongated, with a comfortable glass shell and very good sensitivity. Multi-touch and gestures are supported, it is convenient to use. Although there is a “but”: it is click-free as such. In other words, a single and double press for the left and right mouse clicks, respectively.

 

What is the quality of the screen?

Acer installed a 14-inch touchscreen IPS display with 1920 × 1080 resolution in the laptop. It is protected by Gorilla Glass, which, of course, will glow in the sun, which is not suitable for everyone. Otherwise, the screen makes the most pleasant impression. The stock of brightness is sufficient, the photo is rich and juicy.

The colorimeter showed a maximum display brightness of 312.985 cd / m2. The brightness of the black field is 0.293 cd / m2 and the static contrast is 1068: 1. The display is very well calibrated: the indicators are close to the reference values, the bias towards blue tints is minimal and the range of colors is close to the sRGB color space.

 

What about performance, autonomy and sound?

As for the internals, the Acer Swift 7 (2018) differs at least from its predecessor: the processor is the same 2-core 14-nanometer Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor from the Kaby Lake family with clock speed 1.3 GHz (and up to 3.6 GHz in Turbo Boost mode) with Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics. This is a power efficient processor, but very modest in performance, which does not require a system. active cooling. It is complemented by 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 AC (2×2) and Bluetooth.

The laptop is suitable for working with documents, surfing the web and watching videos. For more complex tasks, the performance will not be sufficient: for example, the laptop already becomes “gloomy” if you open a browser with a decent number of tabs and Photoshop. In performance tests, it demonstrates the corresponding results.

The operating speed is not record high, but at a very good level, far superior to that of SATA models. Up to 1650MB / s read and up to 815MB / s write.

The laptop does not have an active cooling system, it runs silently. At the same time, even at maximum loads, the temperature of the processor does not exceed 75 °, the processor does not slow down. Of course, miracles do not happen, and the case itself heats up a little in the upper part of the working surface, but this is not felt during operation.

The Acer Swift 7 (2018) is powered by a 36 Wh or 4580 mAh battery, which should be enough for 10 hours of battery life. Battery Eater finished with the battery in 2.5 hours at maximum brightness and charge. In real conditions, when working with a browser, documents, basic photo editing, and music playback (with constant Wi-Fi and slightly below average brightness), it turns out to be around 7, 5 to 8 hours, which is fine for such a thin laptop.

Two small speakers at the bottom of the case are responsible for the sound. In general, they are sufficient for watching videos, as long as the laptop is placed on a table. The volume reserve is modest, but sufficient for a small room. There is a Dolby Audio app for tuning. In addition to this, from the pre-installed software there is Acer Care Center for monitoring and updating and Acer Quick Access with quick switches for display settings and wireless interfaces.

 

In the dry residue

If we think of the Acer Swift 7 (2018) as a high-end fashion laptop (and that’s exactly how it’s positioned by the manufacturer), then everything turned out in the best possible way: appearance elegant, metal body, minimal thickness and excellent assembly.

To this must be added a high-quality IPS display, long battery life, system stability even under prolonged maximum loads and absolutely silent operation thanks to a passive cooling system. But if you look at it from a more practical point of view, the keyboard with a non-standard layout, a clickless touchpad and very modest performance, especially considering the price of 60 thousand UAH, raises some questions.

 

6 reasons to buy Acer Swift 7 (2018):

Excellent construction, materials and design;

  • compact dimensions;
  • high quality display;
  • long battery life;
  • stable operation of the system at maximum load;
  • silent passive cooling system.

3 reasons not to buy the Acer Swift 7 (2018):

controversial keyboard and touchpad;

  • performance modeste;
  • high price.

Acer Swift 7

A trendy high-end ultrabook with a record 8.98mm thickness, durable metal body, 14 inch touchscreen, power efficient processor and long battery life.

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Technical specifications Acer Swift 7 (2018)
Display 14 inch, 1920х1080, IPS, touch
Dimensions 328x237x8,98 mm
Weight 1,2 kg
operating system Microsoft Windows 10 64 bits
CPU Intel Core i7-7Y75 (Kaby Lake, 14 nm), 2 cœurs / 4 threads, 1,3-3,3 GHz
RAM 8 Go LPDDR3
Graphic arts Intel HD Graphics 615
Storage device SSD NVMe PCIe3x 2, 256 Go
The communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, 2,4 et 5 GHz, Bluetooth
Connectors USB 3.1 Type-C combo audio jack
Camera HD
Drums Li-polymer, 4580 mAh, 3 cells