Review: Acer Swift 7

Acer says its latest ultrabook, the Swift 7, offers “unprecedented portability.” The basis for this claim? A laptop that is 12mm thick at its widest point and under 10mm thick if you ignore the rubber feet.

That is thin! How thin? It’s thinner than an Apple MacBook Air (18mm) and thinner than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (15mm with keyboard). At 10mm, it flirts with the thickness of many tablets, and is even thinner than some models on the market.

Acer manages to squeeze quite a bit into this centimeter-thick, 2.5-pound shell, though its specs are far from the stratosphere. The CPU is the low-power, lower-end version of the seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM is onboard, and a 256GB SSD is standard. The 13.3-inch screen offers 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. Altogether, it pretty much amounts to a “bare minimum” configuration today.